Nov 24, 2007

Ann Tancio


As gaming becomes more mainstream, becoming less of a taboo and widely accepted, non-gaming companies are trying to stick their hands into the jar and leech onto the coat tails of the gaming industry juggernaut.

Gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry, but you don’t need us to tell you that. Massive games and profits are all over the place, including the mainstream media. It’s an inevitability that someone else will try and milk some cash from it.


These ‘products’ are basically licensed (Or unlicensed in some cases) pieces of clothing or hygiene products that are aimed at gamers, and are often absurd in nature (Mario underwear? Rock on!) However, through all the monotonous slew of branded crap, there happens to be a few products that have broken through with something nice.

The Sumo ‘Urban Lounge Gear’ bean bag chair.

The Sumo ‘Omni’ is slated as a relaxing bean bag chair for gaming, or just sitting around. Sites like CTRL+ALT+DEL’s (Digital Overload) and Myconfinedspace have reviewed the chair, saying they’re in love with it. Also featured at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) convention, the chair seems like it’d be the perfect substitute for a couch or any other chair, especially in a small apartment or dorm.

The Sumo product line also features an footrest called the ‘Otto’ that can match the Omni. It’s just a footrest, so it isn’t exactly the most notable item for gamers, but for the price it could work as a impromptu chair. The main thing about the Omni, and the other Sumo products, is the price. At $129 for the chair, and $75 for the otto, it’s much cheaper than buying an actual couch or regular chair, and a lot more comfortable too

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