Did Uncharted 3 copy its box art from a 1987 Atari ST game?

IncGamers: It looks as though we’ve got a possible case of plagiarism on our hands here! Naughty Dog, have you copied the classic Atari St and Amiga game Bermuda Project’s box art for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception?

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SandWitch2319d ago

Sure, it was such a cool game and Naughty Dog got so inspired by that super awesome box art that they decided you copy it.

No, seriously, probably just a coincidence.

iamironman2319d ago

did you even read the article?

HarryMasonHerpderp2319d ago (Edited 2319d ago )

This article is gonna get some heat with headline lol.

How dare you imply this!
seriously though that is kinda weird.
I bet there are loads of games similar to each other you should try and find some and make an article out of it, could be funny =)

Larry L2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

Oh yeah. This is certainly not the first time an article with this idea has been published. I can remember clearly back in the days when I was subscribed to 4 different gaming magz, either PSM, OPM, EGM or GameInformer had a pretty long piece about game covers that looked the same. They went all the way back to the Atari/Coleco?Intelliv. days, right up to whenever current was in that issue, sometime last gen. The difference is, that article had somewhere around 30 or more examples of similar game covers.

So basically, to the author,
thumbs up for a modern example
thumbs down for writing a worthwhile article
could have been a nice article if you actually put some effort in to find more modern examples of similar covers, because it actually happens quite alot.

The lesson of simlar covers is: With game covers you have one single image to get the point of the game across, make it look interesting, and sell it to "window shoppers". Since there's only one single image to do all those things, and there's been probably a million video games ever made..........covers over the years will end up looking similar.

The same holds true for movie posters.

SandWitch2318d ago

Yes I did after I wrote the comment

JhawkFootball062318d ago

I'm not sure why, but right as I saw that cover art I thought of Halo 3's first trailer.

FreydaWright2318d ago

That article was literally four sentences in length.

MaxXAttaxX2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

There's only so much variation you can have with one cover image to represent a game. Stuff like this is bound to happen:
There are a ton of video game box arts that have a similar theme, pose, etc.

In the case of Uncharted 3, the box art comes right from an actual scene in the game.

On another note, who gives a s*** lol

badz1492318d ago

it was posted on Monday too. slow news day? so soon? damn

pixelsword2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

"Did Uncharted 3 copy its box art from a 1987 Atari ST game?"


And no; I didn't read the article.

They look nothing alike; they have similar elements, but no more than


and this.

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Blastoise2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

I love the Uncharted 3 box art, I always thought it was really cool. Just saying

Nimblest-Assassin2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

The purpose of a boxart is to convey to a customer what to expect in the game

1) You play a guy named Nathan Drake:check
2) You crash a plane: check
3) You end up in the desert
4) Nate is wearing a white shirt, not blue and blue jeans, not tanned pants

Its not plagiarism

By this logic, activision should sue capcom since the re6 box art looks like Mw3 cept for a zombie, and giraffe fellatio... but even activision isn't that stupid nor greedy

And people who made games with guns should sue every modern game with the lone soldier/person holding a gun, ex: BF3, ME3, DS3, etc

Also in the article... he admits it more likely a coincidence, thus made the title only for hits... this is why gaming journalism is a joke

andibandit2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

You are young and thus werent around during the nineties, the purpose of boxart is to sell the game.

look at the Bermuda Project boxart, and then google ingame screenshots.

Nimblest-Assassin2318d ago


I was born in the 90's I think you mean the 80's when the Atari came out... I never had an Atari, but I guess your right about them trying to sell the game back then... Today though boxart just looks cool, and gives you an idea of what the game will have, or a moment in the game

Still it's a stupid headline, designed to fish for hits

WeskerChildReborned2318d ago

Most likely a coincidence cause it's not like it's the exact same.

BinaryMind2318d ago

Before we go there, Activision should be suing EA for its Medal of Honor and Battlefield 3 covers.

orange-skittle2318d ago

BF3 and MoH covers look nothing like MW box art. Battlefield always has practically the same cover with the same modeled soldier.

xtremeimport2318d ago

"copy" is the wrong word.
thats implying that its identical. if they did use this cover as inspiration, which..i have no idea if they did, it'd be said that they used it as just that. "inspiration"
it has a guy with a crashed plane in the desert, not really the most original thing in the world.

black9112318d ago

Copy is such a harsh word. How about we use inspire.

humbleopinion2318d ago

Probably both just drew inspiration from Flight of the Phoenix.
People think they come up with something original, but the sub-conscious mind is very powerful. This is an amazing example of how it works:
(watch till the end)

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shotgun_ps32319d ago

Erm no but he does have a point about how cover art is getting worse.

MattyG2319d ago (Edited 2319d ago )

He doesn't say that. He says that cover art hasn't changed much. Can't tell if stupid or just trolling...

shotgun_ps32318d ago

Just to make myself clear, Uncharted 3 is one of the best games available right now with Naughty Dog being the best developers working in the industry so not trolling... guess that must make me stupid then lol.

MattyG2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

I thought you meant cover art in general is getting worse. For the most part cover art now looks miles better than 20 or even 10 years ago. I only said trolling because you were "agreeing" with something he didn't say.

Baka-akaB2318d ago

I don't believe at all it's worse ... it's just imo the default setting of some people to proclaim everything was better , as per blind nostalgia .

The past is full of awful cover like Megaman NES (remember the thing that lead to the joke SFXT character ?) , Suikoden US YS III , , Donkey Kong http://scottthong.files.wor... , Strider , Super Street fighter 2 Trubo etc etc ...

Now we mostly have complaints about one zone getting a cooler one , or about how ugly Platinum , best collection/seller covers are .

Machioto2319d ago

That one stretch because there are three entries in the series so why wait until the third game to copy a box art of another game?makes no sense.

360GamerFG2319d ago

That's your big explaination? So it's impossible to copy box art because it's the 3rd game of the series??

Outside_ofthe_Box2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

Did he say it was impossible? He's just saying why wait until the 3rd entry to copy something? You haven't copied box arts before so why start now?

Personally I think it's just a coincidence, but we know you Sony haters will take anything you can get. ;)

dcortz20272318d ago

It's that time of the month again for you eh? I mean really, if your hating on Sony/Naughty Dog over a boxart then please do the world a big favor and jump off the worlds highest building! Who cares if they copied, didn't copy, or were inspired by another video game boxart, it's just a boxart!

AllSystemsRocks2318d ago

@Dcortz2027 Seriously if you are saying to someone to jump over a building because he / she attack your precious captalism compagny you should jump over a building. Just a boxart and advicing someone to jump over a building contradiction no ?

chaos_mechanica2319d ago

They're similar, but seriously? Not worth an article.

Maybe you should do the "top 5/10 box art plagiarisms" or something.

_Aarix_2319d ago

Its just a coincedense, if its a similiar genre at least once every 25 years something is bound to look a like