So if you’re not familiar with 90’s gaming’s most common injury, look at that horrifying picture. Now think about it, why and how such a thing could happen? One: because many games back in the day involved button mashing. Two: Gaming controllers and buttons were utter shit, compared to today’s standards. Touch your Xbox, Playstation or switch controller and be thankful. Back in the day, the shape wasn’t ergonomic, and buttons were hard as shit.
So, putting the above two points together, plus competitive angry kids, and what do you get? What we use to call “thumb bubble”. So without further ado, here are the top 5 games that gave me thumb bubble:
5- Olympic Summer Games (SNES)
Olympic Summer Games was just multiple games from the Olympics which you could play by pressing buttons repeatedly or repeatedly in sequence, which was fucking amazing, back in the day that is. By today’s standards, I can see the game dead and forgotten on IOS or Google’s Play store.
4- Mario Party
I can’t choose which Mario Party game because really it makes no difference other than the system and controller. Most of the mini-games, of which I played, involved lots and lots of button mashing or repeatedly pressing the same button, which can also induce the finger bubble.
3- Mortal Kombat
Most fighting games from the old consoles can be on this list, but with my experience, I can have only name two. What’s interesting is, when it comes to a fighting game, the bubbles comes on the left thumb.
2- Street Fighter 2
Unleashing a Hadouken can be taxing to the body, in both game lore and real life. To this day, players using controllers, and more precisely, the D-pad, get finger bubbles. I just don’t get why so many people still use the D-pad while playing SF.
1- WWF Royal Rumble (SNES)
WWF is what today we know as WWE. Back in the day, it was a federation, not entertainment. WWF Royal Rumble easily takes the first place because the game’s main mechanic was built on button mashing and who could button mash faster. And there was no specific button, no. It was open ground, so slide from button to button trying to press as many and as fast as you could.
Finally, before leaving, I have two tips for my readers. One: don’t pop ’em bubbles. Two: don’t image-google them.