Katamari Damacy has rolled its way into The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as part of a major exhibit. Century of the Child: Growing by Design sounds super-fun, and it’s open right now, up until November 5th.
The original Katamari Damacy was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2, but since then has gathered more than a little critical acclaim for its impressive, unique design (not to mention the glorious art direction and somewhat addictive gameplay!).
…haven’t played it? You’re missing out. The King of All Cosmos has ‘accidentally’ destroyed the stars, constellations and even the Moon, and it’s his son’s job to help put it all back together. That’s where you come in, guiding the Prince and his magical sticky Katamari ball as he wanders the earth collecting material until it is big enough to become a star.
“Material” in this case includes small household objects to people and cars, all the way up to mountains – anything that will stick to the Katamari will be rolled up into one fantastic ball.
Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. explains:
NAMCO BANDAI Games’ KATAMARI DAMACY has touched countless people, from children to adults, and is truly a modern video game classic. The inclusion of KATAMARI DAMACY in this ground breaking exhibit is a testament to the creative designs embodied in NAMCO BANDAI’s games and shows the importance of video games in peoples’ lives in addition to being a validation of video games as a modern form of interactive art.
Of course, Katamari Damacy isn’t the only thing on show at New York MoMA: The exhibition covers a whole century of design focussed at children. According to the museum, it is the “first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking”. Basically, it takes a good look at the designs behind schools, playgrounds, hospitals, clothing, nurseries, furniture, books and – of course – toys and games!