“Live In Your World. Play In Ours.” That was the slogan for much of the PS2’s lifecycle. While the PS2’s time was long over, that thought was only subjective as games were still being made for it well after its time supposedly passed. Games like Persona 4 and Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier were showed that the PS2 still had a beating heart, but it was obvious that it’s days were numbers (or were in fact up). Finally, Sony stepped in to confirm that manufacturing of all PS2 systems had ceased in all territories earlier this year, marking an end to an era. Not since the Japanese Famicom have we seen a console stay in production this long, even after support for the game dropped to near zero. And thus we look back on the era that kicked off the new millennium, the Playstation 2.
Videogames are movin’ on up guys. Not to be outdone by the History of Videogames exhibit at the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is going to showcase Katamari Damacy as part of their Century of the Child: Growing By Design exhibit. The program’s goal is to showcase things that were created and geared towards children from 1900 to 2000. The showcases range from parks to toys to books and so on. Speaking of which, an Astro Boy manga is also being shown in the exhibit as well. Going back to Katamari Damacy for a bit, Namco Bandai’s VP of Marketing Carlson Choi stated in a press release”
“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.”
Not bad guys, not bad. If anyone is interested in seeing the exhibit, they can hit up the MoMA in New York City. They’re located in 11 West 53rd Street in Manhattan. The Exhibition started this past Sunday and goes on ’til November 5th.
So, why is The King of Cosmos up there as my article image? Well, like any (loosely) sane minded individual, most of us have heard of Katamari Damacy. Some of us even played the game. So what does this have to do with The IDOLM@STER? Some of you probably already know where this is going. But I’ll continue on in hopes of humoring the public. Hit the jump to see the realization