Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Object of geek desire: the Iron Throne (made from keyboards)

Ah, the Iron Throne. Those souls intrepid enough to wade through the 4,228 pages of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series know just how important that royal ass check holder is to everyone in Westeros.

Forged by dragonfire from the swords of a king's vanquished enemies, it's difficult to argue with the badassery of the Iron Throne... but how would such a relic translate to the real world?

We know the answer, of course, but toilet decals, smartphone holders, and $30,000 replicas don't capture the conquering essence of the throne itself since (most) people don't carry swords with them as they go about their daily business.

Canadian programmer Mike DeWolfe didn't see this detail as a problem, and decided to create an Iron Throne of his own... built from the keyboards of vanquished noobs:

...or, y'know, 20 spare keyboards and an office chair that he happened to have lying around.

Dubbed "The Throne of Nerds", DeWolfe doesn't disclose how he managed to melt and warp the keyboards (probably not dragonfire), but he notes the he took every care to scorch every single ESC key to symbolize that there is no escape from the Iron Throne.

Scratch that. He charitably left one ESC Key - the prominent one at the tippy top of the chair - unburned, perhaps as a symbol of hope.  Whether that hope is that man can one day escape the confines of his scheming and self-interest, or that George R.R. Martin might actually finish the damn books remains a secret that the throne's creator isn't sharing.

I'm not sure this thing would be all that comfortable to sit in, but I can't think of a better way of showing your spouse, friends, landlord, and cleaning lady that you take your online PvP very seriously.