Let the urinal games begin

A minor league baseball team tries to entertain fans in the men's room with 'the world's only truly hands-free' controller.

By Jonathan Berr Mar 28, 2013 2:26PM
Captive Media's urinal gaming system (© Captive Media)Who knew that going to the men's room could be so much fun?

When baseball season starts next month, fans of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be able to play video games as they pee into a urinal -- no joke. The AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies has dubbed the system "the world's only truly hands-free urinal game controller." It was developed by U.K.-based Captive Media, and the IronPigs are the first team to use it.

The team will have a variety of "X-Stream games" throughout the season at its Coca-Cola Park stadium. One is alpine skiing, in which players try to hit as many cartoon penguins as possible as they speed along the mountain slopes in a snowmobile. That's quite a challenge, given that the games will last about 55 seconds.

When finished, users will receive a code so they can see how they fared against other fans at the ballpark. High scores will be displayed in real time across various video displays. Friends and family of the winners will no doubt be proud -- and slightly perplexed -- by these achievements.

"So while the Phillies’ farm system may not exactly be stocked with talent anymore, at least the stadiums are really cool," says the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The games are sponsored by a local hospital as a way to promote prostate health. The IronPigs are so giddy about the promotion that they're letting the metaphors flow -- literally.

"These games are sure to make a huge splash," exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes in a press release. "Our fans are always looking for the next big thing and these 'X-Stream games' are another example of our commitment to providing an unparalleled entertainment experience in all aspects of Coca-Cola Park, including our restrooms."

Jonathan Berr isn't sure how he feels about competitive peeing. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.

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Mar 28, 2013 2:44PM
hands-free? I think there's definitely a joystick involved
I know exactly what you mean.  My son lost his job because his hospital, of all things, closed its doors.  When he went to the court house to apply for assistance, he was told that he did not qualify; yet there were deadbeats coming and going with their smiles because they had been accepted.

He helped me renovate one of our older houses so they could stay there.  The only assistance his family got was from mom and dad until he and his wife could find a job.  Moreover, that job required him to use his own vehicle (mine really) to go to work, which covered the entire state.  

It's no wonder I am tired of the foreign aid programs, the entitlement programs Congress gives itself, the Congressional health care program (not ours), their retirement programs (not close to ours), and the perks and retirement benefits given to the President and other high rankers in our government offices.

How does that old saying go, "I'm so mad I could spit nails."   
Mar 28, 2013 3:51PM
Drop your fly, grab your rod and play the fishing game!!
Mar 29, 2013 11:03AM
This is just wrong....Not including the "sicko" factor...
Mar 28, 2013 4:14PM
this is the most hilarious thing ive ever seen in gaming. period.
Mar 28, 2013 3:10PM
Two guys pizzing off a bridge.... First guy says.."Man that water is cold".... Second guy says "Its deep too"
Mar 28, 2013 3:32PM
I would hate to be the guy that collects the quarters at the end of the day.
Mar 28, 2013 2:56PM
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