Global Harbour mall in Shanghai, China is testing a new pilot program for men, glass pods where men can go to play video games while others can shops.
The pods are referred to locally as a “husband rest room”, containing a comfortable seat and a self-service computer equipment. The pods are actually in the middle of the mall with full view of passing crowd. The walls are also transparent but it is fully enclosed, so the husbands are not disturbed from whatever waiting activity they want to partake in.
The enclosed space of the booth also gives men an escape from the crowd. Unlike regular arcades which cater to younger people, the ‘husband pods’ are pre-loaded with retro games such as Tekken 3, specifically for older players.