About This File
When Kondorito and I started on this set, we had decent source material to work with - but the boxes were aged, rough, and somewhat worn. We proceeded to crop fronts, sides, and bottoms (in case we wanted to go a different direction), and we began to realize... these worn boxes didn't look *that* bad. In fact, they looked like they could realistically be a part of someone's actual collection (because they were, in fact).
Personally, when I determine a box's overall condition when shopping on ebay, I have an idea in my mind of what is acceptable condition. If the box is a solid B, I'll buy it. The same principle applies here - if the box was a B or better, we didn't bother airbrushing them. To us, there is a certain charm to an age worn box. Not to mention, we also concurred that spending hours making the blacks pitch black, whites whiter-than-white, the colors too vibrant, airbrushing all dust specks, etc. was not the direction we wanted to go.
Of course the argument could be made that we just didn't want to put forth 10x more effort into making them look perfect. And there's some truth to that, at least for me. But it was a solid 120 hours of work on my end (at least), plus however long it took Kondorito on his end of things. I'm glad it's done, I'm satisfied with the less than perfect result, and I have no plans to improve on it.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This set isn't for everyone. If you want a perfect looking set, look elsewhere. However, if you like the 'realistic' look, I think you'll be quite happy with this set. Many of the boxes look like actual photos - the cardboard looks realistic, and the wear and the dust adds to that effect.
What's New in Version 1.3.0
1.1 Flubbed up a bit - put the smaller versions of Donkey Kong Country (USA) (Competition Edition) and Star Fox (USA) (Super Weekend Competition).
You'll just have to download them as separate downloads - it takes an hour (!) to upload a gb and I'm not doing it.
1.2 Added a more authentic box for Humans, The (Europe).
1.3 After several requests, I've added a link for the source 2D artwork, before it was batched. It is not a complete set - I've put this together quickly months after this project ended, as a courtesy to other graphic artists looking to get started on their own sets. Some of the 'bottoms' are missing, some of them are wrong and use 'filler' from another box. We didn't end up using the bottoms for our project but we had considered it - so, this will give someone else a head start.