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

Post by r0jaws » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:58 pm

Being a child of the Spectrum, the cover art helped visualise the game in my head. Looking at the Spectrum's graphics, it was essential that your imagination "plugged the gaps" and having a bit of cover art gave you a mental springboard. The hand drawn ones, were, at least diverting. Sometimes colourful.
It wasn't always a great looking base from which to work, but it definitely helped me. :)

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

Post by the_hawk » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:35 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:Image

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I BLOODY LOVE THIS!

There's something beautiful & "homemade" about the old covers. I have to admit I do miss them & some of them give me a nice nostalgic glow when I see them.


There used to be a variety of covers for the same game....
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Now theres the same cover for a variety of games, a la Prin's hilarious "Generic FPS" cover
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Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by koopa42 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:44 am

Yes. Yes I do.
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Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by psj3809 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:46 am

r0jaws wrote:Being a child of the Spectrum, the cover art helped visualise the game in my head. Looking at the Spectrum's graphics, it was essential that your imagination "plugged the gaps" and having a bit of cover art gave you a mental springboard. The hand drawn ones, were, at least diverting. Sometimes colourful.
It wasn't always a great looking base from which to work, but it definitely helped me. :)
Yeah in my younger years i used to buy some game such as Dungeon Master (text adventure) which had some great cover and your imagination like you say had to fill in the rest.

Halls of the things had a great cover, you load it up and the graphics were simple as anything. Started going off handdrawn covers when budget games appeared as many were woeful, liked Firebirds examples of showing screenshots on the front cover.

But its funny in the early 80's when you had some great cover and when you loaded up the game written in basic you were an adventurer who was an asterisk and had to avoid the dragons who were D's. Imagination could only take you so far !

Always loved handdrawn covers on mags in the 80's such as Crash etc

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

Post by Megamixer » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:30 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:
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.
True enough. I don't mind digitally painted covers but there are some out there made up of CG like this one:

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The image in itself isn't bad but the computerised look to it isn't too appealing.
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Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by NorthWay » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:08 pm

We need more Bob Wakelin.

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

Post by SpecChum81 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:45 am

Yes I do miss them!

Some of the artwork was fantastic, and there seemed to be a lot more variety, and it somehow added to the whole experience of owning and playing the game!

While there is come great game/cover art around today, they don't make 'em like they used to...
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Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by RodimusPrime » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:20 am

I do like some of the Capcom artwork. Especially the Japanese covers.

Why companies feel the need to replace gorgeus Japanese artwork with generic CG tosh is beyond me.

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

Post by Doddsy » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:32 am

If it was done properly then yes I do. I liked the covers that were commissioned from pro fantasy artists like Jim Burns.

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

Post by DoraemonTheCat » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:30 pm

ZXSabreman wrote: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
I played a Spectrum not too long ago - and the game was Rambo. I swear, the middle section of the load with the Red and Black bars sent me into meltdown. I thought I was at a rave that was doing hardcore techno. It was awesome. I didn't even want to play the game after that, just load it up again.

Thought I'd pop to the shops and get some neon glo-sticks and some pills :lol:

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

Post by DoraemonTheCat » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:33 pm

rossi46 wrote:Or this:

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OOF!
And look what happened to the awesome Jap version that was hand-drawn

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

Post by Flint » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:46 pm

Yes, these day I'm faced with a shelves full of generic looking covers and as a result nothing jumps out at me.

This site sums things up pretty well.
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Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by Panther Clipper » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:22 pm

Pysgnosis and their Roger Dean covers practically sold the games to me even before i looked at the back of the box.
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Re: Do you miss the days of hand-drawn game covers?

Post by skooldaze_eric » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:40 pm

I do, but as a kid my favourite game cover was for Barbarian and that wasn't hand drawn.

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

Post by Panther Clipper » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:41 pm

skooldaze_eric wrote:I do, but as a kid my favourite game cover was for Barbarian and that wasn't hand drawn.
give me two reasons why!
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