Video Game Law Blog

May 09, 2005

A recent CBC article reminds us that the mere act of playing a video game (any video game) can cause actual damage to your neck, back, hands and tendons. Playing games for long periods can result in what is known as repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome, due in part to the awkward, unergonomic positions players tend to assume and the repetitive motions involved in playing games.

Players avoid such problems by taking the occasional break to stretch and walk around "? something that sounds simple in theory, but as all gamers who have had hours vanish on them while playing games know, is not always easily put into practice.  We also recommend adequate warm-up and cool-down exercises and stretching before and after every gaming session.

The article also mentions a lawsuit where Nintendo was successfully sued by a gamer who developed carpal tunnel syndrome.

CBC article at