My mind boggled to read the headline: "KFC launches game console with built-in chicken warmer". Surely not? However, a quick check online revealed that Snopes rated the story true, and Gamespot has the technical specs. Reluctantly, I'm forced to conclude that it's not an early April Fool story. There's even a Web site advertising the beast.
The BBC reports:
Fast food chain KFC is launching a gaming console that warms up chicken.
"The chicken chamber will keep its contents hot, ready for consumption during intense gaming sessions," KFC said.
The company said the console was designed by a global hardware maker and could play top-level games like other gaming machines.
Many people thought the gaming console was a spoof marketing campaign when it was revealed in June.
KFC said its new console had a custom-built cooling system that uses heat produced by its components to warm the chicken chamber.
"This machine is capable of running games at top-level specs, all on top of keeping your meal warm for you to enjoy during your gaming experience... what's not to like?" KFC spokesman Mark Cheevers told the BBC.
"If Sony or Microsoft want any tips on how to engineer a chicken chamber for their efforts next time, they'd be welcome to get in touch."
The fast food chain said it currently had no details on the expected price of the gaming console or a release date.
There's more at the link.
Frankly, during my dim and distant youth, I never regarded fried chicken as having anything whatsoever to do with computer games. The two were hardly synonymous in our minds, and I daresay they still are for most game players. The mental association is a bit mind-boggling, to say the least!
On the other hand, I daresay this invention has implications for a whole range of game situations.
- You can no longer claim "My console is fried!" The chicken within it may be fried, but the console is toast. A chicken sandwich, perhaps?
- You can no longer egg on your team (unless the eggs are as fried as the chicken that produced them).
- Having a chicken kept warm during a heated encounter on-screen is going to lend a whole new meaning to the term "co-processor".
- What of the time-honored stricture of mothers about not playing with your food? If it's inside your console, you can't help but play with it!
- You may be able to suit the food to the game. If the screen is displaying brutal, gory combat, 'battered' fried chicken might be appropriate.
- Would the warming of buffalo wings in the console constitute the use of an illegal performance enhancing substance during a game?
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