According to the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, one 29-year-old man played so much Candy Crush he actually ruptured a tendon in his thumb.
Candy Crush, my friends, can be a serious business.
Rupturing a tendon playing a video game — how does one do that? Well, in this man's case it a problem of sheer volume, and next to no rest. Apparently the man had been playing non-stop for a period of up to two months. There are no real precise details on how intensely and how consistently he was playing, but apparently, the game was "constantly on", normally as a secondary thing, but the man was constantly swiping.
The crazy thing: the man continued to play even after the tendon in his thumb had been damaged. According to the report, the process of playing Candy Crush may have had pain-killing effects that numbed the players to the damage. The man was playing and he didn't really feel any pain. Apparently the effect is similar to a runner's high.
Which seems insane, but researchers are taking this seriously. As per the journal report:
Although this is only a single case report, research might consider whether video games have a role in clinical pain management and as nonpharmacologic alternatives during uncomfortable or painful medical procedures.
Maybe I'll bring my PS Vita the next time I head to the Dentists.