Most people, at least those in western countries, upon hearing about the newest video game from Sega, think it must be a practical joke; after all, who would create a video game that is played by controlling a stream of urine as it leaves the body? Well, according to EndGadget, Sega would, and has. SlashGear says it’s reals as does the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s called Toylet and is played, at least thus far, only by males standing at and using a public urinal.
The Herald explains that Sega hit upon the idea after engineers with the company complained about the awkwardness of using public urinals. Being a video game development company, executives set engineers the task of developing a game that men could play sans hands, fingers or any other appendage. Instead, play is controlled by urine stream flow ala strength and duration. Also, because the average visit to the urinal is rather short, games on the Toylet typically last less than a minute, and the objectives are rather primitive, e.g. filling a coffer can, or blowing wind up the skirt of an animated reporter.
EndGadget explains that the system has a sensor plate that rests on the back of the urinal that is sensitive enough to measure stream strength and duration, etc. An LCD panel is mounted on the wall at face height to allow the player to monitor and perhaps adjust flow to improve gaming skills. Thus far, scoring is not used, though it seems likely to be added at some future date if Toylets become mainstream.
The standard gaming system as sold by Sega consists of just the gaming unit, thus buyers have to purchase the urinal separately. The system sells for approximately 140,000 yen (about $1750) and is thus far only available in Japan, where presumably, restroom patrons would be more open to such an idea. The Herald also notes that buyers who wish to charge patrons for playing games on the Toylet can purchase a separate option that allows for that as well, which makes sense, as the vast majority of urinals are in public restrooms, not in private homes.
SlashGear says Sega apparently tested the Toylet in Tokyo last winter got such a great response that it has decided to roll it out to the rest of the country starting this summer. They are also reporting that Sega has said in interviews that patrons playing with the Toylet while using the facilities tend to make less of a mess while playing, meaning, their aim is improved due to trying to do well with the game.