NeoBytes :) is an occasional feature that takes a step back from the big headlines, to take a look at what else is happening in the vast, scary expanse of the tech world - often with a cynical eye, always with a dose of humour.
Most of us who enjoy playing computer games have, at some point, found ourselves so engrossed in a game that we just can't tear ourselves away from it, no matter how much we try. Of course, the extent to which each of us can relate to this does vary considerably.
Some of us will have simply stayed up all night, playing a game more or less non-stop for twenty or thirty hours or until our fingers can literally take no more button-pressing. Others will have gone further than this, perhaps calling in sick at work, or making excuses and cancelling plans with friends in order to stay home and complete a game.
But there are those who take gaming to a whole new level - a group that takes gaming so seriously that their lives become completely consumed by it. For these poor, wretched souls, UK retailer GAME has devised the Christmas Tinner.
GAME calls it "the ultimate innovation for gamers who can't tear themselves away from their new consoles and games on Christmas Day", and as you can see from the image above, boy, are those gamers in for a delicious treat. All the ingredients of Yuletide dining are crammed into one terrifying stack, right down to the cranberry sauce and even the all-important Christmas pudding.
Why spend valuable gaming time consuming several courses, one at a time, when you can just scoop up multiple layers out of the tin with a spoon while the next level is loading? And if your loved ones have disowned you, after years of trying to drag you away from your console, the Christmas Tinner will save you literally hours of play-time compared with cooking all those courses just for yourself, leaving you free to keep on gaming and share your festive joy with your real friends on PSN and Xbox Live. WIN!!!
Sadly, GAME has now sold out of the Christmas Tinner*, and won't be replenishing its stocks until next year - so for this year, at least, be sure to put down the controller for a little while on Christmas Day, and enjoy a rather less horrifying meal in the company of family and friends.
*Just in case anyone hasn't worked it out, it was never on sale - it was just a wind-up by GAME. Thank goodness.