Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
Tens of millions a viewers a month watch Youtube videos of an orange and white cat and his friends playing in Minecraft
. Twenty-three year old Joseph Garrett plans to use Minecraft as a platform for launching an educational channel. [more inside]
There's a lot of tragedy in the world lately. Please enjoy a video of DMX on an amusement park ride.
are a band from Richmond, Virginia that play fun, fast, lo-fi, riff-heavy upbeat rock songs with lyrics like "My friends are your friends but your friends are bullshit!" and "Waaa-ohhhh-ohhh-wa-oh-OH-oh-oh!" It's the summer party music you didn't know you needed, and because their one album and two EPs can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp: Cassette
, Tyler Perry's Sports Bar
, and I Want To Waste Away With You
Globe Trot (50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance)
A fun little romp around the world as over 50 people do a cool dance that combined with sharp editing can't help but make you feel good. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
During the late 1970's and 1980's, Glen A. Larson's lighthearted television dramas were incredibly popular: Knight Rider
. B.J. and the Bear
. The original Battlestar Galactica
. Quincy M.E. The Fall Guy
. Magnum, P.I. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Larson had hit after hit and it seemed he could do no wrong. But he did produce three flops in the 80's, (and another in the 90's that managed to last two seasons): Automan
, The Highwayman
and Night Man
. [more inside]
is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software
. You can play it online via HTML5
, online via Java
or download a version
for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page
. [more inside]
We know you love your library! Ever wonder what it would be like to become a book? Where would you be in the library? Which Dewey Decimal [hundred] number would you be given? Take this quiz to find out!
What does the yellow light mean?"
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…." [more inside]
Each week, the Internet Archive's tumblr account
is completely transformed by a digital resident
along a theme of their choosing. [more inside]
Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3)
: The Year of the Beard
. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
According to statistician Aki Vehtari
of Aalto University in Finland, there is diminished 20%
chance that today, December 25th
, is your birthday. There is a 5% higher likelihood than chance that your birthday is actually February 14th. [more inside]
What do you need to be an international CONTROL super spy fighting the forces of KAOS? A Shoe-Phone. A Cone of Silence. A Bulletproof Invisible Wall and a Laser Blazer. Then, and only then, can you Get Smart. [more inside]
Have you dreamed
a money bin
a la Scrooge McDuck?
Your dreams can now become a reality
Le French Food
Note: Not all food speaks French. Extra note: some of the food is NSFW!
Find The Invisible Cow
Does what it says on the tin.
A simple guide to how compound words work in German.
(SLYT, rudimentary German makes it funnier but probably not essential)
Welcome to Dinovember.
"Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children their plastic dinosaur figures come to life while they sleep."
By Refe Tuma
Last week, Improv Everywhere
set up the ACJW Ensemble
Orchestra (of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School) in Herald Square in New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, "Conduct Us
." [more inside]
I Do Not Want To Jack Guys Off Is there anything more ludicrous than a woman giving a man a hand job? [more inside]
A game that would be at home in an arcade cabinet beside Robotron, FORGET-ME-NOT
is a classic-style, that is to say, neon-filled, randomness-laden, bone-hard 2D maze/shooting game, with cute characters and retro effects, inspired by the Commodore game Crossroads II
and Pac-Man CE. Collect all the FLOWERS in each random, single-screen level to make the EXIT appear. Then, get the KEY and take it there to move to the next level.
The only controls are the arrow keys (or screen swipes in the iOS version). Face down a large variety of randomly-generated enemy types, and get as far as you can! You automatically shoot in front of you, but beware: your shots can wrap-around, and if they hit you they hurt! They key to playing well is grinding
: push into a wall as you sail past it to build up a charge. Charge up enough and you start glowing; while glowing, you instantly kill any enemies you touch, but if you charge to much you blow up.
. Not free: iOS [more inside]
Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. [more inside]
50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds:
A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios
creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
is a fun online web-toy for making symmetry/tessellation drawings. It was created by the likably interesting brainiac, Anselm Levskaya
with the tessellations of MC Escher in mind
. On Twitter he says
it is as yet unfinished.
Keita's Quick Ideas.
In 2011, Keita Takahashi, designer of Katamari Damacy
, joined the team of the unconventional MMO game Glitch (previously
), which had to close its doors last year
. The Glitch people have since published 200 of Keita's ideas for the game
Ninja Slash (fun flash Friday).
Move left/right/up/down to kill zombies faster and faster.
This Gritty Reboots
Calvin and Hobbes reimagining
is fun. Wormwood hall, indeed!
The Printed Internet:
One man's attempt to recreate the internet. On paper. And publish it on the internet.