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  • Blog Post: Artist Imagines Katamari Damacy In A Different Era Of Japan

    Katamari Damacy is possibly the most Japanese game ever to be fully embraced by North America. I'm surprised I haven't seen an artist re-imagine the game's art style in the one popularized during feudal Japan already. The King of the Cosmos' concerned look over the Prince's progress... More
  • Blog Post: Kickstarter Project Gives You A Chance To Play Katamari Creator's New Game

    Famed game designer Keita Takahashi, creator of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy, is offering his newest game to Kickstarter donators of the LA Game Space. If you donate the minimum $5 to the project , you get a copy of Takahashi's new game titled My Silly Game. If you go a little bit higher, you... More
  • Blog Post: Learn The ABCs Of Video Games

    Vimeo user Evan Seitz posted a pretty impressive animation of the alphabet in video game form. Can you identify all the games? Along with visual representations of each letter, the music corresponds as well. I like the entry for the letter "J" in particular. Thanks to Jackson Vance for the... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Damacy Featured In New York MoMA Exhibit

    The New York Museum of Modern Art is hosting a new exhibit, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, and it features a nod to one of Namco Bandai's most memorable games. Katamari Damacy makes an appearance in the exhibit, which is focused on the way that games, toys, and other kid-friendly things... More
  • Blog Post: Everyone Needs A Talking King Of All Cosmos Pillow

    Who wouldn't want to snuggle up to a King of All Cosmos pillow that speaks to them? Etsy seller Katy, of Penguinotic, has a history of making high quality plushies and other related snuggly goods. This talking pillow is modeled after the Katamari series' creepy King of All Cosmos, who speaks... More
  • Blog Post: Touch My Katamari Getting Awesome-Looking Pac-Man DLC

    The PlayStation Vita debut of Katamari Damacy is about to receive an update featuring a classic Namco character. Andriasang reports that a Pac-Man mission will be coming to Touch My Katamari as downloadable content. There's no info on pricing or if the content will be coming to North America for... More
  • Blog Post: Namco Shares New Trailer And Gameplay Details For PSVita Katamari Damacy

    In a new blog post , Namco Bandai community manager Rich Bantegui shared the first trailer for the company's new Katamari Damacy title for Vita. While the trailer doesn't show any gameplay, it's clear that the classic oddball charm of Katamari is well in place in this new games. In addition... More
  • Blog Post: Namco Announces Three Titles For Vita Launch Window

    The launch of PlayStation Vita is on the horizon, and Namco is pledging their support with three titles scheduled for its launch window. In what seems to be a bit of a tradition for the publisher and console launches, Vita will see a new version of Ridge Racer. In addition, a new Katamari Damacy title... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Damacy Creator Working On MMO

    Keita Takahashi left Namco Bandai last year, and now he's moving from Tokyo to Vancouver in another career change. He'll be helping Tiny Speck out with their upcoming casual MMO Glitch. Tiny Speck founder Stewart Butterfield describes the working relationship - "We played some Glitch together... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Damacy Mobile Jumbo Trademarked

    Siliconera has dug up yet another Katamari trademark this week, this time for Katamari Damacy Mobile Jumbo. As one would expect, the Japanese trademark most likely points to a mobile entry in the franchise. Namco also trademarked a barrage of titles with the word “roll” in them, such as “Roll... More
  • Blog Post: Is Amore Namco’s Newest Katamari Title?

    A new Katamari title may be on the way, as Siliconera recently spotted a pair of trademarks nabbed by Namco Bandai Games. Both “Katamari Amore” and “Katamari Amore Rolling Whopper” were filed on March 25, and are marked as under examination by the Trade Marks and Designs Registration... More
  • Blog Post: Gallery 1988 Showcases Amazing Game-Inspired Artwork

    Minneapolis artist Dan Black , who is well known in indie rock circles for his poster art, tipped us off to this show. Black is also a gamer, and recently participated in a show called "Multiplayer" at the Santa Monica-based Gallery 1988. The show theme is art inspired by video games, and Black... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Creator Says Japanese Game Industry Is A Zombie

    Speaking with Develop , Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has some frank and harsh words for the Japanese game industry, calling it a "zombie that never dies." He says that Japanese companies – like his former employer Namco Bandai – are too focused on sequels to bring enough... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Creator Explains Why He Left Namco

    Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi announced his decision to leave Namco Bandai back in September and was quoted calling the publisher a "so-so company." Takahashi has since gone on to create a new venture , Uvula, with his wife. In an interview with Eurogamer the developer... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Creator, Wife Announce New Company

    A few weeks after announcing that he was leaving Namco Bandai, Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has revealed that he has started a new company with his wife, a composer. The new venture, called Uvula, has a hazy focus, with Takahashi saying that it will work on video games, music... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Creator Departs Namco Bandai

    We can’t say we didn’t see it coming. Confirmed by Play.tm , Katamari and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has left his post at Namco Bandai. Takahashi was quoted last week as calling Namco Bandai a “so-so company,” but in our opinion the departure is more about his desire... More
  • Blog Post: Crochet Plushies Defile Katamari Ball

    How adorable. These seemingly innocent handmade crochet cuddlies appear to be having a bit too much fun with these Katamari balls. Prince, the King of All Cosmos gave you that ball to help rectify his drunken mistake, not go on and make a few of your own! Look at those squinty eyes! You know he's... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Creator Pitches Idea For New Shooter

    Keita Takahashi, the mind behind Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy, has been throwing around quite a few creative project ideas lately. Earlier this week we discovered that Takahashi is working on a playground design for Nottingham City, and now the designer has an idea for “a fun and unique FPS... More
  • Blog Post: Katamari Damacy Creator To Design Children’s Playground

    Dreams really do come true. Today we learned that Japanese video game creator Keita Takahashi has been given the opportunity to realize one of his long-time dreams – designing a playground for children. Takahashi has proven his creative prowess as the mastermind behind Katamari Damacy and Noby... More
  • Blog Post: TGS 09: Natal Demonstrated with Beautiful Katamari

    While there are no announced plans to turn them into actual Natal games, project director Kudo Tsunoda used Beautiful Katamari as tech demos for the new peripheral's capabilities. In closed-door demos at Tokyo Game Show, Tsunoda displayed once again that the Natal technology does in fact work as... More
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