★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Sticky thumbs and slide controls

02-26-2010, 03:48 PM
#1
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2
Sticky thumbs and slide controls

Okay, bit of a silly question here. On games that require me to slide by thumb or finger around on the screen, I often have a difficult time sliding smoothly because my thumb tends to stick a bit on the screen. Cleaning the screen, washing my hands, and drying them thoroughly doesn't seem to help much (or makes it worse).

Anyone have any tips? How do you deal with this?
02-26-2010, 03:51 PM
#2
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: the next whiskey bar
Posts: 5,549
I actually use index fingers more

02-26-2010, 03:54 PM
#3
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Upstate NY/USA
Posts: 2,409
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martoon View Post
Okay, bit of a silly question here. On games that require me to slide by thumb or finger around on the screen, I often have a difficult time sliding smoothly because my thumb tends to stick a bit on the screen. Cleaning the screen, washing my hands, and drying them thoroughly doesn't seem to help much (or makes it worse).

Anyone have any tips? How do you deal with this?
Good question cuz Montezuma2 has me licking my fingertips (don't use thumbs much) slightly when my fingers start to stick. Yea, not very appropriate but when your in the heat of the game and things are getting extreme, I have no other recourse. I keep my hands relatively clean before playing for this reason though. Maybe someones got a better idea. Other than keeping a small bowl of water around....
02-26-2010, 04:03 PM
#4
I always thought they should make little cloth thumb gloves. I mean there would be no getting around the dorkiness of them and you'd probably just want to use them at home lol. But I've noticed that if you put your thumbs under a tshirt and touch the screen it's still pretty responsive. So maybe you could cut little pieces of Shirt and rubber band them around your fingers. Wow, that sounded a lot cooler in my head
02-26-2010, 04:50 PM
#5
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,164
Do you have a screen protector on your screen?

I have an antiglare screen protector, which is less glossy. It seems to resist sticky fingers much better than a standard protector. It doesn't seem to interfere with sensitivity. You may want to try that.

Xbox Gamertag & Game Center: CzarCastic
02-26-2010, 06:52 PM
#6
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clint Torres View Post
So maybe you could cut little pieces of Shirt and rubber band them around your fingers. Wow, that sounded a lot cooler in my head
LOL! Well, so far, my solution has been to tear off a small piece of tissue paper and hold it between my thumb and the screen.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CzarCastic View Post
Do you have a screen protector on your screen?

I have an antiglare screen protector, which is less glossy. It seems to resist sticky fingers much better than a standard protector. It doesn't seem to interfere with sensitivity. You may want to try that.
Hmm. I don't use a screen protector. Do you think the antiglare protector is less prone to sticky fingers than no protector at all? I may try that.
02-26-2010, 07:39 PM
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martoon View Post
LOL! Well, so far, my solution has been to tear off a small piece of tissue paper and hold it between my thumb and the screen.


Hmm. I don't use a screen protector. Do you think the antiglare protector is less prone to sticky fingers than no protector at all? I may try that.
I also use the anti glare screen protector available at Apple. I significantly increased some high scores when I switched to that - maybe coincidence but it worked for me!
02-26-2010, 07:57 PM
#8
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Upstate NY/USA
Posts: 2,409
I agree that you should put something on the glass. I remember the glass being harder to slide my finger across then after I put down the screen saver.

Btw, been reading through the thread and I'm surprised that you can still use the device through a cloth. It won't recognize just about anything else like a pencil eraser or stylus, etc. Normally has to have that human touch to work.
02-26-2010, 10:02 PM
#9
Joined: May 2009
Location: The Underworld
Posts: 9,230
you could just stick small pieces of scotch tape/clear tape on the ends of your fingers

Quote:
Originally Posted by sizzlakalonji View Post
I don't want to alarm anyone, but I just played this, felt a tingle, rushed to the bathroom, and urinated rainbows and glitter.
Quote:
Originally Posted by sammysin View Post
Yesss, I'm off for a leak to see if the same happens for me.
02-26-2010, 11:43 PM
#10
I agree with the others, an anti-glare matte finish screen protector is the best option. It's cheap to buy and will last a long time. It feels so much smoother, I've used the normal ones too and these are much better quality. And you won't see your finger marks all over the screen like what happens on the glass. I think I have the Xtreme mac ones, but I'm sure other ones are good quality too

Please help me by voting for my Doodle God contest entry here! Thanks!!