Keita Takahashi

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Keita Takahashi
Keita Takahashi - 2005.jpg
Keita Takahashi holding the Prince character from Katamari Damacy, at GDCE, London, in 2005
Born 1975
Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū
Occupation Game designer
Spouse(s) Asuka Sakai

Keita Takahashi (高橋 慶太 Takahashi Keita?, born 1975) is a game director, his most notable titles being Katamari Damacy and its sequel, We Love Katamari. The original Katamari game was a surprise hit and was praised for its quirkiness, originality, and charm. He is married to Asuka Sakai.

Katamari[edit]

Takahashi has stated in numerous interviews that he had no desire for Katamari to be touted as innovative or creative – he simply set out to bring the concept of simple, silly fun back into video gaming.

Takahashi has named the following sources as inspiration for his Katamari games:

Post-Katamari[edit]

In an interview,[1] Takahashi announced that he hopes to eventually move on from video games, with an ambition of designing a playground for children. On Wednesday 28 October 2009, Nottingham City Council announced during the Gamecity festival that Keita Takahashi is spending a month in the city working on designs for the play area at Woodthorpe Grange.[2] In 2012, Takahashi revealed to an audience that the Nottingham project had been indefinitely postponed, due to budget concerns.[3] He and his wife, the composer Asuka Sakai, formed the company uvula in October 2010 to support his freelance game design career, as well as his playground designs.[4]

In July 2011, it was announced that he was joining Tiny Speck's Vancouver team, working on Glitch.[5]

Published works[edit]

TBA[edit]

References[edit]

  • Nakamura, Eric (2009). "Noby Boy." Giant Robot Magazine issue 63.
  1. ^ Hermida, Alfred (2005-11-10). "Technology | Katamari creator dreams of playgrounds". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Video games guru to design play area". This is Nottingham. 
  3. ^ "Staying Playful with Keita Takahashi". 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Ben (2010-10-03). "Katamari Damacy director and wife reveal new company". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Working With Your Heroes: Welcome Keita Takahashi". 2011-07-08. 

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