Alex from GamersFTW writes: “...one day, packaged games won’t even exist, and perhaps neither will the stores that sell them.”
I used to love the big box games proudly showing off their colourful cover art. Every game was shop bought back in the 90s and early noughties, pretty much, so the cover art was important to grab attention.
Yeah, definitely! I’m glad I’m not the only one with fond memories of good old 90’s box art.
I remember buying Secret of Mana as a little kid and how amazed I was at the box art. It seemed so legendary and magical. Man I loved that game, the memories are so vivid. To be a kid again...
90's video game cover art had imagination and creativity to it. Too bland and samey now
Nice little article. It's funny how many of us ignore box art when it's so vital to getting out attention. Would have been interested in reading a longer article with some more details and examples of old box art and how that differs from what we see today (as well as pictures to go with them). These days many of us can't afford to buy games purely on the box art alone, and we look to reviews and trailers to tell us whether we want the game. I remember just going into Game with no idea on which game I was going to buy and left it up to the box art and back of the box descriptions.
I developed trust issues later in life after being lied to by the back of game boxes.
Good article. I still think people will continue to buy games from their local store rather than switch fully to digital download. Packaged games make a good display at home and there's a sense of achievement when showing off an impressive collection to your friends! I think the art adds to that.
I hope video game covers last, you can get some beautifully designed ones, even fan made pieces (such as the MGS5 Hideo Kojima VHS cover recently released).
Apart of me wants them to stay too. I know it’s not very economical, but there’s something nice about the physicality of a game that you just don’t get with digital downloads.
Really hope games don't become purely digital :(
While it makes no difference to me in the long run, it should be noted that on Steam when you are in big picture mode, the box art of the game is displayed. I know it's not the same, but I do think it is a cool feature.
It works for PC and Steam but consoles not so much. It's nice to have a physical copy :)
I really hope we see artwork for years to come. I already miss the instruction manuals that came with the old Playstation games. There was something about flicking through them, even if you didn't read their content. It would be a shame to see this side of the gaming experience fade away.
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