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A New Meaning For "SErvice GAmes"

wtf sign.jpgI 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 Cardâ„¢. 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.

Sega Toylets lets you game with your boy bits [Engadget]

5 Comments

jayoshi said:

LUCKY!!! Japan always gets awesome stuff. :( This will never make it outside of Japan.

jonbut said:

I love the fingerspelt W-T-F - made my day!

JTSpender said:

From your post I was expecting something a little more disturbing like some kind of horrendously unsanitary console on the back of a stall door. But having seen the video, this is not that strange at all. Maybe some context will help.

Over the last few years, there's been a growing trend of putting decals of bugs or targets or whatever in urinals for guys to aim at. There was actually some research showing that just adding these decals reduced "spillage" outside the urinal by something like 70%. If you've ever been in a bathroom used by guys, then you certainly understand how big an issue "spillage" is.

Not only does this make men's restrooms cleaner, it saves companies money through reduced cleaning costs.

Anyway, from the video it just looks like this is a goofy electronic "game" version of the same concept with a pressure sensor instead of just a decal. It's basically just an encouragement for guys to stay "on target" by measuring pressure/duration and telling them how they "measure up". It's a little silly, but has an actual purpose, and may do a better job of getting a guy's attention in a club/bar/stadium/whatever setting than the decals do.

Gumba Masta said:

And here I thought Resonance of Fate already has defined taking the piss on you.

Nikademus said:

So....this is the new Dreamcast?

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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