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London Bar Installs Urinal Video Games: Great or Gross?

Living 2011/11/27 03:12:21
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Did you know that the average male spends fifty-five seconds peeing each time he uses a urinal? Generally, that means about a minute of staring at a blank wall. However, for blokes in London, going to the loo has just become a lot more exciting.

The Exhibit bar in Balham recently installed a number of urine-controlled video games in its men’s bathroom. The system, developed by UK-based Captive Media, is the brainchild of Gordon MacSween.

Before and after the user approaches, ads are displayed on the 12-inch LCD screens fitted on the wall at eye-level, just above the urinal. When the sensors detect that the individual is in place and ready to pee, the system switches into gaming mode. According to the company’s website, “Sophisticated algorithms then allow the user to do something simple, but VERY engaging—controlling the system just by aiming their stream left or right!



And of course, great video games must incorporate some competitive element. So, at the end, after the player has relieved himself, he is encouraged to post his score via mobile to Twitter and a live leader board.

During its trial run in a bar in Cambridge, MacSween noticed that the system encouraged a couple of behavioral changes among urinal users. “There has been less mess, which we sort of expected because we designed the game so you’re not splashing about, and less vandalism,” he said. “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.”

Thus far, there’s no word on whether or not Captive Media has plans in store for women’s restrooms.

What do you think about urinal video games? Are they great or gross?

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  • jonathan 2011/11/29 06:37:08
    Gross
    jonathan
    +2
    So there is gonna be a whole bunch of guys standing with dicks out swinging their tackle about as they fiddle the buttons on some kind of controler .......WTF........headlines read man devolves to mere monkey in the year twenty-eleven.........it's a fact
  • bt sedlock 2011/11/29 06:23:47
    Gross
    bt sedlock
    +1
    Disgusting and stupid!
  • your favourite worst nightmare 2011/11/29 06:23:28
    Gross
    your favourite worst nightmare
    +1
    OK like it's not enough they never have to wait in line. Lol now... this?
  • bt sedlock your fa... 2011/11/29 06:28:41
    bt sedlock
    +1
    I can't believe that 43% of the people on this stupid urinal video game is great. It's gross!
  • your fa... bt sedlock 2011/11/30 05:13:19
    your favourite worst nightmare
    Damn right!
  • bt sedlock your fa... 2011/12/14 06:06:46
    bt sedlock
    Dam'n right it's gross!
  • MrSexyP... your fa... 2011/11/29 06:54:56
    MrSexyPants
    +1
    oh yes we do!! might not be as long as the girls' line, but despite what u think, there's always an unnessisarliy long line... lol
  • Pistol Pete 2011/11/29 05:32:33
    Gross
    Pistol Pete
    +1
    How long do they take to urinate in London? They must be doing it wrong! It only takes me less than 30 seconds, then wash and out the door.

    British are weird people. And, I notice that most of them also have bad teeth. related to urinating? We need more research on that!!! LOL!
  • SundayS... Pistol ... 2011/11/29 10:15:26
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    It's not that we have bad teeth, we're just not OBSESSED with our teeth like you Americans. :P

    ...Although it is kind of getting that way >>
  • Mulu Ge... Pistol ... 2011/11/29 12:24:34
    Mulu Gebremeskel
    +3
    REALLY SURPRISING I TAKE TO URINATE ONLY 10 SECONDS BUT TO DEFICATE 10 MINUTES
  • bettyboop Pistol ... 2011/11/29 12:31:56
    bettyboop
    Well at least you wash, they did a study on Oprah and found out 80% of woman wash, but only 20% of men do after visiting a public restroom.
  • the man Pistol ... 2011/11/30 02:08:30
    the man
    lol
  • Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/29 05:30:49
    Gross
    Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Just when you thought draining the lizard couldn't be more fun... All they need now is a virtual Pelosi head on the screen.
  • hollander208 2011/11/29 05:29:10
    Gross
    hollander208
    +1
    I think some people will take a hard "left" and pee outside the urinal.
  • Tab 2011/11/29 05:26:08
    Great
    Tab
    +1
    Funny!
  • Ruadon 2011/11/29 05:12:50
    Great
    Ruadon
    +1
    lol looks like fun
  • KatedLoveMJ 2011/11/29 05:11:41
    Gross
    KatedLoveMJ
    +1
    eww!How discussing is that?It makes me wanna throw up!!!
  • Vanessa 2011/11/29 04:47:33
    Great
    Vanessa
    +1
    I just voted for great cause it's so typical of men to have to invent something like that xD Too much time on your hands, guys! ^^ But I think it's cute that men always need something to play like giant kids... well I can't help it. It's so innocent and loveable =) Gotta love my husband for all he is! ^^
  • Dyonus 2011/11/29 04:43:41
    Great
    Dyonus
    +2
    Sometimes I get bored taking a piss and want something to do.
  • Hopscotch 2011/11/29 04:27:07
    Great
    Hopscotch
    +1
    I already can play Urinal games.....
  • footyfan007 2011/11/29 04:27:01
    Gross
    footyfan007
    +1
    Gaming is something that should NOT be put in the bathrooms especially public...keep it at home!
  • WoahItsMariaa♥ 2011/11/29 04:22:06
    Gross
    WoahItsMariaa♥
    +1
    I could just imagine how stoked Macsween was thinking he brought out a life-changing thing. Woow.
  • KateLenn 2011/11/29 03:51:40
    Gross
    KateLenn
    +2
    As long as they don't have to touch anything. Voice command.
    If you have ever had to clean a men's restroom, you know what I mean...
  • Jack Azz KateLenn 2011/11/29 11:31:30
    Jack Azz
    Umm, you obviously haven't. If you had you'd know that ladies rooms are several orders of magnitude more disgusting than men's rooms. Women hover over the seat, and when they hover, things aren't lined up properly and things spray all over the place. Dumb bitch.
  • KateLenn Jack Azz 2011/11/30 08:00:24
    KateLenn
    The subject was video and games over Urinal's. Pants down, something in your hand....
    Your right tho, the ladies rooms isn't much better. I use one of those every day, it is just suprising, the shape they are also in. However, we have our purses, phones, and other things on our minds, where would they put it?
  • bettyboop KateLenn 2011/11/29 12:33:56
    bettyboop
    I have had to clean men's restroom and I am with you on this KateLenn.........they should provide biohazard suits for the job.
  • T 2011/11/29 03:29:29
    Great
    T
    +2
    it's really both
  • strawberry 2011/11/29 02:48:16
    Gross
    strawberry
    +1
    People spend hours playing video games, now they have to put them above urinals.? A person cannot take a pee without playing a video game.? It is silly, but I'll bet this idea will catch on elsewhere. One problem, someone could be watching.
  • Muver 2011/11/29 02:38:32
    Great
    Muver
    +1
    I voted great, because it appears that the hand that holds the pen, will NOT be touching the paper, tho I am sure some smartass eventually will try to write his name across the screen, and then yuck....best thing to come out of this....would be lines out the door with guys waiting to get in to pee and try his Ahem, hand at the game....lines just like the ladies bathrooms, perfect !!!
  • drdos1943 2011/11/29 02:35:41
    Gross
    drdos1943
    +1
    I consider all video games to be inappropriate. Read a good book and nourish your imagination and creativity.
  • SundayS... drdos1943 2011/11/29 10:16:29
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +1
    Who says we don't read books? o-o I do both
  • drdos1943 SundayS... 2011/11/30 01:09:43 (edited)
    drdos1943
    .....only if more people would do that. Too many are addicted to video games.

    Also, contrary to my former response, not all video games are inappropriate, e.g. pilots are trained by video games.
  • SundayS... drdos1943 2011/11/30 19:11:50
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +1
    I will agree that the stereotypical World Of Warcraft guys or the five year olds playing Call Of Duty have a problem. xD Well in the latter case it's the parents but whatever.

    That's okay, I was about to say that hating them all is a bit harsh o-o
  • drdos1943 SundayS... 2011/12/01 10:41:07
    drdos1943
    The word "hate" is inappropriate. "Dislike intensely" is probably better. However, I do not "hate" or dislike video games. What I do not like is their drug-like addiction to them. Our youth is replacing reality with the virtual.
  • SundayS... drdos1943 2011/12/01 11:53:54
    SundayStoleYourCookieDough
    +1
    ...Well, that makes sense. o-o I can agree with that
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2011/11/29 02:32:11
    Gross
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +1
    This might lead to the kind of waiting lines the Ladies Loo usually has... or will result in even more beer being sold so gamers can spend more time peeing and playing. Like we need more time-wasters in the world these days. I'll bet washroom attendants hate this.
  • Dr.CleoDactyl 2011/11/29 02:31:07
    Great
    Dr.CleoDactyl
    +2
    get working on a girl version u_u
  • Jreilly 2011/11/29 02:18:54
    Great
    Jreilly
    +3
    Gross? You're not touching anything! Why would it be gross? Quit acting like a bitc...
    Godd idea.
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2011/11/29 01:52:01
    Great
    flyingseaturtle BN
    +2
    Interesting idea...I wonder about the execution though ;-)
  • BlackPoison 2011/11/29 01:49:54
    Gross
    BlackPoison
    +1
    wtf?? the most you will be there will be like 2 or 3 min
    that's just a waste of money

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