Matt Cundy: Have you ever wondered what it would be like if video game box art hadn't changed in 30 years? No. I don't suppose you have. Why would you? You've got more important things to think about. But I haven't.
Now this is a creative article
Wait a second, by a show of hands how many gamers here are even old enough to say they have been playing video games for the last 30 years...??? I don't even think half the gamers here can even claim that.. I first started with an Atari 2600 and I played joust first game ever.. -QUICK HIT REPLY and TELL me YOUR very FIRST VIDEO GAME- .____........___...____ .____||......||.......____|| ||.........___||.......____||
Absolutely amazing! Great stuff. Who ever designed it has done a wonderful job. Way to nail it man! THUMBS UP FOR THE DESIGNER! @Crazyglues: The first game I played was on PC, a DOS based game and it was called Paratrooper and after that I believe I played Prince of Persia (the original one), DAVE and Frogger. And yes, I also played different games on Atari 2600 but I really don't remember all the names but from the top of my head PITFALL, JUNGLE BOY, SPACE INVADERS etc. Is that good enough for you?
Man, I think my first was either Kings Quest on the Commodore 64 or Wonder Boy on the Sega Master System. Good memories. I also remember playing Leisure Suit Larry on the Commodore 64, thank goodness parents thought all games were appropriate in the 80s. Great article...really caught the vibe of retro game boxes. Man, I loved these old Sega boxes.
First game, Tetris on Gameboy but first console game was Contra. Great article btw.
@ Krugsy OMG!! you just took me way back Commodore 64 came out in 1982 and cost $595 dollars and sold 17 million units -now back then that was huge... That's a classic @ MTEC8 yeah I can remember playing some Tetris on Gameboy, hated that screen... LMAO.. good times
@Crazyglues Yeah, lots of good memories with the C64. Impossible Mission, Golden Axe, Codename: Iceman, Police/Space/Kings Quest, Pitstop 2, World Games etc. I honestly wish mine was still working so I could those bad boys a go.
mario on nintendo, our neighbor had a game genie, we borrowed it. it was an awesome time
@ Crayglues i'm 32 & i remember a majority of the titles in the article. Man i feel old. Anyways first game i played was a game called 'Combat' on the Atari 2600. This http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Double Dragon on the Atari ST520. Awesome system
ok, i'll give it a shot..... very FIRST video game was INTELLIVISIONS "BURGER TIME". doo-li-de daala-doo-de-li-de-da-la-dooo
I remember playing & failing at my sister's Atari way back in the day. But it wasn't until I was 5 when we were at a family friends house that I turned....I wandered upstairs & discovered a Nes with Super Mario Bros switched on, but nobody was there playing. So I picked up the controller.......and here I am 21 years later! Loved it!
NES Super mario bros.1 :D
my earliest recalled memories are from 1991, being 3 and playing Super Mario Bros.
off topic: also i apparently could finish mario 1 at 3 years of age (with warping i presume)
beat that babies
edit: just saw all the other mario 1 people.
strange us gamers have so much in common but we always just wanna fight and compare epenises... kinda like in my second paragraph lol.
Ah the old Commodore 64...Barbarian, Dizzy, Creatures, classic games. I loved that machine. Loved the artwork in the article!
I started playing video games at a very young age so I can't quite remember which was first... but I think one of the more significant first games for me was Super Mario World for SNES. I must have beaten that game a dozen times back then...
Combat for the Atari 2600 in 1978, for home consoles. I played black and white arcade games before then.
My first game was a pong clone, don't recall the name of the console though. The Atari 2600 came after that (still got it now), played River Raid for hours on end.
@Crazyglues Green Beret for the C64 back in 86. I was 5. I remember how amazed I was. Steady gamer since the 8 bit era, though. Sega Fan (but secretly a nintendo admirer bacn in the 16 bits) :) mostly PC gamer all through the nineties... Ahh.. Good times! :D Graphic adventures :´) Great article BTW!
They put Demon's Souls on a 360 box. No such thing exists. Other than that, the art is great! I got a chuckle out of a some of these.
Can't remember my first ever game, but it would have been on the ZX Spectrum... which at the time blew my mind! :D
Pong, and that was about 24 - 25 years ago :D
Duck hunt andsuper Mario bros on new. It was my older bros.
OMG! Awesome, all these comments I can't even answer all of them... you guys are awesome, you brought back some serious memeories... Like someone said INTELLIVISION OMG!! I remember that system, the controller with the wheel, OMG, I hated that thing... LMAO.. when you come from joystick on 2600 it's hard to like anything else..LoL So many Super Nes - Mario baby's, Awesome first game - you guys are really lucky if that was your first because that was an awesome game to start off on.. - you guys probably have high expectations for video games.. Compared to what I started out on, that was a Master Piece... LoL I bubbled up everyone who replied - that was Awesome to Read, and I read every single one.. Good Times people, good times.. -_- .____........___...____ .____||......||.......____|| ||.........___||.......____||
My first game ever was Jumpman on PC in the Mid 80's. My Grandfather worked for IBM and I used to love going over there to play on it because they were the only people around that had a desktop home PC back then.
Other than that I played just about every game they had that came on those old floppy discs.
Then Nintendo came out shortly after and from there is history.
Jumpman. Game was awesome!
Sigh. I think my 1st game was some art & learning game on Socrates. After that, came that horse game on Atari, the one where you rope the other black, white & brown horses (never did get the name of that game). SN; One of nt fondest memories was being 9 or 10 years old, beating teenagers in Street Fighter 2 (The World Warrior & the true turbo edition, where you can throw multiple fireballs & 'jump the screen') As I got a little older, I would arcade-hop, destroying all that's in my way, from World Heroes, Martial Champion, Toshiden to Soul Edge, Darkstalkers to Fatal Fury (speaking of, WHY have'nt they made more 2 player tagteam fighters like the arcade Fatal Fury?) & my Dad owned a shop with a Street Fighter cabinet, & for different holidays, he would go inside & adjust the specs to reflect the holidays, (Christmas = snowballs for fireballs, or fireworks for Independence Day, pumpkins for Halloween, etc.) Boy, oh, boy Sooo many memories... =..^D
I have been gaming for about 32 years :)
Bomb squad on intellivsion with the voice adapter was my first game. Second was Burger time. Loved burger time.
I am 37. I have been gaming since i am 4. Had the Texas ranger. A pong like game system with a cowboy gun where you could shoot at Squares bouncing around. Then had Commodore , vic 20 , Atari , Coleco vision , The list keeps on going. Never stopped gaming.
I'm so old I even recognised Maria Whitaker on the Soul Calibur V cover.
Not sure what my very first video game was but the first one I really loved was Q-Bert on my 2600, I also used to love Nifty Lifty on my mates Spectrum.
While I'm definitely not old enough to have been playing games 30 years ago, at least I play games from that era. I'm 15 and I own an Odyssey, an Atari 2600, a NES, a SNES, a TurboGrafx-16, and I HAD a MS-DOS computer (which broke and was replaced by DOSBox). Of course, I also have myself a top of the line PC, a PS3, and I semi-broken (yes, semi-broken...) 360 that I don't play anymore. If you ask me about any game console, I can tell you all about it, too, as well as what the flagship games were, etc. I'm not too well educated on the terms of the PCs from the '80s and early '90s, but I do know about the Commodores and the Amigas and such. So, why not everyone has been playing games for 30 years, let alone ALIVE for that long, there's always that opportunity to be taken back to a past that we never knew and kind of live in it, if only for a while. With that said, I enjoyed this article due to the accuracy of these covers. That is all.
Nightstalker - Intellivision
LOL... yeah... I doubt a majority of posters on N4G have been playing for 30yrs either.
~ @ other's house
MacIntosh tower computer - Maze
PC - Buck Rogers
Atari - Frogger or Qbert
~1st console I owned
NES - Mario/Duckhunt
The Red Dead Redemption boxart wasnt half bad!
I didn't suspect Games Radar was such a garbage. Every time I clicked on the next pic, an ad popped up!
Same here. A disgrace !
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As a bisexual I totally agree with you.
Love it, I forgot how naff the old box art was. Although at the time my teenage mind appreciated the Barbarian offering, the game wasn't bad either if my memory serves me correctly.
pretty hilarious, but it's an egregious error to have put demons souls on an X360 box...
I agree. Same with ME3 :/
What I meant was it has the wrong box :/
Mass Effect 3 is on XBOX, PS3 and PC, Demon souls is ONLY on PS3. Hence it was wrong to put Demon souls on the xbox, box...
"The cowboy dude on this old Atari 2600 box-art even looks like Red Dead's John Marston." He looks even more like Josey Wales.
nicely done retro box arts
OH man, I hope to see more articles like this. ALL of them were amazing, but I chuckled a lot at the LA Noire, Soul Calibur, Demon's Souls and MW3 ones. MOAR please, gamesradar!
fugly covers lol even for their time.
I haven't visited Gamesradar in a while, but this reminds me of why i used to. They always have great articles
They don't make em like they used to. Lol these are quality.
Coolest article I've seen in a while here on N4G.
Nice article, btw anyone remember the old psygnosis games? some of the best artwork ever for a game.
I like the Battlefield 3 cover. It would be cool to have a similar game styled like the painted and drawn pictures in old 70's military books.
LoL @ Skate 3 http://c3333424.r24.cf0.rac...
Haha! Im with you there!! it looks like a young spandex-clad Tony Hawk squeezing out a fart!
Lol'd when I got to skate. Dead space too. BF3 was pretty cool
Picture chosen for SCV makes me think of Fire and Ice.
i love the intellivision bf3
Who made this article? Kudos to him!
This is a cool article....now that is old school! I do think the author meant Dark Souls in the article cause i do not remember Demon's Soul being on the Xbox 360 :P
I accessed the link... All I see is the story title, "We recommend" and people's comments... I can't seem to view pictures or read more about it. A bummer.
Is it just me or is everyone else ok with these box arts? This is the most original gaming article I've seen in years.
Ahh I remember a fair few of those box arts, Rick Dangerous, Hostages and Barbarian were awesome games. I miss my Amiga ;_;
no thats just mostly cheesy art, however some are good like the demon souls cover, except its for the wrong console cough cough. anyone remember the covers for dizzy and paperboy they truly had imagination back in them days:-)
I actually like the concept for the red dead redepmtion and mass effect 3 box art in the article. I think the rdr one could work because of the time period involved
flimbos quest on my c64, it was the cartridge, not casette game, so it loaded instantly. ahh good times. i remember having pod, creatures and trap door!!
Anyone else get ads everytime they click on the next picture? It's like the page is infected with adware or something.
Boy; O_O "Ooow! Mommy, Mommy! I want Soul Caliber V!" (shows mom boxart) Mom; "Um-um, boy, are you crazy!? I'm not buying you no game with them breastes all over it. & what are they supposed to be doing?" Boy; "...fighting!" (mom looks back at boxart) Mom; "Hmph! Well, they don't look ready to fight to me!" Boy; "But...but, look at the guy with the sword!" (mom fans herself) Mom; "Well, he does look strooong! & ready for battle..." $Ching-Ching$ ¦^)
I started to play rock, scissors and paper. Then I upgrade to those wheels wich you're supposed to balance with a stick while you're running after it, I think you yanks call it hoop rolling, and after that my mum bought me a hopscotch set.