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The Nintendo pee

In hahahas, off-beat, search for personal satisfaction, Technology on May 23, 2008 by Editor Z

An invention that will doubt please video game enthusiasts as well as those who drink heavily. It used to be that a sports page framed or hung from a small bulletin board above a urinal in the men’s room was entertainment enough while you drained your lizard. But as we all know newspapers and reading about people actually physically doing something is so 20th century.

New Zeland Herald:

The Belgian Beer fans have launched a video game named “place to pee”, which allows players to slalom down ski slopes or kill aliens while relieving themselves.

Werner Dupont, a software developer, and Bart Geraets, an electrical engineer, got the idea while drinking Belgian beers, they said at a local beer festival on Sunday.

“This thing had to be invented by Belgian people and that’s what we are,” they said.

The place to pee booth is designed for two users at a time and offers two games- blowing up aliens in outer space or skiing down a virtual slope. Gamers hit their target by aiming at sensors positioned on either side of the urinal.

MY TAKE: Belguim is often overlooked. They are just as capable as the rest of the world when it comes to concocting and providing off-beat entertainment. Japan provides Hello Kitty and really wacky television programing, we provide the pain and carnival known as American idol, and Belgium now provides a video game urinal. They have just outdone us.

Supposedly women can also pay using a paper cone. That must be really awkward to see a woman standing on the tips of her toes with her pants down and a toilet paper tube, well I will just leave it at that.

I have faced this dilemma all the time. When at a bar or arcade and feeling the urge to urinate I too face the painstaking choice of whether to sacrifice my place in line and forgo the opportunity to play the video game where I get to live the illusion of skiing down the Alps as a world class ski champion and perhaps kill space aliens, or follow the natural and real desires of my body to relieve myself. Usually i would just stay in line and hold my breath and move my legs(with mixed results) until I finish tackling the slopes or saving the world from imperial outer space aliens. Now I can do both without making a fool of myself.

Photo from: ciddivine.com

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