You might think the only dangers of Candy Crush are mental anguish and financial ruin. Now you can add physical injury to the list of risks, based on this latest Candy Crush horror story.
A 29-year-old California man tore a tendon in his thumb after binging on the freemium mobile game for six to eight weeks, according to JAMA International Medicine journal. And that's not even the most astounding part of the story.
The guy was so committed to getting those striped combos that he didn't even notice the ache, despite the fact that a ruptured tendon is usually, ya know, painful AF. In fact, the doctors who treated the man said this might demonstrate how video games can numb people's sense of pain.
"We need to be aware that certain video games can act like digital painkillers," Dr. Andrew Doan, a co-author of the journal's case report, said. "We have to be very cognizant that that can be abused."
Players experience something like a runner's high while gaming, Doan explained. Their bodies release natural painkillers that increase pleasure and, in this case, likely subdued the pain from the affected tendon.
When the man did eventually notice his pain and limited thumb mobility, he told doctors about his constant Candy Crush gaming. The pain was in his left hand, the hand he used to play. After an examination and an MRI, doctors concluded he had ruptured a tendon in his thumb and that he would need surgery to repair it.
"Playing was a kind of secondary thing, but it was constantly on," the patient said, according to the case report.
The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the adrenaline rush, the physical sacrifice, the post-surgery rehab ... basically, this serial Crusher is going through the same process you might expect a professional athlete to face.