Royal Flush: Pee-Controlled Video Games Make A Splash In London
This gives new meaning to the term, “Whiz Kid.”
Since going to the bathroom can be rather boring, United Kingdom-based company Captive Media has created the first ever hands-free urinal video games and installed them in The Exhibit, a bar in Cambridge, London. Designed by Captive Media’s co-founder, Gordon MacSween, the high-tech video games, which are outfitted with 12-inch LCD screens, use infrared sensors and let lucky lads pee, play games, and achieve high scores. “The sophisticated algorithms allow the user to do something simple, but VERY engaging – controlling the system just by aiming their stream left or right,” Captive Media states on their website.
Since the games were installed at The Exhibit, a number of unexpected but positive effects have been noticed. “There has been less mess, which we sort of expected because we designed the game so you’re not splashing about,” MacSween explained. “When we put it in, people thought it’d be ripped off the wall within a week, but it’s still there after four months. Because people are having a laugh, there’s a lot less vandalism. People just tend to get less angry.”
No one is more positive about these innovative bathroom breaks than bar owner Drew Weatherhead. “I’m really hopeful that it will bring people in, new people, that haven’t been here before, which is always an advantage,” he said. “But also repeat trade, and then people can start using, actually competing against each other.”
Let’s just hope for everyone’s sake that the gamers can keep it clean.