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7:00 AM on 06.06.2013

Lightning Returns gets new E3 trailer, delayed to 2014

The follow-up to the incredibly polarizing duo of Final Fantasy XIII games, Lightning Returns, has been delayed until 2014. Specifically, it'll hit North America on February 11th, 2014, and Europe on February 14th. A new tra...

Chris Carter

9:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Dragon's Crown box art is [insert extreme opinion here]

Atlus has unveiled the final Japanese box art for Dragon's Crown, the latest sidescrolling action title from Vanillaware, and it's pretty tame from the looks of things. You almost wouldn't guess that the game is currently emb...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 04.25.2013

Poke Ball and Game Boy-themed 3DS mock-ups are delish

A week doesn't go by without Nintendo announcing about a dozen new colors and designs for the 3DS in Japan. Meanwhile, Americans and Europeans get fed scraps once every blue moon. We may be getting the Animal Crossing XL, but...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 04.23.2013

Game covers recreated using clip art and Comic Sans font

Running on places like Tumblr and Twitter is a new meme: Videogame / movie / book covers recreated using only clip art and Comic Sans font. The results are... well... check out for yourself in the gallery below. I would total...

Tony Ponce

4:30 PM on 04.18.2013

Beyond: Two Souls box art is the Ellen Page-iest

Ellen Page. Polygons. Emotions. Mature. Beyond. On a related note, David Cage and Ms. Page will be screening Beyond: Two Souls at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 27. Because it's a movie, I guess. BEYOND: Two Souls Box Art Revealed [PlayStation Blog]

Tony Ponce

3:30 PM on 04.18.2013

Ace Attorney 5 bundles include finger-pointing statue

For Phoenix Wright's grand return to the courtroom in Japan this summer, Capcom has put together a number of limited edition bundles to sell on the e-Capcom store. For ¥9990 (~$102), you get a copy of the game, three alte...

Tony Ponce



Dark Souls II box art forgot to add color photo
Dark Souls II box art forgot to add color
by Brett Makedonski

Yeah, these posts are terrible. Everyone knows that. Even though readers only click to look at the images, I still have an obligation to put words in this space. These are those words.

So, the Dark Souls II box art is completely monochrome. That's something. Also, the figure is walking away. That's sort of a refreshing change from a guy with a gun facing forward but looking down, I guess.

Enthralling stuff, really.

Dark Souls II Box Art [All Games Beta]

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5:00 PM on 04.07.2013

Castle of Illusion digital box art materializes

Last month, the Brazilian ratings board DJCTQ revealed that the SEGA Genesis platforming classic Castle of Illusion was coming to PS3, Vita, 360, and Wii U. Now, XBLA digital box art has appeared, indicating that a formal ann...

Tony Ponce

8:15 AM on 04.02.2013

Grand Theft Auto V's boxart has been revealed

Rockstar has revealed the final boxart for Grand Theft Auto V, if you're the kind of person who gets excited over covers. Let's see: it has a helicopter in the top left, people with guns -- yep, it's a Grand Theft Auto cover....

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 02.22.2013

Box art posts are the worst: here's one for Watch_Dogs

Ubisoft's upcoming Watch_Dogs is a big deal, right? So you want to see the box art, right? Yeah, I don't care either. I just care that this is a game that's coming this holiday season, and I'd rather play it on one of systems...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 02.11.2013

Mega fan creates an unofficial Mega Man 10 press kit

When Mega Man 9 was released, Capcom produced an amazing press kit along with it. Sadly, although awesome old school coverart was also created for Mega Man 10, a press kit wasn't in the cards. Enter Mega Man fan millerjm2, wh...

Chris Carter







The best videogame covers of 2012 photo
The best videogame covers of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

Even as retail stores die a slow death and digital sales take their place, box covers matter. Look no further than the controversy around BioShock Infinite's decidedly safe (and dull) cover for an impassioned example.

A good game cover is one that brings characters to life before we know them, captures our imagination, or is just aesthetically pleasing. Good game covers are a dying breed with most covers designed by computer graphics artists who are following an agenda passed down from marketing.

The 20 chosen covers below are ones that we'll remember for some time, even if the game attached is one best quickly forgotten.

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The worst videogame covers of 2012 photo
The worst videogame covers of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

Most game covers are forgettable and generic, but a select few transcend into levels of such awfulness that they stick with us all year long, like a never-ending scab. From cheap shovelware to incredibly awkward sports photos, a bad game cover can come from any publisher. It takes a particularly lazy and clueless one to land on this list though.

Count the number of THQ titles below and come to your own conclusions. THQ, thanks for raising the bar on terrible box art.

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Devs 'refused' to move Ellie to back cover of Last of Us photo
Devs 'refused' to move Ellie to back cover of Last of Us
by Jordan Devore

Given the heightened fascination with box art -- more specifically, BioShock Infinite's -- VG247 has some interesting quotes about how Naughty Dog ended up with the final cover for The Last of Us. The outlet asked actor Ashley Johnson (Ellie) and creative director Neil Druckmann why there are so few female characters portrayed on videogame box art.

"I feel like they don't put women on the covers because they're afraid that it won't sell," explained Johnson. "It's all gamers really know -- and I don’t want to be sexist by any means -- but I get the feeling, generally, that they think games won't sell as well with a woman on the cover, compared to some badass dude on the front."

"I agree with what Ashley said," Druckmann continued. "I believe there's a misconception that if you put a girl or a woman on the cover, the game will sell less. I know I’ve been in discussions where we've been asked to push Ellie to the back and everyone at Naughty Dog just flat-out refused."

While some might be quick to jump on the marketing folks in these situations, sometimes, the truth isn't pretty. It's entirely possible that who appears on box art, and how, can make all the difference in a purchasing decision for some people, silly as that might seem. How many? I'm not sure. But kudos to Naughty Dog for being in a position to stay strong and then follow through. The norm isn't going to change if everyone sticks with it. Frankly, the bigger issue seems to be having more well-written female protagonists in the first place. We'll get there, eventually.

The Last of Us: acting out the end of the world [VG247]

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8:30 AM on 12.10.2012

The Last of Us trailer, box art, and pre-order bonuses

The Last of Us was given a release date of May 7 at the Spike Videogame Commercials, along with a new trailer. Today, Naughty Dog has provided that trailer to the masses, along with the game's official box art, and pre-order ...

Jim Sterling



Is BioShock Infinite the worst box of all time? photo
Is BioShock Infinite the worst box of all time?
by Allistair Pinsof

There are few boxes as anticipated as BioShock Infinite, the long awaited box to prequels BioShock Limited Edition and BioShock for the PlayStation 3.

Irrational Games, known as 2K Boston during BioShock's release, made waves in the industry with critics and boring, ordinary game-playing people alike, in 2007. BioShock was everything boxes didn't dare to do at the time: It was bold, beautiful, and it had a message. You looked at that box and it spoke to the soul. It said, "Open me, stick me in your game box, and have a randy dandy time." We gaming folk finally discovered what true art is and why it's worth talking about all the dang time on NeoGAF.

After getting several hours of eyes-on ophthalmic exploration of Irrational's much anticipated follow-up, I have to say that BioShock Infinite is not the box we deserve.

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