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Wrap Your Head Around PixelJunk 4am With This GDC Demonstration

Lorenzo Grajales's Avatar + Posted by Lorenzo Grajales on Mar 09, 2012 // Blog Manager, Latin America

From the moment we got our first glimpse of PixelJunk 4am, we knew it was like nothing we’d ever seen before. Q-Games always strives to deliver distinctive games with one-of-a-kind experiences. With PixelJunk 4am, they chose to bring this concept to a whole new level. Watch the video to see a live performance and learn more about how the game works.


But what exactly is PixelJunk 4am? A game? An instrument? To answer this question, we turned to Rowan Parker, who explained it from the floor of a launch party held during the 2012 Game Developers Conference where DJ Baiyon “played” for the lucky attendees.

PixelJunk 4am is easy to understand once you have the PlayStation Move motion controller in your hands and the visualizer appears. It varies with each “presentation,” but you can change it at any time by pressing the Select button. What’s important is for the music to “live” in the air, so to speak.

With PS Move, you grab hold of the sound from four different instruments (represented by the four control buttons) and unleash them onto the screen, creating a different sound depending on your movement. You can create layers of audio and then manipulate them as you wish. You can also invent new sounds using the controller and distort the effects by moving the PS Move closer to or farther away from the visualizer.

In the final version of the game, you’ll be able to share your presentations on the PlayStation Network, even with users who do not have the game — all you’ll need is the free viewer application, which enables you to tune into presentations as they are happening or listen to recordings from your favorite artists.

PixelJunk 4am for the PS3 will be available this spring exclusively on the PlayStation Network.

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32 Comments

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+ Wario64 on March 9th, 2012 at 1:41 pm said:

So good. Pixeljunk + Baiyon = awesomeness.


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+ Tchanku on March 9th, 2012 at 1:44 pm said:

I don’t quite get it.


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+ pinsandneedls on March 9th, 2012 at 1:46 pm said:

This looks amazing!!! The free viewer application is a great idea. This is such a good year for gamers!!


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+ Thwip on March 9th, 2012 at 1:50 pm said:

Wow…some truly unique games living on, or coming to, the PlayStation Network…amazing! This genre (if you can call it that), isn’t something I personally find myself all that interested in, but I will buy it just to support the vision.


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+ whatisdelicious on March 9th, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

a) The free viewer application is cool, as long as that’s just for people who don’t own 4am. If I already own 4am, it should simply be integrated into the game so I don’t need two executables. Just a convenience issue.
b) I really hope there’s a demo for this.


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+ DwayneW1987 on March 9th, 2012 at 2:00 pm said:

I played this at Fantastic Fest and it war AWESOME! Can’t wait for this!


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+ Carl-G on March 9th, 2012 at 2:39 pm said:

I wish someone would do a ‘MUSIC 2000′(the PS1 game)or ‘MUSIC 3000′(the PS2 game) for the PS3 but make it a bit like ‘Logic Pro 9′ :P

+ i did these tracks just using the PS1 & PS2 -

http://soundcloud.com/carl-g

;)

Anyway looks cool this game/music thingy:D + i love the name ’4am’ (i think i did a track called ’1am’ once to, LoL)


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+ Robbie_G_lrish on March 9th, 2012 at 2:57 pm said:

Well… this is certainly the most interesting implementation of Move that I’ve seen yet.


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+ SKeRJ on March 9th, 2012 at 3:08 pm said:

@#5
If you have 4am you don’t need the viewer application, that is as they said just for people who didn’t purchase 4am so they can still view the festivities, an excellent move (hah) I say.

Either way, I can’t wait for this to hit and I’m glad the Move is being showcased as something on its own and not just motion control add on gimmicks.

Quick questions that probably won’t be answered:

Will we be able to adjust the tempo?
Can we create our own samples with the PSEye microphone?
Is the Nav controller used in any way?
Will I only be stuck with IDM sounds or will I be able to produce things in multiple genres?


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+ YODA798907 on March 9th, 2012 at 4:06 pm said:

Great concept and idea, this can go way beyond the living room. I can honestly see this being used in a techno club, a good DJ can have a field day with this!!


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+ GibbShift on March 9th, 2012 at 4:19 pm said:

Day one. You had me at “phat bass.” :DDDD


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+ Ryuhza on March 9th, 2012 at 4:41 pm said:

Cool demonstration, but I have trouble seeing this as more than a limited visual music maker.


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+ playaplus on March 9th, 2012 at 4:56 pm said:

oh snap, this is sounding cool


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+ Surfaced on March 9th, 2012 at 5:42 pm said:

I WAS THERE @ Super7!!! So cramped. Shout out to Rey, Deb Mars, Baiyon and Dylan!


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+ drakenbutch on March 9th, 2012 at 6:02 pm said:

WHEN WILL MW3 BE IN PSN STORE ?????


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+ Chuckbait on March 9th, 2012 at 7:15 pm said:

This application looks great.

On a separate note, what happened to the PSN game Storm, for the the playstation 3. It came out, and now it seems to be missing from the store….


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+ GODFATHERTIG on March 9th, 2012 at 8:50 pm said:

IT WOULD BE COOL IF U WERE on DRUGS! BUT other than that not for everyone that has kids and a family. Only for when your exing out with a chick At 4am trien to get sUm!


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+ xeballzak on March 9th, 2012 at 9:31 pm said:

this is why gotham city impostors dont have the dlc.cuz sony is havin parties holdin there phalic symbols i get it now


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+ DrPhiill on March 10th, 2012 at 12:15 am said:

Looks really cool and i love the use of the move, can be really fun to play around with, cant wait to see more and ofc a release date!


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+ Dave-la-kingenbo on March 10th, 2012 at 12:56 am said:

I don’t see the point, it looks like the single most arbitrary game of all time


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+ fathead170 on March 10th, 2012 at 1:35 am said:

yeah so heres my rant an its only my opinion an no im not a troll as many times as u say it will never be true! anyways i love pixeljunk monsters and eden was pretty goodi also like racer. but other then that pixeljunk has been crap. i never liked any of the shooters or whatever the third shooter was. looking at this i have feeling i wont get this either its a shame. as much as i want pixeljunk to suceed due to some great games i wonder wth they are thinking all these resources wasted obviously sales are reflecting this. quit making crap pixeljunk and go back to makeing good psn exclusives!


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+ Psycho_Eddie on March 10th, 2012 at 2:33 am said:

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+ smthng on March 10th, 2012 at 5:03 am said:

I was actually pretty interested in this until I saw the clip in this post… He made this look seriously boring. It basically sounds like you’re just using a move controller to manage four tracks and set of Casio keyboard drum pads. They’d better be some seriously slamming songs in order for me to spend more than $2 on this. You’ve given me a sad. :(


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+ NamesIrish13 on March 10th, 2012 at 8:32 am said:

The last time I witnessed someone that skinny, playing that type of music was when I had taken way to much x. Cool idea, just dont think it will catch on with the average/hardcore gamer. Maybe kids and people on drugs will like it a lot, and they can play it at 4am when Im a sleep.

To each their own though…


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+ sciteach on March 10th, 2012 at 10:52 am said:

I am intrigued, but the video showed a lot of how it will work, but i didn’t get a sense of how it plays out. i guess a hands on would be better for me to see it/feel it


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+ CaveBo on March 10th, 2012 at 11:41 am said:

This looks awesome!


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+ TQcast on March 10th, 2012 at 12:04 pm said:

Just bring Pixel Junk Monsters 2 already!!


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+ drakenbutch on March 10th, 2012 at 10:48 pm said:

can anyone answer me when will mw3 be in psn store i can buy it????????????????????????


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+ fester420 on March 11th, 2012 at 8:17 am said:

The only question I have is about the pronunciation, is it pronounced four a.m. or fouram?


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+ Surfaced on March 11th, 2012 at 11:33 am said:

@ 29

Pronounced “Four EY-EM.”


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+ b00kthree on March 11th, 2012 at 9:47 pm said:

I got to super 7 at 8:15 and they were already taking the demo down. Nice to meet the PixelJunk folks face-to-face though. I did get to see it at the Sony booth.


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+ GT-420 on March 12th, 2012 at 11:22 am said:

If your lithe appearance rivals Angelina, get your arse to a 5 guys. Bacon cheese all the way.


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