'Pigs go where all men have gone before

When it comes to being innovative, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs take the challenge standing up. Their latest endeavor is to have a video gaming system integrated with the urinals in the men's rooms throughout the stadium. No, this is not an April Fool's joke.

Gotta admit it; when I first got the press release that the Lehigh Valley IronPigs were installing "p-controlled" video games in the urinals at Coca-Cola Park, I thought it was an early April Fool's joke. I almost called them to verify that this was real, because I didn't want them to pull one over on me, because then I'd have been pis..., well, you know.

Turns out, it's true.

Coca-Cola Park will be the first stadium venue to have interactive video game urinals in the men's room. Now, if you've gone to the men's room at CC'P' before, you know that it wasn't any ordinary trip. The mirrors turned into video advertisements when they weren't in use and the urinals had rather clever ads for - wait for it - a urologist. Now, it turns out that the urinals will be a gaming system.

"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," said IronPigs GM Kurt Landes.

In the game, you control your 'player' by aiming left and right to make him move in that direction. The games will rotate, so just about the time you get good at one, you'll have to perfect the next.

Now, the video game idea is unique enough, but it gets better. You'll be able to record your score and have it displayed on video boards around the stadium. How proud will your significant other be when your name shows up as a urinal leader? Don't worry, there won't be any video replays!

The Urinal Gaming System was created and developed by United Kingdom-based Captive Media.

When I mentioned this idea to a female friend, her response was that maybe it would help guys perfect their aim, so she would have less clean up to do in her home bathroom. Speaking of which, if you were to somehow miss or aim "out of bounds", does the video go to something resembling that old Wide World of Sports video? You know the one... "the agony of defeat", where the skier goes careening wildly into a violent crash.

All I know is that I have a 12-year old nephew who will probably be drinking gallons of pre-game water so he can get a healthy amount of video time in during the game. Of course, if he were to get grounded and barred from playing video games, how would that work?

See a "G" rated version of how the game works.

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