Box Art Released

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#151 Posted by Mendelson9 (401 posts) -
#152 Posted by kingjulesxii (71 posts) -

@AngelN7: Holy shit I thought the PS3 art was a joke

#153 Posted by kishinfoulux (2255 posts) -

I will NEVER, for the life of me, understand why people make a huge fuss about boxart.

#155 Posted by Twiggy199 (496 posts) -

I would of just gone with the actual logo.

#156 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2211 posts) -

I just find it weird that Elizabeth is nowhere on that cover even though she feels more like the star of the game than Booker. The least the cover art could have had was both Elizabeth and Booker as that would've represented the game better but then again I'm getting the Steam version so it won't affect me too much.

#157 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

@kishinfoulux said:

I will NEVER, for the life of me, understand why people make a huge fuss about boxart.

It isn't just about box art. This is something endemic of a larger problem in current gen gaming. Pandering, dumbing down, homogenizing and utter disregard for any kind of artistic integrity. All based on a (flawed) assumption that homogenizing of games = more sales.

@Cold_Wolven said:

I just find it weird that Elizabeth is nowhere on that cover even though she feels more like the star of the game than Booker. The least the cover art could have had was both Elizabeth and Booker as that would've represented the game better but then again I'm getting the Steam version so it won't affect me too much.

Frankly, if the goal was impulse shelf sales, I'm surprised they didn't put Elizabeth front and center leaning forward to provide a closeup shot of her cleavage. :D

#158 Posted by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

@HerbieBug said:

So Ken admits the cover is pandering in hopes of additional game shelf impulse purchases. Nice. He's essentially saying, if I was some fucking dipshit moron wandering around in Walmart looking for shiny things, this is the kind of cover that would catch my interest.

Well, those are the type of people who are going to make an impulse purchase based on the cover art. They already know that fans will buy it regardless of the box art. The whole idea of cover art is to sell the game. This cover gets across that this game is a shooter. People buy shooters.

#159 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

@Rainbowkisses said:

@HerbieBug said:

So Ken admits the cover is pandering in hopes of additional game shelf impulse purchases. Nice. He's essentially saying, if I was some fucking dipshit moron wandering around in Walmart looking for shiny things, this is the kind of cover that would catch my interest.

Well, those are the type of people who are going to make an impulse purchase based on the cover art. They already know that fans will buy it regardless of the box art. The whole idea of cover art is to sell the game. This cover gets across that this game is a shooter. People buy shooters.

How about they just take out the magic stuff, put it on land, take out most of the story, use the Call of Duty control scheme and put in fucking deathmatch multiplayer. Cause that's what sells right? How about we make every game from here on out a shooter?

#160 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -

The concept of a person only able to afford/have time for 3 games a year making impulse purchases based on a box cover sounds like such nonsense to me. I don't think these people are being given enough credit here. People are not that frivolous. If anything, they stick with a franchise they know, or base purchases on positive word of mouth from like-minded consumers. People that purchase many games a year are more the type to take those risks.

#161 Edited by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

@HerbieBug: I'm not saying that the game itself should be simplified to sell to the larger demographic. I'm saying that if a particular aspect draws the attention of you average joe six-pack some of the marketing will focus on that part. Then maybe they will buy that game for the shooting and stay for the story, atmosphere, and aesthetics.

#162 Posted by BeachThunder (11695 posts) -

@Pr1mus said:

Ken Levine explained the choice of boxart in this interview.

The reasons are perfectly reasonable and understandable, plus the fact they plan on releasing alternate covers could fix the issue for most people.

Was anyone doubting that this was the reason? It certainly doesn't change the fact that it's not even a good 'guy with gun' kind of cover. Also, it wouldn't hurt to have even a little teensy bit of artistic integrity...

Anyway, I think I'm just going to leave this here:

#163 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

I think everyone should watch this

To me it's totally understandable, if a box art is capable of selling the game to more people then so be it put a dude with a gun on the cover that's not gonna hurt what the game is about.

#164 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3786 posts) -
@HerbieBug

@Rainbowkisses said:

@HerbieBug said:

So Ken admits the cover is pandering in hopes of additional game shelf impulse purchases. Nice. He's essentially saying, if I was some fucking dipshit moron wandering around in Walmart looking for shiny things, this is the kind of cover that would catch my interest.

Well, those are the type of people who are going to make an impulse purchase based on the cover art. They already know that fans will buy it regardless of the box art. The whole idea of cover art is to sell the game. This cover gets across that this game is a shooter. People buy shooters.

How about they just take out the magic stuff, put it on land, take out most of the story, use the Call of Duty control scheme and put in fucking deathmatch multiplayer. Cause that's what sells right? How about we make every game from here on out a shooter?

Where did you see Ken talking about changing the game? Anywhere? Cause I'm pretty sure that didn't happen. He's talking about box art, the least important aspect of this entire thing. If he was talking about changing gameplay to suit a certain demographic then by all means get up in arms. What you're saying in relation to box art is a massive stretch.
#165 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

should've been a wide angle picture showing the floating city... how could that not intrigue people?

#166 Posted by Corvak (899 posts) -

Whats a box? - PC gamers

#167 Posted by Demoskinos (14562 posts) -

@AngelN7 said:

I think everyone should watch this

To me it's totally understandable, if a box art is capable of selling the game to more people then so be it put a dude with a gun on the cover that's not gonna hurt what the game is about.

*sigh* He is right but damn it if I'm still not annoyed by it!

#168 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

I'd imagined a character named Booker DeWitt to have more of a mustache.

#169 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -
#170 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3786 posts) -
#171 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -
@TheSouthernDandy said:

Some real cool designs. I went with #4.

Ditto. I love 4, with my only issue being the logo clashes with it a tad. It's still an excellent choice.
#172 Posted by Fredddi43 (318 posts) -

The current top ones #4 and #6 are both awesome. Voted for 6 though, but I'm fine with either one. So excited for this game!

#173 Edited by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

Call me a philistine but #5 is my favorite.

#174 Posted by Wicked_Wumpus (174 posts) -

Definitely #4. I love the rough pencil look to it.

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