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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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  • Earthling Red Branch 2011/11/30 18:58:53
    Earthling
    +1
    I love it. Make something up out of thin air, declare it to be true, and ignore anything that disagrees with it. If this is the way they taught you to "think" in school, I despair for the future of the country.
  • Red Branch Earthling 2011/11/30 20:55:10
    Red Branch
    Your continued presence on this discussion are proof that I am spot on.
    You entered this discussion with the intent to attack me.

    This just occurred to me.
    Are you copying down my material to use at a later date? You don't seem to have anything going for you in that area.
  • Earthling Red Branch 2011/11/30 21:55:33
    Earthling
    +1
    Actually, I entered this discussion to point out your ignorance about the virtual impossibility of acquiring an STD from a urinal, not to attack you personally. You have gone to great lengths to demonstrate your ignorance in several other fields, including common courtesy, civil discussion, and logic. Have a lovely evening.
  • Red Branch Earthling 2011/12/01 23:27:12
    Red Branch
    It is possible under the conditions I specified, it is unlikely, but possible.
    The thing you listed above apply to you along with another half dozen more undesirable characteristics. You entered this discussion attacking me and about 5 others with the same cut and paste.
  • Justin_ZAX Red Branch 2013/06/05 18:56:33
  • Dovahki... Red Branch 2011/11/29 22:05:42
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    It's best to be thought stupid than open your mouth and prove it.

    :D
  • Red Branch Dovahki... 2011/11/29 22:07:08
    Red Branch
    I wasn't going to being that up, but since you did, I think you are quite self aware.
  • Dovahki... Red Branch 2011/12/11 12:47:38
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    Question: You weren't going to being that up? I don't see how 'being' fits into this sentence...
  • Red Branch Dovahki... 2011/12/12 16:59:06
    Red Branch
    Slight typo. I do that on occasion when I am interacting with idiots.
  • Red Branch Red Branch 2011/11/29 15:10:33
    Red Branch
    How long before things get so relaxed that you will ask the guy in the next urinal to finish your game because you have a call on your cell phone?
  • AnnaLucia Red Branch 2011/12/01 19:48:47
    AnnaLucia
    No physical contact is made with anything at all. The game is controlled with the stream. You make no more contact than you would otherwise, so no STDs involved.
  • Jamaal 2011/11/28 19:27:49
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2011/11/28 19:21:43
    Gross
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +2
    Most guys don't need more ways to play with it they are creative enough and much to the disgust of their gals.
  • Adam 2011/11/28 19:17:10
    Great
    Adam
    +1
    You don't physically touch anything.
    It passes time while providing incentive for exercising a bit more control.

    Why would this be a bad thing?
  • Pam 2011/11/28 19:16:21
    Gross
    Pam
    +1
    Who would want to touch the screen??
  • Earthling Pam 2011/11/28 21:36:10
    Earthling
    +1
    Read the frikin article you dimwit. Watch the video. Honestly, the stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me.
  • Pam Earthling 2011/11/29 23:18:25
  • Dovahki... Pam 2011/11/28 21:59:07
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    "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."

    :|
  • EB 2011/11/28 19:09:46
    Gross
    EB
    +1
    Do you business and move on.
  • Ottsworth 2011/11/28 18:41:31
    Great
    Ottsworth
    +1
    Well I live in London, and I can't wait to go and test these for myself!!! :D
  • FordCrews 2011/11/28 18:34:03
    Great
    FordCrews
    +1
    Where is the spot to set your beer?
  • Dovahki... FordCrews 2011/12/11 12:44:48
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    In your mouth XD
    It's actually really rather intelligent... You're gonna like the games so you'll drink more to pee more to play the games...
  • hari 2011/11/28 18:08:53
    Gross
    hari
    +1
    that sucks
  • Fillmore 2011/11/28 18:08:04
    Gross
    Fillmore
    +1
    so you touch your self and then touch the screen?

    did they also install sanitary wipes too?
  • Earthling Fillmore 2011/11/28 21:37:57
    Earthling
    +1
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Can't you read? No touching of the screen is involved... How is it you can operate a computer but you can't even understand plain English?
  • Fillmore Earthling 2011/11/28 22:07:13
    Fillmore
    +1
    Its not me your mad at earthling so put on your big boy panties and get over it.
  • Earthling Fillmore 2011/11/29 18:45:12
    Earthling
    Not you personally, no - I'm angry at your inability to understand what it says in the article. I blame it on your education, or lack thereof - as further demonstrated by your inability to spell or use punctuation properly.
  • Fillmore Earthling 2011/11/29 18:55:15
    Fillmore
    LMAO!
  • Dovahki... Fillmore 2011/12/11 12:49:13
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    Mhm, that grammar.
  • Dovahki... Fillmore 2011/11/28 21:59:42
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    +1
    "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."

    OH MY GOD!!!! LEARN TO READ.
  • Fillmore Dovahki... 2011/11/28 22:05:51
    Fillmore
    +1
    OMG! FO!
  • Dovahki... Fillmore 2011/11/29 22:07:45
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    OMG!!!!! I FEEL SOOOO OFFENDED RITE NOAW???~~~!!!!!U~*~*~!^~*^!!!...

    If you just read the text, you'll find the bit of evidence. Mmmkay???
  • Fillmore Dovahki... 2011/11/29 23:53:55
    Fillmore
    +1
    uh huh
  • mizzSHADYgirl 2011/11/28 17:58:15
    Gross
    mizzSHADYgirl
    +2
    Lol thats stupid
  • Deathman 2011/11/28 17:48:42
    Great
    Deathman
    +1
    And what happens if you get addicted? Stay there peeing all day ?
  • Dovahki... Deathman 2011/11/29 22:08:33
    Dovahkiin Muffinz
    +1
    Well, think of it this way: It's gonna be fun, so you're gonna buy more drinks, which makes you pee more, which will make you go to the bathroom more to play the game.

    It all makes sense!
  • SoLongFairLady 2011/11/28 17:30:50
    Gross
    SoLongFairLady
    +2
    I mean i can understand if there making them in stalls when your pooping but when you peeing you dont pee for 5 mins it take couple secs and pooping well we all know how long that takes depending... haha wow i really just typed all that.
  • Kaname Kuran 2011/11/28 17:25:10
    Great
    Kaname Kuran
    +1
    hey gives me a reason to aim now
  • ToxicChili 2011/11/28 17:08:08
    Gross
    ToxicChili
    +1
    Probably end up peeing on the floor when making a sharp turn. Will probably end up being used for advertising.
  • Earthling ToxicChili 2011/11/28 21:38:21
    Earthling
    Apparently you can't read.

    "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."

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