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The Ultimate "Doll House" For WoW Players

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the never-leave-the-house-again dept.

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BoyIHateMicrosoft! writes "A friend of mine sent me this link today about a group of MIT students who have created something called a WoWPod. It's like a playhouse for WoW players. It has everything from Refreshing Spring Water, to food (Like Crunchy Spider Surprise of course!) to a toilet and of course the appropriate gaming gear."

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Oblig. (5, Funny)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879233)

"How can you kill...That which has no life?"

What life? (1)

Sybert42 (1309493) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879833)

They are just preparing for post-Singularity life.

Re:Oblig. (0)

powerlord (28156) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880067)

"How can you kill...That which has no life?"

It doesn't have "no life". No instead of living in their parent's basement, millions of WoW users can live in a WoWPod!

Just think if we make it a little bigger and include a bed, they would never have to leave?

I hear Singapore just ordered several thousand of them.

Re:Oblig. (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27882059)

I was about to suggest he make sure it fulfills all the requirements of a coffin as well.

Like, maybe, a bell on a string to yank so you can let people know your still alive.

Disappointed (2, Funny)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879247)

No Eliza Dushku in this one!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_Dushku [wikipedia.org]

Re:Disappointed (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880401)

God I hate that bitch. Ever since Buffy.

Wow..what an...idea (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879269)

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

Well, let's just hope the announcements are limited to the food being eaten and not other "facilities". Not that some 'tard announcing every little thing isn't annoying enough, actually.

And a crapper built in to the chair you sit in to for gaming? I sincerely hope who ever uses this mutes their mic first.

Re:Wow..what an...idea (1)

cml4524 (1520403) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879317)

If interactivity like this is an option, can we make one that delivers increasingly powerful electric jolts to the idiots who spam trade chat with Anal [Skill] links or Chuck Norris "jokes" over and over?

Re:Wow..what an...idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27882329)

I suggest that, if someone does an 'Anal' post, they recieve whatever they posted.

Anal Slam? Okay.

Anal Fire Blast? Sure thing.

Anal Overpower? A little harder; it'll take a few minutes for Bubba to get from the prison to the gamer's place.

Re:Wow..what an...idea (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 5 years ago | (#27881759)

Next on the Violence Channel, it's Ow, My Balls! With Hormel Chavez!

Re:Wow..what an...idea (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 5 years ago | (#27893577)

Some computer gaming mag I use to read back in the early 90's had an advertisement for a gaming chair with a toilet build into it right next to a fridge. It was a joke more or less but this was about the time Active X was just becoming popular and featured Active Splash with forcefeedback for the commode, an acne cream dispenser that doubled as a jolt cola and Doritos holder, and a host more of moronic statements/devices that had you rolling for days.

I'm not sure why I had to tell you that outside to ensure that the crapper built into the chair has been thought through for some time now and it probably wouldn't be an issue for you. Or was it in case someone else remembers the article and has a link to it so I can laugh again? Anyways, this sort of seems like something that we could only dream of 18 years ago.

"Dollhouse"? (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879273)

It's definitely earned the name in one way: if you go into one, you won't have a life of your own for at least 5 years. And it may destroy your brain.

oh the (non) possibilities! (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879301)

great, more places where they can go to... not get laid!

Missing a door (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879307)

While this is a good idea, it is missing a critical component: privacy.

Without real privacy, this "dollhouse" is nothing more than a well-equipped cubicle. (How am I gonna pleasure myself to naked goat-chix and elf-babes without secrecy and security from prying eyes?)

PS: Must credit Homer Simpson for prior art.

Re:Missing a door (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879329)

How is it to know when you're maturating?

Re:Missing a door (1)

rockNme2349 (1414329) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879849)

While this is a good idea, it is missing a critical component: privacy.

If it had a door to close for privacy what use would the toilet be?

Re:Missing a door (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27881481)

No. This WoWPod does not need a door for privacy.

It needs a door.. and a lock on the outside.

I think the reason is obvious.

Re:Missing a door (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27881983)

Needs wifebane hanging from the door.

Ugh (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879311)

All I can say is... wow...

Wait... (3, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879345)

I've seen this before... didn't these used to be called "outhouses"?

Oblig South Park ref (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879837)

Finally, no more calling for mom over the intercom for the "toilet!"

Re:Wait... (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879893)

An outhouse, with a toaster oven.

This should become a template for your next home. You'll never need to leave the kitched table.

Is it real? (1)

coolsnowmen (695297) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879417)

I can't tell if the hut itself is virtual or not.

Too much Mountain Dew? (4, Insightful)

bi_boy (630968) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879733)

Me thinks these MIT students have been chugging too much Mountain Dew while cramming for final exams. Unless this is actually for a class...

Subtext being that this WowPod is basically a diorama of slightly higher quality than that of a 5th grader but is deemed newsworthy by being contexted with World of Warcraft and having been done by MIT students.

Re:Too much Mountain Dew? (1)

Silmandil Quirpon (1487025) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880059)

So, I think you have underestimated the quality of MIT PhDs. From the designer's website: http://web.media.mit.edu/~cati/wowpod.html [mit.edu]

Overall, this work ties into my research at the MIT Media Laboratory, Tangible Media Group, specializing in the design of hybrid physical/digital objects for play, performance and psycho-physiotherapy. I create tactile interfaces to shift the body boundaries, exploring technology mediated "holding" (from grabbing, to hugging, to being secured) as a lever to personal growth.

Re:Too much Mountain Dew? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27882039)

Your lips are moving, but all I hear is buzzword, buzzword, buzzword...

Re:Too much Mountain Dew? (1)

IorDMUX (870522) | more than 5 years ago | (#27882323)

Subtext being that this WowPod is basically a diorama of slightly higher quality than that of a 5th grader but is deemed newsworthy by being contexted with World of Warcraft and having been done by MIT students.

... and having an integrated data reader, intelligent cooking system, servo-controlled cooking apparatus, software tie-ins, and even simulated avatar interaction. (See the original blog [mit.edu] for details, rather than the blog-about-a-blog in the summary)

True, it's no PhD thesis, but it is inventive and amusing, and a nice brief distraction during the workday. Whether it belongs in Idle or not is up to the editors, but I was entertained.

Re:Too much Mountain Dew? (1)

GammaKitsune (826576) | more than 5 years ago | (#27884889)

Where you're from, do 5th Graders normally build structures big enough to fit a person inside of, equipped with electricity, plumbing and virtual crack? Can I move there as well?

already done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27879809)

So it's cool if you make one of these things for World of Warcraft, but if you make one for fully enjoying your pornography viewing experience you all of a sudden become a 'perverted freak' and shunned.

I hate double standards.

Re:already done (2, Funny)

Altus (1034) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879969)

No reason to shun WOW players.

they never get out of the house anyway.

scary (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 5 years ago | (#27879879)

I've always been afraid that if Blizzard can ever figure out how to get some labor out of WoW players, like 40 man raids simulate protein folding or something, they'd be unstoppable.

And the outhouse in the article is basically a very early alpha version of what you'll see of humanity at some point in the future... probably distant future. And then it'll basically be the matrix. And they'll prolly still have a monthly charge, and we'll pay it. =/

yay.

I don't play WoW, (2, Funny)

miknix (1047580) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880057)

you insensitive clod!

Won't work for Horde... (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880143)

That thing appears to be themed off something from what I'd see in the Barrens that belongs to the Horde. This won't work because it has furniture inside and no simple mats.

Excellant Basement Gear . . . (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880511)

No one living in their parents' basement should be without one.

. . . and a brilliant new gibberish metric: How big is your basement, in WoW Dollhouses?

Leave it to MIT... (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 5 years ago | (#27880667)

...to bring poopsocking to a whole new level.

Rob

Ok... gonna get flamed but... (0, Offtopic)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27881039)

I'm a WoW player - in fact, I'm a triple-boxing, addon-authoring, way-too-much-wow-playing WoW player, and I gotta say, this thing is lame.

Much prefer something practical [digitalsorceress.com] .

Crunchy Spider Surprise - WTF?!?!? (1)

VorlonFog (948943) | more than 5 years ago | (#27881927)

What the hell happened to Crunchy Frog?
Praline: Next we have number four, 'crunchy frog'.
Milton: Ah, yes.
Praline: Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in here?
Milton: Yes. A little one.
Praline: What sort of frog?
Milton: A dead frog.
Praline: Is it cooked?
Milton: No.
Praline: What, a raw frog?
Praline: Next we have number four, 'crunchy frog'.
Milton: Ah, yes.
Praline: Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in here?
Milton: Yes. A little one.
Praline: What sort of frog?
Milton: A dead frog.
Praline: Is it cooked?
Milton: No.
Praline: What, a raw frog?

(Superintendent Parrot looks increasingly queasy.)

Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.
Praline: That's as maybe, it's still a frog.
Milton: What else?
Praline: Well don't you even take the bones out?
Milton: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy would it?
Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.
Praline: That's as maybe, it's still a frog.
Milton: What else?
Praline: Well don't you even take the bones out?
Milton: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy would it?

Mankrik (1)

Sean0michael (923458) | more than 5 years ago | (#27882003)

I won't call it complete until they place a tombstone in honor of Mankrik's wife, dead all these years and still not buried.

Where is the trade chat channel? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#27882429)

You know, the really lame stuff that has nothing to do with trade?

By the way, I just had Kehrbehr drop some glyphs for sale at the Horde AH in Mok'Nathal ... enjoy!

Re:Where is the trade chat channel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27884849)

Why haven't you killed yourself yet?

I can see it now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27882905)

Paramedics are going to be pulling corpses out of these things all over the world.

Toilet Humor (1)

CandlJack (1198797) | more than 5 years ago | (#27882935)

I was going to write a post about how playing World of Warcraft on a toilet may be indicative of a serious addiction, but then I saw that the CAPTCHA said "bowels" and I decided that pointing that out would make for a much funnier post.

Re:Toilet Humor (1)

ockegheim (808089) | more than 5 years ago | (#27886293)

My favourite comment from below the article:

Brilliant! But what happens when a Fire Mage cuts loose, and immolates himself? Judging from the food items offered, I'll bet that toilet has a lot of methane in it...

-By Anonymous

What a load of idiotic crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27893195)

Seriously, the only people I know who play WoW are the most useless wastes of humanity I've ever seen.

Why don't you waste-cases do the world a favor and commit mass suicide ?

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