Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
The best way of explaining this comic is to explain the game Katamari Damacy, which music is also referenced in frame 3. In the game, the player has to "cling" his initial object to smaller objects in the playfield in order to get larger as a whole. As clinging smaller objects progresses, the larger objects initially ignoring the central player object will cling to it (thus adding more points and progressing through the levels).
In the comic, Cueball is remembering this strategy by playing the game a lot, and drives his car into a mailbox, which he states "it looked smaller than me".
The image text states that trusting your car to a person that is playing Katamari will surpass the chance of losing it to someone that is playing Guitar Hero. The latter will probably will rock your car to death while playing songs.
- [Cueball driving car while singing]
- Cueball: NAAAA NA NA NANA NANA NA NA KATAMARI DAMACY
- [Cueball and Megan talking]
- Megan: And that's when you veered into the mailbox?
- Cueball: It looked smaller then me. It was just instinct.
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The issue date of the comic is not given. Can someone add this? Rikthoff (talk) 18:53, 3 August 2012 (EDT)
http://xkcd.com/851/ - more katamari damacy shenanigans 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
In guitar hero you tilt the controler to active star power.
If you did so with steering wheel you would crash. 21:47, 10 January 2014 (UTC) 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Any reason for an incomplete? 220.127.116.11 06:29, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
I have changed the last part about the title text, as it referred to playing the games while driving, rather than listening to the music. Although the idea is that you then think you are playing! I hope my wording makes more sense. I have never played either of the two games, and cannot say if the explanation for driving poorly while listening to guitar hero music makes sense. But if it does, I would say it was OK to remove the incomplete tag now! Kynde (talk) 13:45, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
- I have never played guitar hero either, but I believe the game shows a series of objects approaching you to represent the notes. The point is then to "hit" large objects, much like the point of Katamari Damacy is to hit small objects. This makes more sense since otherwise any game music could simply distract you from driving.
- Is there a guitar hero player reading this who could make a final edit?--18.104.22.168 00:45, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
- I don't think guitar hero has to do with hitting things, as much as doing sudden turns and hitting your horn on certain notes..22.214.171.124 14:24, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
After I play a lot of Mario Kart, I feel urges to run over boxes, and to shake the steering wheel on top of speed bumps. - 126.96.36.199 15:06, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
After playing a lot of Elder Scrolls, I find myself wanting to harvest all the flowers I see. How else am I going to become an expert alchemist? 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
After playing an rpg for hours then going out into public, I find myself scanning windows, doors, vehicles. Staying close to the edges with my head on a swivel, eyes moving like turrets focusing on any one who gets within "range" and IFF them. Walk into a room and move to the corners scanning for targets. I can see the attraction to paintball and laser tag.04:32, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
When I first read this, I mist thought katamari music was some sort of bloodthirsty, rage inducing music, and that it motivated Cueball to go hunting. Boy, I feel stupid.Will X (talk) 06:01, 5 February 2016 (UTC)