What will they think of next? A researcher and World of Warcraft fan at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) has designed and created a pod that allows players to literally play their favourite game for extended periods of time without so much as leaving their seat. Hit the jump for more details and images.
Described as “an immersive architectural solution for the advanced WoW player that provides and anticipates all life needs”, the self-contained contraption is designed to resemble a hut from within the MMO and includes a throne that doubles up as a toilet, a cooking pot and an automated stove top. In case you were wondering, Cati Vaucelle, the lady behind this invention, describes just what an automated stove top is:
“By scanning in the food items, the video game physically adjusts a hot plate to cook the item for the correct amount of time. The virtual character then jubilantly announces the status of the meal to both the gamer and the other individuals playing online: ‘Vorcon’s meal is about to be done!”‘
Rations have been given titles such as “Crunchy Spider Surprise” and “Beer Basted Ribs”, neither of which sounding particularly gourmet but each suitably quick to prepare for the gamer on the go – or not, as would seem to be the case.
Of course, nobody likes it when a fellow player has to actually go and eat something, so this pod makes perfect sense. But one can’t help but wonder just how the thing would start to smell after a few hours of hardcore gaming, eating and… well, going to the toilet.
In 2005, a man in South Korea died after playing Starcraft for 50 hours without taking a proper break. While this self-contained pod is one solution to such a tragedy, the mere prospect of encouraging somebody to play a game for this kind of time is only likely to draw negative press from health organisations keen to promote a balanced lifestyle.
See below for more images of the World of Warcraft pod.
Source: Brisbane Times