The Real Photos on Cover Art wiki last edited by BeachThunder on 07/05/13 02:21AM
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Games featuring real photos on their cover-art are of a special sort. Throughout time, they have often appeared in relation to sports and movie tie-in games, and have only rarely appeared on other games' covers.
The games can be split into three categories:
1. Sports Games
These games are often mimicking real-world events and therefore include a lot of real persons. People who are interested in these games are often interested in the associated sport as well, and most likely know some of the players' names. Therefore it is reasonable that the game covers often feature pictures of high-profile sports-players to draw in more buyers. If the cover features a person they know or like, they're more likely to buy the game.
2. Television/Movie Tie-Ins
These games are often released at the same time as their corresponding movie hits the cinemas, and therefore often features a cover that resembles the movie's poster-art. The matching cover and poster art makes the products seem to fit together as one unit, which often leads to regrettable purchases by people who really liked the movie and thought the game would be of the same standard. However, this is rarely the case since most movie tie-in games are rushed to completion to hit the movie's release date, so they can cash-in all the extra money from people who liked the movie.
This category is for games that can't be placed in one of the two categories. Frequently this can occur with 'budget' titles or games seeking to achieve humorous or artistic effect.