I've got to say that there's nothing more boring than being made to traipse around a shopping centre by your partner - drowning in a shit mix of bright lighting, terrible music and having to stand on your feet for hours - whilst you're asked to judge items of clothing that all look the same.

So, reluctant shoppers the world over have reason to rejoice at a new innovation in China.

The Global Harbour mall in Shanghai is launching gaming pods for bored significant others to play on gaming consoles, whilst their other-halves can get on with shopping without any moaning.

Inside each individual glass compartment - or 'husband pod' as they're being called - is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, where people can sit and play retro games.

What's more, at the moment they are free to use, with local news reporting rave reviews of the pods by users.

Mr Yang said he reckons the pods are: "Really great. I've just played Tekken 3 and felt like I was back at school!"

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Another man, Mr Wu, agreed, but said that that he thought there were areas for improvement. "There's no ventilation or air conditioning, I sat playing for five minutes and was drenched in sweat," he said.

It goes without saying that they look sick, although the name of the pods has received a bit of stick from feminists who have accused the mall of sexism.

One Chinese blogger voiced her annoyance at the assumption she wouldn't be interested in playing games because she was a woman, she said: "Well my boyfriend often asks me to accompany him for shopping trips.

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"I'm a girl and I want to go in to play too.

"I don't like shopping but my husband enjoys it...guess I know what I'll be doing next time he shops."

Agreed - I thinking I think people of all genders should be able to enjoy sacking off shopping for Tekken.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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