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The history of Katamari Damacy

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  1. [6]
    fredo
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    Love this game so much. One of my best experiences in the PS2 era. A whimsical well executed premise, simple addictive gameplay, the most wonderful soundtrack, at once chill and challenging,...

    Love this game so much. One of my best experiences in the PS2 era. A whimsical well executed premise, simple addictive gameplay, the most wonderful soundtrack, at once chill and challenging, beautiful design, quirky and unique... What a game!

    4 votes
    1. [5]
      nothis
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      I sometimes wonder what games I'd put in a personal top 10 and Katamari Damacy is one of maybe 3 or 4 games that have a guaranteed spot on it (I can never settle on the exact ranking, though). I...

      I sometimes wonder what games I'd put in a personal top 10 and Katamari Damacy is one of maybe 3 or 4 games that have a guaranteed spot on it (I can never settle on the exact ranking, though).

      I just love how it defies any genre definition, it's completely unique. It also makes me wonder how our stubborn obsession with games that mostly revolve around just a handful of base genres is limiting gaming as a whole. There's got to be so many other game ideas out there, equally unique. Where are they? Even within indie games, it's rare to see such a completely out-of-the-box concept. And for a relatively mainstream 2004 PS2 release, I think this level of creativity is unmatched.

      I find it interesting how the game's history is essentially one of a truly original blip of creativity that originated from a single person's mad genius and how the games industry swallowed it up and eventually spit out a F2P mobile tap game, lol. I know there's not a lot of money in it but it also can't have been that expensive to produce. Why don't large game companies have smaller studios running for more obscure titles and potential cult hits? Movie studios all have their indie branch for harvesting Oscars, game studios don't seem to give a shit. One other example I can think of is Valve producing Portal in 2007. Maybe Microsoft's indie branch doing Ori and Cuphead (although art style aside, these are already much "safer" choices)? It's so rare. It's a real shame.

      3 votes
      1. [4]
        fredo
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        Maybe It's a puzzle game?

        I just love how it defies any genre definition, it's completely unique

        Maybe It's a puzzle game?

        1. [3]
          nothis
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          Well, apparently they turned it into a Puyo Poyo clone at one point, lol.

          Well, apparently they turned it into a Puyo Poyo clone at one point, lol.

          1 vote
          1. [2]
            fredo
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            Yeah I only played the first two, and mostly the first one.

            Yeah I only played the first two, and mostly the first one.

            1. nothis
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              The first two are the only ones that matter, really. From there on, it was just rehashes and weird mobile games that used the names and characters for essentially different games.

              The first two are the only ones that matter, really. From there on, it was just rehashes and weird mobile games that used the names and characters for essentially different games.

              2 votes
  2. [2]
    fredo
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    A heads up: Katamari Damacy Reroll, which seems to be a remaster of the first game, is now on the Xbox Game Pass. Can't believe I only saw this today! I'm very happy right now :) Edit: playing it....

    A heads up: Katamari Damacy Reroll, which seems to be a remaster of the first game, is now on the Xbox Game Pass. Can't believe I only saw this today! I'm very happy right now :)

    Edit: playing it. Apart from the resolution bump, it's the same game. Looks good. I wish I could switch to low-res though.

    2 votes
    1. nothis
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      Oh that's cool! Everyone should play Katamari Damacy, great to see it available with such a low entry barrier.

      Oh that's cool! Everyone should play Katamari Damacy, great to see it available with such a low entry barrier.

      2 votes