It’s fair to say that video games have become an art form unto themselves. It is also fair to say that the cover art for some games is much more than a simple advertisement — they can be works of art in their own right. Much like album cover artwork stands on its own to be admired and appreciated by music fans, so too does the cover art for video games. And there has been amazing cover art for video games since the industry really took off in the 1970s. From the first time video games needed to be advertised, companies have been using cover art to help sell them. A great piece of cover art can be the difference between having a best-selling game or a bit of a flop. It’s become a bit of a lost art these days, it seems, but here is a list of the greatest video game cover art of all-time.
10. Doom (1993)
While it might look a little ho-hum today, back in 1993, Doom‘s cover art was considered provocative – even a little dangerous. The cover image of a space marine battling an army of Hell demons had more than a few parents worried about what their kids were up to, and did nothing to dispel the notion that video games were becoming increasingly violent. However, what may have been lost a bit in the debate over this cover is the fact that the art provides a perfect description of what people can expect from this video game — that is, lots of shooting and killing. It was Doom, after all, the breakout first-person-shooter game – showing developers and gamers alike what was possible with this genre. It’s also a pretty badass image, if we do say so ourselves.