Allentown, PA – Urine-powered video game consoles will be installed in the men’s restrooms of the the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate.
The urinal gaming systems should be ready to go on Opening Day next week at Coca-Cola Park, which is supposedly the first sports venue in the world to feature them at men’s urinals. According to the team, the “p-controlled video game systems” will make a “huge splash” in the stadium’s restrooms.
The devices are made by Capital Media of the UK (see video below) and apparently have proved quite popular in pubs in that country.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs website explains how the the so-called urinal game controller will operate:
“When a user approaches the urinal, the video console flips into gaming mode, using patented technology that detects both his presence and stream. Algorithms then allow the user to engage with the screen by aiming in different directions to test their agility and knowledge. The games are 100% intuitive and custom-built to provide a unique user interface along with an easy and seamless experience.”
Top competitors will even see their scores “flashed” on the scoreboard in Coca-Cola Park, which reportedly has the highest attendance of any minor league ballpark in the country.
Apart from entertainment, there apparently is also a serious purpose to the urine-powered video games (a.k.a. “X stream games”) according to sponsor Lehigh Valley Health Network: prostate health awareness.
Considering that an incredible number of baseball fans (assuming IronPigs fans are no different) in ballparks around the country already spend most of the game going back and forth to the beer kiosk and/or buying brew from the vendors, the game consoles should be very popular. If so, expect to see them show up at other venues.
Do you find it interesting that the urine-powered video games will debut at the home games of a team called the IronPigs? Do you think it is a good idea to install video games played by peeing into public urinals or could things get even more messy — or perhaps “out of hand” — in the men’s restrooms?