Pro gamer and streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has come out in a recent YouTube video, explaining that he believes playing video games in the “claw” style can have a serious affect on your health.
The controversial video [via Dexerto] has received a lot of mixed comments from viewers, with some denying NICKMERCS’ claims.
The claw technique, which sees players use their index fingers on the controller instead of resting them on the triggers on the top, has been a subject of debate in the world of esports for a while now. Though many people claim it’s harmful, there are others who have faced no adverse effects from adopting the technique.
In a recent video, which you can watch below, NICKMERCS talks through claw gaming in a lot of detail, discussing friends of his who’ve apparently suffered long-term pains thanks to the gaming style.
NICKMERCS tells his viewers: “Guys, I’ve said it a million times, but claw is bad for your health. It’s not horrible, but I have a lot of friends that have stopped playing claw because they developed these huge pains in their forearms and wrists.”
NICKMERCS does go on to state that he believes the claw could potentially offer an advantage when gaming as it’s “more efficient” and allows for faster finger movement, but advises his viewers of the potential dangers.
He says: “I also have friends that have been doing it their whole lives. Scump is an example of someone who’s been clawing their whole life and there’s no pain. But I’ve got friends like Issa and they can’t play anymore. They had to switch to a keyboard and mouse.”
Studies into the true health effects that long-term claw gaming can have on a player are pretty much non-existent, but if you’re considering a career in professional gaming it’s something to be aware of!
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