We’ve all heard of BlackBerry thumb–a form of repetitive strain injury from pressing buttons repeatedly, but in this case the injury surprised doctors because of one thing: the intense pain the man should feel, but didn’t during play.
The tendon injury was at its thickets point, which apparently is very painful to the point of being unable to ignore it. However, his addiction to the game meant that pain was blocked while he played, which could only have made the problem worse and eventually led to the rupture. The study’s conclusions of this case suggest there’s research to be done in the field of video games, addiction, and injury.
With the popularity of Candy Crush Saga and similar repetitive tapping games, it seems unlikely this tendon rupture will be an isolated case. What I don’t understand is why he didn’t do something earlier about his thumb. Sure, he played all day, but he had to stop to eat and sleep, at which point the pain would become very noticeable.