Say Hello to Hello Kitty Online

Hello Kitty Online - where a million unreasonably cute things are but a click away.

Before we get started here, perhaps we need to take a little poll to see if this is something you want to continue reading.

Are you, or someone you know:

1) A person who is less than thirteen years old.
2) A person who loves small, cute, fluffy things.
3) A person who is down with some wicked otaku business.
4) This person.

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above, follow me after the break!

'I expected to have to hug them.'

Let’s get the facts out of the way, first:

  • Hello Kitty Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO for you savvy internet kids).
  • Hello Kitty Online is being published by Aeria Games and developed by Sanrio Digital.
  • The game is going to be free to play, with micro-transactions in the form of clothes and items and really cute things for your character.  Get those credit cards ready, parents!
  • There are monsters for players to fight. There are also plenty of classic MMO activities to do to build your character’s skills as well – mining for ore, picking fruit, building houses, crafting items, and cooking food.  Cute houses and cute food.
  • Hello Kitty Online features really cute versions of real world places such as London, Moscow, Paris, and Beijing.
  • Hello Kitty Online is really freaking cute.

There’s not a ton of information beyond that available, yet; and so far there’s no release date.  But a beta will be opening soon and we here at Pixels and Grids will be checking it out.  As sarcastic as I may sound here, I really think there’s a place in gaming for games like Hello Kitty Online.  I have a daughter at home who is exactly the right age and has exactly the right amount of appreciation of cute things to check this out.  When we get our beta codes, I’ll be sure to spend a little time with her and our good friend Hello Kitty and let you all know what we think!

I’ll leave you with a little gallery of the photos they’ve released.  A very cute gallery.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go chainsaw the Hell out of locust in Gears of War 2 for a while.  I have to get all of this cute out of my system.

2 responses to “Say Hello to Hello Kitty Online

  1. Hello Kitty MMO chat log (from the above pic) in rough narrative dialogue form:

    Scene: Exterior. Daytime. Several players interact on a travel-worn road that winds its way through a forest filled with pastel-colored flowers and delicious-looking mushrooms.

    Melancholia looked upon the other players gathered and gloated to herself, “mhh, I am level 7”. She smiled patronizingly at her inferiors.
    Lovedoodle was growing impatient. “U get here”, he demanded of no one in particular.
    “When I first heard there were enemies in HKO,” Wa said anxiously, “I expected to have to hug them”. Wa sighed, shrugged her shoulders then wiped the blood from the kitchen knife.
    Saigemorrow shuffled his feet, jammed his hands in his pockets, and tried not to meet Wa’s vacant stare. He tried to laugh.
    “Or something”, Wa added as her thin lips drew into a tight smile.
    Saigemorrow shuddered and softly kicked at the cracked earth of the road. He hoped the plumes of dust would explain why his eyes had begun to well up with tears. “Yea, I know, but I don’t…”
    “Lol”, Mood cackled.
    Lovedoodle had enough. “When you get here?” he stated flatly.
    Saigemorrow replied, “Get there where? I’m lost”. He wondered whether he would always hear Lovedoodle’s voice in his head now. “X*3”, Saigemorrow blurted out inexplicably.
    Melancholia proclaimed, “I am going to be Hello Kitty at a mall!” She gave those gathered the best smile in her repertoire. Wa looked at her reflection in the blade of the glinting kitchen knife. Saigemorrow seemed to be listening to someone else, someone unseen.
    Mood crossed her eyes and stuck out her tongue imitating the terror-stricken expression on Neverender’s corpse. She reached out and held his hand. She realized no one was watching. “It looks like me and Neverender are holding hands”. Melancholia, Wa, and Saigemorrow turned to look.
    “Screenshot!” Mood shouted gleefully.

    The End.

    Thanks for the fun writing exercise, Jim!

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