AFK cooksetCati Vaucelle and Hiroshi Ishii / 2009

AFK cookset

The AFK cookset is designed for the hungry role playing gamer who can connect her food items to her avatar. 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 avatar then jubilantly announces the status of the meal to both the gamer and the other individuals playing online: “O la la my roasted raptor is about to be done!” “Better eat the ribs while they’re hot!” etc. When the food is ready, the system automatically puts the character in AFK (‘Away From Keyboard’) mode to provide the gamer a moment to eat. When the player resumes playing, he/she might just discover his/her character’s behavior is affected by the food consumed in real life — sluggish from overeating or alternately exuberant and energetic.