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July 23, 2009 7:58 AM   Subscribe

This summer, do your gaming in the backyard! Kotaku editor Brian Crecente adapts your favorite videogames for play outdoors! Get your friends together for a game of Katamari Stick-With-Me, Super Hopscotch Brothers, Metal Gear Sneak-and-Hide, and more!
posted by EatTheWeak (16 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Katamari game looks pretty cute. I can see my local group of crumbsnatchers picking this up for sure.
posted by jquinby at 8:04 AM on July 23, 2009


These actually look pretty fun. For kids. I'm going to stick with bocce so I don't break my hip.
posted by exogenous at 8:05 AM on July 23, 2009


Some of those rules are way too complicated for kids to follow without just spending the whole time arguing.
posted by echo target at 8:12 AM on July 23, 2009


The Frogger game would be more fun if you live near a major highway.
posted by rocket88 at 8:12 AM on July 23, 2009


Katamari StickWithMe might also be called "Borg ResistanceIsFutile" or "The Blob EngulfWithMe."
posted by notyou at 8:26 AM on July 23, 2009


Reminds me of this review of the MMO Outside.

Is this more or less nerdy than LARPing? The bullies only have so much time and need to prioritize.

And yeah, the Katamari game does look like a fun tag variation.
posted by revgeorge at 8:38 AM on July 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, but where do I attach the controller?
posted by pemberkins at 8:41 AM on July 23, 2009


Some of those rules are way too complicated for kids to follow without just spending the whole time arguing.

As long as they stay outside, I'm OK with that.
posted by DU at 8:42 AM on July 23, 2009


As long as they stay outside off my lawn, I'm OK with that.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:11 AM on July 23, 2009


Is this more or less nerdy than LARPing? The bullies only have so much time and need to prioritize.

Fantasy outfits make LARPing extra nerdy, so I think these games are less nerdy (unless you try re-creating game levels for live-action replaying, which would raise you to some pinnacle of nerdiness, much like the Mega64 folks).
posted by filthy light thief at 9:51 AM on July 23, 2009


Get back to me when they come up with an outdoor version of Smash Brothers.

Or is that what paintball is?
posted by pemberkins at 9:56 AM on July 23, 2009


I'd like to see a real world analogue of Wii Baseball.
posted by DU at 10:00 AM on July 23, 2009


When I take off my glasses, it's like playing with full-screen anti-aliasing (FSAA)!
posted by Wild_Eep at 11:34 AM on July 23, 2009


Some of those rules are way too complicated for kids to follow without just spending the whole time arguing.

Well, yes. Isn't that the point? God knows half the fun of Magic: the Gathering for me, when I was getting into it at around the age of 12, was keeping track of all the arcane rules and exceptions and loopholes and technicalities and timing details.
posted by Tomorrowful at 2:18 PM on July 23, 2009


I actually played a variation of the Katamari tag as a kid! Except that everyone ran in a big swinging chain of It, instead of having to be a ball. It was pretty fun, as I remember. I'm pretty sure our variations of "pretend" included some video game characters, too.

I used to think of certain games, like the first Zelda and the obscure Magic of Scheherezade, as being like backyards inside the TV. You could just wander around and play and kick rocks by yourself.
posted by Countess Elena at 6:32 PM on July 23, 2009


I actually played a variation of the Katamari tag as a kid! Except that everyone ran in a big swinging chain of It

Yay chain tag! Yeah, I played this too. I remember it being Extremely Awesome, but my age could be expressed in one digit at the time so I'm not sure how Awesome it actually was. It's a shame we never thought of Katamari tag (clump tag?), that sound like even more fun.
posted by wsp at 12:45 AM on July 24, 2009


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