There was a time when you had to go down to the arcade or pizza shop and pump quarters into machines if you wanted to enjoy a video game experience. Then computers and home gaming consoles brought video game entertainment into our living rooms. Now Sega is cornering the niche bathroom gaming market with a gaming interface named "Toirettsu" in which the user controls the game by peeing on sensors in a urinal.
If you can't go standing up, perhaps Toirettsu isn't for you (sorry ladies, but your hands-free method allows you to play Angry Birds on the can anyhow). Toirettsu targets restaurant and retail environments, ostensibly in hopes that by giving users goal-oriented mini-games to focus on, their men's room floors might stay a bit cleaner as gents have somewhere to aim. And, of course, it gives establishments (and Sega) somewhere to place an ad.
We're not so sure that urinal gaming is going to keep floors any cleaner – in fact, it's not difficult to imagine it making floors dirtier (ever thrown your controller during a particularly frustrating round of Halo?). But it will make peeing in public toilets more fun. Layer in a multiplayer, head-to-head (pun intended) function and pretty soon men will be going to the bathroom in pairs too.
If this were in any other country but Japan, I would be surprised.
Although the final game name was Toirettsu they really wanted to call it the Wii.
Damn, that had me cracking up before I even got into the article. This brings a literal meaning to having a pissing contest.
Don't take life to seriously! You'll never get out of it alive.
Sega still exists?
HOLY CRAP A CAPTCHA INTERFACE!!!! YAY, Popsci finally got their heads out of their asses!
Double blind captcha even, woot. End of spammers??
HEADLINE: Introducing the Sega Genital.
Immediately upon choosing a urinal: "Se...........ga..............."
Not sure how many of you have been to Japan or live here like I do BUT they need one of these for pooping too! Most public restrooms are squat toilets in Japan. For whatever reason it seems Japanese Salary Men are not potty trained because time and time again there is some poop that simply did not fall in the HUGE hole they were squatting over.
Who needs an incentive to take a piss? It is rewarding enough as it is. Just one more thing that is a huge waste of electricity and resources.
Ha! Brings a whole new meaning to first person shooter.
So are these things gonna keep high scores to see who took the biggest piss at each urinal? I bet the ones in bars would rack up some massive points... or something... totals.
as stupid as this sounds, i believe it will be great for potty training young kids.
Are they going to make a version for frat-boys that is compatible with vomit too? "You have barfed 2.5 liters! You really need to stop drinking!"
looks greate games, i love wii
lol my screen name will be magnum shooter. So i wonder when they will put drug sensors for detecting drugs in your urine. "oh yah high score *shoots both arms in air and pees on the guy next to him*" lol
Gross, but still pretty funny, and I wouldn't mind trying it out.