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  • Sarase - June 2, 2014 10:05 p.m.

    anyone else wishing Dead space 2 had that box art?
  • PerhapsTheOtherOne - June 19, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    I wish some game actually had those plastic dinosaurs with wings glued on somehow.
  • StrayGator - June 24, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    A year old article suddenly popping up on the GR RSS. and i don't even remember reading it last year.
  • Johnnyfender - June 23, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/video-games-with-retro-box-art Hey look, Buzzfeed totally pinched your work a year later! Plagiaristic and timely!
  • BrownE123 - April 5, 2012 3:59 a.m.

    Excellent. You didn't mention that the guy on the Barbarian cover is also the laughable Wolf from the classic ITV show Gladiators.
  • larkan - April 4, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Way to work in making fun of anyone who protested the ME3 ending, you sure are cool. Way to jump on the douchebag bandwagon with the guys at IGN by pretending you're somehow better than the rest of us because you don't actually have to pay for the garbage Bioware is spoon feeding the masses.
  • ZenPhoenix - April 4, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Way to picking out that one bit that may or may not even have anything to do with that out of the entire feature and harp on it. :facepalm:
  • mark-penrice - April 4, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Wicked. It's great to see something like this written by a retrogames journo who actually knows what they're on about, or can at least do some proper research. I actually saw these posted up somewhere else without any of the text, and was playing at guessing which of the ones from my childhood they were (because most of the games we inherited on buying a secondhand computer, and sourced through friends, were pirated; we did buy a few, but weren't exactly rich...). Turns out I got about three of them right. Hostages, Barbarian, and Kick Off. Proper classics, though, despite largely being things few people will have heard of today. Can't believe I got Metro Cross and Rick Dangerous wrong. The latter doesn't really match the graphics very well apart from featuring a man in an earth toned hat on a ladder (could be anything; I thought Cruise For a Corpse), but the guy posing for the former has actually nailed the appearance of the game sprite pretty well. Yeah, it's not actually a joke. It's faithful to the game. To be fair, however, the game is pretty whacked out. It's a sort of semi-platformer, post apocalyptic assault course on acid kinda thing, with shades of paperboy. Brand-agnostic cola cans feature heavily (whether small ones you can trip over/crush for a time bonus, or giant ones that will squash you flat if you don't springboard over them). And the music, I can still hear the bizarrely simplistic (ok, it was on the ST, but there were still a great many games with more sophisticated soundtracks) but catchy plinky plonk music haunting my brain even to this day.
  • mark-penrice - April 4, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Though, one thing... "not changed in 30 years"? There's stuff here from 1989 (...and 1978). Did you mean ~25 years? :)
  • plurality - April 4, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    Cundy, you've also been plagiarised on Funnyjunk, and the poster didnt even list you as the source! You must be so proud :) http://funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/3537768/Covers+30+years+ago/
  • mark-penrice - April 4, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    tch, at least 9gag cited this link...
  • bebl09 - April 3, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    Cundy, you've been plagiarised on 9gag, you're famous! (to be fair the guy did credit the site at the top of his post, but I was ready to be incredulous when it first came up lol) http://9gag.com/gag/3691260
  • kit07 - April 3, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    these were great
  • Ariaka - April 3, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    I miss art like this. It's cheap and cheesy, but at least it wasn't orange and blue and actually made you wonder about the game going on inside. Especially nice in an age which didn't allow for detailed graphics to show it, it just let your mind wander and wander. Some of these would really catch your attention and make you think, "Why is this sailor dude fighting off a skeleton at sea with a blonde bombshell?" Or, "Why does this game look like LSD Tennis?" Still, for more imaginative than we have now.
  • mark-penrice - April 4, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    ORRRAAANGE AND TEEEALLLLL /ragequit Anyway, most games did have (rubbish) screenshots on the back of the box, so you could get some kind of idea of the actual graphics once you'd been drawn in by the boxart. That kind of thing carried on well into the 90s - Final Fantasy etc...
  • mark-penrice - April 4, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    Worms was a good later example of this. The player sprites were even smaller than the infamous lemmings (like about 4x8 pixels in maybe 4 colours), but the boxart nicely captured the *feel* of the game. Which is something you just can't do with static screenshots.
  • ZenRobot - April 3, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    these are absolutely inspired. they all capture the spirit of the games in a beautiful retro light.
  • AshLynx - April 2, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    I dunno, I think some of these are improvements over the real ones, the ones that are usually some character starting straight at you while looking semi-menacing and half shadowed while something's going on the in background, I'm quite sick of those boxarts, they all look the same to me after a while. Though the old skating ones, those'll always look cheesy.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 2, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    This is the best thing that happend to me all day. Thank you for that
  • EmperorRadish - April 2, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    Ahhhhh Barbarian..........

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