Behold, Japan's Antique Gaming Chairs

By Luke Plunkett on at

Today, the term “gaming chairs” is synonymous with those gaudy padded monstrosities you see in the background of a Twitch video. But in the late 80s/early 90s, a Japanese company had a much simpler idea.

These are Iron Craft’s efforts, which consisted of taking a rather uncomfortable-looking stool and sticking a controller at the front of it. That’s it.

Looks awkward at first, but I admire the simplicty. The controllers look amazing, given the time (especially the one with a throttle), and while the design doesn’t look like it’d support long sessions, it seems perfect for something like a fighting game tournament or FIFA night where people can just swap in and out of the hot seat.