Gamers Are Now Checking Their Heads For A Disturbing Reason

Gamers are worried after the streamer Curtoss found an indentation of his headphones on his head.

By Jason Collins | Updated


Gamers are a peculiar bunch; they spend thousands of dollars on gaming rigs that absolutely have to be quiet only to buy the loudest mechanical keyboards they can find and type so obnoxiously loud that it wakes the dead. They also believe that the peripherals have to be as pricey as the internals; otherwise, their skills drop by at least 75 percent, and the only way to game is to use gamer headphones—even if they dent their heads.

Yes, you read that right; apparently, headphones are causing indentations in gamers’ skulls due to prolonged headset use. Despite massive strides in modern medicine over the past 70 years, the indentation in the human skull caused by the prolonged use of gamer headphones was discovered just recently by streamer Curtoss. According to Kotaku, Curtoss was shaving his head on stream in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society when, to his complete shock, he discovered a headset-shaped indent right at the top of his skull.

This caught the attention of many gamers and streamers, with many coming out with their own tales of horrific experiences and worries that their skull is now permanently dented and that 100 years from now when gamer headphones become obsolete, their skulls will be on display as an example of how the ancient hardware affected those who used it. And if you haven’t picked it up by now, we’re being totally sarcastic about the whole thing—yes, headphone indentations are a real thing, but they’re not affecting the bone structure of the skull, and they’re temporary.

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Curtoss’ reaction to seeing the indentation in his skull right in the area where the gamer headphones rest caused gamers and streamers to check their own heads for this bizarre phenomenon. This isn’t the first time someone raised questions about head indentations as well; two years ago, a streamer, Nickmercs, also revealed a worrisome indentation which is apparently an occupational hazard of gaming. However, that didn’t attract as much attention as Curtoss’ discovery did, and the gaming community has been buzzing about the whole thing ever since they saw the shape of Curtoss’ skull.

But, as previously said, the cranial indentations are only temporary. Here’s the thing, the human body is a result of thousands of years of evolution, and mother nature—or whichever deity you believe has made the world and humans—gave us squishy brains capable of computing and processing massive amounts of information 24/7. To protect these squishy supercomputers, we have cranial bones, which are really, really hard. As it turns out, you need to apply approx. 275-300lbs of pressure to permanently affect the cranial bone—a pressure that gamer headphones can’t exert.  

We’re not saying that the indentations aren’t real; they obviously are. But you really have no reason to worry; the indentations you receive from wearing gamer headphones occur in the hair, outer skin, and the underlying tissue layer between the outer skin and the cranial bone. In other words, the dent which Curtoss noticed would disappear in a few days if he would just stop wearing headphones. On the other hand, he might just have a weirdly shaped head; it’s now uncommon, and skulls do come in all shapes and sizes.