Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Piss Screen: Stop Drunk Driving

I stumbled across this interesting website that discusses games, simulations, and virtual worlds used for public health applications, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE).

http://www.publichealthgames.com/wp/?cat=4. Anyway, it has a ton of interesting, educational games that you can play or use for training.

One game I found particularly interesting is being place in urinals all over Frankfort, Germany. In an effort to curb drunk driving, and encourage taxi use, gaming devices ihave been installed in mens restrooms to get men to test their reflexes and remind them of the impact of drunk driving.

Basically, how it works is when a person begins to urinate, the game automatically starts, the player could then control the car WHILE they are tinkling. For example, if they wanted the car to go right, they simply peed to the right. (and visa versa).

The overall design of the driving game is a lot like the game Need for Speed, which requires a quick response time. Obviously the more drunk you are, the slower your response, reinforcing the effects of alcohol to the gamer. The game ultimately culminates in a shocking crash-sequence, leaving the viewer with little doubt as to the repercussions of driving while drunk.

If you want to watch a video of how the game works or see the game played, visit here. I do not recommend trying this at home. http://www.piss-screen.com/


At 6:33 PM, Blogger Karl Richter said...

Awesome! I'm "pissed" I've never got to play it...

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Virgil said...

Well that's longer than I would ever want to be at a urinal.

I have several rhetorical questions with this. First off, I have to say that you would need a lot of pee stored up to finish this game. Furthermore what are the consequences if you crash in the game and aren't able to drive? Do they handcuff you to the urinal with your pants down till you sober up? I think if we had this game in the U.S. we would have a lot more angry janitors having to mop up all the pee on the floor of people playing this game. Plus, how would the conversion to the women's room apply?


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