January 23rd was our third annual Pixel Day, a celebration of classic gaming and PC aesthetic. The community participated with pixel art, pixel animation, pixel games and chiptunes. Here are the winners!
First place in each category will receive $100 and three winners in each category will receive Steam keys for Iconoclasts.
Top Three Art
Top Three Music
Top Three Games
Knightin'by WolodA thrilling adventure of the brave knight!
Duke Dashington Remasteredby AdventureIslandsEscape each room in 10 seconds! Duke returns with his original adventure remastered!
Fish Kiss demoby megadrivesonicA point and click adventure where you help Vibi get a kiss from the girl of his dreams.
Top Three Animations
Rad-ish (Less Than Rad)by gatekid3A lone radish becomes extremely rad....ish
Dwarf's Hungerby NickUrsDwarf's hunger never changes...
Platformer Pests 3by thepixelizerGame minion Mac and his friends must fight for their lives.
Thank you @RealFaction for co-judging and @Luis for assisting with the art selection! Art is our biggest category and we had a ton of impressive entries. I want to just shower so many of you with prizes.
Most of all, thank you everyone who participated in Pixel Day, even if you just came to watch and listen! This has been a really fun event to host each year and I think it has potential to draw massive crowds in years to come. We're gonna keep working to promote it further and further beyond NG, so lots of people come here to hang.
For Pixel Day 2019 we're already assembling a panel of guest judges. You can expect Tribute Games founder / programmer JF Major as games judge, DJ Cutman as music judge and a tentative Paul Robertson judging animation. @Jazza will be making Pixel Day the theme of his January Draw with Jazza contest and may become the overall art judge, or judge with a panel of guest pixel pros since the category will be huge.
Animation has been our smallest Pixel Day category each year which is ironic considering this January we saw Elvis & Dimmi and Black Crystal, two of the greatest pixel animations in the history of NG, arrive in the same month as Pixel Day. This category has great potential and I'm hoping to see it thrive in the coming years!
If you made a web game for Global Game Jam 2018, tag it "ggj2018" to be included in our collection.
Many of you have noticed NG has been having performance issues this month. For the past two weeks we've been dealing with increased load on the servers. When you visit NG you may sometimes see a grey screen asking you to wait a moment while we check your browser; this is to ensure you are human. When we're in this mode, NG is actively blocking over 1000 bots and site performance returns to normal but it's not an ideal way to be. We've been making a bunch of performance upgrades and are working on additional solutions to the bot menace, including some updates that just launched and appear to be helping a lot so far.
As always, your support is greatly appreciated. Our January funding goal is within reach; maybe you can help us get there!