What If Video Games Caused Serious Physical Injuries?

An artist imagines.

Game Arthritis is a neat/gnarly/hysterical 2011 project from the artist Matteo Bittani, and IOCOSE, the Italian culture jamming collective. It imagines a variety of motor pathologies caused by playing too many videogames. Here are some of the best:

2. “Atari Skinning”

3. “Nintendo Arthritis”

“First discovered in the early 1990s, this condition is currently incurable. Unsavory physical routines lead to crippled joints and calluses.”

4. “WiiMote Shoulder Dislocation”

5. “Xbox Hypertrophy”

“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.”

6. “PlayStation Thumb”

7. “WASD Syndrome”

“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.”

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Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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