The Art of Box Art - Scott The Woz

  • Published on May 6, 2019
  • Scott continues his trek to talk about everything surrounding video games that aren't video games by looking at video game box art.
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    Music Used:
    "Locke's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI
    "Theme of the Celestials" from Okami
    "Fear of the Heavens" from Secret of Mana
    "Area #1" from Urban Champion
    "Stage Theme" from Clu Clu Land
    "Menu" from NES Open Tournament Golf
    "Out of Time" from Castlevania
    "Jungle" from Metal Gear (NES)
    "Go Straight" from Streets of Rage 2
    "Super Sonic Racing (Instrumental)" from Sonic R
    "Main Theme" from The Last of Us
    "The Imps Song" from Doom
    "Time to Learn" from Kirby Super Star
    "Forest Maze" from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    "Pascal (Instrumental)" from Nier Automata
    "Title Screen" from Namco Museum Vol. 1 (PS1)
    "Double Cherry Pass" from Super Mario 3D World
    "Dracula's Castle" from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    "Tarrey Town" from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    "Breakout" from 3D Dot Game Heroes
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Comments • 3 767

  • gustave
    gustave 2 hours ago

    The thing saving the FE3H box art is the thought that Claude will fall over.

  • Lazar Stankovic
    Lazar Stankovic Day ago

    i would li ke a 3DS thanks

  • Ahmed Aghour
    Ahmed Aghour 4 days ago +1

    If Spider-Man was a gamer

  • Brenyatta
    Brenyatta 6 days ago +1

    How to fix the Spider-Man Box Art:
    Scenic shot of New York City instead of the red background

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 2 days ago

      You CAN fix the Spider-Man box art! Do what I did. Take the game's cover, and check if it has the reversible cover, with Spider-Man jumping from a building, with iconic things in the background, like a re-elect Norman Osborn poster in the background, the slogan of the Daily Bugle, and a bunch of buildings in the background with a close-up on Spider-Man. And if it does, flip the cover around with the generic one. Ta-da! Cover officially fixed! And, the spine of the cover is still the same as the original one, so it doesn't stand out awkwardly on your shelf!

  • Evany13
    Evany13 6 days ago +1

    idk why but i died laughing at the serial killer thing

  • Noah Kinnett
    Noah Kinnett 7 days ago +1

    Bioshock infinite is artistically may favorite game
    But I can agree the box art sucks
    Raptures cool too though

  • Evan Belanger
    Evan Belanger 9 days ago +1

    Hey, did you know? Brea(d)th of the Wild. Get it now?

  • Eli Wilson
    Eli Wilson 11 days ago

    On one hand, I don’t exactly think ART! when I see a video games, but on the other hand, if video games aren’t art, then what’s music?

  • Marowak Marowaks
    Marowak Marowaks 11 days ago +1

    I feel like the European BOTW boxart is more like Link waiting on you to pop the game in

  • no normies
    no normies 11 days ago

    I'm a serial killer and this offends me

  • TheAwesomeV _
    TheAwesomeV _ 11 days ago U had to show the Wii U version really Scott

  • TheVintageKing7
    TheVintageKing7 13 days ago


  • Dan Z
    Dan Z 14 days ago


  • Wandering Marauder
    Wandering Marauder 14 days ago

    Ultima VII: The Black Gate box is the highest of art.

  • Billy McIntyre 3
    Billy McIntyre 3 14 days ago

    I actually really liked fire emblem three houses cover art...

  • B Bloomfield
    B Bloomfield 14 days ago

    This video essay speaks to me. In 2001 I was doing a course in visual communication, design and graphic art - given the option to develop a marketing campaign I chose the Gamecube title "Eternal Darkness" which wouldn't be released until after I graduated. I did a photoshoot using a human skull, candle and books, made a new logo, wrote the copy for the back cover. Even made a 2 page spread advertisement and inserted it into an imported Nintendo Power magazine.
    Really freaking hard to do that back then, saving to floppy disks and trying to get things at 300dpi on a 386mhz.
    It is certainly curious what design decisions that million dollar companies make about cover art - but if you already have it in your hands, it's easy as pie to print fan art, alternative art or make your own. $2 at Kinkos, 45 minutes on Photoshop and forever on your shelf is time well spent.

  • Nick Armitt
    Nick Armitt 15 days ago

    In the UK BOTW was the US and Jap one. Well it was for the special edition.

  • Nick Armitt
    Nick Armitt 15 days ago

    Final Fantasy 7 in the UK didn't have the picture. Just the logo and the name.

  • CottonyAttic300
    CottonyAttic300 15 days ago +1

    9:01 sadly not me. I got the “Greatest Hits” version and I didn’t get the reversible box art. Sad 😢

  • TTV_ Pandaspoppin381
    TTV_ Pandaspoppin381 16 days ago +1

    The flip cover for Spider-Man ps4 is great onside has Spider-Man logo and the other shows spider swinging down towards New York and the spine is the same

  • gamer 101
    gamer 101 16 days ago

    its a picture, but i wouldn't call it art.

    • Reggie Fils-Aime
      Reggie Fils-Aime 16 days ago

      gamer 101 welp I did

    • gamer 101
      gamer 101 16 days ago

      @Reggie Fils-Aime holy jesus didnt expect anybody to reply or see this

    • Reggie Fils-Aime
      Reggie Fils-Aime 16 days ago

      gamer 101 you could say pretty much anything is just a picture like fan art that people make I could say oh that’s a nice picture you made there

  • ThomasEyeThink
    ThomasEyeThink 17 days ago

    Ni no Kuni PS3 has an Amazing, Beautiful Box Art. The Re-Release (switch) and Remaster (PS4 and PC) box art was Awesome and Showed you a lot more than the original box art

    SEPTICON 38 17 days ago

    The resident evil box mates are better for pal cause they do t have to show you anything all they need is the logo and the scary woods to show you how scary now the ntcs box arts aren’t bad by any means but if I saw them on the shelf back in the day I would of walked passed them cause of how generic they looked

  • Krazy Kyyz
    Krazy Kyyz 18 days ago

    I have a solution to all of this! Buy all of your games digitally.

  • marijuana_memer420
    marijuana_memer420 19 days ago

    Count how many times he makes the same two arguments for 18 minutes

  • Streaky
    Streaky 20 days ago

    That's not a mech suit it's power armor

  • Daniel Keeton
    Daniel Keeton 22 days ago +1

    You can tell Scott recorded several videos in a row when pepto is in the background.

  • aMAX
    aMAX 22 days ago +2

    I'd like to see graphic designers' early box art designs. See what their vision was before the marketing execs got to it.

  • Demil
    Demil 22 days ago +1

    I realized that I have the European box art for BOTW...

  • Scary Hours
    Scary Hours 23 days ago +1

    Hollow Knight on ps4 has the best box art ever.

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 20 days ago

      Really? I prefer the box art for P5. There's also reversible cover art for the Spider-Man game, which does a much better job of being good box art than the actual art. Which isn't always indicative of the game's quality, but good box art does help give you a good first impression of said game. But for me, I'm just glad to get the games, regardless of what the box art looks like, though I do love and appreciate good box art. Like for Yakuza Kiwami, well, the special version, there's the 2 main characters, Nishiki, and Kiryu, along with Haruka in the middle, and when you slide the cover off, you see how Haruka fits with Kiryu walking with her, trying to protect her. Good box art says a lot about a game, and can speak volumes about the quality of a game sometimes. But, even the worst box art can say good things too. Don't forget that, dude.

  • Sonicice 24
    Sonicice 24 24 days ago +1

    Game covers are so cool whenm they are good, I like Sonic's covers.

  • Claudio Varone
    Claudio Varone 24 days ago +1

    There isn't art just in videogames covers.
    For example..

    0:39 - 0:45
    Jill's tight lovely loving ass is also art.

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 20 days ago +1

      Nice, dude. I agree. While I was listening to Scott during that scene, I was also looking at Jill's finely tuned ass. That, is indeed art, my friend. A shame it isn't real, my good man.

  • ReTurd Boiman
    ReTurd Boiman 25 days ago +1

    Bro I Love The Smash Box Art, Hell The Smash Bros Mural is in the other side of the box art!

  • Miles McKee
    Miles McKee 25 days ago +2

    can i have a dollar for every time he says "badda-bing"

  • Kent Mansley
    Kent Mansley 25 days ago

    Nakeyjakey much?

  • Adam
    Adam 25 days ago

    Say "box art" one more time.

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 2 days ago

      "Box Art" Box ARt boX ArT BoX ArT boX ArT BOX ART FUCKING BOX ART.

  • David Fatman
    David Fatman 26 days ago +1

    I just thought of a better box art for the game bioshock infinite you put booker and Elizabeth in a building in the sky and out side the window in between them far or in the distance you can see songbird.

  • FireFoxx 379
    FireFoxx 379 26 days ago +1

    18:10 I feel so called out.

  • RainbowRoadRider
    RainbowRoadRider 26 days ago +1

    Is 7:30 Super Sonic Racing

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    sub to idubzz lol 26 days ago +1

    Weebs assemble

  • Julian Alston
    Julian Alston 28 days ago +1

    The Majora's mask 3d box art is a JoJo reference

  • bloodifang
    bloodifang 28 days ago +1

    im convinced

  • Marshall
    Marshall 28 days ago +1

    Ha ha, you own Brink.

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 20 days ago

      Wow, I'm surprised people remember Brink. Thought It was quickly and quietly forgotten because it sucked and the character models looked hilariously bad, and nightmare inducing, straight out of a half-assed early ps1 game.

  • Dylan McNab
    Dylan McNab 29 days ago +2

    16:06 why would you replace this art, they even used the North American Formula

  • adelaiideAngel
    adelaiideAngel 29 days ago +1

    I wish you had shown the "Konami's Greatest Hits" version of the Dawn of Sorrow box art. Or talked about "Resident Evil: Revalaitons"

  • Manny 904
    Manny 904 29 days ago +1

    18:15 ok :(

  • Keelerkumster
    Keelerkumster 29 days ago +1

    If you want a clusterfuck of a box art you should look at monster hunter generations ultimate for switch. You get the armor of the flagship monsters and the big boi flagships valstrax but it’s in a jumbled mess and you usually don’t know what your looking at.

  • Kristin Bergh
    Kristin Bergh 29 days ago +1

    Are video games art? Well it's a major at Ringling which is where I got my illustration degree from and they're a _really_ respected art school in the graphic art industry. And video game design is one of their _majors._ That's enough for me, that's for damn sure.

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 20 days ago

      @Kristin Bergh No problem, sir/ma'am! Glad to help. I couldn't agree with you more. Games are complex art, like playing a movie. And, they're better at telling stories than some movies are, man, some games are even prequels or sequels to movies, or just better than the movies they're based on, or live in infamy, like E.T. on Atari, which was so bad, they literally buried unsold copies of it in a desert, which was an urban legend for years, until they were actually found in said desert. I'm glad I could say something helpful. I'm usually not that good at talking, I get shy around girls, and am generally bad at talking, but through playing games, I've learned a lot myself. The first game I've ever played was Super Mario 64, when I was 3. It was a present from my grandma, who died on Christmas of 2018. My dad was there when they pulled the plug. But, me and my mom live in Vegas, so we couldn't be there for him in person, but we did manage to pull him out of it, and help him. And, as long as I keep playing games, I won't forget that it was my grandma who helped me get into gaming in the first place. I've also read an article about how games have inspired people, helped out hospital patients, like people who've lost limbs, and help them in other ways. It was a really nice article, which was in a magazine called game informer. I don't have the issue it was in, but it was great to see how games could do so much for people. Now, my good sir/lady, those are just some of the ways games have inspired me to believe that they're art. And that they're the best kind of art, in my opinion.

    • Kristin Bergh
      Kristin Bergh 20 days ago +1

      @Shawn Fields Thanks, man, that was really kind of you.😊
      And exactly. Video games have become so advanced and immersive that they're basically _interactive_ movies. They require every bit of developmental art that animated movies take in concept art, storyboarding, character and environment designs, etc., with the added elements of UI and gameplay. Not only are video games art, they're really _complex_ art.

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 20 days ago +1

      I agree dude. When I first heard about whether or not games were art, I of course thought they were art, able to express things in a different, yet similar way to that of movies or songs. Also, good for you, hope you keep illustrating things and go on to be a top illustrator or whatever your dream is, dude.

  • WilliamRoblox01
    WilliamRoblox01 Month ago +1

    havent yall realized that in the video of controllers it says the art of boxing

  • Cleva G
    Cleva G Month ago +1

    Scott thats massive hypocrisy. When u were talking ab “best game covers of all time” you included the mario 3 cover which was just mario in a new costume on a white background. That’s legit the exact same as spiderman, but why is spiderman terrible??????

  • Michael Corley
    Michael Corley Month ago

    now I suddenly feel like my steam collection is worthless.

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  • Matoro Rocks
    Matoro Rocks Month ago +1

    As odd as it sounds, I feel like some of the Fallout boxart, while doing almost the exact same thing, were better than others. In 1, it emphasized a dystopian America, with the BOS, the most powerful human faction, a key focus. Fallout 2 showed how the world has since changed, basically, there's a new bigger, badder faction in town. New Vegas, the NCR, a growing faction from 1 and 2 has become the biggest force in the west(although it doesn't capture the game to the same extent as the others). 3, 4, and 76 just copied 1 and 2, without really doing anything(76 just being the armour on Fallout 1's boxart, from a side angle)

  • Wade
    Wade Month ago +1

    The original box art you showed for 'Breath of The Wild' on Wii U is the same image they use on the Nintendo Switch Zelda carrying cases..The brown leather ones more specifically.

  • Truegamer2000
    Truegamer2000 Month ago +2

    Scott The Woz: That’s not a Duck...
    Me: 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💀

  • sam
    sam Month ago +1

    Modern American movie posters suck too, it's all about marketing the celebrity, you have no idea what the movie is about, but hey look at this close up shot of this popular actor! It's a shame that much of American entertainment is watered down thanks to capitalist marketing.

  • ian!
    ian! Month ago +1

    i honest to god thought you were about to start insulting the sotn boxart by ayami kojima and i was about to unsub

  • Tala B
    Tala B Month ago +1

    Dammit scot my to-do list was milk and cereal killing. I’ll never get to check it off!

    • Shawn Fields
      Shawn Fields 20 days ago

      Sorry, dude/ma'am. That's just how convincing Scott is. Convincing enough to stop serial killers AND cereal killers. That's the magic of Scott. You're welcome, and sorry about your cereal. Maybe just eat the cereal without milk? I've been doing that for years, dude/lady. It's not bad. I mean, did you really enjoy cereal killing that much? Find something less stressful and maybe make a new to-do list? That could help.

    BILL REX Month ago +1

    Halo 2 box art is hot af

  • Oblivian
    Oblivian Month ago +1

    Few thinks make me more excited than seeing a popular TVclipr use Okami music