ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at Creators.co
Resident RPG nerd and SoulsBorne fanatic. Can be spotted by their floofy hair.
Marcus O'Shea

There's a lot you can learn about someone's gaming style from looking at the details. Maybe the way they sit betrays their approach to , maybe their favorite villain secretly shows what kind of psychopath they are under that normal, well-adjusted surface.

What Does Your Controller Grip Say About You?

Perhaps the most important detail when it comes to knowing a gamer is how they hold their controller. Their stance will tell you everything about their style: Are they a casual Sunday night shooter? Or do they have dreams of going pro? We've put together a helpful guide, complete with illustrations to tell you what your controller grip says about you.

1. Normal Grip

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The normal grip is the grip of the everyman. If you use this grip, you're probably a salt-of-the-earth type, someone who doesn't have time for silly grips or putting up with discomfort just for that extra bit of efficiency.

2. Claw Grip

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The claw grip is the grip of the budding pro. You're someone who takes your shooters seriously, who doesn't mind a finger cramp or two for the sake of a good trick shot. You also possibly use the phrase 'trick shot' more than is strictly necessary.

3. Overhand

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The overhand is the grip of the serious fighting game aficionado. You've developed so much grip strength in your left hand (let's not dwell on how) that you can now support your controller entirely with your left, leaving your right hand free to pull of the sickest combos with speed and dexterity. You probably know what the word 'Yomi' means.

4. Goofy Grip

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There's two possibilities here, either you've fundamentally misunderstood a lot of things about a controller and the concept of dominant hands, or you're some kind of gaming god. Possibly you're so damn good that you have to intentionally handicap yourself to allow other people a chance.

5. Psychic Grip

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Psychic grip means the secret government program you signed up for has finally been paying off. You're the future of both gaming and the human race.

6. Real Claw Grip

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The secret government program is having some unforeseen side effects. You now crave fresh, juicy insects and the agents won't let you outside the compound. You're still a pro at Overwatch though.

8. Lovecraft Grip

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Containment protocols have been breached at the government compound and your powers have manifested horrors into this world. Humanity has little time unless we seal the wormhole. On the plus side, if humanity survives until Injustice 2 comes out, you're going to be amazing at pulling off combos.

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