Thumper is a rhythm action game of brooding, shifting menace. Something bad is coming this way, it seems to suggest. What form will it take? Well, it turns out that now we know. The horror has arrived. Testify, DanM (@Lithosfear):
My right thumb hurts from playing too much Thumper— DanM (@Lithosfear) October 15, 2016
Damn skippy: Thumper will make your right thumb hurt. Call it Thumper Thumb. Or Cthulhu Cthumb.
And, oh man, if only DanM (@Lithosfear) was alone. Sadly, there are plenty of others just like him, burped up from the Stygian depths with something awry in their hands.
It starts slowly:
Played the first two levels of Thumper. It's cool! My thumb hurts a little.— Jhost "Halloween Name Forever" Maghoula (@blamite) October 14, 2016
Then it escalates:
My thumb is killing after less than an hour of playing Thumper! Fun though...— Adam Speight (@_adamspeight) October 12, 2016
Man, don't do it. Escape while you still can:
I can beat Amplitude (PS2) on Insane.— '-' FOOM '-' (@RickJamesTTV) October 14, 2016
With just my thumb.
That means I can finish Thumper at least ...
Reader, I am not untouched by this. From my review of Thumper: "Don't weep for me, but I have really hurt my thumb playing this game: stabbing the controller buttons when really I only needed to tap them."
Maybe that gets to the heart of it, really. There's nothing about Thumper's mechanics that make it any more harmful to your thumb than a million other rhythm action games. The problem is that the whole atmosphere of Thumper coaxes you into injuring yourself. Thumper's world is so toxic and frightening you don't want to just prod that face button gently in time with the beat. You want to bludgeon it to keep the horrors at bay.
Still, at least the developers feel your pain?
Many are tweeting about Thumper hurting their thumbs. But you ever stop and consider how my index finger feels after liking all your tweets?— THUMPER (@ThumperGame) October 25, 2016
Oh right, so this is all about you.