How do I prevent blisters from D-Pads?


#1

I got into fighting games a couple of months ago and played some 3s on PS2. After playing long enough, I would get a huge blister on my thumb the next morning – so I’d have to take a break until it faded a bit – but it always comes back (I remember this same thing happening when I was trying to play SF when I was like 7).

I play SF4 on the 360 a lot now, and I really got use to the analog stick ( i don’t get any incorrect inputs as a Chun player). Obviously, the analog doesn’t bother my thumb at all.

However, I’m going back to college soon and I can’t take my family’s 360 – so I was going to get a PS3 when the price dropped and pick up BlazBlue – but I really don’t want to deal with blisters again :sad:

I know the ultimate solution is to buy an aracade stick, but I really don’t have the funds right now – perhaps it would make a good christmas gift =p

am i just using the D-pad incorrectly? I rub it pretty fast when doing an input for an ultra or something – but you kind of need to do that…

any feedback would be appreciated, thanks.


#2

put your shirt over your thumb. thats one way, the other way is use analog.

if you have baby oil apply a drop on the section of your shirt your going to use for your thumb. this prevents blisters 100% and ups input speeds on dpad.

If your stingy put a bandaid over your thumb and learn to play that way.

Or learn to use analog for PS3. its shitty but its better then blisters.


#3

If you can’t get a stick… Try another pad with a better d-pad.


#4

No, don’t even bother. You’re going to get blisters. You just need to play until your thumb is all gross and calloused.

Seriously. My thumb is nasty.


#5

You can use a coin or something circular and tape it to the dpad. I heard some people have found it as a slight improvement. Could at least give it a shot.


#6

Thanks for the tips guys, they sound like they may work.


#7

become a cyborg


#8

That’s your solution to everything!


#9

Been a long time since I’ve played on a controller, but I never got blisters when I did. Try rolling your thumb instead of spamming the end of your thumb around when doing motions. Also, don’t spam motions if you do…


#10

Don’t apply so much force to the dpad or your thumbs need to man up. I’ve never gotten a blister from playing on a pad.


#11

thumb in center of d-pad
lean thumb in desired directions

why people insist on rubbing and sliding their thumb all over the d-pad, I dunno


#12

buy a stick


#13

What technique do you use that results in blisters? I’ve been playing on a pad for years and don’t recall ever getting blisters.

edit: Nevermind, I guess this post answers it.


#14

I was going to say, I’ve never had a problem with blisters, but then again I’ve played guitar for like 5 years :looney:


#15

When I was a kid (around 7 like you), I used to get blisters on my thumb all the time from mashing on a d-pad, which is why I never got into fighters. Years later when I got into Street Fighter, I absolutely refused to play on a pad because I didn’t want to get blisters. I decided to play the ergonomic way and dropped as much money as it took to play the way it was meant to be played. I’m glad I did that and never looked back.

Yeah, as you said, the ultimate long-term solution would be to buy a stick. Since you have both an XBox 360 and a PS3, you should get it dual modded if you got one. But BlazBlue is not as intensive as Street Fighter in terms of directional motions, so it shouldn’t be as bad. I played BlazBlue on a PS3 pad the other day and I found that I could still manage a short 6C loop with Noel.


#16

I just ignored it, kept playing 3s pad. Now it kinda works as a immunity, I still get them. Though it doesent look or hurt as bad.


#17

Buy a stick, and if you say you cant afford one then get a new hobby.


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#19

I didn’t stop getting them until I got a stick.


#20

don’t press the buttons so hard. Pressing them harder doesn’t make the move better of faster lol.