Wii Remote Flicking Is Bad For Your Health

Wii Remote Flicking Is Bad For Your Health

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Cheaping Wii games by just flicking the Wii Remote with your wrist is even more hazardous to your bodily health than wildly swinging your arms, doctors say.

Most people with some experience with the Wii experience a common epiphany. At some point, maybe after your shoulder's tired from playing Wii Tennis or you smashed your hand into some hard surface after going for a strike in Bowling, you realize that you don't really need to try so hard.

The Wii doesn't notice if you're swinging your arm around like a maniac, and it doesn't care. You can just flick the Wii Remote slightly, using no more energy that it takes to move your wrist, and you'll get the same results. It means that you can sit down, and what true gamer has fun standing up?

It also seems like it would mean no risk of tearing out your shoulder or straining your arm muscles, but apparently this isn't the case. Contrary to common assumptions, flicking the Wii Remote with your wrist might actually be just as bad for you. Reporting on the rise of Wii-related injuries (little bit late to that party, guys), The New York Times spoke to doctors who pointed out that wrist flicking is "the exact motion - concentrating the force of a swing in the muscles of the forearm - that can cause tennis elbow."

So what to do if you still want to play your Wii without breaking your wrist from overuse? Well, maybe you should listen to those silly "go outside and take a break" messages Nintendo sticks in all of its games. This is especially true for you older guys and gals out there. Because, as Nintendo's Denise Kaigler told the paper, while "the rush of beating kids a fraction of your age in Wii Sports far outweighs the discomforts of getting older," it may hurt you in the long run.

(MTV Multiplayer)

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So making flicking motions with your wrist is bad for you? Ugh, brace yourself for about ten pages of taseless jokes.

Anything in excess is harmful to your health, though surely this is one of the most obvious examples?

Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

Also, crisps cause cancer. And I seem to remember something about women being at risk if they eat more than three eggs per week. Everything is dangerous to the media.

Nimbus:
So making flicking motions with your wrist is bad for you? Ugh, brace yourself for about ten pages of taseless jokes.

chimmers:

Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

... Wow. That prophecy came true fast.

Nomadic:
Also, crisps cause cancer. And I seem to remember something about women being at risk if they eat more than three eggs per week. Everything is dangerous to the media.

Nimbus:
So making flicking motions with your wrist is bad for you? Ugh, brace yourself for about ten pages of taseless jokes.

chimmers:

Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

... Wow. That prophecy came true fast.

In fairness, I was referring to the pic rather than the story :P
Had to find some way round it, seeing as he ruined regular jokes...

edit: he so is though

chimmers:
Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

That may be because that picture is from Saturday Night Live and that is exactly the joke.

chimmers:

Nomadic:
Also, crisps cause cancer. And I seem to remember something about women being at risk if they eat more than three eggs per week. Everything is dangerous to the media.

Nimbus:
So making flicking motions with your wrist is bad for you? Ugh, brace yourself for about ten pages of taseless jokes.

chimmers:

Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

... Wow. That prophecy came true fast.

In fairness, I was referring to the pic rather than the story :P
Had to find some way round it, seeing as he ruined regular jokes...

edit: he so is though

That guy was doing it. It's a pretty bad SNL comedy sketch about Wii and handjobs.

Just as bad or worse?

I think it's pretty obvious that the wrist isn't suitable for forceful movements though it's probably fine when playing something like SMG where you don't have to apply much force (as opposed to, say, Boom Blox)

Say Anything:

chimmers:
Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

That may be because that picture is from Saturday Night Live and that is exactly the joke.

Fair enough, don't know the show so I wouldn't know the joke. Makes more sense now I guess though it could have been an Apprentice style error in the ad...

There are sports that require flicking your wrists, nobody says anything bad about them though.

Tennis, Badmington, Squash, Racquetball and Fishing to name a few.

Machines Are Us:
There are sports that require flicking your wrists, nobody says anything bad about them though.

Tennis, Badmington, Squash, Racquetball and Fishing to name a few.

Yes but this is a Wii we're talking about, the media have to complain about this. Everyone has to complain about this.

Sevre90210:

Yes but this is a Wii we're talking about, the media have to complain about this. Everyone has to complain about this.

I must admit, the whole "wii elbow" thing has been around for about the same time as the wii it self has. Infact it was the only reason why some people wouldn't buy it when it first came out.

Nomadic:
Also, crisps cause cancer. And I seem to remember something about women being at risk if they eat more than three eggs per week. Everything is dangerous to the media.

Also I agree, before you no it they will be saying that the using of the Wii Balence bord to oftern will give you cancer as well as standing up to play normaly.

Nimbus:
So making flicking motions with your wrist is bad for you? Ugh, brace yourself for about ten pages of taseless jokes.

And remember kids, flicking phallic objects with your hand will give you tennis elbow.

But seriously? This is almost as bad as "water gives people cancer" on the list of stupid medical thingamajigs.

I wish i could be more mature , but for some reason i feel the urge to just shout "YEAH!!!! HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT CASUAL BITCHES!!!!!!!" sorry about that.....

Machines Are Us:
There are sports that require flicking your wrists, nobody says anything bad about them though.

Tennis, Badmington, Squash, Racquetball and Fishing to name a few.

Hence why the name of the injury is "tennis elbow".

Also, "Sports may cause injuries" isn't exactly the most informative headline ever.

Lots of things are bad for you in excess. Like oxygen. (Don't be getting any ideas, now.)

Meh, drinking alcohol is bad for you but we all still do it. This report wont change anything

This is retarded -

wrist flicking is "the exact motion - concentrating the force of a swing in the muscles of the forearm - that can cause tennis elbow."

Well, the key point with tennis is that you are swinging a racket to hit a ball travelling at a high speed, thus generating considerable forces in the muscles of the arm as you whack the ball. HOWEVER, with the Wii YOU ARE HITTING NOTHING, you're NOT EVEN SWINGING A RACKET! There's no large object's momentum to consider, no shock of impact, little force exerted. Hell, it's probably MUCH better for you because the only work you're having to do is accelerating the weight of your hand and the wii-mote, not wildly flailing your entire arm :/

This is basically COMPLETELY bullshit, yet another easy snipe made by the media, supported by 'doctors'. Gah, when the media pulls shit like this it pisses me right off *grr face*.

On a related note, I worked out the whole wrist-thing right from my first game. I love how long it seems to take some people to grasp the concept though...

I don't flick .. I waggle.

Nimbus:
So making flicking motions with your wrist is bad for you? Ugh, brace yourself for about ten pages of taseless jokes.

ahh yes, i remember what we did for fun before the wii...

thats was the joke right? tasteless "wii" "we" jokes?

Huh. I'll keep that in mind, I guess. Since my shoulder's still hurting from Wii Baseball, I guess I'll lay off for a while altogether.

chimmers:
Anything in excess is harmful to your health, though surely this is one of the most obvious examples?

Also, is it just me who thinks the guy in the pick is wanking off the Wiimote?

yes he is it's a joke from SNL thats Alec Baldwin

 

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