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Offline Mika

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Box art in 1980s era games
Thought I might share this link with you guys. This reminded me of the 80s game covers, they were really awesome. Even with as lowly machine as Spectrum ZX (if you don't know, absolutely do not ever google it) had something like this as box art.

Of course, the box art had pretty little to do with the actual game, but they were well drawn and makes me wonder why they don't make them like they used to. On afterthought, the box art was a bait and switch scheme and more often than not the game wasn't as awesome as one might have thought by the box - though prices were low also. I liked Volcanic Planet and in case you wondered, it was a shooter game with top down view.

The other Box that comes to mind from that era is this one from Delta Wing (again, Spectrum ZX), it was first flight simulator I ever played. And boy, have they improved since those days. I don't have that much of good memories of that sim, FPS was low (maybe 10 on a good day) and destroying the enemy aircraft was difficult, not to mention the bombing runs.

Share your stories and awesome boxes that you can remember!
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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
I still feel like nothing beats the godawful boxart for the US versions of Mega Man and Mega Man 2.  I mean...look at those. :lol: What's really awesome is that Capcom went with a similar style for the recent sequels as a tongue-in-cheek tribute.

 

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
hows about Elite
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Offline Commander Zane

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
I think of Windmills and VD looking at those two pics.

 

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
lets remake freespace using vintage 1985 graphics
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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
let's not.
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Offline Kosh

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
Not exactly boxart but......


"The reason for this is that the original Fortran got so convoluted and extensive (10's of millions of lines of code) that no-one can actually figure out how it works, there's a massive project going on to decode the original Fortran and write a more modern system, but until then, the UK communication network is actually relying heavily on 35 year old Fortran that nobody understands." - Flipside

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Offline Commander Zane

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
lets remake freespace using vintage 1985 graphics
That would be quite amusing to see, I'd still like to see some of the new ships in MV_Cell mode as well, but that topic never ends well.

 

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
Sounds like we need a 16-bit top-down shooter with FS ships.  1942 anyone?
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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
That's a bit before FS.  You must mean 2335.
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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
Combination of Shadows of Lylat-style corridor mission scripting and 2d mission flag in FRED, and it's possible.

 
Re: Box art in 1980s era games
We all know it is possible because somebody already released a top-down shooter mod with a few single missions.
17:37:02   Quanto: I want to have sexual intercourse with every space elf in existence
17:37:11   SpardaSon21: even the males?
17:37:22   Quanto: its not gay if its an elf

[21:51] <@Droid803> I now realize
[21:51] <@Droid803> this will be SLIIIIIGHTLY awkward
[21:51] <@Droid803> as this rich psychic girl will now be tsundere for a loli.
[21:51] <@Droid803> OH WELLL.

See what you're missing in #WoD and #Fsquest?

[07:57:32] <Caiaphas> inspired by HerraTohtori i built a supermaneuverable plane in ksp
[07:57:43] <Caiaphas> i just killed my pilots with a high-g maneuver
[07:58:19] <Caiaphas> apparently people can't take 20 gees for 5 continuous seconds
[08:00:11] <Caiaphas> the plane however performed admirably, and only crashed because it no longer had any guidance systems

 

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
We all know it is possible because somebody already released a top-down shooter mod with a few single missions.

http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=68047.msg1343625#msg1343625
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Offline Commander Zane

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
But FS2 TDS isn't 16-bit.

Trivial Psychic said 16-bit.

 
Re: Box art in 1980s era games
I don't want 16-bit FS2.

Oh, and about that TDS: SPOON!
17:37:02   Quanto: I want to have sexual intercourse with every space elf in existence
17:37:11   SpardaSon21: even the males?
17:37:22   Quanto: its not gay if its an elf

[21:51] <@Droid803> I now realize
[21:51] <@Droid803> this will be SLIIIIIGHTLY awkward
[21:51] <@Droid803> as this rich psychic girl will now be tsundere for a loli.
[21:51] <@Droid803> OH WELLL.

See what you're missing in #WoD and #Fsquest?

[07:57:32] <Caiaphas> inspired by HerraTohtori i built a supermaneuverable plane in ksp
[07:57:43] <Caiaphas> i just killed my pilots with a high-g maneuver
[07:58:19] <Caiaphas> apparently people can't take 20 gees for 5 continuous seconds
[08:00:11] <Caiaphas> the plane however performed admirably, and only crashed because it no longer had any guidance systems

 

Offline Cyker

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
AMIGA FS2!!!

Or FS2 in the style of Raptor/Xenon 2/Jets and Guns :D

I have mixed views on oldschool box art; While it often let the artist do some good stuff, it very often had smeg-all to do with the game :lol:
« Last Edit: September 05, 2010, 03:47:35 am by Cyker »

 

Offline Kosh

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
16 bit? Pffft. So early 90's and late 80's. 8 bit FTW!!!!!!!!
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Offline Trivial Psychic

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Re: Box art in 1980s era games
Did you ever play TurboGraphic16?  The game Blazing Lasers was Awesome!  I even had an emulator for it for a while.
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