Monday, February 21, 2011

Toylets - a new kind of joystick game

This article about "Toylets" tickled me recently, so I had to share it with you.  SEGA - everybody's favourite games console designers of yesteryear - has just released their latest hardware/software combo.  It comes with a pressure sensor that attaches to a urinal, which allows you to control activity on a screen above, according to how you direct your pee. (insert joystick joke here).

To give you an idea of what you can achieve with this concept there are four games on release. First up there's "Mannekin Pis", which simply measures how hard you can pee. Next "Graffiti Eraser", which lets you remove paint by pointing a hose in different directions. Thirdly "The North Wind and Her", where you play as the wind trying to blow a girl's skirt up, and the harder you pee, the harder the wind blows.

 Finally, the bizarre "Milk from Nose" is a multiplayer game where you compete against the person who last used the urinal. The strength of your pee is compared, and translated into milk spraying out of your nose. If your stream is stronger, your milk-stream knocks your opponent out of the ring. If you do particularly well on any of the games, you can download and save your information to a USB stick.  I wish I was making this up! - as usual real-life is so much wierder. Now boys will be going to the toilet in pairs and coming back with huge grins on their faces...

It sounds a bit like somebody at SEGA called a meeting to try and come up with something game changing like the iPad - and four bottles of whiskey later, they'd thought up Toylets instead.  Still it's another motion-graphics challenge to think up a game or an ad for this application.  If any reader of my blog gets asked to design something for the "Toylet", please please let me know and we'll do a feature.

Nobody's taking the piss out of SEGA now.....

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