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Cati Vaucelle, Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn made this: the WoW Pod:

The WOW Pod is an immersive architectural solution for the advanced WOW (World of Warcraft) player that provides and anticipates all life needs. 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.

It’s on view now at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • shyguy567

    I was just at the MIT Museum. I stopped by after the tour of the campus.

    I’m not really a big gamer and I’ve never played WOW so this didn’t really catch my eye in a big way. You should cover some of the mechanical sculptures. Those were really my favorite part of the museum.

  • Anonymous

    This makes me incredibly sad. Why’d they bother with the food? An IV drip line would have waved additional valuable raid seconds…

  • Ric

    How did a WoW player find the time to make this???? I assume this was built during an internet outage or WoW server maintenance.

  • Mabus Warcraft Guides

    Hahaha, I want my own WoW POD!!!!
    But then my girlfriend would most likely kill me for wasting more time in WoW.

    -Mabus

  • stevWOW

    LOL someone on ironlife.com’s forum bought one and is posting from there with pics. TOO funny. I freaking want one

  • Flamez

    wtf. no wonder everyone hates WOW players.