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Jan 01

Happy New Year from Q-Games in Kyoto!

Dylan Cuthbert's Avatar Posted by President and Executive Producer, Q-Games Ltd.

A Happy New Year from here in Kyoto, Japan, one of the earliest places in the world to greet 2009 (being a whole 17 hours or so ahead of the West coast of America for example).


This blog entry is less about PixelJunk, which I’m sure you have all played and heard enough of this year, and more about the sheer amount of games I have been playing this year on my PS3.

To tell the truth, I didn’t buy a PS3 for my home until late last year (2007), because, well, we have plenty here at work and I felt I could get away with playing games “lightly”, ie. not playing them for hours on end until the wee hours of the morning.  However, I finally gave in and bought a PS3 to play PixelJunk Monsters at home and from that point on I have become a “core gamer”. 

Looking at the PixelJunk series you might not think I play normal full price titles, but I have always been quite a core gamer as it happens and I was simply going through a lull period at the end of the PS2 hardware cycle. On the PS2 one of my favorite games is Smuggler’s Run (the original) and if you haven’t played this I really recommend it, even if it is standard def and a bit lo-fi compared to games these days on the PS3.

Anyway, on to the PS3 itself. Early in the year, in-between marathon bouts of Monsters I found myself booting up a lot of games, but Burnout Paradise was one that really stuck out for me, thanks to their continuing support and addition of new content.  I, of course, took Niko through his paces in GTAIV, although at some points in the game I wish the “difficulty and fiddly” factor wasn’t so high and I could just be washed along with the story, so at about 20-30 hours in I gave up and moved on to Call of Duty 4, but for some reason, and contrary to the huge popularity of this game, I just didn’t end up coming back to play this very much – maybe because I don’t tend to play online. The realtime intro-movie is one of the best bits of gaming cinema I have ever seen though (until then the intro to Half-Life 1: Opposing Force was high up there in my mind).

And then came LittleBigPlanet, or rather, the first public closed beta program for Little Big Planet.  Right off the bat, I fell in love with this game – Stephen Fry was a brilliant choice for the voice-over with the way he makes up words to express the emotion of the game, in a similar fashion to the way you make up worlds to express yourself in the game. I have two worlds published and both are devilishly difficult I am afraid to say (as some people say PixelJunk games are I hear!). Try them out for yourselves- >  search for Comfy Sofa World and Gion Festival.

Following hot on the heels of LBP, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift became a firm favorite for me, the track design is really too good in this game – at first it seems like the trails you can take are difficult to understand but after a couple of races you soon learn to spot where to go and start taking short-cuts and risks and really enjoying yourself. This and LBP alone could have kept me going for months alone but then Fallout 3 came out…

Re-reading the above, I suppose that because I make PSN games for a living I tend to want to play full price games in my spare time, however I pepper my play time with more immediately addicting games such as the PixelJunk series and other download titles, this creates a good balance for me, and sometimes it is necessary to wind down. Grabbing a Spectra a night on Eden is a great way to come down after being scared witless playing Dead Space in surround sound and in the dark.

Here’s to an amazing 2009 for gaming as I am sure it is going to be, what with two or three more PixelJunk titles coming out, right!?

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ftwrthtx said:

January 1st, 12:03 pm

Love your games.

Happy new years

slipping_halo said:

January 1st, 12:03 pm

Sweet deal, happy new year!!!! Love Eden!!

bigshynepo said:

January 1st, 12:09 pm

Can’t wait for the new game details coming outta Q Games! I’m going to go online later today and try to find your LBP levels too. It’s nice to see how much developers appreciate the works of other development houses, Dead Space has been keeping me awake too. Thanks for all the community support Dylan and give a big “What up!” and “Happy New Years” to everyone at Q Games!

Thanks for an awesome 2008, looking forward to 2009!

blkant said:

January 1st, 12:10 pm

I actually played that sofa level one night when i noticed it popped up on the list. How odd that I can just play someone’s level and not even realize who they could be from :) (And yes your levels are tricky -_)

Happy new year!

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    Dulan Cuthbert said:

    January 1st, 6:51 pm

    Yes, sofa world is a bit of an assault course.
    Also, the Gion festival level isn\’t finished yet but it has some funny moments – try and make it at least to the ninjas, the way they move makes me laugh every time.

Famrit said:

January 1st, 12:16 pm

Happy new year! Thanks for all the great games so far.

robsainz said:

January 1st, 12:20 pm

Happy New Year to everyone in Q-Games. Hope to see more games from you guys and, of course, buy ’em all.

C’ya and Happy Holydays.

NipGrip said:

January 1st, 12:31 pm

Very cool and I’m loving all of the PixelJunk games (even Racers!). Can’t wait to play what you have in store for us next.

gmk218 said:

January 1st, 12:33 pm

great love you guys keep it up

C-h-a-o-s said:

January 1st, 12:42 pm

Happy Holidays, I have to say I only own Eden and it was quite fun until I reached garden 7, it went all down hill from there. I suck real bad and I haven’t been able to advance :(.

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    Dulan Cuthbert said:

    January 1st, 6:58 pm

    With Eden the trick is not to panic, just take it steadily and relax. Also, don\’t get all the Spectra in one garden before moving on, spread your play a bit – that\’s how its intended to be played.

    Around the second week or so of January there will be a patch which makes (among other things) the large crystals replenish a whole half of your oscillator meter instead of a third.

    That should help you with garden 7.

lakaihigh said:

January 1st, 1:01 pm

2 or 3 more pixeljunk games for 09 you say? that is amazing! I’ll have my money in hand and waiting.


joel said:

January 1st, 1:03 pm

Happy new years


Pixel junk Monsters and Pixel junk Eden are my favorite PSN GAMES!

Vagrant_1 said:

January 1st, 1:13 pm

Happy New Years !!!!
Keep making great games like you do. I love them

DeforMAKulizer said:

January 1st, 1:15 pm

Gotta say that your games are truly weird yet fantastically wonderful!
Cheers! And i agree, Smuggler’s Run was awesome! hehe…
Can’t wait to see whats more to come in 2009!

thaddeus said:

January 1st, 1:22 pm

the title Comfy Sofa World makes me think of the first episode of Invader Zim. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should :).

Happy new year!

snskidtv21 said:

January 1st, 1:23 pm

Kudoa to Cuthbert in Kyoto!!

Happy New Years!

I so look forward to what’s next from Q-Games in ’09. ;]

40cal said:

January 1st, 1:28 pm

Is there anymore content coming for Pixel Junk Monsters or Eden?

Anything else in the works?


The 2009 gaming year =s one happy PlayStation owner already.

Delriach said:

January 1st, 1:32 pm

Keep up the good work guys! Maybe you guys could do a title that has online play next. Or maybe… PixelJunk Monsters Online! That would be pretty epic…

schwaa said:

January 1st, 1:33 pm

Dylan, your games are the best. My whole family loves ’em. I’ve played PJM probably more than any other game (besides maybe Warhawk) this generation. Keep up the great work, you guys are awesome!

schwaa said:

January 1st, 1:34 pm

P.S. more pjm levels please!

Daver said:

January 1st, 1:36 pm

Cant wait for the next pixeljunk game! The next one is the the dungeon one right?

TristanMike said:

January 1st, 1:40 pm

Happy New Year.

It would be nice to see a PixelJunk Racers Trophy patch. What a nice belated Christmas present that would be. ;)

Schitthammer said:

January 1st, 1:53 pm

Happy New Year Dylan! Can’t wait to see what PixelJunk games are coming this year! I’ve had a blast with Racers, Monsters, and Eden.

I’d love to see a PixelJunk RPG… :)

Azuske said:

January 1st, 1:54 pm

Will there be a Store Update today

UraTurnip said:

January 1st, 1:56 pm

it would be nice if they patched in proper controller options, sixaxis controls suck.

UraTurnip said:

January 1st, 1:56 pm

oh also and easy mode in EDEN, because i suck at that game hard!

DryvBy said:

January 1st, 2:10 pm

Less chat, more PixelJunk Monster expansion packs!

jcasanova said:

January 1st, 2:19 pm

Keep spreading the PixelJunk fun!!

I’m waiting for your next games (and a level creator for PJMonsters!!!!!!).

benzboi92 said:

January 1st, 2:31 pm

At least you’re a developer that sticks to the PS Blog tradition of listing your favorite games (unlike a certain Burnout dev).

Happy New Year!


January 1st, 2:33 pm

Happy New years to you guys as well, I absolutely fell in love with Monsters and Eden, I achieved 100% in both which Eden was no easy task, I can not wait for your new games, see you around!!

serendipiddy said:

January 1st, 2:38 pm

Happy holidays Dylan and the q-games team!
You guys deserve a break after your work this year, enjoy it! :)

Ramza said:

January 1st, 2:39 pm

When will the U.S get the Eden patch?

Axecution said:

January 1st, 3:09 pm


This is extremely off topic, but do you know what ever happened to the game Eyedentify? There’s really nowhere else that i think i could ask this, so i just picked the first thread. ;)

I don’t suppose you know anything about it, huh? Does it even exist anymore? …I haven’t even heard its name since E3 2005.

p-s-3 said:

January 1st, 3:43 pm

When is the Eden patch out? I’m stuck :D
i.e it’s to hard.

TheInfectedBy590 said:

January 1st, 4:14 pm

Keep up to good work!
Can’t wait to see your next game! :)

GGCAN said:

January 1st, 4:17 pm

Happy New Year to you Dylan and everyone at Q- Games.

Ramza said:

January 1st, 4:21 pm

is there gonna be a PSN update today? lol

momba0014 said:

January 1st, 4:37 pm

no store update?

smokey_vols said:

January 1st, 4:39 pm

I saw you playing Fallout 3 just last night! I look forward to seeing your Junk Dylan!

P.S. I hope you were serious about the two or three titles :)

Ghostm said:

January 1st, 4:44 pm

Is there a PSN Store update today? Just curious.

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    Jeff Rubenstein said:

    January 1st, 5:00 pm

    Nope, it\’s a holiday. Back to normal next week.

EvoAnubis said:

January 1st, 5:12 pm

PixelJunk Dungeons? Want!!!!

Ghostm said:

January 1st, 5:12 pm

Thanks for the answer Jeff. I didn’t think so neither. But I still had to ask.

Have a Happy New Year and keep up the great work!

CitizenInsane27 said:

January 1st, 5:30 pm

Hey Dylan, love your games, super excited about PJMonsters PSP, but hey, can you let us know when the PJ Eden patch is dropping for the US? I’m sure it won’t be until you all get back to work after your well deserved break, but I was just curious, thanks!


January 1st, 5:38 pm

Hi I would just like to say THANKS for the great games in the past year. My roommate who was never a core gamer is now hooked on the PS3 due to the game FALLOUT 3, he absolutely loves it. He plays on the ps3 probably twice as much as I do and that is saying something. So keep games like that coming and you’ll keep him happy. Again THANKS FOR THE GREAT YEAR.

Hey Jeff, get anything really really cool for Christmas? Hanuka?

Oh and Jeff, can I be on that Street Fighter team that you will be having setup soon to battle against Microsoft and the PC gamers out there?

smokey_vols said:

January 1st, 5:41 pm


He didn’t make Fallout 3, he is just saying he plays it lol.

kspraydad said:

January 1st, 5:44 pm

I seem to recall reading that your goal is 3 games per year…does 2009 include the PSP PJM or is that one in addition to the 3 PSN games?

I always used the fact that I played PJM on a 24″ SDTV for the reason I suck at it…my 46″ HDTV Xmas present hasn’t made me any better!

misterslim said:

January 1st, 6:07 pm

Ready for PixelJunk Dungeon. 4-player co-op please?

Chef Skillz said:

January 1st, 6:40 pm

Could we please have a patch to allow co-op online play for PixelJunk Monsters? This would allow my girlfriend and I, who love the game, but are 1200 miles apart, an opportunity to play together…

Slayer612 said:

January 1st, 7:13 pm

I gotta say, those pixel junk games are difficult.

Slayer612 said:

January 1st, 7:13 pm

Especially Eden.

Jeigh said:

January 1st, 7:51 pm

Ever so brilliant yet humble. You have an amazing series in your hands, yet you spend the majority of your post complementing the other games.

And I was actually under the impression that the PixelJunk series was just a four game deal. THREE more? You, sir, have my money. :D

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