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(04-04-2009, 12:08 AM)
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So I thought it would be a cool thread idea to combine GAF’s boxart fetishism with a Photoshop thread (who doesn’t love these?). Partly inspired by AniHawk's magazine ad thread, I decided to make a thread about “The GAF Collection”, a theoretical series of video game releases for the more serious collectors (à la The Criterion Collection, hence the name). The Criterion Collection is known for its stunning boxarts just as much as it is for its high quality movie transfers and overall quality. I think it’d be cool to try this with video games, who have boxarts traditionally bombarded with way too many ugly labels, ratings, seals, and logos.

I think this idea’s probably been done before, but I haven’t seen any threads like this here before so why not go for it.


An Ode To Criterion Box Art:
The Criterion Library:


A quick template if you don’t feel like making your own: http://i43.************/20h9eg2.png (Make sure to add the date the game was originally published!)

Templates for printable versions of the covers (for use in the actual game boxes):

GrandTheftAero has made a nice high-res template complete with both covers, a spine, and a G logo:
KilgoreTrout has made a modification of this template for PS3 boxes:


Image resources:
Fanart -
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Textures -,

Font resources:


Ready to be printed and used! You might have to alter the dimensions a bit for whatever case you're using, I haven't checked those out at all.

Batman: Arkham Asylum (1) (by KilgoreTrout)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (2) (by Leminnes)
The Beatles: Rock Band (1) (by DrAndonuts)
The Beatles: Rock Band (2) (by DrAndonuts)
BioShock (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
BioShock (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
BioShock (3) (by KilgoreTrout)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (1) (by radiantdreamer)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (2) (by radiantdreamer)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (3) (by radiantdreamer)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (4) (by radiantdreamer)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (by KilgoreTrout)
Dead Space (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Dead Space (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Dead Space (3) (by DrAndonuts)
Demon's Souls (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Demon's Souls (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Demon's Souls (3) (by KilgoreTrout)
Halo 3: ODST (by UltimaPooh)
The House of the Dead: Overkill (by JohnnyPanda)
Killzone 2 (1) (by GrandTheftAero)
Killzone 2 (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Katamari Damacy (by GrandTheftAero)
killer7 (by ShaunBRS)
Left 4 Dead (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Left 4 Dead (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (by GrandTheftAero)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (by KilgoreTrout)
LittleBigPlanet (by KilgoreTrout)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (by KilgoreTrout)
Metroid Prime (by KilgoreTrout)
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (by KilgoreTrout)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (by KilgoreTrout)
No More Heroes (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
No More Heroes (2) (by DrAndonuts)
The Orange Box (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
The Orange Box (2) (by DrAndonuts)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (by KilgoreTrout)
Resident Evil 4 (by KilgoreTrout)
Shadow of the Colossus (1) (by Leminnes)
Shadow of the Colossus (2) (by DrAndonuts)
Super Mario Bros. (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Galaxy (by KilgoreTrout)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (by KilgoreTrout)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
We Love Katamari (by GrandTheftAero)

And although not really GAF Collection covers per se, these are some good alternative covers:
Excitebots: Trick Racing (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Excitebots: Trick Racing (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Mirror's Edge (PS3) (by Flek) (Based on McBacon's original design)
The Orange Box (by Pizza Luigi)

Hey artists, if you still have a high resolution version of your cover around it would be great if you could make a back cover and spine for it. There are a ton of people asking for printable versions of these covers to use as replacements for the originals. If you'd be willing to do that it'd be awesome. Just post it in the thread or PM a link to me and I'll add it to the OP.


Awesome work guys. It looks like we have some recognition across the internet.

61 Frames Per Second
Ars Technica
f13 Forums
Gamers with Jobs
Go Nintendo (edit the URL)
Joy Stiq (edit the URL)
Mac Justice
MTV Multiplayer
The Outtake
Sore Eyes

Digg it!

Also, GAF member and resident artist somnific is keeping an archive of all the covers over on his site @


Arc System Works of Europe was so impressed by this thread that they decided to give GAF a chance to design the official BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger boxart for its European release. They are looking for a box in The GAF Collection style and the best one will be made the official European boxart with runner-ups being featured in the manual. All winners will also have their name listed in the game's credits. As well, the winner will receive a copy of the game, a signed poster, t-shirts, and more. To enter the contest, post your submitions in this thread:

Good luck to everyone who enters.

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