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Forgot to mention last week that I played Dance Dance Revolution (for the first time) at Mary Anne's place; more fun than I expected. Don't think I would actually buy a game console and mat and the game to play it at home, and I definitely wouldn't play it in public ('cause I'm not very good at it), but I enjoyed it.

Today, I've had a couple opportunities to play Katamari Damacy, a very odd and silly video game that involves rolling a sticky ball around to pick up stuff. (The stuff you roll the ball over sticks to the ball, if the stuff is small enough relative to the current ball size.) As the ball gets bigger, you can pick up bigger stuff—you start by picking up thumbtacks and coins, and later you can pick up cassette tapes and mice, and then as the ball gets bigger you can pick up park benches and people (and there are thousands of other kinds of things to pick up, of all sizes). Apparently the premise is that you're the Prince of All Cosmos, and you're trying to make as big a ball of stuff ("katamari") as possible to please your hard-to-please father, the King of All Cosmos, so that he can create stars with it. I had a hard time making the controls do what I wanted them to do, but it's a cool and very unusual game, and almost as much fun to watch as to play.

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T picked up Katamari Damacy the other day, and may be the funniest thing I have ever seen. I end up in giggle fits every time I watch him play it. I've played with it a bit myself, but I also have trouble controlling the ball perfectly. That doesn't matter so much in these earlier levels, but I can see it becoming a problem as the game gets harder. He bought it partly on the strength of your recommendation, so thanks!

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