Three years ago the “Toylet” was just a pipe-dream for developers at Japanese video game maker Sega, but now the urinal video game has been rolled out at pubs across the nation.
Users target their urine at a sensor inside the toilet which measures volume and speed, with software then matching that to progress in a selection of five video games in a console mounted at the top of the urinal.
“At first, we thought it would really be only young people who would like this kind of game. But … we’re seeing this phenomenon where people are enjoying playing with it, regardless of age,” said Hirotaka Machida, the console’s lead producer. Read more …
Gamers get a bad rep: They’re typecast as plump, basement-dwelling man-children who lead reclusive lives and collect actions figures. Apparently, that’s way off base. A study by GameHouse says that 55 percent of online gamers are actually female. Not only that, but in comparison to female non-gamers, they are happier, more social, and get it on more often! Say what?! Is Farmville really the solution to all of life’s problems? Keep reading »
Food, sex and video gaming: it’s the ideal trifecta for any run-of-the-mill male and Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas is making it a reality. The Joystixx (yes, that’s really the name) is 21+ and calls itself the “best new place to score in Vegas.” Joystixx opened last month in the infamous chain’s casino, offering “classic arcade games, drink-serving gamer girls, and private video game console booths,” according to the gamer blog Kotaku. The Hooters “gamer gals” will undoubtedly have showgirl figures — but spending your vacay in Vegas in a private video game console booth? Especially one that’s open until 3 a.m. every night? You can do better than that. [Kotaku via Hooters Casino Hotel]
At some point in time, “gamers” got a bad rap. Let’s stop stereotyping the “gamer” world as a place exclusively for basement dwelling social pariahs in dingy underwear who subsist on Hot Pockets microwaves with love by mom. Those of us — yes, women game too! — who play video games also enjoy socializing with friends (outdoors even!) during the daylight hours and have other hobbies besides completing the “Braaaaaaaaaaaaains!” mission in Borderlands. In fact, we even date! Keep reading »
Wow, this new video game “Catherine” sounds pretty twisted. Here’s the concept of this anime game: the player is Vincent, age 31, a boy-man whose girlfriend Katherine (left) is smart and hot, though a little stodgy—as denoted by her glasses, naturally. Basically, Vincent just isn’t ready to commit to her. He is at a bar with his friend, when the scantily-clad Catherine (right, spelled with a ‘C’) walks in. They end up going home together. From here, the player has to decide whether to tell Katherine about the infidelity and try to save the relationship, or whether to leave Katherine for Catherine, etc. To get to the decision, the player has a series of nightmares in which they have to climb walls and solve puzzles. The nightmares alternate with animated scenes that give more information about both possible relationships.
Somehow, this all sounds sort of wack to me. Keep reading »
Everything I know about physics I learned playing Angry Birds. (Physics is all about different types of birds divebombing mean green piggies, isn’t it?) And now the youth of America can learn from everyone’s favorite iPhone game, too. Boing Boing found this question on a math test — worth seven points — to school the kiddies about fractions and square roots and piggy-killing strategy. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »