In all my blog posts, I have covered the hard-hitting news that people expect, but since it has been a somewhat slow news week, I am going to diverge my focus a bit and talk about something completely unexpected - and kind of stupid - but may encourage people to use public bathrooms and have fun doing it. The last sentence sounds weird and could be taken in all kinds of context, so let me explain.
Sega, as I've said many times, is in a weird place right now. The company's games don't sell well, they are done with consoles for good, so they've had to find money elsewhere. The Japanese have done weirder things than this, so it ain't really a surprise to hear that they are turning bathrooms - specifically urinals - into video games.
The contraptions, affectionately known as "Toylets", feature built-in consoles that calculate various things like how much the "player" peed, to how fast his/her stream was. Moreover, players can download their "high scores" unto flash drives. That could lead to some interesting Saturday heroics; "I bet you couldn't beat my high score!" "Oh yeah? I'd like to try. What game?" "How much you can pee." "...What?" (Actual conversation between two average Japanese males, but translated into English for your viewing pleasure).
There is also other games where the "player" can blast graffiti off a wall with a hose, attempt to blow a woman's dress off with the "player" acting like the wind, and a pseudo-competition with the previous user to see who had stronger flow. The best thing of all about this entire story is that Sega plans to monetize this by placing advertisements in between games. Sega certiainly is getting creative in how they make money. Sincerely, I wish them the best of luck in this endeavour, and at least they aren't wasting time, money, and other valuable resources on another failed console. Keep up the good work Sega.