PCs Stink – ScentScape

And I didn't say smellovision even once. Oh, balls.

The greatest thing about the PC: nobody can stop anybody from making things for it.

The worst thing about the PC: nobody can stop anybody from making things for it. For instance, a device that lets you smell World of Warcraft.

ScentScape is USB gizmo that releases various odours to suit the game/bit of game you’re currently playing. It probably uses magic, or chemicals, or both. It’s a $70 unit techno-air freshner refillable with $24 cartridges that last 200 hours.

The smells? Well, 20 in total, and so far we know of pine forest, smoke, flowers and ocean. No “charred flesh” or “Boomer vomit” then, eh?

We don’t actually know which games are supported, but the pic on their website looks suspiciously like WoW. More details here – includes ‘volume’ control!

Here’s a little taste (well, not taste – you’ll probably need a different unit for that) of it in action, albeit with a TV focus. Skip to about 3.50 in.

What would you like to smell while gaming, readers? In my case, anything other than the mild odour of burning dust from inside my long-overdue-for-a-clean PC case would be a welcome change. I might get one of these, or I might just put some flowers on my desk instead.


  1. Squirrelfanatic says:

    I want to smell the smell of victory of course.

  2. Jahkaivah says:

    Perfect for Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

  3. oceanclub says:

    Oh god, I hope Fox News don’t hear about this.


  4. Thule says:

    Wouldn’t WoW just smell like cheetos and dried sweat all the time no matter what zone you’re in anyway?

    • Magrippinho says:

      Actually, WoW smells like money.

      Fresh-out-the bank money for when you log in from a dev account, burnt money for when using an ordinary one.

  5. Batolemaeus says:

    Or waffles.

    I’m sorry, but screw smoke, pine, or any of the other chemicals that won’t even come close to the real thing. If I want pine, I have pines a short walk from here. If I want smoke, I go to the fireplace.

    But pancakes? I don’t have pancakes. And I can’t have pancakes right now.


  6. Chaz says:

    I did mention in another topic somewhere that that new Eldar Scrolls game could do with some thing like this to add extra atmosphere. So you get the smell of the forests and the stench of rotting zombie infested dungeons and of course the smell of warm blood as you hack someone to pieces.

    • Fumarole says:

      Eldar Scrolls? Is that the new Relic game?

    • Firestem4 says:


      No, it is the new game from Bethesda Softworks (people who made Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls Oblivion/Morrowind)

    • Synchrony says:


      completely missed the joke there didn’t you

  7. Chris D says:

    It would certainly make those sewer levels even less popular than they are at the moment.

  8. Zogtee says:

    Kane & Lynch 2.

  9. TreeFrog says:

    This is all well and good, but what’s the smell resolution of this thing? If I’m sitting round a campfire with a group of other Stalkers, am I going to be able to detect the stench of an approaching mutant, or will the synthsmoke drown it out? I don’t see him asking these important questions.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Yes, the resolution issue is critical. Will all of Geralt’s beddable babes in Witcher 2 smell alike? That will just ruin immersion.

  10. skinlo says:

    You really need 4 of these situated around you so you can properly detect direction of smells.

    • Polysynchronicity says:

      Your nose doesn’t even work that way!

    • Navagon says:

      That’s because our noses have evolved to smell directionlessly due to mankind’s cheapness in only purchasing one ScentScape machine each. If we are to avoid causing Darwin to revolve in his coffin at even greater speed then the only solution is MOAR SCENTSCAPE.

  11. Kryopsis says:

    Smell the Barrens chat.

  12. cocoleche says:

    I just want something that cooks and puts food in my mouth :(

    • Teddy Leach says:

      *Waits for someone to make a wife joke. Because I’m not going to.*

    • pipman3000 says:

      they’re called hands! you use them to take the pizza rolls out of the box and put them on the styrofoam plate. then you put them in the microwave and turn it on, then you use your hands to put them in your mouth and

  13. Jimbo says:

    Artificial smoke smell seems like a spectacularly bad idea.

  14. Derpentine says:

    I’ve smelled things you people wouldn’t believe. I’ve smelled the Donkey Kong Kill Screen, I’ve smelled Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I smelled c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain… Time to die.

  15. Gotem says:

    Honey! What is that smell? are you watching porn again?

  16. Sarlix says:

    I would like to know what Castle Shotgun smells like.

  17. Teddy Leach says:

    This thing is built for sewer levels.

  18. DiamondDog says:

    Listen… do you smell something?

  19. Duffin says:

    I wonder if it includes the scent of Jaina’s axe wound.

    Wait.. I’m not logged in… am I?

  20. Jake says:

    Hah for some reason at first glance I just assumed you would strap those things to your face like a robotic pig snout. Thinking about it, I can see that their way is more sensible.

    This makes me think of the Jorvick Centre, where you can smell what it is like to be in Viking times but while it may be authentic it’s just horrible. I suspect Orgrimmar stinks just as badly. Now we just need authentic ‘being stabbed with a sword’ force feedback and maybe some thermostat controlling software that makes it unpleasantly hot in your room when you fall into lava (patent pending). Then we can experience how miserable WoW would really be.

  21. ColOfNature says:

    Bacon. Everything should smell of bacon.

  22. Moonracer says:

    I’m imagining this used in public spaces or multiple at LAN parties.

  23. ZIGS says:

    Does it work with Rapelay?

  24. Ziv says:

    The peripheral that I really want is an AC controller, one thing that I’m missing for full immersion in metro is the freezing breeze once you go outside. It would also be awesome to heat up when using mounted guns for long periods. Think of the possibilities!

  25. Jumwa says:

    With the numerous poop-related quests in WoW…

  26. GT3000 says:

    Oh the possibilities with sex games. The smell of vaginal discharge, and dried semen. Reminds me of mom. =\

  27. pipman3000 says:

    Revolutionary device allows user to smell World of Warcraft players.

    Smelly unwashed armpits and McDonalds french fries.

  28. apa says:

    I want BFBC2 Vietnam to support this. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” ;)

  29. Yargh says:


  30. jon_hill987 says:

    Because of the tendency for games to get set in places like sewers and the use of rotten flesh in many games I am against smell-o-gaming even more than I am against NVidia’s rubbish 3D (active shutter is not the way to do it, polarised is the best glasses on method as at least you can get a prescription pair and it doesn’t flicker).

  31. Axez D. Nyde says:

    I guess with smelling games, no one would actually wanna play “a game I made with rotting zombies in”.

  32. cheesetruncheon says:

    Oooh I can’t wait, these will become super popular and then RPS will run an Article about how, as an anosmic person, I have to find my way through Games using only Sight and Sound. It’d be awesome.

    but seriously even if I could smell I wouldn’t buy one of these, nothing beats a walk in the Park.

  33. BobsLawnService says:

    Anything that masks the odours of desperation, stale bodily fluids and mouldy old takeout that are the mainstay of your average hardcore Wow player is a good thing.

  34. Hidden Thousand says:

    As much as I love Borderlands, I’d stay away from its smells.

  35. Oak says:

    Finally, a reason to revisit Don’t Shit Your Pants.