"For those who can't wait to get stuck into their latest goodies, the Christmas Tinner is our gifting solution combining the best of both worlds," says Game.
For those of you who just can't stand letting the Christmas festivities get in the way of gaming, UK retailer Game has a solution: the Christmas Tinner. As in, breakfast on the top layer, and pudding on the bottom, designed so that you can gobble your way through the day without interrupting Grand Lazy Sod IV, or whatever it is you happen to be indulging in. All for the low, low price of £1.99!
This is on trial at Game's Basingstoke branch, and may roll out elsewhere if there's enough demand. "The Christmas Tinner is our gifting solution combining the best of both worlds," says Game Retail marketing director Ailsa McKnight, "so gamers can feast on the latest releases and the finest food at the same time."
Finest food? OK, as someone who spent many years over there, I have to interject: British cooking is pretty rubbish at the best of times. Give me a good Birmingham curry any day rather than that boiled-dry, overcooked mush you lot call a Sunday roast. Serving it in a tin can only improve it.
This comes to you courtesy of design student Chris Godfrey, who has form for this sort of thing. Back in August he published his dissertation, which was basically the same concept but without the gaming connotation.
His original was a 12-course gourmet meal in a tin, featuring cheese and sour dough bread on top, roast pork belly with celeriac for mains, and finishing with French canelé and a malt barley and hazelnut latte. The mechanics are simple; Godfrey made each course himself, reduced it to a gelatine, and poured each layer in one by one, letting it set before adding the next.
"No one wanted to taste my concoction," said Godfrey, "all my housemates declined the offer and I didn't fancy it myself." He seeks a future in advertising. I suspect he may get his wish.