For all the incredible GPUs and CPUs I take a look at daily in this line of work, it's somehow the gaming chairs that keep surprising me.
You'd think it'd be a simple case of gamer plus chair equals gaming chair, and in many ways you'd be right. The fundamental concept of a racing seat-style throne hasn't really changed all that much, yet that hasn't stopped some manufacturers from coming up with increasingly weird ways to make theirs stand out from the crowd.
Enter: the Lenovo katana chair.
And before you ask, no, the blade is not removable and is, in fact, not a real sword.
I never thought I'd see a gaming chair designed to roughly mimic a person's outfit, even an anime one. Yet the chair is designed to look something like Giyu Tomioka, a character in the anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. I've never watched it, personally, but the strange hog-man on the Lenovo landing page (opens in new tab) sort of makes me want to.
I suppose it's not a far stretch from previous ventures into the extremes of gaming comfort, such as this gaming chair with mechanical wings (opens in new tab). It's only a few steps on down the derivative track from these Bethesda themed Doom (opens in new tab) and Fallout (opens in new tab) chairs if you think about it. Just scientifically better, because it has a sword on it.
It's definitely better than this thing (opens in new tab), too.
Lenovo is only giving away five of these chairs in Japan (via Kotaku (opens in new tab)). But since we're on the subject: If you could Animorphs-style turn your favourite videogame character into a gaming chair, who would you go for and why?
Let me know in the comments. I'll be sure to check them out. Probably.