The artist Baiyon ("PixelJunk Eden") told me at GDC that he'd like to see more games with graphics that look out of the ordinary. Read More...

I played the new "Pixel Junk Eden" expansion "Pixel Junk Eden Encore" today and learned what's new about this: five new levels. They are accessed through a portal in the standard "Eden" garden menu, which leads to an "Encore"-specific garden. The levels share the aesthetic of the original game's, but I was told by a Sony rep that they are larger and full of new ideas. The biggest idea may be the new move which will also be retroactively added to "Eden" itself when "Encore" comes out next month: Activating three seeds in one move causes all of the pollen-filled floating entities on the screen to detonate at once, releasing a massive amount of pollen.

The first level of "Encore" that I played was set up for the big new move. It presented three seeds in a vertical stack. I set them all up for activation, then triggered them in one go. The screen filled with pollen. It was clear that "Encore" is working on a larger scale than "Eden," presenting a bigger spectacle of its elements than the original. I joked that instead of being called "Encore," it should be called "Extreme." Read More...

Word via a Sony PlayStation press invitation to reporters for Game Developers Conference today is that the next PixelJunk project from Q Games -- makers of "PixelJunk Racers," "PixelJunk Monsters," "PixelJunk Eden" and the recently-teased "PixelJunk Monsters" for PSP -- will be shown in San Francisco next week. The series' lead creator, Dylan Cuthbert, is slated to demonstrate the game to press on Thursday, March 26. We'll be there.

'PixelJunk Eden'
Any two people who have played the enjoyable, acrobatic 2D PlayStation 3 downloadable game "PixelJunk Eden" might be wondering the same thing I’ve been wondering since I first played the game co-operatively:

How does :Eden" determine which character to lock its camera onto when one of those characters is falling to their doom and the other had been an inch away from collecting a valuable Spectra?

I got an answer from a very good authority... Read More...

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