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Famicase 2009 Art Exhibit Opens

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Fifty-eight artists and designers craft imaginary Famicom game carts

The art on game boxes and carts from the 8-bit era was generally pretty crap. A lot of it is still crap today, but back then gaming was still considered largely a kid's thing so people gave even less of a **** on whether or not the box art looked good.

Japanese retro games shop Meteor is behind the My Famicase exhibition, which gives a whole new meaning to games-as-art. Fifty-eight artists and designers were tasked for the second time with creating Famicom cartridge art for imaginary games. The results? Stunning.

I can't read Japanese, so I have absolutely no idea what it says when you click on the images. My guess is some kind of description of what the game is supposed to be about, but with art this cool, more information might be too much for me.

[via offworld.com]

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User Comments (7)

ASDFGHJKL

#1

ASDFGHJKL said:

I wonder why people keep doing this for fake boxes and not for real games.
Edit; My first two first posts in ONE day, isnt there a record for that? :P

ASDFGHJKL

#3

ASDFGHJKL said:

I meant, why dont they actually make a real game with those graphics, WITH box art and everiything, so we can see them in action, a la MM9

Objection

#4

Objection said:

It would be cool if they could do a '2nd chance' kind of thing for games with ugly box art from back in the day but I guess there'd be too many legal issues with that.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#5

Philip_J_Reed said:

@GabeGreens:
It's art, man! You might as well ask why people make movies that aren't remakes of old movies, or why musicians write their own songs rather than only playing covers.

These are artists, not ad execs! :D

StarDust4Ever

#6

StarDust4Ever said:

Brutus, I agree! I am a big fan of retro art, and rather than just copy the sprite are of old games, these people are creating NEW art - I personally love the idea - by the way, for some reason, the site is not loading on my computer right now - I don't know if it's down or if it's the fault of that dumb OpenDNS service that my university uses - sometimes obscure websites on foreign servers don't load properly.

EDIT: Yup, went home this weekend and the site loaded fine. I come back to school and it refuses to load.

metakirbyknight

#7

metakirbyknight said:

I would like to see some hacker or programmer create games based on these games, the quality would be laughable. Nintendo could still make these, right? Well I can dream, can't I.

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