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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Giant Katamari Controller

I have noticed a recent trend in video games that gets the player into
the game with some kind of accessory. For example, Tony Hawk: Ride
uses a plank for a controller for all kinds of skateboarding action.
Considering that Guitar Hero and Rock Band have been very successful
games with peripherals, it was about time someone developed a large
trackball accessory for the Katamari series

For those of you who are not familiar with Katamari, it is an odd
little game that originated in Japan. The object is to rebuild
heavenly bodies by rolling a sticky ball called the katamari that gets
bigger with every object the player rolls over. Of course, the ball
rolls quite awkwardly with all the incongruously non-round stuff
attached to it.

A blogger by the name of Kellbot has created a way to make the
Katamari game much more interactive by connecting an ordinary PS2
controller to a large ball. You can see a video of it after the jump
to see how well it works.

Originally, Kellbot wanted to put this control on a yoga ball, but she
found that the rubbery surface didn't really work to well. Too bad,
because that would have created a very unique video gaming experience.

If you would like to try this out, Kellbot has a schematic of her
creation on her blog. If you ask me, someone needs to seriously
mass-market this thing. Katamari people, get on this ball!

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