Excerpt: Small, quiet PixelJunk SideScroller studio Q-Games is one of two prominent developers based in Kyoto. (The other is not-so-small-or-quiet Nintendo.) The ancient capital of Japan and a bastion of artisanal tradition, Kyoto suits Q-Games well. Its developers design their wares with the confident wisdom of old-world crafters, like the ones who forge blades in samurai flicks. They value patient simplicity over bombast, and that approach is evident in their PixelJunk series.