Katamari Damacy came out in what I would consider my personal golden age of gaming. 2004-2008 were my Purdue University years, and I’ve never gamed like I did then. Socially, it was not a great time for me and video games were the perfect escapism. I had heard about Katamari Damacy on Penny Arcade and splurged on the game.
Do you remember being a kid and rolling a snowball down a hill and how unbelievably satisfying it was to watch it grow? Katamari manages to perfectly capture that feeling, while simultaneously letting you work out a little bit of rage. The main character, the Prince, has to roll up bigger and bigger balls of earth stuff to rebuild the cosmos after his father destroyed it all while binge drinking. There is nothing better than working through your feelings about someone else’s screw ups by rolling up a cow into a giant ball of stuff.
If you decide to take my advice and play Katamari, I feel like I need to include the disclaimer that it is insanely addictive. So you’ve been warned.
Play it anyways though. ;)
I was so into it when it came out that I made Prince cosplay for my cat. Luckily I have a cat that likes to dress up.
Kielrain nominated Katamari, and although it didn’t get enough votes to make it to the final leaderboards, it got several votes. That warmed the cockles of my heart. It’s always a little difficult to introduce folks to this game, since you’re selling them on playing a trash collector. Much like Psychonauts from last week, I get a real rise out of meeting folks that already love it. This week’s square features the tiny prince, and I just love how he looks on the blanket.
Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Katamari Damacy pattern here. Instructions for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @Doctor_Llama and Jac @jac_attacking or with the hashtag #geekalong!
If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.
“Where the first rolls, the second follows. Roll, roll, roll.”
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