Noby Noby Boy Creator Denies Drug Use

Noby Noby Boy Creator Denies Drug Use

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At GDC 2009, Keita Takahashi - the man behind virtual LSD trips Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy denied he'd ever used drugs. That's right, folks - his special kind of insanity is completely natural.

If you've ever played the wonderfully strange roll-em-up Katamari Damacy - let alone the completely bizarre Noby Noby Boy - you're probably aware that the mind of Keita Takahashi is a strange and wonderful place.

While the prevalence of mushrooms and strange multi-frond plants in the Katamari Damacy opening might lead some to believe that Takahashi's creativity is fueled by some, *ahem* less-than-legal substances, the man took the opportunity at GDC 2009 to disabuse any notions of drug use: "I don't use drugs at all. I don't drink," said Takahashi, according to Kotaku. "Please, don't worry about me." Apparently, he's that crazy all on his own.

Beyond refuting any allegations of drug use, though, Takahashi's talk revealed that while the man might indeed be totally nuts, he's ... also sort of brilliant, in a way. The two often go hand-in-hand, to be fair. Some of the man's quotes as reported by Kotaku are just ... well, I really have no words.

On Noby Noby Boy's design: "I wanted to show an ironic point of view about our consumption-based society. But I wanted to make more objects. If [the game] were empty, I would feel empty or lonely. When I made Katamari Damacy and objects were rolled up into a ball, they were gone. I felt empty. I feel this way about our disposable society."

On unforeseen Noby Noby Boy development: "I wanted to create a game where even the developers couldn't see what was coming. Of course I wasn't thinking about debugging at this point. The people who did the debugging asked me what was a bug. I couldn't answer that."

On users versus players: "Hiyao Miyazaki, the film director, says that children today are not playing, they're consumers. I think that's true. In Japan, people who play games are called 'users.' I think games should be played. Perhaps it's minute, but that bothered me. We just throw around the term users and that bothers me."

On workplace violence: "People who come to the company call them users and that makes me so mad I want to bonk them! Sometimes I think they should die."

On sales: "Maybe I should make sure that Noby Noby Boy should only be available on PlayStation 3 and only available by download. That way, maybe it won't sell that much. It's only been available for a month or so, but I was right! It's not selling that much. That's probably not a good thing."

Honestly, I'm kind of flabbergasted. I also kind of want to buy that guy a drink - even if he wouldn't accept it. Those are some of my favorite quotes, but they aren't the only ones - check out the rest over at Kotaku, if you're interested.

What can I say? The dude's a genius. A completely insane genius, but a genius nonetheless.

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Hell, Frank Zappa has never done a drug in his life. That didn't stop him from making an album called Burnt Weenie Sandwich and having it be AWESOME.

I have a feeling that if he makes this stuff up while sober, being drugged would just turn him into an accountant or something mundane.

Oh wow. If he denies it himself, I believe him. I thought he must be crazy to begin with to have created Katamari Damacy.
Once again, weird stuff is stemming from Japan.
I would get it, if I weren't a broke student.
You know, he might be a Visionary, and only be Jack Black crazy. Meaning, the EPIC kind of crazy.

Genius

CantFaketheFunk:

On users versus players: "Hiyao Miyazaki, the film director, says that children today are not playing, they're consumers. I think that's true. In Japan, people who play games are called 'users.' I think games should be played. Perhaps it's minute, but that bothered me. We just throw around the term users and that bothers me."

Seriously awesome genius

CantFaketheFunk:

On workplace violence: "People who come to the company call them users and I that makes me so mad I want to bonk them! Sometimes I think they should die."

Slightly worrying genius

He's like a Zen Master. I feel relaxed just reading his quotes.

L.B. Jeffries:
Hell, Frank Zappa has never done a drug in his life. That didn't stop him from making an album called Burnt Weenie Sandwich and having it be AWESOME.

Stop stealing what I was going to say!
I kinda want to see him on drugs though, wonder what it would be like...

Hmmm.... seing him on LSD would indeed be interesting if this is him without any narcotics in his system xD

Of course he can't admit to it. Weed and Shrooms (what I suspect he's into) are much more illegal in Japan than they are in the states.

He's saying don't worry about him? If he's really NOT on drugs, I might worry; but I'm not convinced.

It's always the most intelligent and creative people that don't do drugs. As they don't need to. Frank Zappa was already mentioned but let's not forget about Mike Patton.

 

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