Sometimes when I think the world can’t get any stranger... it does. I just hears that Sega have started installing ‘Toylet’ games in mens’ urinals in Japan.
Do you recall my recent blog titled So, you want to play games do you? One of the games I mentioned involved an interactive flash animation in which you had to test your knowledge and expertise as to the decisions a guy must make when visiting a restroom.
Well, as I have mentioned before, I’m a member of the How Things Work [HTW] group on Yahoo. This group bounces around from topic to topic with the agility of a mountain goat. One of the items that grossed my desk this morning relates to an article on Wired.com. This article explains that Sega has announced that it is testing consoles called “Toylets” in urinals around Tokyo (Click Here to see the full article).
The idea is that the each urinal is installed with a pressure sensor. An LCD screen is mounted on the wall above. The user is invited to vary the strength and location of his urine stream to play a series of games.
For example, the “Mannekin Pis” game simply measures how hard you can pee. Alternatively, the “Graffiti Eraser” offering lets you remove paint by pointing a hose in different directions.
As one of the guys on the How Things Work Group noted: “This is quite odd by our standards, but then what do you expect from a nation that brought us the following:”
He has a point. As I say, just when you think that the world can’t get any stranger…
Truth to tell, I imagine that most guys would not be able to resist this ... especially if they were installed in bars ... it would make you want to run out and drink more to beat your "high" score 9as it were (grin)
Hmmm. I'm not sure what to think of this one. It's very strange. On the other hand, who among us, as a youth, could resist the temptation to occasionally "write in the snow" when out winter camping or some such activity.
Wow Max, that is very unique.... Since many toilets there are pay-per-use, maybe this is another way of raising their user base and increase their per-peer revenue? Hey, I wonder how it would work with Angry Birds?
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