We Love Katamari: the best game ever made?

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Laura H. (laurah), Saturday, 8 October 2005 16:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Which bit of the subject do you want us to discuss?

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Saturday, 8 October 2005 16:50 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm just saying. I think this might possibly be the best game I have ever played. But I'm wondering how much of that is novelty, and whether I'll feel the same way about it in say 5 years, or when the graphics seem more antiquated. Really though, I think it's just fundamentally well-designed, insanely fun, and really inventive even compared to the original Katamari.

It's not particularly goal oriented, but the level of challenge is really perfect and often self-designated. It never gets frustrating or boring. The incremental increases in difficulty challenge you to play better, not for the sake of winning, but because the game is incredibly rewarding for its own sake. Usually when I play a game this compulsively it's because I want to kick the game's ass and "win" in some sense. This game I don't even want to complete. It's like an incredibly good book that I want to keep reading but never finish.

Laura H. (laurah), Saturday, 8 October 2005 17:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I loved it at first, but was disappointed by the all unlockable post-ending levels. I can understand having no rewards for obsessive play (like the first one), but if you put them in, they should at least be fun.

Admittedly, maybe I'm missing something-- I haven't gotten 100% of the items. Not sure I plan to go that far.

SFF (jjrj), Saturday, 8 October 2005 21:19 (fourteen years ago) link

That is a fantastic feeling, it's like the reward for playing is more playing and that's fine? It's quite rare for a game to just get that right without a snag to annoy you. The last game that I got that off was the third Ratchet game.

I think sequels have a better chance because there's more feedback from people playing it, they can see what works and what doesn't. But most sequels want to stick in an unnecesary twist to "keep interest", and in a lot of them, the new thing acts like a jagged metal Krusty-O, stripping away enjoyment from stuff you liked pretty much perfectly in the first game. I am here thinking of the second Jak game.

Is the hit purer because it's such a simple mechanic? Is it simple? We never got the first one here and the new one isn't out until November, I think.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Saturday, 8 October 2005 21:33 (fourteen years ago) link

I read a review that got at it pretty well--the simplicity of the mechanic is part of it, and it's also that the game is made with such joy and care. There's also the variety of things you're going to see as you're making your way through the levels--more than just about any other game, you're never going to go about it the same way twice, and you have a constantly changing perspective as the katamari grows. The game is always giving you something just a little new--even when you're rolling around for twenty minutes, at the end of the level you're still like OMG I CAN PICK UP RAINBOWS!!

I do think it's the best game ever made.

teeny (teeny), Saturday, 8 October 2005 21:40 (fourteen years ago) link

although I'm not sure which I would pick between the original and the sequel, I'm not done with the sequel yet.

teeny (teeny), Saturday, 8 October 2005 21:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Considering the fact that I absolutely dominated the first game, I'm surprised how mediocre my performance has been with respect to the sequel. The King continues to call my katamaris small or average, and I'm feeling a wee bit inadequate.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Saturday, 8 October 2005 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, but that makes it so much more satisfying when he actually does start to compliment you. He's really manipulative.

Laura H. (laurah), Saturday, 8 October 2005 22:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I wish there were a way to tell if you've done the best you can on each board. I'm wandering around aimlessly.
Which is okay, but part of me wants to defeat this thing entirely.
Best combo: the mushroom headed cousin, with the bikini and the Mt. Fuji hat. Sheer genius.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 9 October 2005 00:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I still think Xenogears is the best game ever made but this is an indefensible position I have no interest in defending. However I bought We Love Katamari today; we'll see!

allenalenelnalenelnae (allenriley), Sunday, 9 October 2005 01:33 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the horsey!

Jonothong Williamsmang (ex machina), Sunday, 9 October 2005 01:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I wish there were a way to tell if you've done the best you can on each board.

There is! When the King puts your katamari up in the cosmos, it'll either have no glow behind it (lowest rank), a pale corona (middle rank) or rotating beams of light coming from behind it (highest).

For a while I thought this only worked with planets, not satellites, but I think I actually just suck at the speed levels.

SFF (jjrj), Sunday, 9 October 2005 04:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I zipped through to the sumo level on my first play yesterday. My dude was real fat but I still got the lazer beam eyez. :(

polyphonic (polyphonic), Sunday, 9 October 2005 21:20 (fourteen years ago) link

You can dodge em! Did ya know?

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 10 October 2005 05:16 (fourteen years ago) link

I did not!

Laura H. (laurah), Monday, 10 October 2005 11:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I think just to fuck with you people I'm going to join Allen in claiming that Xenogears is better

TOMBOT, Monday, 10 October 2005 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

i need to play this tonight

Magin Johnson's magical AIDS thrfit store (dr g), Monday, 10 October 2005 17:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't think that's really going to fuck with anyone. xpost

Laura H. (laurah), Monday, 10 October 2005 17:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Actually the best game ever made is still Baldur's Gate II. Sorry.

The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Monday, 10 October 2005 18:00 (fourteen years ago) link

"a jagged metal Krusty-O"

amazing.

gang grape (Adrian Langston), Tuesday, 11 October 2005 01:53 (fourteen years ago) link

it's definitely my favorite game ever, but it's also the only game I've really played in many years

I couldn't decide between the original & the sequel... the original one has better music, funnier King rants & intermissions, and makes a stranger, weirder first impression

But there are so many more worlds in this version, you can play for much longer and just get lost... and the graphics are markedly sharper this time, no more lo-res artifacts, the angled katamari shapes you can roll up on the Origami level are just _impossible_

I only have the extended rip from the game itself, not the CD soundtrack, but here's the racing level

http://s29.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0X5FE2LR1XTEZ18F05BUANRZLV

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 18:56 (fourteen years ago) link

YAY THANK YOU. SO MUCH BETTER

Jonothong Williamsmang (ex machina), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 19:17 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.etsy.com/view_detail_images.php?id=40568

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I cannot for the live of me light the campfire the second time. My the time I get to the campfire I'm almost outta juice and the thing won't light.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link

For the life of me, rather. Brain, dying.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Focus on getting bigger instead of getting to the kindling. That should help.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 October 2005 19:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I need to pierce my ears and buy those!! xxxpost

Laura H. (laurah), Friday, 14 October 2005 19:02 (fourteen years ago) link

so many boxes of text to click through!! such repetitive mediocre jokes!

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 16 October 2005 05:53 (fourteen years ago) link

press one start button

zappi (joni), Sunday, 16 October 2005 07:34 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/game/docs/20051013/kata02.jpg

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 16 October 2005 11:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Saturday was a nonstop Katamari day; I'm short about four cousins and two presents.
3067 Meters on the world map! Can you roll up the King?

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 16 October 2005 16:02 (fourteen years ago) link

What is that picture??

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Sunday, 16 October 2005 18:22 (fourteen years ago) link

King's sportin' quite a package, there

kingfish neopolitan sundae (kingfish 2.0), Sunday, 16 October 2005 18:51 (fourteen years ago) link

it's a poster celebrating the 50th (?!) anniversary of namco, apparently

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 16 October 2005 21:33 (fourteen years ago) link

and I want it SO bad!!

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 16 October 2005 21:33 (fourteen years ago) link

the story behind dean's pic:

Some enterprising gamer rigged up a Goldbergian cheat in order to collect one million roses in the We Love Katamari game, sequel to the sleeper hit Katamari Damacy. Once he had collected his one millionth rose, he got a special thank you from the King of All Cosmos, pictured at right. Here’s a description of the trick:

”On Friday night I hooked up a PS2 controller to a sturdy wooden chair with some string so it is immobile. I then taped the left analog stick in the forward direction. Then I put an oscilating fan in front of the controler-chair setup. To the fan, I attached a string with a loop on the end of it. I put this loop around the other analog controller so that when the fan oscilates, it pulls the stick in different directions.”

[Here’s a video of the cheat in action.]

PC gamers would have just rustled up a special script to perform the repetitive action, but console gamers have to be much more creative.

via joystiq

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 16 October 2005 21:51 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.zestuff.com/product_image.php?imageid=143

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 17 October 2005 16:31 (fourteen years ago) link

ihttp://home.comcast.net/~jandmflores/24Cousins.jpg

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 17 October 2005 17:02 (fourteen years ago) link

My PS2 was retrieved from New Orleans this weekend. So I FINALLY GOT IT and am VERY HAPPY INDEED.

adam (adam), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 01:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Though I miss the BLEAAAAAAH rainbow.

adam (adam), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 01:11 (fourteen years ago) link

How do you dodge the laser eyes?

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:44 (fourteen years ago) link

with the analog sticks. he aways gets you though.

teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 19 October 2005 01:20 (fourteen years ago) link

this is not the best game ever made, i think.

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 20 October 2005 03:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 32 for "i hate katamari". (0.69 seconds)

32!! and most of them didn't even mean it

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 20 October 2005 03:54 (fourteen years ago) link

i don't hate it though (just to clarify)

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 20 October 2005 03:55 (fourteen years ago) link

"katamari damacy sucks" gets quite a bit more

allenalenelnalenelnae (allenriley), Thursday, 20 October 2005 05:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 982 for "no way s1ocki!!". (0.69 seconds)

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 20 October 2005 06:56 (fourteen years ago) link

is it not available in uk? what system is it for?

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 20 October 2005 09:00 (fourteen years ago) link

my stereotype of people who hate katamari

jw (ex machina), Thursday, 20 October 2005 13:24 (fourteen years ago) link

what year is this? who is the president?

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 20 October 2005 13:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Will i ever be able to get this in the uk?? it sounds great!

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 20 October 2005 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

hahaha Jon you should have put "My Slashdot User # is under 11,000" on your resume

TOMBOT, Thursday, 20 October 2005 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

It would be under like 5000 but I couldn't be arsed to register.

jw (ex machina), Thursday, 20 October 2005 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
For Halloween, my brother Dave went as King Of All Cosmos.

http://static.flickr.com/27/59548278_c317482c55.jpg

elmo (allocryptic), Friday, 4 November 2005 02:46 (fourteen years ago) link

haha awesome

discus (dr g), Friday, 4 November 2005 07:51 (fourteen years ago) link

awww, how many people got it?

teeny (teeny), Friday, 4 November 2005 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

no one besides me, i think

elmo (allocryptic), Friday, 4 November 2005 14:57 (fourteen years ago) link

NO CODPIECE? SURELY YOUR FAMILY HAS PLENTY OF ATHLETIC CUPS

Alex in Novosibirsk (ex machina), Friday, 4 November 2005 15:49 (fourteen years ago) link

http://katamari.namco.com/wlkbuddy/install.exe

katamari desktop buddy

Alex in Novosibirsk (ex machina), Friday, 4 November 2005 16:11 (fourteen years ago) link

You have to register for the KD website.... and it seems like there is a way to unlock cousins and presents for it.

Alex in Novosibirsk (ex machina), Friday, 4 November 2005 16:15 (fourteen years ago) link


COUSINS
We love the Prince of All Cosmos, but sometimes it’s fun to play with the Cousins! WLK members will be able to unlock new cousins by logging into the website!

PRESENTS
The King of All Cosmos will be hiding presents around the We Love Katamari website to dress up your Buddy! Be sure to log in when you visit, because you don’t want to miss these special items!

Alex in Novosibirsk (ex machina), Friday, 4 November 2005 16:17 (fourteen years ago) link

from joystiq:

Keita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy, recently told the BBC that he plans to leave the gaming industry to pursue a career in playground design: “In 10 years time, I am not going to be making games any more… I would like to create a playground for children… an undulating one, with bumps.” Takahashi holds a degree in sculpture design and believes that children should spend more time playing in the physical (read: outside) world. His presence in the “virtual” world will be sorely missed.

allen riley (allenriley), Thursday, 10 November 2005 17:23 (fourteen years ago) link

And also, in that article, he says of the sequel that "There are fun things are in the game, though I am not happy with all of it." Aparently he was happier with the original, and didn't even want to make a follow up.

JimD (JimD), Thursday, 10 November 2005 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

I just played Katamari for the first time yesterday. Fun.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Sunday, 13 November 2005 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I want to play this game! Do I have to have a PS2?

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 15 November 2005 23:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes. It's worth it.

jeffrey (johnson), Tuesday, 15 November 2005 23:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks jeffrey! I just found PS2 Essentials too.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 15 November 2005 23:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Jaq on ILG! This board has everything now.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh GP, I am lame at games, though there are some I truly love. I think I would love a giant sticky ball rolling around picking things up.

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 16 November 2005 01:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Katamari Damacy will change your life.

jeffrey (johnson), Wednesday, 16 November 2005 01:18 (fourteen years ago) link


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zappi (joni), Wednesday, 16 November 2005 04:12 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.ewtoo.org/~matt/avatar_kd_anim.gif

I thought the first one was the most amazing thing ever, and for that reason have delayed playing the second game. Not really sure why - maybe I'll play it over Christmas holiday?

Matt Sephton (emsef), Friday, 18 November 2005 01:13 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.ewtoo.org/~matt/avatar_kd_anim.gif

Matt Sephton (emsef), Friday, 18 November 2005 01:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I thought the first one was the most amazing thing ever, and for that reason have delayed playing the second game. Not really sure why - maybe I'll play it over Christmas holiday?

I thought the same thing... why would I want to play the same thing again, I already have the first one! But then I bought it, and predictably, I loved it.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 18 November 2005 07:03 (fourteen years ago) link

When i was out my back door getting teh st0ned i planned the exact sequence of items i'd need to roll up so i cld eventually roll up my house. I think it may have taken over my life.

jeffrey (johnson), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 01:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Sometimes I mentally roll up restaurants bit by bit while I wait for the waiter to bring my food.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 03:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Once I got really high and imagined a Katamari level where you were embedded on your own sphere. So like little objects you rolled up would be dumped down from the sky as enormous shit. Imagine! Rolling a doll house drops an entire house filled with stuff into the map.

I guess the king could explain it away with some mumbo jumbo about the power of imagination.....

Occam's Reznor (ex machina), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 15:47 (fourteen years ago) link

is that like... recursive... katamari? [brain melts]

sleep (sleep), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 16:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I have thought about that a lot since you mentioned it. Would you eventually roll up the huge mirrored items that are dropped?

Laura H. (laurah), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 17:09 (fourteen years ago) link

of course... I'm not sure how that would progress except that it would effectively keep you the same size as even enormous objects are scaled up....

Occam's Reznor (ex machina), Tuesday, 22 November 2005 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Katamari Damacy PSP features one big change from previous titles: dynamic levels. The levels change based on the time and season. Levels also feature changing paths which make the game different each time you play.

GET EQUIPPED WITH NA NA NA, NA, NA NA NA! (ex machina), Monday, 5 December 2005 16:24 (fourteen years ago) link

WHY CAN'T I BUY THAT POSTER

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Monday, 5 December 2005 20:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Why can't I buy that Cozen's Katamari t-shirt?!

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 5 December 2005 20:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I... bought it

why can't you?

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 5 December 2005 21:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I couldn't find it anywhere. :(

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 5 December 2005 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link

http://preshrunk.info/2005/10/hang-tags-101805.php

It Must Have Rolled Away: We wanted to link to that Katamari tee ZeStuff was trying to gauge presale interest in, but it looks like it's gone from the store. *shrug* Oh well.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 5 December 2005 21:36 (fourteen years ago) link

: /

I got an e-mail saying they weren't going to sell it because interest was so low

then a few weeks later it turned up on my doorstep

?

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

How come you lot have been playing this game for months yet it's only available next February ?

Waaaaa!

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 14:23 (fourteen years ago) link

?

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 14:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Ste/Fuzzy, that is the PSP game. There were 2 PS2 games.

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 14:58 (fourteen years ago) link

oh, is amazon.co.uk just being wrong then? it only brings up one result for katamari, and thats for a We love Katamari for the PS2 - release date Feb 2006

??

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Ohhh, I see. Poor UK'ers.

(it came out here July '05, looks like)

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 16:00 (fourteen years ago) link

PAL TV is for faggots.

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 16:42 (fourteen years ago) link

OTM

:(

I am a faggot

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 16:45 (fourteen years ago) link

pal is better than ntsc

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:36 (fourteen years ago) link

NTSC has 30 frames a second. Pal has 25. NTSC has 480 lines, Pal is HUGE.

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:44 (fourteen years ago) link

i know

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Of course, we all should be using high def...

LOL PAL IS HUEG (ex machina), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:54 (fourteen years ago) link

we will soon enough i'm sure

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Sure, PAL is better quality, but it's fucked us over for games for years. I've only recently fitted my megadrive with a 60hz NTSC switch so that Sonic doesn't seem like he's running through toffee. Some PAL megadrive games are near unplayable!

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 8 December 2005 05:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Or some Megadrive games are unplayable in 50hz PAL, I should say.

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 8 December 2005 05:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Is there any way to figure out what levels you have to do next to get more new levels? Like what parts you've missed that are holding you back from getting new levels? I thought it was based on who was yelling at you ("HOWDY! HOWDY!") but now everyone is yelling at me.

n/a (Nick A.), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:25 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/code/921111.html

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:59 (fourteen years ago) link

(Btw, I know I mentioned that Maddie was having some control issues when she started the first game, but she's since totally pwned both of them.)

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 9 December 2005 19:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I really feel that I have rolled up all the cousins (I even made a checklist and went through it one by one) and yet I have found no yellow-shirted boy in the meadow. I resent being locked out of the rose level but I'm not sure how else to determine who I've missed. Maybe one got knocked out of my katamari during the level... :(

Laura H. (laurah), Friday, 9 December 2005 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I didn't mean at the end of the game, I think I'm still somewhere in the middle. I don't know how to explain this correctly.

n/a (Nick A.), Friday, 9 December 2005 21:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Did you get the cousin in the training level? Stupidly that's the one that took me forever to figure out.

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Friday, 9 December 2005 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

The rose level is real boring. But getting all the cousins and then the level where you roll them up is very satisfying.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Saturday, 10 December 2005 01:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Is there any way to check for the cousins in the items you have rolled overall? Like, how you can check what percent of possible snacks you have rolled up? That's probably too simple.

Laura H. (laurah), Saturday, 10 December 2005 23:15 (fourteen years ago) link

the only way is to look at the top lefthand corner of the screen when you are "chatting" to someone in the meadow. there will be a tiny icon of a cousin or a transparent antenna for a missing cousin.

zappi (joni), Saturday, 10 December 2005 23:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Is there any way to check for the cousins in the items you have rolled overall? Like, how you can check what percent of possible snacks you have rolled up? That's probably too simple.

You can go into the list of stuff you have and switch over to the cousins to see how many you're missing.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Sunday, 11 December 2005 00:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Finally rolled up the sun. Turned out I had forgotten to finish the sumo levels and the cowbear level. Whoops. But I am missing so many cousins!

n/a (Nick A.), Monday, 12 December 2005 15:02 (fourteen years ago) link

My fiancee was obsessing over cousins last night. She got all the ones in the old lady stage, but I think there are still like 11 to go.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 12 December 2005 15:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I got something like 2900 meters on the elephant level last night. I tried to roll up the King of Cosmos but he punched my katamari and sent it flying xD

sleep (sleep), Monday, 12 December 2005 15:41 (fourteen years ago) link

big feature on & interview with keita takahashi in this month's EDGE; if I get time at work tomorrow I'll try scan it in and post it up:

the ormuulu-laden ballroom of london's café royal is an unlikely setting for an outbreak of game-geek sedition, but nonetheless there's a rustle of excited scandal as one game developer leans in to another, whisper-close. "fucking ridiculous," he hisses. "he doesn't deserve the attention."

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 19:59 (fourteen years ago) link

The katamari is currently rolling up roses unsupervised at home. I think we're at 600k and counting.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 20:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Worst katamari ever. :(

Laura H. (laurah), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 21:56 (fourteen years ago) link

:(

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 22:37 (fourteen years ago) link

woah!

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 22 December 2005 21:06 (fourteen years ago) link

It looks like they have it here now, but that it's sold out.

Laura H. (laurah), Thursday, 22 December 2005 21:27 (fourteen years ago) link

more on the control for the psp version

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Friday, 23 December 2005 18:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't see why they don't just make the L/R keys control the rotation of the Prince and the analog nub control the push direction....

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Friday, 23 December 2005 18:50 (fourteen years ago) link

My fiancee got 1,000,000 roses.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 29 December 2005 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link

that must have been one hell of a proposal, jordan!

i don't see why katamari needs such fancy controls. just have a strafe button for crying out loud.

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 29 December 2005 16:20 (fourteen years ago) link

s1ocki, you need to integrate moving and turning all at once. a strafe button is way limiting. my proposal upthread is better

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Thursday, 29 December 2005 16:53 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah i guess i see what you mean...

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 29 December 2005 17:06 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Anybody hear the bit on KD on Fresh Air today? Lots of the usual pompous, self-satifsied declarations.

antexit (antexit), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:14 (fourteen years ago) link

such as?

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:38 (fourteen years ago) link

here

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 22:20 (fourteen years ago) link

god, i hate this guy's delivery. it's like the most stereotypical alvy singer/npr patter.

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 19 January 2006 06:24 (fourteen years ago) link

i was just thinking the same exact thing.

Christopher Costello (CGC), Thursday, 19 January 2006 06:25 (fourteen years ago) link

How come this shit is streaming too slow to ... stream. GAY

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Thursday, 19 January 2006 06:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Hold on... I don't think that the women are easier to roll up then men of the same size....

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Thursday, 19 January 2006 06:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, that seemed suspect to me too.

"PLUCKING the very PLANES from the SKY!"

antexit (antexit), Thursday, 19 January 2006 11:57 (fourteen years ago) link

i have never seen or played this game

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Thursday, 19 January 2006 12:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Come to think of it, it'd be fun to have a New Zealand level on the order of the flowers one, where you're rolling up sheep and shepherds endlessly.

antexit (antexit), Thursday, 19 January 2006 20:08 (fourteen years ago) link

enjoy!

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 23 January 2006 19:00 (fourteen years ago) link

i read that in the mag, but still know nothing about the bloody game

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Monday, 23 January 2006 23:49 (fourteen years ago) link

It's surreally fun, Alan. You are rolling rolling rolling a ball all around the house, the town, the beach, picking up random objects that are strewn all over that magically stick to the ball (if they are no bigger than the ball at that moment). The ball gets larger, you pick up cabbages and eyedrops and new driver signs; larger still and you pick up cats and park benches and lifeguards and sumo wrestlers! On most levels you have a time limit and a size goal. The animations and randomness are great, the speeches the King of All Cosmos makes are bizarre, and you are making the stars to put back in the sky. Things can bash into you and knock stuff off your katamari; if you are thwarted in your goal, the King chastises you severely. But you can always try again! It's just exceptionally surreal and more fun than most.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 04:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Stop lying to Alan guys... this is a joke and not a funny one at that. If you can't tell that this sick demented game is a metaphor for AIDS in Afroca yet, well, you're in for a lot of cold hard sobering.

Peace, jah rastafari,

Steve Shasta

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 05:42 (fourteen years ago) link

wow, steve shasta has discovered ILG

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 07:11 (fourteen years ago) link

did the first one of these ever come out in england?

tom west (thomp), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 05:52 (fourteen years ago) link

i'm sure i'd like it. but it takes me a year to finish a game, and i've still got 2 or 3 games i want to get done, and then the new zelda will be here, ect

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 17:21 (fourteen years ago) link

BTW thank Jaq!

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 17:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Yr welcome! This game is such a stress-buster, I don't care if I ever finish it. I'm up to Star 7, but RJM has made the moon already and is going back to pick up all the cousins. We have yet to even open We Love Katamari!

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 17:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I was feeling really kind of pseudo-bipolar so I rented "rehash sequel" We Love Katamari and "super-amazing Game of the Year" Resident Evil 4 yesterday. Played WLK for 5 hours, decided to try RE4 for a change of pace, dicked around and got pitchfork-murdered for 20 minutes, then switched back to rolling things up. I'm pretty sure this means I am not a True Hardcore Gamer now or some shit like that, but fuck it. I ROLLED UP CAPE CANAVERAL, BASTARDS.

disco violence (disco violence), Thursday, 26 January 2006 02:13 (fourteen years ago) link

"i'm sure i'd like it. but it takes me a year to finish a game, and i've still got 2 or 3 games i want to get done, and then the new zelda will be here, ect"

As noted above, this is less a game and more of a game that you play to escape games. It's a wondrous trifle; reasonably easy to beat but compelling enough that you'll return to it again and again. Why else roll up a million roses?

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Thursday, 26 January 2006 03:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh christ

disco violence (disco violence), Thursday, 26 January 2006 06:22 (fourteen years ago) link

HAHAHA, the cat!

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Thursday, 26 January 2006 07:32 (fourteen years ago) link

i just pre-ordered this today, it better be as bloody good as you lot make it out to be.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I bought a cheap s/h ps2 and pre-ordered it, so it had betterer be as bloody good as you lot make it out to be.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I am going to pre-order this, so it etc etc

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 26 January 2006 12:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I have it in my hand. Why isn't it time to go home yet?

The kids drawings on the back are teh cuet.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 3 February 2006 09:08 (fourteen years ago) link

The UK box is even BETTER than the Japanese one!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm supposed to be saving for an arcade stick, but this is more important, right?

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:27 (fourteen years ago) link

We saw one at the V & A museum!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:35 (fourteen years ago) link

gah why did i choose 3 day delivery service! i won't have mine until next week.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:47 (fourteen years ago) link

AMAZING!!

as i finished posting that - guess what the mail woman has just planted on my lap?

I love you Amazon!!

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Doh! Well neither will I, if that's any consolation. It's not going to sell out everywhere is it?

xpost, lucky sod!

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 3 February 2006 10:52 (fourteen years ago) link

and i will be able to sample it at lunch time when i go home, but i just got a text off a mate inviting me out for drinks tonight so i won't be able to get addicted to it. best not to turn it on after work then.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 3 February 2006 11:08 (fourteen years ago) link

ha! this is great, gotta love that music. I couldn't put it down at lunchtime and was late getting back for work.

Soooo have to resist playing it before I go out tonight.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 3 February 2006 16:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Hey guys, guess what game I'm booting up that doesn't belong to me.

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 3 February 2006 18:08 (fourteen years ago) link

the original ghostbusters game?

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 3 February 2006 18:24 (fourteen years ago) link

my friend just got this. i won't be able to try it for at least 5 days tho >:O

W i l l (common_person), Friday, 3 February 2006 18:33 (fourteen years ago) link

This is great, but I can't play it any more THIS WEEKEND as my son has come from his mothers' with instructions he's not allowed ANYTHING ELECTRONIC as punishment.

Parenting sucks.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 3 February 2006 18:33 (fourteen years ago) link

OMG s1ocki, how did you know!?

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 3 February 2006 18:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Bahhh, it's going now. No more Katamari for.. four days?

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 3 February 2006 19:00 (fourteen years ago) link

And blimey aldo, that's a harsh punishment! What did he do that warrants spending a whole weekend playing noughts and crosses in the dark?

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 3 February 2006 19:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Apparently she came back in and found him playing his DS when he was already serving a 1 day ban. Harsh but fair, I suppose.

I JUST WISH IT DIDN'T AFFECT ME ON THE RELEASE DAY OF KATAMARI.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 3 February 2006 20:09 (fourteen years ago) link

http://katamaribombacy.ytmnd.com/

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Saturday, 4 February 2006 19:52 (fourteen years ago) link

http://craphound.com/images/mariokatamari.gif

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 5 February 2006 00:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Katamario!

melton mowbray (adr), Sunday, 5 February 2006 09:57 (fourteen years ago) link

We Love Katamari: the best game ever made.

jeffrey (johnson), Sunday, 5 February 2006 16:20 (fourteen years ago) link

CAN'T... STOP... PLAYING...

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Sunday, 5 February 2006 17:48 (fourteen years ago) link

So i rolled up to the sun today.

That Bird level is just the most amazing thing ever, it just gets bigger and bigger and doesn't seem to want to stop.

Love it all! Apart from the campfire mission which bugs me a bit.

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 6 February 2006 00:06 (fourteen years ago) link

okay it's the best game ever made but is it worth paying £35 to play on a friend's PS2? n.b. this is more than i have paid for any game since the dreamcast died

tom west (thomp), Monday, 6 February 2006 11:34 (fourteen years ago) link

lolz at PAL

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Monday, 6 February 2006 11:47 (fourteen years ago) link

pretty much all current-gen games come with a 60hz option so eh

well, they used to

tom west (thomp), Monday, 6 February 2006 12:49 (fourteen years ago) link

JON OTM. Is it really worth playing games in squashed slow motion just for a few extra lines?

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 6 February 2006 13:49 (fourteen years ago) link

okay it's the best game ever made but is it worth paying £35 to play on a friend's PS2? n.b. this is more than i have paid for any game since the dreamcast died
-- tom west (u3i0...), February 6th, 2006 11:34 AM.
_____________________________________________________

I bought a cheap s/h ps2 and pre-ordered it, so it had betterer be as bloody good as you lot make it out to be.
-- aldo_cowpat (aldo...), January 26th, 2006 11:18 AM.

We Love Katamari: the best game ever made.
-- jeffrey (jeffrey...), February 5th, 2006 4:20 PM. (later)

CAN'T... STOP... PLAYING...
-- aldo_cowpat (aldo...), February 5th, 2006 5:48 PM. (later)


aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Monday, 6 February 2006 13:52 (fourteen years ago) link

If I don't buy this tomorrow, I'm going to be sort of upset with myself. I suppose tonight I should play killer7 through and get all the creepy-nasty-sweary stuff out of my head for Katamari.

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 6 February 2006 14:00 (fourteen years ago) link

So i rolled up to the sun today.
That Bird level is just the most amazing thing ever, it just gets bigger and bigger and doesn't seem to want to stop.

Love it all! Apart from the campfire mission which bugs me a bit.

-- Ste (ste.foste...) (webmail), Yesterday 6:06 PM. (Fuzzy) (later)

hey, i rolled up the sun on the same day!

sunny successor (katharine), Monday, 6 February 2006 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link

and I've played this all day today.

So someone has to help me, where the heck are the last 100 cranes on that origami level. I've been in every classroom and the locker room and still can't get much more than 900!

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 6 February 2006 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link

| Starting Room.................................................152
| Hallway.......................................................454
| Bathroom......................................................153
| Third Room....................................................120
| Second Room...................................................121

polyphonic (polyphonic), Monday, 6 February 2006 22:34 (fourteen years ago) link

third room?

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 6 February 2006 22:39 (fourteen years ago) link

There are three different rooms on one side of the hall and a bathroom on the other side.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Monday, 6 February 2006 23:22 (fourteen years ago) link

what are you supposed to do during the end credits?

shadeball (chaki), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 00:13 (fourteen years ago) link

masterbate

sunny successor (katharine), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 05:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I'll have to have another look for that room, I'm sure my version doesn't have it etc etc

most satisfying multi-roll so far - the huge wooden fence at the zoo made up of individual logs.

Actually the third campfire mission is pretty good.

and where does it tell you how many more cousins you need to get? it seems like i have loads at the moment.

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 09:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Has anybody else seen these official Katamari shirts?

No shipping to UK, unfortunately, but perhaps if some US ilXorz felt kindly towards us Brits...

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 11:22 (fourteen years ago) link

actually i really like that 'User' panic shirt, but it was sold out.

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I could do without the king popping up in the middle of the play area screen actually

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 13:25 (fourteen years ago) link

do you mean the loading when he shows you how to get to new areas or when he comments on what you've rolled up? the latter was really pissing me off in the beginning.

i like when he shows the way to new areas. i seemed to get lost a lot in katamari damacy

sunny successor (katharine), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 14:52 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah when he pops up and tells you about things you've rolled into, especially on the racing car level when he appears telling you how the katamari moves by itself EVERY TIME! I didn't mind the level loading either, when he shows where to head for next can be useful in frantic times.

i got just over 1,600m and it's still saying i can do bigger. wtf!

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

you can roll up the king around 3000m! i saw the queen once too, but haven't managed to get her.

inert false cat (sleep), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

eff ing hell!

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 16:18 (fourteen years ago) link

it drives me crazy when the king shows up and makes bad jokes in the middle of the level and you can't see for shit

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 16:27 (fourteen years ago) link

heheh, watching you guys discover this stuff is amazingly cute.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 03:51 (fourteen years ago) link

newbz

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 06:53 (fourteen years ago) link

haha so i dreamt last night that i was rolling up everything in GTA San Andreas.

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 09:27 (fourteen years ago) link

how big was the katamari before you could roll up big smoke?

sunny successor (katharine), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 15:30 (fourteen years ago) link

These people have been rolling up big smoke with their katamaris for quite awhile, sunny.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:10 (fourteen years ago) link

munchies:

http://photos14.flickr.com/14920673_7021d070ae_m.jpg

sunny successor (katharine), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 19:36 (fourteen years ago) link

i think jungle is my favorite cousin

sunny successor (katharine), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 19:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Katamari hat: http://www.strangepath.net/gallery/d/595-2/051209_IMG_2339.jpg
that Tracer Hand posted to ILX Knitting

Jaq (Jaq), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Ok, made a start on this, I'm about 2 hours in. Not sure I'm getting it though, yet.

The intro was all very annoying. "katamari is the best game ever! Everybody loves katamari! katamari has fans all around the world! Oh, but you've not been able to join in cos you're english haha". Made me not want to bother playing, right from the outset.

The manual is gorgeous. When the bear and the fox have a fight! Ace.

JimD (JimD), Thursday, 9 February 2006 13:27 (fourteen years ago) link

i cant believe youre getting insulted by a video game intro

sunny successor (katharine), Thursday, 9 February 2006 14:35 (fourteen years ago) link

i must've missed that intro

i like the dude with the crash helmet in the manual

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 9 February 2006 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

"Is the Earth safe now? oh you rolled up all the countries in order to stop the asteroid?"
"Well anyway, everythings worked out okay"

or something

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 9 February 2006 14:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Jim, or you have a gay TV?

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Thursday, 9 February 2006 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Eh?

I know, it's daft that it pissed me off, but...yeah, us europeans are used to waiting for stuff, and we understand the extra localistion time (translating to five languages or whatever it is) and everything, but for the last few years most things have got here within 4 or 5 months at worst, and lots of things have come out very soon after or even at the same time as they've been released elsewhere. And mostly it doesn't affect me anyway cos I've got a Japanese DS and an American cube, so the PS2 is the only machine I can't play imports on. But yeah, namco have been really quite shit this time round. For a game as big as katamari to not hit the UK in ANY form at all until 2 years after its original japanese release is bloody awful. And I don't even mind playing it late, it's not a big deal, it's the same game whenever I play it, doesn't matter...but then the intro was all about how great and successful the first game (which never got released here at all) was, and I dunno, it just felt...a bit insensitive.

But, heh, in trying to explain why it bugged me I've probably managed to sound much more upset about it than I actually am. :)

Much further into the game now, and liking it a lot more. It's still a bit flawed I think, and definitely isn't the best game I've ever played (in fact I'm probably enjoying AOE3 more, right now), but yes, it's lots of fun. Old lady level is tricky.

JimD (JimD), Thursday, 9 February 2006 23:58 (fourteen years ago) link

a game as big as katamari

It isn't that big. Electronic Arts keeps the good shit down. Fight the real enemy.

A BOLD QUAHOG (ex machina), Friday, 10 February 2006 00:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Well yeah, there's that.

JimD (JimD), Friday, 10 February 2006 00:13 (fourteen years ago) link

It's addictive, especially for those who are extra-susceptible to twee japanese stuff.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 10 February 2006 00:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Ok, today I rolled up big ben and godzilla and now I'm convinced, it's GREAT. I think a big part of the fun comes from the vengeance aspect - the rabbit/policeman/car that really annoyed me two minutes ago by bashing me halfway across the map when I just wanted to get past it is now STUCK TO MY BIG BALL! How'dya like them apples, you little bugger!? etc.

When I got up to my first c2000m katamari and was mopping up islands and countries and gods, I was thinking "man, this must be how Oppenheimer felt".

JimD (JimD), Friday, 10 February 2006 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I have the whole revenge thing going on too when I play, except I say 'oh! You better believe ill be back for you, bitch!'. I also enjoy hearing people scream when I roll them up. Especially a whole group at once.

sunny successor (katharine), Friday, 10 February 2006 20:41 (fourteen years ago) link

oh man i tried to buy it at virgin yesterday but it was sold out :(

ken c (ken c), Saturday, 11 February 2006 08:24 (fourteen years ago) link

It's sold out everywhere Ken :( I don't think I'm ever going to get this game!

melton mowbray (adr), Saturday, 11 February 2006 13:16 (fourteen years ago) link

you guys need to fix up etc.

jeffrey (johnson), Saturday, 11 February 2006 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link

fix up?

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 12 February 2006 01:41 (fourteen years ago) link

get the game.

jeffrey (johnson), Sunday, 12 February 2006 02:54 (fourteen years ago) link

14 HOURS

W i l l (common_person), Sunday, 12 February 2006 07:28 (fourteen years ago) link

For a game as big as katamari to not hit the UK in ANY form at all until 2 years after its original japanese release is bloody awful. And I don't even mind playing it late, it's not a big deal, it's the same game whenever I play it, doesn't matter...

But it's not the same game, you're playing the sequel.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Sunday, 12 February 2006 11:22 (fourteen years ago) link

You know that area just next to the swimming pool where kids often hang out playing sports and stuff? I saw a panda there the other day, and seeing a panda in a playground/sports court reminded me of panda from tekken, and then I wondered whether it was a conscious reference, what with them both being namco games.

JimD (JimD), Sunday, 12 February 2006 18:03 (fourteen years ago) link

oh man i tried to buy it at virgin yesterday but it was sold out :(
-- ken c (pykachu10...), February 11th, 2006 8:24 AM. (ken c) (later) (link)

:(

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 12 February 2006 18:42 (fourteen years ago) link

You know that area just next to the swimming pool where kids often hang out playing sports and stuff? I saw a panda there the other day, and seeing a panda in a playground/sports court reminded me of panda from tekken, and then I wondered whether it was a conscious reference, what with them both being namco games.

I doubt it. I mean, have you seen the opening credits? The dude just likes pandas.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Sunday, 12 February 2006 19:53 (fourteen years ago) link

.... .... .... .
..... panda ....

sunny successor (katharine), Monday, 13 February 2006 18:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I got this + Shadow of the Colossus + Psychonauts yesterday, so all I can say scientifically speaking at this stage is that it's at most the third best game ever made.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 20 February 2006 02:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Bad Science!

jeffrey (johnson), Monday, 20 February 2006 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Best £100-or-so spent in a day ever.

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 20 February 2006 23:04 (thirteen years ago) link

(and I have none of these three)

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 20 February 2006 23:05 (thirteen years ago) link

is this old or new?: http://katamaridamacy.jp/qa_data/katamari.html

inert false cat (sleep), Tuesday, 21 February 2006 02:30 (thirteen years ago) link

on large as possible 5 (the elephant/bird's level) I got to 3300m+ and knocked out the king, but ran out of time before i could make it over to him and roll him up; you hit stuff so far when your that big and the katamari moves so slow in the oceans.

on the collection page it says I have 33% (1 object) of the Royals, obviously being the Prince, and I almost had the King, but where can I find Queen?

I cant find the 3rd cousin in the grannie's level. Thats the last cousin I need before i can get the roses level, could someone clue me in on where i can find him/her.

Teonis, Friday, 24 February 2006 19:55 (thirteen years ago) link

kat wanted this game so badly she bought it TWICE.
she got it about a week ago, along with the new Star Wars game as a present for me, and left them both on the train. so this weekend she went and bought it again. she even made me go up to the counter and pay for it the second time, so it wouldn't sting so bad. aw. she hasn't played it much yet, but she has been lurking on this thread. HI KAT!!!11

the kit! (g-kit), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:57 (thirteen years ago) link

on the collection page it says I have 33% (1 object) of the Royals, obviously being the Prince, and I almost had the King, but where can I find Queen?

the queen is also on the elephant/bird level. she only shows up if you've already rolled up the king.

inert false cat (sleep), Friday, 3 March 2006 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

she only shows up if you've already rolled up the king.

not true; she only shows up above a certain size... which will occur if you roll up the king

R.I.P. Concrete Octopus ]-`: (ex machina), Friday, 3 March 2006 15:55 (thirteen years ago) link

My new roommate brought a ps2 into the house, which means I actually might get a chance to play this

kingfish da notorious teletabby (kingfish 2.0), Friday, 3 March 2006 17:14 (thirteen years ago) link

You haven't at all?÷÷÷÷¿¿??!

R.I.P. Concrete Octopus ]-`: (ex machina), Friday, 3 March 2006 18:05 (thirteen years ago) link

nope. never have.

remember, i sold my ps2 to AaronW before I left michigan in august 2004, right before word about KD started getting around

kingfish da notorious teletabby (kingfish 2.0), Friday, 3 March 2006 18:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Resistance is futile; you WILL roll.

Jaq (Jaq), Friday, 3 March 2006 19:10 (thirteen years ago) link

OK NO MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF "HEY MAYBE ILL PLAY THIS" BULLSHIT THIS THREAD IS FOR VETERANS ONLY.

chaki (chaki), Friday, 3 March 2006 20:39 (thirteen years ago) link

debating whether to ask my bud about borrowing his ps2 + WLK over spring break when he's oot, knowing it will kill my productivity when i had planned to get work done

Resistance is futile; you WILL roll.

yes JAQ sir!

W i l l (common_person), Saturday, 4 March 2006 00:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah, your productivity's doomed anyway (it being Spring and all), so you may as well just play Katamari!

Jaq (Jaq), Saturday, 4 March 2006 00:41 (thirteen years ago) link

ok, finally bought KD last night. Not bad. Soundtrack is far more glitchy and the King has a far bigger package than one would have expected.

Had to go to 4 fucking stores to find it, before just going to the local Fred Meyer. Not a single one had a copy of WLK either.

kingfish, Sunday, 5 March 2006 23:16 (thirteen years ago) link

wow, this is short.

kingfish da notorious teletabby (kingfish 2.0), Monday, 6 March 2006 07:14 (thirteen years ago) link

ONE MILLION ROSES!?!?!??!!!

ledge (ledge), Monday, 6 March 2006 11:02 (thirteen years ago) link

how many cousins are there? i've still got at least one to find

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 6 March 2006 11:45 (thirteen years ago) link

40. I cheated and looked 'em all up on gamefaqs.

ledge (ledge), Monday, 6 March 2006 12:01 (thirteen years ago) link

my husband LOST my copy of this!! I didn't have a chance to finish!

teeny (teeny), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:48 (thirteen years ago) link

jungle xx

sunny successor (katharine), Monday, 6 March 2006 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link

my husband LOST my copy of this!! I didn't have a chance to finish!
-- teeny (teen...) (webmail), Today 9:48 AM. (teeny) (later)

how do you lose a game? they dont leave the house, right? i think the baby hid it. attention seeking.

sunny successor (katharine), Monday, 6 March 2006 19:04 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.stuffonmycat.com/media/2/20060306-CATTY.jpg

antexit (antexit), Monday, 6 March 2006 19:49 (thirteen years ago) link

g-kit lost his copy of this, LOL!!!!

melton mowbray's APOCALYPTO! (adr), Monday, 6 March 2006 19:51 (thirteen years ago) link

(yes, I feel like an absolute cunt)

melton mowbray's APOCALYPTO! (adr), Monday, 6 March 2006 19:52 (thirteen years ago) link

i just rolled up a couple more new cousins. but i still can't get over 90% on that bloody crane level.

this is a beautifully bizarre game.

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 6 March 2006 22:51 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
ok, i now have this

it's harder than the first one

kingfish ubermensch dishwasher sundae (kingfish 2.0), Friday, 31 March 2006 03:09 (thirteen years ago) link

So much for sweating the addiction?

c(''c) (Leee), Friday, 31 March 2006 05:15 (thirteen years ago) link

nah, i bought both games before I realized my problem.

plus now, with no job(or rather, only ONE job), i can play more. wheee.

kingfish ubermensch dishwasher sundae (kingfish 2.0), Friday, 31 March 2006 06:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I see you've come around to my way of thinking.

Anyway, you're lucky. I wish I could play We Love Katamari again for the first time.

Laura H. (laurah), Friday, 31 March 2006 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

maybe I'll buy the PSP version tonight laura!!!!

Ansible Adams (ex machina), Friday, 31 March 2006 19:21 (thirteen years ago) link

OH YAY!!!

Laura H. (laurah), Friday, 31 March 2006 19:50 (thirteen years ago) link

It is amazing

Ansible Adams (ex machina), Saturday, 1 April 2006 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

HANDS = RUINED

Ansible Adams (ex machina), Sunday, 2 April 2006 03:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I watched muppets take manhattan and was thinking about rolling it all up

Masked Intruder (ex machina), Monday, 3 April 2006 14:56 (thirteen years ago) link

wasn't that one where kermit gets bonked on the head and turns into a coke-snorting yuppie scum adman?

kingfish ubermensch dishwasher sundae (kingfish 2.0), Monday, 3 April 2006 17:13 (thirteen years ago) link

It's my favourite. Together again. Da-da-da-da-dah. Together again. Dee-dum-dee-dee-dah.

JimD (JimD), Monday, 3 April 2006 21:59 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
It's possible.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 23:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Lego Star Wars II.

TOMBOT (TOMBOT), Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:17 (thirteen years ago) link

It's possible.

jeffrey (johnson), Wednesday, 10 May 2006 16:27 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
yeah, it's possible.

permanent revolution (cis), Friday, 30 June 2006 22:05 (thirteen years ago) link

i have not played this game in a v. long time :(

jeffrey (johnson), Friday, 30 June 2006 22:41 (thirteen years ago) link

I have not not played it in a v. long time :)

My bird/elephant level Katamaris are still pitiful tho.

Duck Rivers (noodle vague), Friday, 30 June 2006 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

i am going to play it tonight in this threads honour.

jeffrey (johnson), Friday, 30 June 2006 22:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I just bought one of these for my Katamari-loving friend.

schwantz (schwantz), Sunday, 2 July 2006 20:06 (thirteen years ago) link

OMFG!

jeffrey (johnson), Sunday, 2 July 2006 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link

WANT.

permanent revolution (cis), Sunday, 2 July 2006 21:08 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
so i haven't played katamari in a long time so help me out with the plot. when does the prince find out the king of all cosmos is his father (the start, never) ?

kephm (kephm), Friday, 18 August 2006 01:34 (thirteen years ago) link

so

kephm (kephm), Friday, 18 August 2006 01:38 (thirteen years ago) link

You people are bastards. Do you know why? Well?

Thanks to all the fuss you all made about this game in the past it was after months of fretting that I went on to ebay and bought a second hand PS2 and this game JUST SO AS I COULD SEE WHAT THE FUSS WAS ALL ABOUT!

This had better be as good as promised!

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Friday, 18 August 2006 09:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah you're not really bastards. I love you all, I was only playing.

Or was I...

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Friday, 18 August 2006 09:47 (thirteen years ago) link

It's possible.


I was chatting to my boss about this game yesterday and even though he's never played it, or even heard of it, he said it sounded pretty incredible. I'm not sure if he was listening, but the way he reacted made it sound like he was.

melton mowbray's APOCALYPTO! (adr), Friday, 18 August 2006 13:59 (thirteen years ago) link

kephm, it's explained in the endless dialogue that begins the first game.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Friday, 18 August 2006 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

One key clue is that his name is the King of the Cosmos and your name is the Prince, which is usually what you'd call a king's son.

What I want to know is: where did the Cousins come from? Do they have parents as well? On the King's side or the Queen's side? Are they powerful and skilled in rolling things up?

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 18 August 2006 17:54 (thirteen years ago) link

::Puts hands over ears:: LALALALALALALALALALALALALA

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Saturday, 19 August 2006 01:07 (thirteen years ago) link

oh man that second post was supposed to be a strike not an italic. and yeah polyphonic i had that much. it's just that i wasn't even sure if and when the prince even knows he is is the prince from the start or what. my memory is bit off, i still remember how to punch out Mr Dream but cant recall any of the plot to a game i played two years back, hell i had to wiki to even remeber he was the prince. gracias shasta

kephm (kephm), Saturday, 19 August 2006 03:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Mr. Dream was pretty tough.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Saturday, 19 August 2006 03:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I.LOVE.THIS.GAME.

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Thursday, 24 August 2006 07:36 (thirteen years ago) link

RIP: Katamari Cellphone Charm

T_T

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 24 August 2006 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

dead? how?

sunny successor (katharine), Friday, 25 August 2006 13:13 (thirteen years ago) link

the plastic loop on the back of his head cracked off. his face looks pretty mangy too.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Friday, 25 August 2006 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

you can have my spare if you want. the string loop thing broke off it though.

sunny successor (katharine), Friday, 25 August 2006 16:30 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I might be crazy, but is this a road sign with the prince on it?
http://static.flickr.com/111/284542253_bc68b02f6e.jpg

treefell (treefell), Tuesday, 31 October 2006 10:55 (thirteen years ago) link

it might be jungle in a snowy environment

sunny successor (katharine), Tuesday, 31 October 2006 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

i finally played this. it was pretty great.

tom west (thomp), Thursday, 2 November 2006 03:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I am posting this picture AT ALL PLACES EVER hurrah!! But look who I made, you lot!

http://static.flickr.com/120/285684817_b41079b117.jpg

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Thursday, 2 November 2006 10:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Only all the other cousins to go!

Seriously though, that's fantastic!

I need a new phone dangly thing... To ebay I may go to seek a little rolly person to blink with joy upon receipt of calls etc etc etc

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Thursday, 2 November 2006 11:34 (thirteen years ago) link

six months pass...
YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

gff, Monday, 7 May 2007 13:57 (twelve years ago) link

It's possible, right?

melton mowbray, Monday, 7 May 2007 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

No. I still think Baseball Stars for the NES is the best game ever made.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:41 (twelve years ago) link

im pretty sure espn x games proboarder for psone kicks everyones ass

http://dpost.jp/article/bururun_03_03.jpg

sunny successor, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 13:53 (twelve years ago) link

No. I still think Baseball Stars for the NES is the best game ever made.

YES YOU ARE CORRECT!!!

David R., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 15:00 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Would anyone have a decent or working PAL copy of the original Katamari Damacy to sell? I can't seem to find one anywhere!!

kv_nol, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 11:33 (twelve years ago) link

Crap. Just checked wikipedia:

The original game did not get a release in PAL territories such as Europe and Australia, since publishers thought it was too "quirky" for these markets

FU marketing!

kv_nol, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 11:37 (twelve years ago) link

I like the implication there that the U.S. is more into quirky than Europe or Australia!

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 12:51 (twelve years ago) link

I don't because it means that I don't get to play the first Katamari!

kv_nol, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 13:01 (twelve years ago) link

Please convince me that Beautiful Katamari may somehow make it to Europe.

There's no release date and the "EU TBA" notice on gamefaqs has been quietly dropped :(

V, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 14:32 (twelve years ago) link

Now THIS is exciting (from ign)...

PlayStation Premier: Katamari Damacy Creator Delivers New PS3 Game
First artwork for Nobi Nobi Boy
by Anoop Gantayat

US, July 17, 2007 - Bandai Namco Games unleashed a big surprise at Sony's PlayStation Premier event today in Tokyo with the announcement of an all new game from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi.

Titled Nobi Nobi Boy, all we have on this PlayStation 3 title are just a couple of pieces of artwork. The artwork and name ("Nobi" can mean "to stretch" in Japanese) suggests that the game will center around a flexible wormlike creature of some form.

We expect more details to surface shortly, so be sure and check back soon!

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:01 (twelve years ago) link

http://uk.media.ps3.ign.com/articles/805/805606/imgs_1.html

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

ps3 purchase validated

webber, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 04:17 (twelve years ago) link

It does look very much like snake on the old Nokia!

I'm going to hold off until GTA IV is released and then decide.

kv_nol, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 09:04 (twelve years ago) link

Is €23.00 a lot to spend on t shirt to make up for lack of first katamari game y/n?

kv_nol, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 10:31 (twelve years ago) link

Too late!

kv_nol, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 11:15 (twelve years ago) link

A truck just honked outside my window and I instantly thought: "Someone has rolled up a green bus"

kv_nol, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:41 (twelve years ago) link

haha

Ste, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:19 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://lebowski.ytmnd.com/

stupid

chaki, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 21:12 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

"The Wonderful End Of The World"

katamari for the PC, available through Steam. but reports suggest it's way too easy and nowhere near as good as the katamari games. Anyone played it here?

Ste, Sunday, 20 July 2008 11:38 (eleven years ago) link

does anyone ever want to play or think about or make crafts based on this game again?

s1ocki, Sunday, 20 July 2008 13:37 (eleven years ago) link

I loved it, but no.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 July 2008 11:39 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

okay so Wattam is out tomorrow. i don't think i understand what it is.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/16/21021203/wattam-review-ps4-pc-katamari

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:22 (two months ago) link

That follows, as I was never able to figure out what the hell Noby Noby Boy was.

Welcome to the Sandwich Trough (Old Lunch), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:26 (two months ago) link

i don't plan to learn what wattam is before playing it

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 06:00 (two months ago) link

https://lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=36292

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 30 December 2019 21:17 (one month ago) link


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