161: Accident

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Accident
As far as treachery-as-driving-music goes, Katamari music is matched only by Guitar Hero music.
Title text: As far as treachery-as-driving-music goes, Katamari music is matched only by Guitar Hero music.

Explanation

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.

Transcript

[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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Discussion

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 128.237.217.152 (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) 173.245.52.205 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~) Any reason for an incomplete? 199.27.128.144 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?--108.162.242.8 00:45, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
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