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 (â€˜Crunchy Spider Surpriseâ€™, â€˜Beer Basted Ribsâ€™, 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: â€œVorconâ€™s meal is about to be done!â€ â€œBetter eat the ribs while theyâ€™re hot!â€ etc.
It’s on view now at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA.