I honestly cannot figure Sega out. Most of the titles they release any more are old titles for download, continuing existing franchises of varying quality, or buggy licensed games capitalizing on film releases, but then they throw out phenomenal gems that belong in everyone's collection. Sonic Colors returns to form and brings us the first quality Sonic game in years that's an equal joy to watch and play. Bayonetta is packed to the brim with amazing action and so much delightful over-the-top camp that it's up there with Steel Magnolias and Madonna's Immaculate Collection as required consumption to apply for your Gay Card™. And then there's Resonance of Fate, a JRPG that actually tried something different with its mechanics and story and stood in stark contrast to the well-trodden formula used in Final Fantasy XIII (full disclosure: I'm a former QA employee of Sega and worked on Resonance of Fate. Beat it and you'll see me in the credits!)
One of our readers, Justin, informs us that now Sega's trying something new, and to their credit it's definitely an original idea so far as I know. What you should be aware of is that this new idea is being tested out in Japan. So yeah, hit the jump and be prepared for the SFW WTF.
"Toylets." Let that portmanteau sink in for a moment as you figure it out. Almost...there ya go. I love seeing that transition from "huh?" to "ew". Yes, Sega has created a new "console" using a public urinal as its base: they put a target in the bowl and you pee on it to control whatever it is your character is doing in the game you select to play. There's a metaphor in there somewhere. The designers even included a multiplayer mode, though fortunately it's asynchronous. You compete against the prior player, not the one standing next to you, though I imagine it's just a matter of time before someone puts this in one of those trough things at sports stadiums and I'm going to stop this train of thought right now before my imagination gets the better of me and goddammit too late.
My apologies to the lady gaymers as it looks like this project is a Boy's Club special. The sting of sexual discrimination is a painful one, but I imagine that somehow y'all will manage to shrug off this offense.
I honestly can't think of anything else to say about something this bizarre, but it does bring some questions to mind. Specifically, "How did this go over in QA?", "Who greenlit this project?" and "Dear god, do I even want to know how they plan on expanding this market?" Actually, I already know the answer to that last one. No. A thousand times, no.