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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.
Box arts are profiled from a variety of angles using high quality scans and with the intention of acknowledging the men and women who have played such a major role in shaping our gaming experiences.
Not only for video game enthusiasts, BOX=ART is for all who enjoy quality artwork.
A landmark title for North America’s home computer scene, Computer Bismarck would not only successfully launch publisher Strategic Simulations. Inc (SSI), but also artist Louis Hsu Saekow.
Wanting to compete with The Avalon Hill Gaming Co. and their newly formed computer game division Microcomputer Inc, SSI set about producing the most professional and arresting box art possible.
In general up until the 80’s home computer cover arts mimicked Atari’s VCS efforts in terms of artistry, and lacked any sort of physical casing. Bismarck changed that and shipped with a large high quality box, and printed manual.
Louis’ graphic design also bucked the trend by moving away from the board game style cover artworks Avalon used, and instead creating a striking wire frame model with minimalistic palette.
In a sea of traditionally painted box arts, Bismarck’s graphic design leapt off the shelf and subsiquently proved a big hit for SSI. Surprisingly the company and Louis would not adopt the artistic approach for future box arts, them being in the main rather conformist.
Bismarck stood out loud in an increasingly busy market and is a shining example of fresh thinking artistically and commercially working.
Other notable Louis Hsu Saekow box arts
>Chronicles of Osgorth: The Shatered Alliance (NA) Apple II, Atari 8-bit.
>Gemstone Warriors (EU/ NA) Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.
>Rings of Zilfin (NA) Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS.
If you like Computer Bismarck you’ll love…
>G-Loc (JP) Mega Drive.
>Wipeout (EU/ JP) PlayStation, Saturn.
Sources and further reading:
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>Gradius III & IV (worldwide) PlayStation 2.
Posted - 16/4/14, by Adam Gidney