Welcome to our brand spanking new series, something I affectionately refer to as The Ultimate Gamer Lounge. Stay a while, relax, take off your shoes and loosen your tie, should you wear one, so you can make sure you’re prepared to really engulf yourself in this new feature. Now, it’s common knowledge that everyone wants a place that’s exclusive to gaming, your own personal home within a home where the furniture is inviting, the technology superior, the food is tasty, and the energy drinks are bottomless.
Few of us are lucky enough to have such a place set aside just waiting to keep us comfy while we explore City 17, Raccoon City, Rapture, or a certain foggy resort for hours on end. That’s what this series is all about because every week or two we’ll take a look at some of the best gear and furniture ideal for gamers. And what better way to start off such a series than with one of the best inventions since, well, the gaming console: the beanbag chair.
I’ve long been a fan of the beanbag chair. It’s alluring bulbous shape, the sound it makes as it conforms to your bum, the way even the most talented Interior Designer doesn’t have the skill to match this loud, comfy mass with other furniture in even a slightly appealing way. I’ve owned a handful of beanbag chairs in my time, most of which were in my possession when I was too young to fully realize their potential as a small animal cannon, but never have I owned anything as large or welcoming as the Sumo Gigantor.
Now I’m old, or older, and even if I had owned a thousand beanbag chairs before this nothing could’ve prepared me for the hulking monolith of beany comfort that is the Gigantor. This thing isn’t a piece of furniture, it’s a way of life, and it’s the first thing you see when you enter my apartment, mainly because everything else is hidden in its rather substantial shadow.
So you can more fully realize the size and beauty that is the Gigantor, it’s six feet wide and stands close to four feet tall. It’s easily my newest favorite thing in my room (sorry Sony Bravia, you’re no longer the Hot Stuff) and I dare say it has an aura of intimidation about it, like the room it occupies is no longer yours and you’re now the furniture and the Gigantor your master.
If you’ve ever owned a beanbag chair you already know the basics; they tend to be comfy, mound-ish, and they make a satisfying soft crunching sound when you place your weary bum upon them. This alone might sell the idea of a beanbag chair to most, but wait, it gets better. You can customize it with four different micro suede covers that come off easily for washing, they’re essentially waterproof, as everything I’ve accidentally tossed upon it has harmlessly slid right off, and they’re guaranteed to never go flat.
In past experience with such furnishings, they usually go flat or transform into odd, butt-shaped forms after time. The Gigantor, being above such cruelty, shrugs off any indentations left by behind abuse in a half hour, tops. Then it sits there, daring you to sit upon it again so it can swallow you up and not let go until you find the strength, or will, to escape its cozy clutches.
If you’re lucky enough to have a room dedicated to entertainment (or for the luckier amongst us, a Game Room, err, Lounge) the Gigantor is one of the comfiest things you can stuff in such a room. Its customization arsenal is limited to four options but that should be enough to match it to your room’s décor. It can fit multiple people, assuming you know each other well enough to snuggle within close proximity of one another. Or if you’re like me there’s more than enough space for a single individual to sprawl out and make bean angels for hours on end. Hell, it could even double as a bed, and believe me; mine managed this feat on more than one occasion.
The only issue, assuming you haven’t gathered this already, is just how colossal the Gigantor is. Once it’s in a room it owns the room. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just an incredibly noticeable one. Mine replaced my ailing futon to become my new throne, ideal for gaming/movie-watching/[CENSORED]. If you’re looking for something that places comfort above all else, or if you’re simply looking for a way to force your date/significant other to get real close, the Gigantor might be the perfect addition to your home. Just make sure you have room.
The Sumo Gigantor beanbag is a product of the fine people at Sumo Lounge, and it retails for $399 USD, but how can you put a price on comfort? If you’re looking for something a little less room-engulfing there are a plethora of other Sumo bean bag chairs available at the Sumo Lounge website.