What If Video Game Box Art Hadn’t Changed Since The 80s?

By June 24, 2013

Ah, the video game…a rare instance where what’s on the outside isn’t NEARLY as important as the contents within, but has to have SOME allure to the discerning gamer about to plunk down their hard-earned real world dollars for it.

Since the 80’s, video game box art has evolved to CG and shiny images that make some ponder “Hell, if they’d spent THIS much time on the game as they probably did on the cover, the game would’ve been awesome,” or (if it’s a franchise title) excitement to take it home, rip off the protective plastic, chuck that disc into their tray and say “goodbye” to a few hours of their day.

But what if box art hadn’t changed in the last 30 plus years?

Redditor ARoyaleWithCheese provided us with that answer and for a few glorious hours, the whole world got to experience some new world titles with old world box art…before the internet police shut it down.

But not before I grabbed all 17 said images! And if the box art looks familiar, odds on it’s a riff of an existing game’s box art – which I’ll key you in on!


Soul Calibur V (Barbarian, 1987)

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (Rick Dangerous, 1989)

Grand Theft Auto V (A.P.B., 1989)

FIFA 12 (Kick Off, 1989)

Dead Space 2 (Demon Attack, 1982)

Skate 3 (Metro Cross, 1987)

L.A. Noire (The Detective, 1986)

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Wing War, 1983)

COD: MW3 (Bazooka Bill, 1985)

Mass Effect 3 (Space War, 1978)

Wipeout 2048 (Gridrunner, 1982)

Demon Souls (Gateway To Apshai, 1983)

Virtua Tennis 4 (Tennis, 1981)

Monster Hunter Tri (Pool Of Radiance, 1988)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (Hostages, 1988)

Red Dead Redemption (Outlaw, 1978)

Battlefield 3 (Armor Battle, 1982)

I don’t know about you, but going through these images and (thanks to Games Radar) hearing some names I hadn’t heard in over 20 years made me nostalgic for the old days where the family Atari and Intellivision consoles sat happily in my house waiting for my brother and I to get home from school.

And for those of you who weren’t even born when some of these titles were released, get off my lawn. Ha.

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Cricket Lee
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