Working on Kotaku you get some strange press releases — that's a given — but I got one this morning that utterly blew my mind. "How cool are the new selk'bags!" Began the email. "Although originally designed for campers, we're finding a surprising number of gamers are getting into them (literally!)." WAT?
The selk'bag is now available in Australia and, make no mistake, they are marketing these things to gamers. I find that terrifying.
Originally created for campers and hikers, the selk’bag is proving to be a big hit with gamers. Guys all over Australia and going to keep warm and comfortable around their consoles this winter with these little beauties! The selk’bag is a revolutionary new sleep wear system, very much like a sleeping bag suit.
The clever selk’bag is designed to fit the wearer, making them super comfortable and extremely practical. Unlike traditional sleeping bags, you won’t get tangled up when you roll over in your sleep, or reach for the remote control. The selk’bag even has durable nylon soles so you can walk around it. There’s an opening for your hands so you can play your games easily, or put them back in for warmth when it’s not your turn. Air vents can be opened if you get too warm.
In what world would anyone play video games whilst wearing these things? Is this some massively elaborate practical joke? Sitting in the house looking like drugged out Telly Tubby is not my idea of fun.