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Cassie’s Best of Season 1 Episode – Katamari Damacy

Katamari Damacy gameplay. Photo: g4tv.com

When we were asked to pick our favorite Season One episode of Educating [Geeks], I didn’t hesitate: Katamari Damacy, featuring Alice, Bri, Megan, Sara and me.

My selection was immediate, final and firm – and I’m still not quite sure why. The video game, hailing from Japan with a global following, is alright. I’m not a big fan of it like our resident Katamari expert Megan, and I was definitely the worst of the group at playing it.

But there’s just something so endearing about a cute, beleaguered, little alien dude who has to “roll around a sticky ball and pick sh*t up,” as Alice so eloquently describes it in the E[G] episode.

This is amazing and geekily heart-warming and ridiculous and amazing.
Photo: offbeatbride.com

Oh, and did I mention that the little alien dude is called The Prince of All Cosmos? And that his enormous father, The King of All Cosmos, is a malicious, insecure, slave-driving addict who forces his wee son to clean up the King’s mess throughout the universe so the stars and constellations can be restored?

The game’s feeble storyline has all the makings of a Shakespearean tragedy, or at least that’s how we all read into it. To be fair, we’re a group of women, and… you know, reading too much into meager details is kind of what we do. But there are some interesting aspects of the story and characters that can be gleaned from a few hours of play.

For instance, we couldn’t get over all of the sexual innuendo and references to drugs. Some were subtle, and some definitely weren’t. Either way, it made for a very amusing Saturday afternoon. Also, as a primarily single-player game, it allowed for side conversations and encouragement from the group, without the competition that multi-player games normally require.

Random baby cosplay. I just…
Photo: adailygoodthing.com

If you’re looking for a fun team-building exercise, Katamari may just be the game to assign. We also recommend you keep alcohol handy. Though it likely won’t help with your score, it’ll make The Prince and The King’s interactions that much more hilarious.

My favorite highlights from the podcast are:

  • 21:30 – 26:50 — Alice and Sara discuss their first cracks at Katamari, and Alice realizes her deep-rooted issues with WOW.
  • 30:10 – 32:30 — Megan explains a hilarious, yet horrifying, plot twist in the video game’s storyline.
  • 37:48 – 43:13 — Megan details Katamari’s origins at NAAMCO, and then describes another interesting video game that Katamari’s creator developed.
  • 57:14 – 57:35 — Alice, Bri, Megan and Sara break into the theme song, and it’s adorable.

Still not quite sure how Katamari works? Check out a fantastic commercial and fan video here.

 

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Meet Guest Host Chako

Chako

John Chakravarty (or Chako) is a part time corporate cog and an all the time winner. He writes, draws and occasionally stands in for Channing Tatum at autograph signings. Chako was introduced to Star Wars at an early age by his brothers. This introduction grew into an obsession that included comics, Sci-fi literature, table top RPGs and lots of video games. Chako spends his days sequestered in his apartment writing novels (that will soon become major motion pictures), attempting to put Bruce Banner in his fantasy football lineup, and spending time with his wonderful woman-friend and two dumb dogs.

You can hear Chako on Educating [Geeks] 16 – Ender’s Game.

John gets his geek on for:
  • Star Wars
  • Venture Bros
  • Comic books
  • Video games
  • Paleontology
He has two websites
And you can follow him on instagram @jpchakra
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Katamari Damacy: The best video game commercial ever?

Quite possibly.

In the same outrageous, fun-loving vein of the popular Japanese game, this live-action commercial sells Katamari Damacy’s premise without a single word of dialogue. View it after the jump:

Also, check out this funny short film, “Man vs. Katamari,” by YouTube content creator, freddiew:

The hilarious producers also have a fun behind-the-scenes video, where they explain using 3D techniques in the creation of their short film.

Know of any other great Katamari fan films or homages out there? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Educating [Geeks] 8 – Katamari Damacy

This week on Educating [Geeks] Megan educates the rest of the group on the addictive wonders of Katamari. Royal Rainbow!

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