You can now dine in the high-tech splendor of gaming lights.
There has long been a subset of gamers in Japan who believe that you should use a pair of chopsticks when snacking while playing video games. Sure, chips, crackers, candies, and all sorts of other salty or sweet snacks are usually good finger foods, but when you’re in the middle of a gaming session you don’t want to be transferring grease and crumbs from your fingertips to your controller.
So maybe it was inevitable that we would see the development of gaming chopsticks.
Developed by Shanghai Donya and sold through Japanese PC stores dospar, these chopsticks have a stylish look due to their angular shape and clear construction. However, this understated aesthetic only exists when the utensils are at rest, because These chopsticks “play” the same way the best and flashiest gaming PCs do: with vibrant colored lights!
If you hold the chopsticks, you’ll notice that They’re quite chunky in size, kind of halfway between ordinary and cooking sticks.
That seems to be at least partly because the top ends need to be big enough to hold their power source of three LR41 batteries per stick.
Pull the tab, press the button at the top of the sticks and…
▼ GAME MODE ENABLED!
Don’t worry, you won’t be forced into a two-tone look if you don’t want to. You actually have a choice of nine different colors to cycle through by pressing the button, so you can mix or match as you see fit.
Due to their size, the gaming chopsticks can feel a bit unwieldy at first. They’re not huge, however, and we expect you’ll get used to their size long before you become desensitized to how cool they look. We especially love how they light up your food, how they turned our simple bowl of white rice with bonito flakes on top into a neon cyber meal.
When you’re done eating/playing and ready to do the dishes, there’s one important thing to remember. Because the tops of the chopsticks contain batteries, avoid getting them wet. Instead, you take off the top and bottom pieces and only wash the bottom ones, which are made of clear plastic that won’t damage electrical parts.
▼ This also explains why the gaming chopsticks are longer than regular ones, so the lower sections are big enough to hold a piece of food without using the upper non-washable part.
Dospara sells the gaming chopsticks at the cheap price of 580 yen ($4.30). They’re currently sold out on their online store, so it’s best to check the chain’s physical stores in Tokyo’s Akihabara, Hachioji, and Machida areas.
Related: Dospara site list
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