Would You Rather Urinate or Calculate When Playing Video Games?

February 6, 2011 at 6:41 am 1 comment

Have you heard about Toylets? They’re interactive urinals. (No, really, I’m not making that up.) Created by Sega, the video game company that gave us wholesome games like Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog, Toylets are currently being tested in select locations in Tokyo.

Using a pressure sensor inside the urinal, Toylets measure the strength and location of your urine stream. A small LCD screen above the urinal allows you to play several simple video games. If you’re lucky enough to find a demo site, you can play Milk from Nose, a sumo wrestling game where you try to knock another player out of the ring using the strength of your urine stream (displayed on-screen as a milk spray from your nose). Interestingly, the details of your urination are saved and used as the opponent for the next player. Consequently, the game is somewhat multi‑player. Let’s hope it doesn’t become an MMORPG!

My suspicion is that Calculation Nation, an online world of math strategy games from NCTM, is perhaps more appealing to the crowd who reads MJ4MF.

Recently, a new game, neXtu, was released on Calculation Nation. By going to the site, you can play neXtu as a one‑player game against the computer or as a two‑player game against anyone in the world. (Login is required for the two-player games, but registration is free.) The cool thing is that NCTM has provided HTML code so that anyone can place a link that allows visitors to play neXtu directly on their website. (Theoretically, one could also place a link that allows visitors to play the game directly from a blog post, too — unless you blog on WordPress, which doesn’t allow JavaScript code for security reasons. So, phooey.)

I used this code to place neXtu on the MJ4MF website. You can play neXtu here.

The new game is pretty cool:

The description from Calculation Nation gives a quick overview:

Next to nothing is more fun than capturing your enemy’s pieces! Strategically place geometric pieces with point values on the game board to collect more shapes and points than your opponent.

The gist is that you have triangles, squares and hexagons (each with a certain point value) to place on a board. If you place a piece adjacent to an opponent’s piece and your piece has a higher point value, you capture the opponent’s piece. Both players start with the same pieces and point values, and just as you’d expect the winner is the player with more points after all pieces have been placed.

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  • 1. venneblock  |  February 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I just realized that the link to neXtu in this post was broken. It’s been updated, and you should be able to access the game on the MJ4MF website now. My apologies.


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