This is the "WoW Pod". It does everything. It's a crapper, it's a computer, it's a kitchen and, most important of all, it's a shield against the outside world.

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The brainchild of artists Cati Vaucelle & Shada/Jahn, the pod - based off real World of Warcraft "architecture" - is "real" (in the sense that it's an art installation, and not a product), and was built using grants from, among other groups, MIT's Council for the Arts. Billed as an "immersive architectural solution for the advanced World of Warcraft player that provides and anticipates all of life's needs", it was created to question "the inducement of pleasure, fantasy fulfilment and the mediation of intimacy in a socially-networked gaming paradigm such as World of Warcraft".

Which we're sure it does. But it also cooks eggs while you play video games. And when the cooking is done, it's linked to your character, who will announce that the cooking is done to your guild mates.

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Which we'd say publicly is just awful. But secretly say is totally awesome.

If you're interested in actually checking this thing out, it'll be on display at the MIT museum until September.

A video for the WOW Pod! [Architectradure, via GameSetWatch]