Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Discuss and discover all the great games of yesteryear!

Moderators: mknott, NickThorpe, lcarlson, Darran@Retro Gamer, MMohammed

User avatar
Combo-Breaker
Posts: 392
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:43 am

Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Combo-Breaker » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:43 pm

I definitely do, do you?

User avatar
markopoloman
Posts: 11657
Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:03 pm
Location: Poole, Dorset

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by markopoloman » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:47 pm

Yes.

But I suppose it is more expensive to keep getting them done.
OFF TOPIC DISCUSSIONS - http://retrocanteen.boards.net/

User avatar
merman
Posts: 6486
Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:14 pm
Location: Skegness, UK
Contact:

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by merman » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:54 pm

To some extent, yes. There was more variety in style too.
merman1974 on Steam, Xbox Live, Twitter and YouTube

User avatar
DPrinny
Posts: 24898
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:24 pm
Location: Super Mancyland

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by DPrinny » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:18 pm

Image

Very much so. its like every game has to have a guy with a gun on it

User avatar
rossi46
Posts: 4366
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2005 3:14 pm
Location: melrose
Contact:

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by rossi46 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:19 pm

LOL that's a funny image, but I personally don't miss hand drawn covers. Firstly because I used to find them very frustrating that the games looked absolutely nothing like the cover promised. And secondly, in a lot of the cases, the art was woeful.

At least nowadays, the covers look pretty much representative of the game.
Thoughts and prayers.

User avatar
ZXSabreman
Posts: 534
Joined: Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:29 am
Location: Chesterfield

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by ZXSabreman » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:27 pm

Definitely, I was thinking about something else I miss yesterday, the spectrum loading screen and noise. I may sound mad but I love the sound when the game is loading, I also used to love the anticipation of what the loading screen looked like
"Time fades even legend..."

User avatar
Antiriad2097
Posts: 26858
Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:48 pm
Location: http://s11.zetaboards.com/RetroLeague/
Contact:

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:37 pm

Do I miss this?

Image

Not really if I'm honest. Some of them do have a certain charm, but in the main they were woeful.

Unless of course you're talking about painted stuff like Bob Wakelin's artwork?
The Retro League - Where skill isn't an obstacle
Retrocanteen, home of the unfairly banned
Tom_Baker wrote:I just finished watching a film about Stockholm syndrome. It started out terrible but by the end I really liked it.

User avatar
rossi46
Posts: 4366
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2005 3:14 pm
Location: melrose
Contact:

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by rossi46 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:43 pm

Or this:

Image


OOF!
Thoughts and prayers.

User avatar
Megamixer
Posts: 14993
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:18 am
Location: Staffs, UK

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Megamixer » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:01 pm

Loved hand-drawn covers. Even if they were crap, they always had a certain 'something' to them and usually at least had some work gone into them. These days a lot of covers are just bits of press CG imagery fused together or something like that. More polished and representative perhaps but not really that interesting.

I love Jap Mega Drive covers or the ones for Capcom's Vs games.
Retro is a state of mind, and cares not for your puny concepts like dates and calendars.

User avatar
The Beans
Posts: 3635
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 12:18 pm

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by The Beans » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:42 pm

I'm loving that Oric picture. :lol:
When I see stuff like that it takes me straight back to my text adventure days on the Spectrum. You either got a cover that was ten times more exciting than the actual game or a cover that was done by somebody who was going to struggle to hit that "C" grade at O-level no matter how many extra lessons they put in. There was something just superbly amateurish about it all, even if the picture was done by a pro. Arms and heads out of proportion, a total lack of any sort of perspective, strangely posed characters, random unrelated objects - just bad art in general really. It's great to go back and look at this stuff so I guess I do miss it. :lol:

World of Spectrum is a great source of art from a time when just having a cover picture at all could be an accomplishment. If you ever need to put a smile on your face check the place out and revel in some truly bad but well intended art.
Especially with the text adventures. Check these fine examples out:
ftp://ftp.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sincl ... estThe.jpg
ftp://ftp.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sincl ... ntilla.jpg
ftp://ftp.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sincl ... sOfKet.jpg

Just glorious. :D
If it's slower than me, dumber than me and it tastes good ... tough titty.

Morkin
Posts: 2679
Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:37 am

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Morkin » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:44 pm

Most of my Spectrum games never had covers, if you know what I mean. Looking at WOS & some of those covers? Awesome!

Image

User avatar
Antiriad2097
Posts: 26858
Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:48 pm
Location: http://s11.zetaboards.com/RetroLeague/
Contact:

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:08 pm

Megamixer wrote:These days a lot of covers are just bits of press CG imagery
That implies there's no art to CG. Most artists now will paint digitally, so its really a style choice.

When the OP said hand drawn, I assumed he meant it literally, but I now take it we're including any painted works too. In that case I very much miss it.
The Retro League - Where skill isn't an obstacle
Retrocanteen, home of the unfairly banned
Tom_Baker wrote:I just finished watching a film about Stockholm syndrome. It started out terrible but by the end I really liked it.

User avatar
Shinobi
Posts: 7600
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:33 am
Location: The Pride Lands

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Shinobi » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:34 pm

How can you not like covers like this
http://gamesdbase.com/Media/SYSTEM/Comm ... ftware.jpg

or

Image
"Crush the Old Order and CREATE A NEW SOCIETY!"

User avatar
silvergunner
Posts: 1923
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:09 pm
Location: Stockton

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by silvergunner » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:41 pm

DPrinny wrote:Image

Very much so. its like every game has to have a guy with a gun on it
What a perfect example of bland covers never really noticed how multiple pictures could be spliced together like that :lol:

Game over ruled for me as a little kid seeing artwork like that. Game was bloody tough

User avatar
DPrinny
Posts: 24898
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:24 pm
Location: Super Mancyland

Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by DPrinny » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:46 pm

Theres one with more on somewhere, but I cant be arsed to trawl Google for it

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest