The Most Dangerous Device in Your Home? Video Games

The Most Dangerous Device in Your Home? Video Games

Taryn Williford
Feb 9, 2010

No, we're not going to tell you that your Xbox is rotting your brain and to go outside and read a book. But if a recent letter to the New England Journal of Medicine is to be believed, the super-active Nintendo Wii has caused enough injuries to name some of them.

After a healthy 14-year-old girl fractured her foot playing WiiFit, super-sciencey Karen A. Eley, M.R.C.S.(Ed), of Oxford wrote to the medical journal to bring attention to a host of video-game related injuries dating back as far as 1990:

In 1990, Brasington described "Nintendinitis" in a patient with pain over the extensor tendon of her thumb after 5 hours of playing a Nintendo video game. Nintendo next released the highly popular Wii games console that includes a wireless remote capable of detecting movement in three dimensions. Clinicians began to see patients with "Wiiitis."

Acute Wiiitis was first diagnosed in a 29-year-old patient in 2007 who woke up with intense shoulder pain the day after he bought a Nintendo Wii—and subsequently played what's known in the medical world as "a shit ton."

The only cure for Wiiitis? Abstinence from playing Wii.

Via Gizmodo

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