Basically, in case you're not from an arcology, a pod is a, um, pod. That you go in. And play a sim. For as long as you want -- years, decades, your whole life -- the pod keeps you alive and healthy. Since most of the people in the arcology don't get posh luxury suites with holograms and repulsors and a decent amount of square footage, it's a really tempting option.
Waking up from a pod sucks, though. You're not hibernating, so you just get really, really stiff. And I was only in one for three days! I bet humans who come out after even a month or two need a session with an autodoc.
I hear that's one of the advantages ratlings have -- they're the new race optimized for arcology life. Among other things, they're supposed to be able to pod for years and wake up good as new. They're a new race, though, so most of them are still kids -- we'll see how well that holds up when they get older.
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