The WoW Pod both frightens and intrigues me

According to their press coverage, the WoW Pod has been on almost every single tech news site that exists. Yet somehow, I haven’t heard of it. Either the Internet has failed me, or I’ve been playing too much WoW to read the news.

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According to their webpage:

Inside, the gamer finds him/herself comfortable seated in front of the computer screen with easy-to-reach water, pre-packaged food, and a toilet conveniently placed underneath his/her custom-built throne.

When hungry, the gamer selects a food item (‘Crunchy Spider Surprise’, ‘Beer Basted Ribs’, etc.) and a seasoning pack. 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!” “Better eat the ribs while they’re hot!” etc.

But…. would you use it? Would I use it? I think it could be an interesting experiment to try for a few days, but I’m pretty sure Ryan wouldn’t let me have one at home (I’m at the computer enough as it is).

The WoW Pod, created at MIT, will be on display until September 2009. Hopefully I’ll get out to the Boston area to see it!

9 thoughts on “The WoW Pod both frightens and intrigues me

  1. haha wow, good ol’ WoW lol always so innovative. I gatta thank you Veronica, your blog about the kindle ended up creating a domino effect that got me a writing job at the newspaper Im working at… From the Ad desk to the Writers corner thanks pal !

  2. um…Just like you don’t eat where you poop…i’m gonna stick with that and expand it to “you don’t game where you poop”.

    however, now that I know it’s in boston, I’ll have to go check it out.

    yakob

  3. thats kinda neat. I mean, unless your opponents know your about to eat and want to take advantage of you. I’ve never played WoW, but when I used to be heavy into Black Arrow on Xbox, if I said give me a sec let me grab one of my 8 red bulls, I’d be shot in the head.

    I’ve also tried to get up to use the bathroom and found my team mates from abandon all hope become all too frusterated when I didn’t respond. lol. ahh the good ol days.

  4. A haven of pure enjoyment completely encapsulated by the experience… I think MIT just invented heaven. Sign outside: You must be this holy to enter!

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