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Singaporean washroom association launches awareness-raising online game and competition
What is thought to be the first online game that enables players to experience the demanding work of a washroom cleaning attendant, was launched recently at the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards ceremony in Singapore, by the Restroom Association (Singapore).
And although the main purpose of 'LOO Whiz' is to educate the public to better appreciate the efforts of washroom cleaning attendants, from now until 31st March 2013, the top-three gamers with the best scores will stand to win an Apple New iPad, iPad mini and Canon digital camera respectively. Winners will be notified in April 2013.
In this clever online game, which was developed by Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Interactive & Digital Media students, players use the keyboard to control the movement of the game character LOO Whiz and 'left click' on the mouse to select the tools to clean up areas either dirtied or vandalised by irresponsible users. Players also need to frequently 'left click' on the mouse to replenish toilet tissue.
Whenever a user leaves the toilet angry, the service meter moves to the left. Uncleared litter and graffiti decrease the service meter every few seconds. The longer the time taken to clean the washroom, the faster the service meter decreases. Players need to replay the game when the service meter decreases to its limit.
Whenever a user leaves the toilet happy, the service meter moves to the right. Players can proceed to another stage when the service meter increases to the maximum. The final stage poses more challenges for players who are responsible for bigger toilets suffering from more frequent vandalism. Upon successful completion of the final stage, a notification screen appears prompting gamers to submit their scores.
Cleaning products include a broom and dustpan which are used to clear any types of litter, detergent and a cloth which are used to remove graffiti and a mop and brush which are used to disinfect and dry the floor when it has been left wet or is soiled with human waste. And of course, there is a stock of toilet tissue that needs to be used!
Image: President Ms Tan Puay Hoon holding the mop while Guest of Honour Mr Liak (third from left) launches the LOO Whiz game with Special Guest NEA CEO Mr Andrew Tan (second from right)
The LOO Whiz is available on the RAS Facebook page at: www.facebook.com
7th February 2013