There are those who variously claim that video games can make you fat, violent or addicted.
Add sweaty-palmed to the list.
As reported by UK newspaper the Telegraph, doctors in Switzerland report that they discovered skin lesions on a gamer’s palm which they attribute to gripping a controller. Not to single out Sony’s system, but the Swiss docs have termed the condition PlayStation palmar hidradenitis.
Okay, maybe they singling out Sony’s system.
In any case, dermatologists noticed lesions on the hands of a 12-year-old gamer-girl. When she stopped playing for 10 days, the condition went away. Doctors suspect that intense sweating caused by tightly gripping the controller is to blame.
Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists told the Telegraph:
This is an interesting discovery and one that the researchers are keen to share with other dermatologists, should they be confronted with similar, unexplained symptoms in a patient.
If you’re worried about soreness on your hands when playing a games console, it might be sensible to give your hands a break from time to time, and don’t play excessively if your hands are prone to sweating.
UPDATE: CVG reports on Sony’s response:
…PlayStation was launched in 1995 and has sold hundreds of millions of consoles over the last 13 years. We would not wish to belittle this research and we will study the findings with interest, but this is the first time we have ever heard of a complaint of this nature.