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Last week was the 20th anniversary of the release of the Game Boy in Japan. To celebrate we want you to create your own original Classic Game Boy game. This means an original game that did not exist.

Your challenge entry must include the title screen and at least one in-game screen. You may include extra in-game screens if you want.

Canvas Size - 160 (width) x 144 (height) per screen. Make sure you submit all of your screens together on the same canvas. Minimum 2 screens.
Colours - Use only colours from the provided palette (you may also use transparency between screens):

GBPalette-1.gif picture by tumble_weed

Transparenecy - Optional. Only use transparency between your screens, as stated above.
Animation - No.

 NO DEMAKES

Nintendo's Original Gameboy used 4 levels of grey only. This challenge is a celebration of the Gameboy. The palette is 'look and feel', some screens are yellower, others realm into ochers and browns. Just work with this green, k.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by skamocore @ 4/27/2009 00:31  |    37
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Omnivortrait.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by skamocore @ 4/27/2009 00:30  |    3
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The Delicious Dish pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Parfait parfaît by Jeremy
Headhunter Delight by cerealkiller54
Chocolate Potato-on-a-stick by Hullabaloo


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Delicious Dish forum thread for more information.
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Posted by skamocore @ 4/27/2009 00:26  |    4
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Manning Krull's latest project, Toxic Sonic Zombie Massacre, has been released. The game includes 3 playable characters from the Toxic Sonic band, as well as another 3 hidden characters, and plenty more secrets, which you may find the code to upon viewing some of Manning Krull's latest submissons here. Everything is entirely pixelled, and done so nicely.

For those interested or wanting to take a look, Go HERE.

Posted by Dr D @ 4/23/2009 22:40  |    33
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The Easter (Island) pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Elk's Sistine Maoi Collection by Elk
No Inspiration by Peach
Jesus rises in style!! by Stickman


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Easter (Island) forum thread for more information.
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Posted by cure @ 4/20/2009 00:37  |    4
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Delicious Dish.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by cure @ 4/20/2009 00:37  |    1
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Challenge winner Squirrelsquid wants you to create a self-portrait that incorperates the 'Omnivore eye' (see below). You may let your appearance mutate if you like.

You must create your own Omnivore eye. No edits.

Example of an Omnivore eye (several more examples can be found within Squirrelsquid's gallery):


Canvas Size - Max 128 x 128. Preview image must be exactly 64 x 64.
Colors - Max 32. You must only use colours from the Omnivore palette for the eye. See below.

glow_ramp-3.gif picture by tumble_weed
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Optional.

Update: black has now been added to the challenge palette.

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by cure @ 4/20/2009 00:37  |    35
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for March 2009. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.
 

#1 Pixel ArtA Cloudy Day by Dex
#2 Pixel ArtReturn to Savage World Mockup by big brother
#3 Pixel ArtQuest by Fool
#4 Pixel ArtPeregrine Falcon by Panda
#5 Pixel ArtZiggy Screens by TomF
#6 Pixel ArtTown House by PixelKiwi
#7 Pixel Artyellow by jamon
#8 Pixel ArtAliens by ThereIsNoCure
#9 Pixel ArtLB-RPG Portraits by nvision
#10 Pixel ArtRorschach Two Faced - Weekly Challenge by JinnDEvil  

 

Posted by pixelblink @ 4/17/2009 00:40  |    15
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So, the first thing what comes in mind when you hear sprite comic?

Crappy stories made with ripped megaman, sonic and mario sprites?  Yes, thats what I said too.

But here is a different one!
Pixel artist Neorice, who has also been making sprites for battle for Wesnoth and is working on the game Frogratto is since the end of november 2008 writing a webcomic!

Three different stories of three different heroes in the same world. Beautiful detailed double pixel sprites, on non pixel art backgrounds. At the moment there are 124 unique pages, and it is really worth the time to read them all!

Have a look at this webcomic!

Posted by Hapiel @ 4/14/2009 05:48  |    16
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The April Fool's Gallery III pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

iLKke by Arfff
Cream Eclaire by Squirrelsquid
You have to wash my undies! by Jelayer


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the April Fool's Gallery III forum thread for more information.
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Posted by skamocore @ 4/13/2009 00:04  |    1
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Easter (Island).

VOTE NOW!
Posted by skamocore @ 4/13/2009 00:04  |    18
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This week's challenge is to make a recipe. You must not only create the dish in pixelart but must have a written recipe included in your description. The recipe does not need to be real or even edible.

Canvas Size - Max 180 x 180.
Colors: Max 32.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - No.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by skamocore @ 4/13/2009 00:04  |    15
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Thats right... This year the company that got Great Giana Sisters off the shelves in the 80's, are now making their own version. Oh the sweet irony. Maybe this time the brothers really are history? The game features heavily updated graphics and animation as well as remixes of the classic Chris Hülsbeck masterpieces. Check out the official homepage and Spellbound's (in german) homepage.

Posted by Flarfy @ 3/24/2009 23:54  |    6
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Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/6/2009 18:27  |    26
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Create an image depicting an Easter Island Moai statue using the palette below.

Canvas size - Unrestricted.
Colours - Max 16. use only colours from this palette:



Transparency - No.
Animation - Optional.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by skamocore @ 4/6/2009 00:06  |    14
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The Pixel Crunch pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Pixel Crunch by Labbe100
Pixel Crunch! by Setzer
Sweet Jesus! by Canty


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Pixel Crunch forum thread for more information.
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Posted by skamocore @ 4/6/2009 00:05  |    1
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So, it's been talked about off and on for a looooong time now and it's about time to commit... we will be rolling out a new design with new features over the next few months. I want to take the next step and focus in on three things without sacrificing too much of what makes PJ a fun place:

1) Getting pixel artists paid (job postings, project ads, contests, selling shit)
2) Giving featured artists more of the spotlight
3) Helping pixel artists grow (ramp up them tutorials)

I can't make guarantees as to how fast this will happen, but I will definitely be setting aside time on a regular basis to get this done.

Many thanks to pixelblink for keeping the ball rolling.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/2/2009 23:27  |    41
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As most of you would know, the same few artists have been dominating the Hall of Fame for a while now and we believe that this is unacceptable. Therefore we will be removing all of the artwork on the first page of the hall of fame within the next few days. This will hopefully level the playing field a bit and allow for other artists to get the recognition they deserve.

The artists to have their work removed are as follows: 

Snake
Jaeden
Riva
Fool
lief
buloght
Morganne
neota
Helm
big brother
ryan-gfx
jalonso
ThereIsNoCure
-DE-
robotriot
Wayuki
Tremulant
Gas13

We apologise deeply to the artists who will have their work removed, we hope you understand our position. This was a very difficult decision for us to make. If you are one of the members listed above and feel as though you want to resubmit your artwork after the 'clean-up', then you may do so. But please do not all resubmit them at once, as it may cause the weekly showcase to get a bit clogged.

-Regards, the PJ administration.
 

 APRIL FOOLS PART 2!

Posted by skamocore @ 4/1/2009 23:52  |    78

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