Game Arthritis – A systemic study of video games induced diseases

Schöne Pseudoscience-Designarbeit von Matteo Bittanti mit Fake-Krankheiten von Hardcoregamern, inklusive X-Rays der deformierten Körperteile: „The conformity of interfaces produces deformity. It’s a fact. Call it “the reality of the virtual”. Prolonged vicarious aggression lead to permanent physical disfiguration. Gaming activities produce real consequences for the users. […] These pathologies - labeled collectively “Game arthritis” - are officially not “recognized”. The authorities have dismissed this hidden epidemic as “mass hysteria”. But according to some scientists - who speak under condition of anonymity fearing ostracization - these undiagnosed disorders are the psychopathology of ludic societies. Digital technology is indeed damaging users’ fingers, arms, postures… Even their DNA is compromised.“

Oben die wunderschönen Folgen von Atari Skinning, ein paar weitere nach dem Klick:

Abnormalities on palms and fingers. Calluses. Protuberances. Bleeding fingers. Nail diseases spotted, including an iterative form of onychia, a severe inflammation of the nail folds with formation of pus and shedding of the nail, resulting from the introduction of microscopic pathogens through small wounds. Infections caused by bacteria living in the interstitials spaces of game controllers. Purulent invasion of a joint by highly infectious agents. Game septic arthritis, also known as Hadouken Skinning. Highly contagious and virally transmittable. The “Great plague” of 1983 led to the rarely discussed cases of quarantines zones in several metropolitan districts of Detroit, Cleveland, and Albuquerque. Some researchers found borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in several subjects. The infection may also spread to other parts of the body. In some cases, the affected area extends to the vulva, whose lubrication becomes highly toxic.

Game Arthritis – A systemic study of video games induced diseases (via Notcot)

Early research conducted in the 1990s indicates that a significant amount of female subjects affected by the PlayStation Thumb are having more pleasurable orgasms. The deformed finger is used by some as an organic dildo. The peculiar shape of the finger makes it apparently easier to reach the g-spot. The repeated movements – hysterical, frenzied fidgeting – is particularly common after consumption of alcohol beverages, which may suggest a correlation. It has been observed that, in some cases, subjects penetrate their own orifices with game controllers. Interestingly, after reaching the climax, they experience what has been called a post-ludus triste condition. In fact, the disorder is linked to significantly diminished quality of life and can be co-morbid with major depressive disorder and social phobia, also known as chronic social anxiety. With a completed-suicide rate more than double that of major depression (three to four times that of manic depression) and a suicidal ideation rate of around 80%, extreme cases of PlayStation Thumb linked with dissociation can be considered a risk factor for suicide; however, many cases of PlayStation Thumb are treated with medication and counseling. Such disquieting diorama of pain and self-inflicted bodily and mental abuse is now a major cause of concern in Great Britain, Scandinavia, and South Africa.

Albeit not irreversible, the condition is critical as the tendons in the fingers are visibly damaged and their functioning severely impaired. The impossibility of bending several fingertips can cause acute pain in the subject. Such condition is the result of a prolonged, repetitive fingers’ pressure on four specific keys, W-A-S-D, hence WASD Syndrome. It is necessary to straighten the tendons with the aid of one or more splints applied to one or more fingers, although in most cases, surgical intervention and corticosteroid injections are used as complementary treatments. The splints are meant to keep the end of the tendons from separating as they heal. They must be worn at night for a period of 6-to-8 weeks. WASD Syndrome must be treated early to help the patient retain the full range of motion in the fingers. If such deformity remains untreated for more than 4 weeks, treatment becomes problematic. Today, WASD Syndrome affects a surprisingly high percentage of individuals in technologically advanced countries.

The inconsistent geometry of hands affected by the psychopathology of gaming. Onset of symptoms generally occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. Swollen extremities, the visible manifestation of an abnormal increase in the volume of tissue due to the enlargement of its component cells. Movements divorced from affect and physiology alike. Muscle strains caused by forceful movements. A new body configuration produced by repetitive strain injury. Xbox Hypertrophy is a destructive form of arthritis which destroys the small joints in the hands and can lead to permanent disability and loss of hand function. Often confused with Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition in which the affected person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by a perceived defect in his or her physical features, Xbox Hypertrophy is a certified pathology that causes both physical and psychological distress that impairs occupational and/or social functioning, sometimes to the point of severe depression and anxiety, development of other anxiety disorders, social withdrawal or complete social isolation. It is estimated that 3–5% of the world’s population meet all the diagnostic criteria for Xbox Hypertrophy. Widespread in the United States and in the United Kingdom, this pathology is rarer in Japan.

A pathophysiology that affects millions of gamers that engage in first-person shooting activities, FPS CTS is caused mainly by repetitive motions, most famously from long hours of computer keyboard use. It results in a compression of the carpal tunnel, permanent nerve damage, and weakness of palmar abduction. Patients with CTS experience burning sensations in the thumb and fingers, particularly the index, middle fingers, and radial half of the ring fingers which are innervated by the median nerve. Also reported is sharp pain in the arm and shoulder. If not treated on time, this condition can degenerate quickly. Tumors such as a ganglion or a lipoma protrude into the carpal tunnel, leading to numbness and atrophy in the wrist. Due to the severity of this condition, amputation is currently the only effective therapy.

First discovered in the early 1990s, this condition is currently incurable. Unsavory physical routines lead to crippled joints and cancerous calluses. In some cases, clavi formed by the accumulation of dead skin, will appear on the dorsal surface of fingers but also on the palmar surface. Such formations cannot be surgically removed as they become intertwined with key nerves. Due to extreme ulceration and deep tissue damage, any attempt to intervene on the clavus will produce intense ache in the subject. Affected specimens are currently being treated with heavy doses of tetrahydrocannabinol, which can momentarily alleviate neuropathy and pain. Also used are analgesic agents such as ketamine, clonidine and other α2-adrenoreceptor agonists, and mexiletine and other local anesthetic analogues. There are several procedures currently investigated as a possible alternative to medication, but open surgery has often led to catastrophic results.