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SEGA Brings Gaming To Public Restroom Toilets

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the hold-my-joystick dept.

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kkleiner writes "SEGA recently announced that they are testing their Toylets male urinal video game at select locations around Tokyo. Toylets uses a pressure sensor located on the back of the urinal to measure the strength and location of your urine stream. A small LCD screen above the urinal allows you to play several simple video games including a simulator for erasing graffiti and a variation on a sumo wrestling match. At the end of a game, the screen displays advertisements. Whether you find the concept hilarious, disturbing, or disgusting, urinal video games are simply another way that interactive media could invade every part of our lives. It also shows that no space is safe from digital ads."

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You win hard (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774374)

small penis man

Now all we need.... (2)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774386)

...is the Zuck urinal puck. Nobody would ever miss again.

Re:Now all we need.... (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774460)

Of course, nobody wants to move that puck with their stick...

And how soon before the pressure sensor is replaced with a video camera because it will be both cheaper and more accurate...

Re:Now all we need.... (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774980)

And how soon before the pressure sensor is replaced with a video camera because it will be both cheaper and more accurate...

And I notice you forgot to wash your hands.

Re:Now all we need.... (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#34776126)

And how soon before the pressure sensor is replaced with a video camera because it will be both cheaper and more accurate...

And I notice you forgot to wash your hands.

Lets just say while I have nothing to be ashamed of... I would prefer something not pointing a video camera at my junk while I am taking a piss.

I already have some bathroom games (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34776278)

One game is called ninja pissing (actually I just made that name up), I aim my piss to minimize sound. You gotta bounce it off the rim just above the waterline. If you're uber-l33t at it you'll even stay quiet when starting and finishing. Plus it makes you seem super-classy to the other guys in the bathroom B-)

Another game you can play is called "out the douchebag" (actually that's another name I just made up). When some douchebag uses his phone in the bathroom, you aim right for the middle of the bowl and piss with high pressure for maximum noise, and fart loudly if possible, so that the person he's on the phone with knows the douchebag is talking from inside a bathroom.

Re:I already have some bathroom games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34776564)

When some douchebag uses his phone in the bathroom, you aim right for the middle of the bowl and piss with high pressure for maximum noise, and fart loudly if possible

Why not just flush or use the tap?

Re:I already have some bathroom games (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34776638)

Because it doesn't sound disgusting enough, although adding a flush is worth some extra points.

Pissing Contest (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774388)

Now this is one pissing contest you just have to win :)

Re:Pissing Contest (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#34777020)

It doesn't take much of a whiz to be number one at this game. Urine for a great time with Sega!

All I want to know is... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774390)

Does it support multiplayer?

Re:All I want to know is... (2)

ThePromenader (878501) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774428)

...and would a bank of urinals be a LAN? Now boys are going to start going to the restroom together... we couldn't do that before today (imagine a scene where one girl at a restaurant says to her girlfriend: "I'm going to the restroom, are you joining me?". Now switch them with two guys).

Re:All I want to know is... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774662)

Thanks for spelling that out for me at the end. I mean, wow, up until that parenthesized explanation, I had no idea what you were talking about! Your clear and concise explanation at the end was a real eye opener. (Imagine a scene where one person is talking about sticky social scenes that hint at mild sexist and/or homophobic topics, but turns it on its head and notes that it's okay now due to some "potential new social context". Now explicitly spell out some of the underlying social norms/faux pas implied by the initial statement(s), but delicately leave the punch line hanging.)

IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775952)

Soon you'll have guys trying to get to just the right level of bladder fullness for the greatest pressure. Not so full that it would hurt to exert pressure, and not so low that you can't put any pressure behind it. Then you go for MAXIMUM DAMAGE!

And then the damn cheaters would bring super-soakers into the bathroom |:-(

GOD DOMMOT SOGUH (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774396)

Japan, for the nth time, you are so weird.

Sounds greate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774400)

I know I'd love a chance to piss all over the Microsoft logo in a gentlemanly way.

Hmmm (4, Funny)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774404)

So wait...now I'm supposed to play with myself in public bathrooms? Sheesh it'd hard to keep up with the rules...

Pissing match.... (2)

rts008 (812749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774410)

"Hey! You sunk my Battleship®!"

Put this tech on 'potty trainers' for kids, and housebreak those rascals in no time!

Re:Pissing match.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774514)

I remember seeing something like this in the U.K. 10 years ago.
Target in the urinal, LCD at eye level.
The longer you hit the target, the more the girl on the LCD would strip.

Definitely load up on a few pints before "shaking hands with the unemployed" :-)

What happens when you loose? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774440)

You get p*ssed off?
How p*ssed off can you get?
The more p*ssy you get the higher the score?

Does the guy with the bladder of an elephant,
that can stream across the bathroom automatically
get higher scores?

Next is the Bidet game!

what about womens loos women can pee standing up (2)

dyshexic (1535987) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774448)

so when are they going to one for the women's loos? you don't have to be male to pee and hit targets you know! OK writing your name in the sand is easier for males but they said this was about pressure not multitouch

Re:what about womens loos women can pee standing u (1)

DeathElk (883654) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774820)

Testify! I can hear my lady peeing from out back in the shed! And yes, despite this, she is most definitely a <barry white>lady</barry white>

Re:what about womens loos women can pee standing u (0)

DeathElk (883654) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774824)

Ooh shit, I mean't to post that anonymously! Sorry my sweet, lovely, delicate goddess!

Re:what about womens loos women can pee standing u (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774846)

That's alright, Julian. I'll get over it. But you realise you're gonna be humpin' your fist for a looooong time ;*

Re:what about womens loos women can pee standing u (0)

DeathElk (883654) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774858)

DOH!!!

Re:what about womens loos women can pee standing u (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775874)

Hahahaha booty lockdown XD

Just find out where your wife surfs and dig up some dirt, you know women talk about all the same kinds of stuff with their girlfriends...

Re:what about womens loos women can pee standing u (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34775092)

Nonsense! You're browsing on Slashdot! You can't have a partner - how else would you catch up with all the stellar news?

Ouch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774462)

Huh sir... sir... sir! I was a bit drunk and so much into that urinal game that I kind of... you know... got out off bounds... and there's no way I'm cleaning up.

Webcam? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774474)

Does it also have a webcam? Why not link it to a penis-rating site online?

pee pressure! (1)

mustPushCart (1871520) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774476)

Have a pressure sensitive screen lining the surface of the urinal pot and then you gotta aim your pee at enemies that appear on the screen. No one is going to cheat by touching it directly for sure.

Looks like Tokyo has some catching up to do... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774486)

We had these in our University Union toilets in Newcastle back in 2002 - not seen them anywhere else since though.

I'd give it my elbow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774488)

Digital ads even by the urinals? I'd use my elbow: you are terminated.

Oh, wait, there was a camera, too?

enlarge your penis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774500)

I'm just eager to watch penis enlarger companies advertising there...

Surely they are taking the piss.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774506)

I'm not going to duck, I'm going to hold my head up high!

Just what you were waiting for... (4, Insightful)

Rolman (120909) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774512)

Great! The world's first socially acceptable way to admit playing with your penis in a public place.

A whole new meaning ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774516)

... for "you are playing with it".
If the screen does not work, shake it three time.

What the fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774550)

Okay Sega, when the hell did you sink this low? I mean seriously... fucking toilet games? Playing with your dick when you're supposed to be relieving yourself? This reeks of Japanese origins based on idea alone, so maybe this can be somewhat forgiven. It's almost like this disturbing, also of Japanese origin, idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P89IQ5Nr8NQ

Come on... really... no matter how your spin it... WHAT THE FUCK?!?

What about worldwide highscores? (0)

dragisha (788) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774562)

They'll probably get a DNA every time you... provide it... and put it together with your result in highscore table... Internet enable Toylet, and voila...

What remains to be solved is some difficulty level segregation. They can, for example, do a visual measurement of your... gaming controller.. and put you in appropriate difficulty level. Equal opportunities and all.

Maybe even pictures of high scoring players? To get full recognition for gaming success?

faces (1)

r00t (33219) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774568)

Got an election coming up? Put the politicians side-by-side and let people piss on them!

Quality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774580)

To be this good takes.. SEGA.

Potty Pot Shots (5, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774592)

Back in the 70's, I bought this at Spencer Gifts for a friend. It had small cardboard ships to toss into the toilet, and you could try to sink by pissing on them. If your bladder is full of beer, and your blood full of alcohol, it is a hoot and a half.

This "game" is much more challenging for women.

For the non-US folks, Spencer Gifts is a chain of stores in malls (shopping centers) in the US. They sell crap, like stuff to throw into the toilet and piss on.

Prior Art (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774626)

I have prior art on this as I've been playing with my Wii in public restrooms for years.

I'm sure... (3, Interesting)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774644)

This will help keep people from peeing on the floor. Goddamn, it's as if people haven't made it past potty training very far.

"The lights went out in the bathroom and I missed EVERYTHING" - firesign theatre "Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra"

--
BMO

Re:I'm sure... (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774674)

I stopped at a Burger King in Portland, once, which had a pretty messy bathroom. By "messy", I mean that the toilet was full of shit. And by full, I don't mean "oh no, someone used this and didn't flush". I mean, it was literally full of shit. Up to the rim and then beyond. The shit piled high into a sort of "pyramid" about six inches above the rim. And there was more shit on the floor. I'm grateful that I needed to use the restroom before eating, so I stopped in before we ordered. Just as I entered, an employee was walking out. It wasn't being cleaned up, so I guess the guy just used the bathroom and was going back to cook or something. Yeah, we walked out and never returned. Ever. Fucking disgusting. Of course, this is the same Burger King where we ordered "extra pickles" and they gave us "paper bags", instead (WTF?).

Re:I'm sure... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34776104)

A guy once told me about some outdoor thing he was at (can't remember what it was) where there was a porta-potty.

He went in and there was a mountain of shit above the seat like you describe (or even taller, he did use the word "mountain"). And at the peak, somebody had planted a little American flag XD

Re:I'm sure... (3, Interesting)

krou (1027572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774780)

Reminds me of that story about the fly in the urinal [wbur.org] to change human behaviour and get men to aim.

However, in this case, it makes me wonder if that would work: if you have to erase graffiti, for example, that would suggest you have to change aim a bit.

Pretty interesting concept though. As my one friend remarked to me, it won't be long before they're doing this in the toilets, and people get to play Angry Turds.

Microsoft Phone 7 Yellow Stream of Death (1)

phonewebcam (446772) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774752)

Microsoft, playing their usual catch up, have announced one based on their new phone os (its got terrific XBox integration). I was wondering what its answer to blue screens and red rings would be.

This is useful and hygienic (1)

Sodki (621717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774794)

The most disturbing consequence of this is that the urinals will be cleaner because people will try to piss inside the urinal now. I'm not joking. In a mall in my town someone remembered to make urinals with images of spiders and other bugs inside the urinals and the effect was notorious because people would then concentrate on pissing on the images inside the bowl!

I've been wondering for the longest time (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774884)

When will we get urinal ads.

I mean, you have an audience that has nothing sensible to look at instead (when you're sitting, you can at least read but at an urinal?), nothing good to do and they also can't really escape you, while at the same time they're there for the average length of a commercial.

Why didn't anyone get that idea before?

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34774962)

Such adverts are common-place at motorway service stations here in the UK.

They're printed, and I imagine that this existing low-tech solution will be just as effective as the new high-tech version.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (2)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775000)

I live in a metropolitan city on the east coast of the US and we have had these for a long time in places like bars. They use an enclosed/framed cork-board-type of setup that advertisers pay to have their ads posted on. It's mostly ads for car care centers or some shitty local bar and grill.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

Fearan (600696) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775068)

In Montreal there have been ads around (and in some cases inside) urinals for a good amount of time. There are some bars that have LCDs over the urinal with a stream of non-stop ads.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34775128)

(when you're sitting, you can at least read but at an urinal?),

You know, about half humanity DOES SIT for pissing.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

xSander (1227106) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775134)

They exist already. I know of at least one pub that had LCD screens above the urinals.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775210)

Been common in Germany for while in autobahn gas stops.
Most are just cardboard in frame ads but one near Munich was an screen with audio and music when you were in front of it.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

jockeys (753885) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775494)

I've actually seen ads posted on urinal walls before many times. Usually print ads, sometimes at truck stops.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34775588)

You need to get out more apparently.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775784)

Lots of places in SF have ads above the urinal.

I see these as a beautiful opportunity... for theft. You're not putting a camera in the bathroom. These things are going to walk away with regularity.

Re:I've been wondering for the longest time (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34777570)

Well, they can be sealed behind glass, but I was more thinking of bars and other places where someone trying to dismantle an ad screen would probably be noticed.

Tell me honestly (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774954)

Think of your colleagues hygiene habits. Would you use a touch screen in the bogs? It brings a whole new meaning to "that game was really crappy".

It will also show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34775102)

...that no place is safe from vandalism.

I mean, who wants to watch ads while peeing?

how about a hand washing game? (1)

shitetaco (1954742) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775186)

Why can't they make a game to encourage people to WASH THEIR FUCKING HANDS after they use the toilet. (Or, do Japanese people never wash their hands?)

Monkey see, Monkey do! (1)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 3 years ago | (#34775204)

With repeated usage, some men could be trained to aim into the receptacle instead of splashing all around it. :) Talk about incentive!

In the future, The first time you use one of these loos, you will be prompted to enter your name and other random information. DNA material that is urinated will then be used to identify repeat users, this would help to maintain local and global high-score lists.

Urinal Target (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34775232)

The best urinal target I've ever seen was at the government facility were I worked. As a reminder that people talking on the telephone should not talk about classified information or have long conversations, someone prepared small stickers that were placed on every phone in the building which said, "Keep it short! Keep it secure!" When one of these stickers appeared in one of the urinals, it quickly became the "target." It was not uncommon to walk into the bathroom and discover a visitor laughing as he stepped up to that particular urinal.

as a true slashdotter, I have to say.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34776038)

finally some good use of the 'little guy'.

First person shooter? (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34776424)

A lot of shooting arcade games require you to point the gun off-screen in order to reload. Yeah, there might be a puddle on the floor next to the high scorers.

Pee in Japan by Alphaville (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34776442)

Alphaville: Pee in Japan (1984) ..It's easy when you pee in Japan,
Aah when you pee in Japan-tonight...
Pee in Japan-be-tight...
Pee in Japan... ooh the eastern sea's so blue
Pee in Japan-alright, pay!

Fear the male-targeted ads (1)

meustrus (1588597) | more than 3 years ago | (#34777264)

This scares me. I am already thoroughly disturbed by gender-specific advertisements on cable TV, and here they'll have a 100% male audience. What will they try to sell me? Aftershave? Condoms? Or even worse, will it loudly proclaim "ENZYTE: NATURAL MALE ENHANCEMENT! GET SOME!" What if my "performance" in the game is available to advertisers? I can never use public restrooms again!

Which reminds me of a Red vs. Blue that went something like: "I never use public restrooms." "What? We've been out here for years!" "Yeah, it's going to be an eventful homecoming."

money! it's a trip... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34777484)

s/SEGA/SMEGMA/g

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