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  • Game Design Challenge: Rename Katamari Damacy

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  •'s Game Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way -- from the perspective of a game creator, producer, marketer, businessperson, and so forth.

    Each week, we'll propose a design question. You'll have one week to answer it (see below for how to submit your answers). The following week, the best answers and the names of those who submitted them will be posted along with some commentary.

    The Challenge
    Rename Katamari Damacy.

    Assignment Details
    It's spring, 2004, and you're working for Namco. The company has recently released a new game to Japanese game players called, roughly, Katamari Damashii, and is now in the stages of planning its Western release.

    Namco has decided it wants a new English title for the North American version of the game -- and the job falls to you.

    Come up with a new English name for the game and in 200 words or less, explain your choice and persuade the company to use it. Think up with something snappy that will appease the localization department, designers, and artists, who will likely create new cover art to accommodates the new title.

    To Submit
    Send your answers to with the subject line "Design Challenge: Rename Katamari."

    Questions? Comments? Brainstorm together on the forum.
    Entries must be submitted by June 11, 2008. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title.

    The responses for this challenge will appear the week of June 16, 2008.

    Disclaimer: is not responsible for similarities between the content submitted to the Game Design Challenge and any existing or future products or intellectual property.


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