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EXCLUSIVE: iPad works better in the bathroom!

So we’ve been playing with the iPad today, and the thing is yielding extremely mixed opinions around the office. I was personally bitching up a storm about the tilt controls, specifically those in Need For Speed: SHIFT. Given the size of the iPad's screen, NFS: SHIFT almost demands you stand up just to allot enough space to pivot the ENTIRE device. Could you call the tilt-steering disorienting?


Above: Yes. Ridiculously disorienting!

We didn’t feel those static Apple trailers, with their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpses of gameplay, accurately showcased how the game plays. And since Apple doesn’t provide professional capture equipment (to us, anyway,) we resorted to the only option we had: Filming the gameplay in the bathroom mirror!

Surprise, surprise... I excelled at NFS after I held it into a reflective surface. Provided you can tune out the smell and symphony of tinkle sounds, the game's pretty badass. Man, I sure had my doubts about the iPad, but just like George Michael, the thing truly shines brightest once you get it in a public bathroom!

Apr 5, 2010


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23 comments

  • Irishranger - April 6, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Looks like Chris forgot his glasses again.
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 6, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    i love how they force you to jerk the thing completely around to drift. the thing's just asking you to accidentally hit the home button...which he did.
  • Modroneman - April 6, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    okay, I have to admit that I was more interested watching all the guys from TDAR, then I was, watching the iPad at work. It was fun for me to match actual faces and not avatar pics to the voices of TDAR. Guess that goes to show how interested I am in the iPad. Like anything from Apple, I'll wait for the 3rd Gen iPad. So it can work out its kinks and drop its price.
  • philipshaw - April 6, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    Great video and article. Only Chris could find this out
  • zanthox - April 6, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    Better in the bathroom- You guys are geniuses for thinking of it in the first place!
  • oufour - April 6, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    i'd buy one, but i don't like wasting my money.
  • Samael - April 6, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    I gotta admit...it looks like it would be kinda fun...for about 5 minutes. Then the gimmick wears off and you realize you just spent $800 on a supersized iTouch.
  • Moroz - April 6, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    Holding and turning a screen infront of a bathroom mirror - the future of gaming!
  • Cwf2008 - April 6, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    Oh the irony. There playing a shit piece of hardware in a place where you shit.
  • Mechamorbo - April 6, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    George Michael ZING! Is that an office iPad, or did one of you buy it?
  • NearNRiver - April 6, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    Great idea to film the screen, good job guys. And hilarious video, as always.
  • Montag - April 6, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    @sterlins16 - I did that once and got arrested. was in a womens dressing room though
  • sterlins16 - April 5, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    you could tape a video camera to ur forehead
  • ventanger - April 5, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    If they filmed it directly it would be a skewed over-the-shoulder angle, and if you just pointed the ipad at the camera the person playing wouldn't know what's going on. durrhey.
  • divisaderoguy - April 5, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    The first (presumably?) restroom review of an iPad, a triumph for the organization.
  • Montag - April 5, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    @Antithos A They needed a mirror so they could still play it B How else would they get such a homoerotic picture I think the photo has a Deliverance moment... squeal like a pig
  • vogler1604 - April 5, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    Does that ipad smell like pizza now?
  • Cyberninja - April 5, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    only GR would have that idea
  • KREATIVEassassin - April 5, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    More like Need for Speed SHIT, right guys!?
  • 510BrotherPanda - April 5, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    Chris should still do some kind of delivery service on the side as a part-time job, he seems to be pretty good at driving in a mirrored environment. Like Crazy Package Man instead of Crazy Taxi. "YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAAAH!!!" Oh, and you guys should try doing the podcast in the bathroom; great ambiance there.

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