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What's your favourite type of game box? Because Vita boxes are now my new favourite type of game box

Over the years I've had lots of favourite types of game box. Back in the day some Commodore 64 games used to come in fancy cardboard boxes as opposed to crappy cassette cases that were not built to withstand the vigorous force of sporadic fits of juvenile game rage. These were my first favourite type of game box. They had removable lids and belonged to games made by Ultimate (who pretty much turned into Rare). Here's an example:

Above: Like it says, this was pretty much the king of boxes in 1985

After that I developed a real fondness for SNES boxes. But only when they were in perfect condition. All lined up with firm, pristine edges, nice big logos on display. Lovely. But as soon as they got a bit crumpled and lost some of their angle integrity, the sliding action required to remove or insert the cartridge housing became a bit fiddly. And they just didn't look as good anymore.

Since then, I've found game boxes to be less exciting. Not as inspiring. They don't really move me. Until now.

Having recently had our first PS Vita game boxes arrive at the office, I can happily say that they are the sweetest, most adorable little game boxes I've ever had the pleasure of fondling in my paws. Tiny, slim-line, lightweight, discrete. Like a PS3 case, but small. Diddy. Compact. Cute. They remind me of pocket bird watching books and those fold-out maps of foreign cities that you buy when you're on holiday. Admittedly they are unnecessarily huge in comparison to the game card they're housing, but let's not talk about that.

Here's a picture of one being held in my hands:

Above: It's so miniature

And the other day I saw a pre-order display full of lots of them and it was just about the most lovely thing I'd seen since the kitten shop closed down. So it's little surprise that as of right now PS Vita game boxes are my new favourite types of game boxes.

So that's me. But what about everyone else? What's your favourite type of game box? This is the shit that matters. Join the conversation. And while we're on the subject of boxes, why not check out our Top 7... most significant boxes in video games 2011 feature. It's a good one. Lots of boxes.

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39 comments

  • YellZombie - April 8, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    Anytime you get the special edition of a game you often get those metal cases. oh i love those. They are so heavy and when you look at them you can just tell they are special.
  • Funkzillabot - February 14, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Ok yes. Those are very cute, but don't make out with the box.
  • nomis - February 13, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Sega Genesis! They just had a nice pop when you opened them..but these are kinda cute...awww
  • Ravenbom - February 13, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    I thought that the boxes for Marathon by Bungie for Apple and it's sequels where neat, they didn't stack well (at all) but they were neat.
  • cjw415 - February 11, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    Xbox 360 Cause the boxes nicely fit and merge with dvd boxes on a shelf
  • jenovalife1 - February 11, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    n64 because they were a brick. that is all
  • xarab4lyfex - February 11, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    I would have to say the DS cases because they're nice and small. The psp ones are also pretty cool too.
  • beemoh - February 11, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Because I'm into some weird, kinky shit: Wii cases with xBox 360 sleeves, like the ones I saw in HMV the other day. The white box with the green-and-off-white top bar of the sleeve looks clean and striking, unlike the green/purple boxes 360 games actually come in, which are garish.
  • Net_Bastard - February 11, 2012 1:48 a.m.

    I love the Vita cases as well. They're a tiny version of a bigger thing! And that's always cute.
  • lordspanky - February 10, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Yeah the small size of vita cases is neat and cute :rollseyes:
  • OohWiiUILookJustLikeBuddyHolly - February 10, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    Has to be 360 because they are just so greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen. I would say ps2 but their spines always had that boring old font. At least these games today can get some very sexy spine designs.
  • talleyXIV - February 10, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    Gamecube, I loved seeing the "Only For" sign in the corner. Giving me pride in my favorite console.
  • r200reviews - February 10, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    I really like the small CD Jewel cases that Playstation and Dreamcast games would come in. There were also the multi-disc cases that could fit up to five discs or so for longer games. Those were cool.
  • rypar713 - February 10, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    I have many a shattered PS1 Jewel case, if it weren't so breakable it would be perfect. The PS2 case will always have it for me, its a classic. Durable yet stylish.
  • PleasantPig - February 10, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    N-Gage games had nice boxes. Anybody else remember them?
  • Jasman - February 10, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Remember those big-ass boxes for pc games? I love how needlessly ostentatious they were :)
  • HamsterGutz - February 10, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    If games bought through Steam came in a box, those would be my favorite boxes.
  • lemur - February 10, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    I really like to PS3 boxes. It's the perfect size for me and I dig the fact that with most games you can flip the cover around for a sweet poster like image.
  • jackthemenace - February 10, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Yeah, I was thinking that. Plus, I quite like how 360 comes in DVD boxes, and PS3 games come in Blu-Ray boxes. It's, like, contrast, or something. Makes me smile. As well as furthers the division and mutual hatred between the two.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 10, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    Ahhh, N64... Not so much the crappy cardboard boxes, but those cartridges... will always be my favorite. As for boxes... hmm. I've just been used to the Xbox 360, which is also the same as PC ones. However, I like the stumpy design and clear colour of the PS3 boxes, too. Those do look nice. As long as they keep the heavenly scent of plastic and paper. Bliss.

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