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.
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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