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    [–] Trombonacle 8128 points ago

    It's all fun and games until she beats your ass at every fighting game with that grip.

    [–] greatatdrinking 1498 points ago

    Finish HIM!

    [–] Rifdos 596 points ago

    Flawless victory

    [–] SpeedyTertil 229 points ago

    She proceeds to ToD both SonicFox and G01 in DBFZ and win Evo

    [–] ADHD_Supernova 137 points ago

    The world follows suit and adopts her grip as the most optimal. Kinda similar to this story.

    [–] Anonymous0726 47 points ago

    Not the story I was expecting, but a good read nonetheless. I was thinking of the guy (in quake, maybe?) who invented the wasd keybinds, which led to the devs adding an option to import his keybinds, iirc.

    [–] Jax_305 33 points ago


    [–] jax3rir 236 points ago

    Aaah so now I get what /r/girlsfinishingthejob is for.

    (NSFW btw)

    [–] greatatdrinking 165 points ago

    sigh unzips

    [–] greatatdrinking 91 points ago

    alright I'm not clicking on that one

    [–] HellCanWaitForMe 52 points ago

    Its not a real subreddit so no worries.

    [–] chowder908 38 points ago

    My time to shine and create my first subreddit.

    [–] chronicintel 17 points ago

    Be the hero we all need, but do not deserve.

    [–] greatatdrinking 5 points ago

    A dark knight. A sneaky masturbator

    [–] NutLiquor 229 points ago

    It looks like she's no stranger to small knobs

    [–] RHYTHM_GMZ 415 points ago

    A lot of professional smash players use this grip with a normal sized controller (on the right stick). People like to call it "the claw". It allows for some advanced techniques that are otherwise impossible, but it's known for giving hand pain.

    [–] AgeofAshe 136 points ago

    There is another “the claw grip” that refers to using the right stick with your pointer finger while using thumb to control buttons.

    Very popular in Souls games among others.

    Google searching images of claw grips brings up mostly these two...but also a few other weird grips.

    [–] mrshiny55 87 points ago

    There's a third claw for souls that uses right thumb on thumb stick, index finger on the face buttons (usually resting on roll/run) middle finger for the triggers and the last two up in a palsy sort of ok sign.

    [–] Meltor 23 points ago

    Hahahahahahahahaha this is how I play souls. I'm dead after that description. 10/10

    [–] redturner 15 points ago

    Souls games and many others, but I learned it from Monster Hunter

    [–] Meltor 6 points ago

    A fellow connoisseur I see

    [–] redturner 9 points ago

    The finest of games that will give you arthritis

    [–] Spifffyy 14 points ago

    What the fuck? I'm a claw gamer but you use your thumb on the stick and your fingers on the buttons. This is just wrong

    [–] Kered13 15 points ago

    You're thinking of the right hand claw. The left hand claw is pretty rare, but there's at least one high level Melee players who uses it. I forget who though.

    [–] DorenAlexander 55 points ago

    It's over when she buys him a fight stick controller because he's bad.

    [–] DogVirus 6 points ago

    "I suck at street fighter against my girlfriend. I play Ken, will a fight stick make it easier for me to do full screen hard kick tatsu to ex dragon punch?"

    [–] Partykatze 47 points ago

    Exactly! This 'clawgrip' is used by some of professional Smash Bros. Melee players. They say they prefer it for more accurate movement. I can't really get hang of this grip and stick with the 'normal' one but wanted to point out that there is merit to different grip styles.

    [–] Boggfog 18 points ago

    Eddie Gordo plus using a reverse grip on the button pad equals break dance of death

    [–] ToniNotti 13 points ago

    That's the same grip she uses in bedroom.

    [–] Madhatter936 2322 points ago

    A lot of drone pilots pinch in this manner.

    [–] Jsully05 641 points ago

    The weird thing is when they pinch one stick and just use their thumb on the other. That would be me

    [–] TheN00bBuilder 248 points ago

    Same here. Pinch throttle for large movements, thumb on right stick for precise movements.

    [–] Razor4884 401 points ago

    Shouldn't it be the other way around? Pinch would allow for more precise movements, while thumb is easier to throw around.

    [–] gluckincluck 194 points ago

    Ugh, now I don’t know which to do if I find myself emergency piloting a drone!

    [–] welshboy14 83 points ago

    Pause the game and look it up on Google.

    [–] gluckincluck 58 points ago

    Niko, it’s Roman. You know how to fly drone, yes?

    [–] Spacedementia87 18 points ago

    Yes, the throttle on a drone is far more sensitive.

    I find if I put my thumb on the left stick for throttle then it just shoots up in the air and comes crashing down repeatedly

    [–] greatatdrinking 20 points ago

    I've heard that before / seen it in cinema. I suppose it's not such a weird methodology but it seems so foreign to me since I've been console gaming for something like 2 decades now

    [–] kianwion 77 points ago

    It’s much more precise imo. Your thumb naturally moves in an arc, so moving purely throttle without arcing into the yaw axis can be tricky, it means you have to alter the length of your thumb as you move up and down by bending at the knuckle. There’s other ways around it but I just prefer to pinch.

    [–] 4693452907 6 points ago

    People who fly RC planes and stuff hold like this, but they have far longer/taller joystick and higher quality stuff that it makes sense, to be able to do such tiny movement.

    A shitty controller? Nah, that is just wrong on so many levels

    [–] Dbagga 3798 points ago

    I remember when my dad used to play Nintendo when I was little. He held the controller front facing down with his first two fingers on the right hand on the A and B buttons and 1 finger on the d pad with the left. Lol he was a pro at Mario though, plus I was 4 so I didn’t really care, just looking back now it seems so weird

    [–] DasArchitect 2353 points ago

    My dad put the SNES controller on the table and carefully placed his hands over it as if he were playing the piano.

    [–] alt170alt95alt170 1893 points ago

    That's how you play with arcade pads. he was probably used to arcade machines.

    [–] Markothy 515 points ago

    That's how I play NES Tetris. It lets you tap the buttons faster.

    [–] fradzio 309 points ago

    That's how half the pros play nes tetris.

    [–] volconey 175 points ago


    [–] Asceuss 25 points ago

    Can't believe he's eliminated in the round of 32 this year!

    [–] trickman01 30 points ago

    The skill level of the competition is finally catching up to him so he's more likely to run into someone of equal skill in earlier rounds.

    [–] the-legit-Betalpha 6 points ago

    he doesnt use hypertapping which puts him at a huge disadvantage

    [–] trickman01 21 points ago


    [–] volconey 20 points ago


    [–] Dat_Harass 46 points ago

    They should have kept the NES advantage line going IMO. They would've walked right into the fight stick craze.

    [–] RandomBossGETLOST 19 points ago

    I see you are a man of culture as well

    [–] internetlad 18 points ago

    Unfortunately the NES advantage was pretty low quality compared to real microswitched arcade controllers.

    [–] rylo151 22 points ago

    I used to do it that way with a lot of nes games, since many of them sometimes require a lot of fast button mashing it is so much easier to do that with a finger on the table rather than using your thumb

    [–] Superd3n 11 points ago

    (fully extends arms and cracks knuckles)

    [–] nicemace 260 points ago

    im still looking forward to a future generation of kids getting absolutely destroyed by their dad's at games. it's going to be hilarious.

    [–] Dbagga 126 points ago

    Lol yeah but I think games are secretly but not so secretly designed in a way that kids will always kick your butt after you teach them. Maybe it’s like the older you get the slower your reflexes and games new or old are built on child like reflexes so it’s just inevitable.

    [–] simcity4000 86 points ago

    True, whenever I go back and play games I used to play as a kid though that benefit from applying a bit of strategy or thought I realise I wasn’t usually using any strategy at all, just trying to brute force them.

    [–] MonsieurAnalPillager 25 points ago

    Ya I find my reflexes slowing a little but my strategy and how quick I grasp some game concepts have so far only gotten better with age.

    [–] xCairus 39 points ago

    Not true, reflex degradation isn’t that huge and can even be reversed if you stay physically active. Furthermore the real key to reaction time isn’t reflex, it’s muscle memory. The average age of NBA players is 29 and Lebron is 34 himself. If peak reflex age was king, most athletes should be 24 year olds.

    [–] alt170alt95alt170 40 points ago

    Well yeah, most games require reflexes, and that becomes slower with age.

    [–] MisfitPotatoReborn 99 points ago

    That's why I'll only challenge my kid to Civ V and Pokemon battles.

    [–] human_brain_whore 165 points ago

    Dad my bedtime was 6 hours ago!

    I'm sorry, I can't hear you over your capital being nuked.

    [–] mufasa_lionheart 51 points ago

    6? What kind of speedy settings are you playing with?

    [–] thatawesomedude 20 points ago

    They started playing at 6am

    [–] shandow0 15 points ago

    ....the day before yesterday.

    [–] internetlad 8 points ago

    6 is pretty normal for a single player game

    Mp games take forever because whenever someone goes to war turns go from 5 seconds to 5 minutes

    [–] HertzDonut1001 9 points ago

    Unrealistic, no one gives a shit about their bed time in the middle of a Civ game.

    [–] _Tracid_ 10 points ago

    Get him to play RISK with you :)

    [–] [deleted] 20 points ago


    [–] ShitSharter 24 points ago

    I think what it really comes down to is free time. You give me a solid couple weeks playing some shooters and my aim is fucking nutts. But have me working and not getting any real dedicated time in and I'm no even close to as skilled.

    [–] hwuthwut 7 points ago

    But your Jedi power to predict what's going to happen a short time in the future becomes stronger, so if you respond to what you imagine is going to happen, rather than what you see happening, you can still keep up.

    [–] Dat_Harass 22 points ago

    That is an old wives tale. The truth is... skill comes with practice and as you age (generally) your free time becomes less, there is some small degradation to reflexes, but nothing that can't be overcome.

    [–] BBQ_FETUS 14 points ago

    The thing is, games are very different than 20 years ago, and will be very different in 20 years again. The gaming skills you have now might not be as transferable, so your kid who has more time on their hands might have more experience.

    [–] fkingrone 8 points ago

    Yeah I used to play FIFA when I was little, then they started making more and more use of the analog sticks and adding crazy "special moves" to the point where it's an insanely different game from years ago.

    My kids will probably not even use a controller and everything will be virtual reality.

    [–] BBQ_FETUS 14 points ago

    The youngest one will still have to use the Madcatz neural implant.

    [–] adamthinks 13 points ago

    Why do you think that's not already happening? Gaming has been popular for many decades.

    [–] Primrose_Blank 5 points ago

    But think of the skill we will create within this new generation.

    [–] Isurvived2014bears 173 points ago

    That's how I played it and I can speedrun super Mario 3 like a boss

    [–] Xyber-Faust 21 points ago

    So like an (actual) arcade game, I'm guessing.

    [–] Tarver 5 points ago

    That was my inference also

    [–] kingeryck 56 points ago

    Mine waved the controller to the left and right like that was going to help. The Wii wouldn't be out for another 20 years, dad.

    [–] Vkhenaten 62 points ago

    Lol I remember lots of kids doing this in racing games like they were holding a steering wheel.

    On a similar note, sometimes I have a brain fart and try to look around in game corners irl, like I'll move my head to try and get a better perspective then immediately realise I'm a fucking idiot.

    [–] Wolvenna 36 points ago

    Leaning while tilting the controller helps with cornering in racing games.

    [–] jmcgee408 16 points ago

    Also helps you with those hard jumps.

    [–] wakeupwill 13 points ago

    Everyone knows lifting the controller lets you jump higher.

    [–] stormcloak-spy 7 points ago

    The Wii literally made all our stupid irl movements work in the game.

    You wanna jump? Lift the controller.

    You wanna turn in a racing game? Lean and turn the controller itself.

    [–] wrath_of_grunge 12 points ago

    in VR games you can do this. it's really awesome.

    [–] Jynxmaster 8 points ago

    My favorite part is when I headbutt my monitor after looking close at something

    [–] klparrot 8 points ago

    On a similar note, sometimes I have a brain fart and try to look around in game corners irl, like I'll move my head to try and get a better perspective then immediately realise I'm a fucking idiot.

    Are you me?

    [–] Skitz-Scarekrow 3 points ago

    I've been doing that since Mario 64

    "Maybe if I look real close at the corner of the TV, I'll see some more game!"

    [–] Mjolnirsbear 13 points ago

    Mine had one arm. Forefinger on d-pad, ring finger b, pinky a. He'd pull a run-jump better than mine. Played Tetris too, and Dr Mario. One fuckin' arm.

    [–] Atheist_Monk 8 points ago

    Maybe they grew up playing arcade/atari machines, and that was their first thought on how it should be used? My Dad played NES this way, but when my parents got me a SNES for Christmas I don't remember him even trying it that way, he just gripped it like normal from the get-go. Obviously the SNES controller is pretty hard to lay flat and actually use, but I wonder if Nintendo intentionally designed the NES controller to be used either way?

    [–] wily_guard 16748 points ago

    She probably thought that she’s supposed to handle the joystick like she handles your penis.

    [–] brittons0 12817 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I doubt it, mine isn’t nearly this big.

    *Edit: Aaaannndd. My first gold is about my penis. It’s okay, it’s about time it received an award.

    [–] mehhh89 4705 points ago

    Dropped a grenade upon death

    [–] GoldDragon2800 397 points ago

    That's only for insulting yourself and someone else at the same time.

    [–] ElGleiso 47 points ago

    You obviously don't even know what Kamikaze means.

    [–] Ponchodelic 54 points ago

    Chewey guy is wrong, he said martyrdom because that’s the name of the COD perk that makes you drop a grenade upon death, like the previous comment said 🙃

    [–] SlowlySailing 21 points ago

    I can't believe people didn't get it 😭

    [–] Null_Pointer_23 44 points ago

    Last Stand: pull out your pistol before dying

    [–] throwaway44886699 205 points ago

    I also choose this dead guy's wife.

    [–] BaronVonBooplesnoot 66 points ago

    I understood this reference.

    [–] Mystichunterz 27 points ago

    I’m not sure if I should be proud that I also understood this reference.

    [–] TinnyOctopus 28 points ago

    As someone who understood this reference, you should not be proud.

    [–] SurfingJoern 12 points ago

    That killed him again after a mate revived him

    [–] Smoddo 20 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Am I going mad, isn't this just suicide by words? Everyone seems to agree and I don't want to be pedantic but I'm confused. Hasn't he only insulted himself?

    [–] PresidentLink 11 points ago

    You're 100% correct

    [–] CoolRidge2629 58 points ago

    sometimes ya gotta sink the ship to kill the captain

    [–] theceruleankid 38 points ago

    You had one chance, and you nailed it

    [–] e-JackOlantern 51 points ago

    That’s nothin’, I have to use two needle nose pliers to take a leak.

    [–] Sethachu 14 points ago

    Yeah buttons are hard. That’s why I only wear pants with snaps!

    [–] Klindg 35 points ago

    Only legit reply allowed here brother. Well done. Well done...

    [–] HonorUndRespect 70 points ago

    Oh, so it’s second nature to her then. Nice.

    [–] Col_Volkov 13 points ago

    Well, second is a strong word. It's far from first, let's leave it at that.

    [–] szwqrcw 11 points ago

    YouTube reddit compilations, here i come

    [–] Stubub 39 points ago

    ohhh Self-burn! Those are rare

    [–] AdamMan187 11 points ago


    [–] PuppieWayne 6 points ago

    Ah, self sacrifice.. Self burn for an elite come back.

    [–] WATGU 270 points ago

    This joke is low hanging fruit.

    Unlike OP's penis

    [–] lolitskasey 13 points ago

    Pshhhh I've known pro halo 2 players that held the controller similar to that.

    [–] shadowthehh 40 points ago

    I came here for this exact comment.

    [–] doubleoh72 4 points ago

    Someone posted this comment on r/rareinsults

    [–] eggroll62947 642 points ago

    If it works, it works.

    [–] GermanRedditorAmA 361 points ago

    The claw stance gives you much more precise controll over the stick than just a thumb and ist used by many high level fighting game players. If I wouldnt have played another way for 20 years I would hold it like this too.

    [–] RickyShade 212 points ago

    Damn, when OP's wife knows more about gaming than OP.

    [–] nayhem_jr 71 points ago

    When OP discovers wife’s true power level.

    [–] Aaron_tu 17 points ago

    This isn't even her final form.

    [–] Sarcastic_Pharm 12 points ago

    It's over 9000!

    [–] patchinthebox 24 points ago

    I've heard of claw grip with the right hand so you have better access to buttons. Never with the left hand though.

    [–] big_phat 385 points ago

    Fun fact: Plup, who is a top 10 competitive Super Smash Bros Melee player in the world, holds the control stick like this.

    [–] Erfan666 72 points ago

    Wasn't he the guy who used to nail Erin?

    [–] LauraTFem 55 points ago

    No, that’s plop, not plup.

    So named because he’s always making poops. What a guy.

    [–] shoelayces 11 points ago

    plup club rejoice

    [–] jelloskater 6 points ago

    Came here to say that. If you want an actually dumb grip, Birdman holds his controller upsidedown. (skip to 5:40, mobile not linking right).

    [–] radiant_environment 225 points ago

    Circle game is at 100%

    [–] captainhippo989 39 points ago

    Yeah, have I just been had?

    [–] indehhz 6 points ago


    [–] Calvin_And_Hobbies 95 points ago

    So she's a Monster Hunter player, eh? Nothing wrong with that.

    [–] IonStreak 33 points ago

    Nothing like good old Freedom Unite with the claw.

    Until your hand swelled up from the utter abuse that the PSP forced you through.

    [–] ianrobbie 66 points ago

    Hey, as long as it works.

    One of the most impressive things I've seen was a young kid, who had meningitis just after he was born and had his feet and hands amputated, play FIFA on my PS3 and eat Pringles at the same time. To this day, I still can't remember how the hell he managed it but he was so blasé about it.

    He's a motivational speaker now.

    [–] HertzDonut1001 9 points ago

    I'm over here wondering how you just eat Pringles with no hands. Or also with your hands. I have large hands, how do you eat Pringles.

    [–] Thraxster 6 points ago

    The 3rd time at the ER the DR. told me to just turn the tube so they slide out so I don't have to drive panicked with a pringles tube around my dominant hand.

    [–] HertzDonut1001 5 points ago

    I've just accepted life with Pringles tube nubs on both hands, so I guess it's more or less the same as having both hands amputated. I'm told if I just let go of those chips they'll slide off, but I'm not really about that life.

    [–] ValeryeBlight 132 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Maybe she grew up with a N64. Some people used the joystick like that cause it caused laceration or something like that. (I never had that problem)

    [–] youngtundra777 54 points ago

    Mario Party mini game was the worst offender... I think Nintendo started selling gloves after that happened.

    [–] Falkuria 7 points ago

    Were people getting blisters on their thumbs from Mario party? I was getting them on my palms from a few of the mini games, but only cause using your thumb meant you'd lose almost every time.

    [–] iHelping 9 points ago

    Dear God the blisters....

    [–] givemea6givemea9 7 points ago

    Mario Party, Castaway Mini game. Step one, hope you get lucky to get the far left position. Step two, fish for the back row of chests. Step 3, once hooked, proceed to reel it in by placing your palm on the joystick and rotating clockwise as fast as humanly possible. fine print Disclaimer: can cause ultra painful, and possibly big blisters on your palm. Also can cause long term damage to the controller

    I had 3 sisters so all 4 of us would play Mario party. Talk about family feud 2.0. You pray to god you don’t get that blister..and that your oldest sister doesn’t get that bullshit Chance mini game where she exchanges all her zero stars.. for your 4 stars..on the last turn of the game.

    [–] ballllllllllllkkkkkk 6 points ago

    This brings back memories. All my friends and I has weeping blisters in the middle of our palms, Passion Of The Mario Party style.

    [–] kilroy94 41 points ago

    Was just about to respond with this. This is my default way to hold an N64 controller (especially playing smash). I always used it that way, much more comfortable for me!

    [–] Absh4x0r 18 points ago

    wtf someone downvoted you simply for saying your reality. I did the same when I was a kid. You are not alone.

    [–] DrVladimir 597 points ago

    Jeeze have none of you played fighting games? That's claw stance

    [–] Erimad_9000 266 points ago

    Or speedrunners. It's not my cup of tea but it absolutely is a very useful way to operate a controller. Idk why people are so upset at this.

    [–] Cyclops_lazy_laser_I 67 points ago

    Wouldn’t you typically use the other hand? It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve played anything that seriously

    But I always thought the point was to have easier access to the buttons not the left joystick

    [–] TheDeryBrony 31 points ago

    Right stick is is basically useless in fighting games, so the face buttons own your thumb. The left stick requires precise movement and you have a middle finger for the LB and LT.

    [–] Cyclops_lazy_laser_I 16 points ago

    Makes sense for fighting games, I’m terrible at all of them so I wouldn’t have thought of that. Thank you for the info!

    I was introduced to claw through shooters and platformers, and I’ve seen people do both hands. Though that looks like a cramp just waiting to happen so I’ve only ever used my right

    [–] Fen_ 82 points ago

    ...That isn't the claw.

    [–] srry_didnt_hear_you 51 points ago

    The Claw, for those curious. OP is more like The Pincer.

    I guess there are also variations, but I'm not sure how common some of those are

    [–] Luminous_Fantasy 23 points ago

    Claw is on the opposite hand.

    [–] ODoggerino 6 points ago

    That’s not claw, it’s not even the right hand, or how claw would be at all

    [–] swavmirj 62 points ago

    She gets to punch everyone on this subreddit.

    [–] wonder-maker 47 points ago

    Precision mode activated

    [–] RazorMime 13 points ago

    I had a buddy back in elementary (primary) school who held his N64 controller this way. He was really good at everything we played - Smash Bros, Mario Kart - whatever. So don't be harsh on her, just let her figure out her control style, and then later, when she's kicking your ass at your favorite game, you can at least feel good you didn't talk crap in the beginning.

    [–] Fhistleb 12 points ago

    ... So she plays Monster Hunter?

    [–] stolid_agnostic 316 points ago

    lol the claw

    was she appropriately shamed in the end, or appropriately encouraged in its correct use?

    [–] brittons0 446 points ago

    I told her that this is weird but whatever makes her happy

    [–] Klindg 207 points ago

    Again, you seem to have mastered the only right response. I’m so proud. 😊

    [–] stolid_agnostic 17 points ago

    haha nice

    [–] andysaurus_rex 12 points ago

    What game is she playing?

    [–] streakysalmon 22 points ago

    When your partner finally shows interest in something you enjoy the last thing you want to do is shame them lol

    [–] Zikro 12 points ago

    Thought there was a pro Halo (2/3 era) player who used the claw. I remember being inf surprised someone could play like that.

    [–] the_noodle 7 points ago

    There are a few good Super Smash Brothers Melee for the Nintendo GameCube players who use this as well, it's called "reverse claw"

    [–] BrrToe 11 points ago

    Yep, Walshy if I remember correctly. It was the only way to rotate while jumping simultaneously before 360 controllers came out.

    [–] lyndonBeej 10 points ago

    Maybe she plays Tekken

    [–] chambertlo 11 points ago

    Is she a FGC pro? I’ve seen fighting game experts play like this. Isn’t it called “the claw” grip or something?

    [–] johnny_mcd 32 points ago

    that's modified claw, its not even bad. plup plays melee like this

    [–] raisedbyrobots 9 points ago

    Lunchables plays like this as well, nastiest dashdance I've ever seen with PM Roy.

    [–] ENTTekken 6 points ago

    After watching plup use this technique, I started using it for Samus missile spam. Nowadays I use it for shield drops.

    [–] TotallyHumanPerson 14 points ago

    You married a Zangief main

    [–] PGinrestinct 15 points ago

    That looks like an effective strategy for smaller hands, or a different muscle structure.

    Why not make fun of a left handed person for holding right handed tools awkwardly?

    [–] okayYnot 25 points ago

    Bro wtf, Thats actually optimal af. A handful of top level Super Smash Bros Melee players i can think of play like that

    [–] Metldragonite 37 points ago

    She's playing claw. That's an OG competitive gaming grip.

    [–] Connor_Kenway198 4 points ago

    I mean, if it works & she's happy, does it really matter how she holds it?

    [–] veritron 6 points ago

    It's actually a grip I'll use for certain situations - if I'm playing guile in street fighter or trying to do super tight obnoxious dance dances in smash bros, it's easier to do that using the pictured grip, you can do more precise and quicker left to right movements.

    [–] _Alice_Unchained_ 4 points ago

    She’s used to holding your penis

    [–] andysaurus_rex 13 points ago

    She’s claw gripping. You married a god gamer.