“I used to have dozens of these when I was a teenager, but I threw them all away during one move or another”, said Peter Langmore of Sioux City, Iowa. “I was such a dumbass.”
We’ve all done things we’ve regretted, Peter. But you’re right, that is a sad story. The good news is he’s back on top with “over 370 big box games, including several from the 80’s.”
“Without a doubt”, he says “re-collecting these musty-smelling cardboard works of art is the best thing I’ve done in years… maybe forever.”
If you’re a computer gaming person of a certain age, chances are you have at least a twinge of longing for the old days when you actually had to buy games at the store, back when they were a real, physical product. And, if you’re like me, maybe you had to plead with your parents to drive you to EBGames or wherever… and, oh lordy, even if you couldn’t afford to buy anything that day, it was worth it just to peruse through the library-like shelves of majestic big boxes.
If you’re under 18 and a PC gamer I can’t help but feel a little sorry for you. As Peter said, the big boxes were a true work of art. Sure, they took up some valuable shelf space but, hey, so do Picassos. Other than the fabulous box art, probably the best thing about the old big box games were the game manuals. Sometimes these things were as thick as War and Peace. I remember learning how to play Civilization II using that amazingly fat manual it came with. Ah, how I miss those days.
So share your thoughts below — any favorite box art or must-have big box games? Asking around here it sounds like the Doom and Wolfenstein box arts are among the favorites.