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Video Game Box Art Done Right

Video Game Box Art Done Right (photo)

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Video game box art generally has the creative chutzpah of a milk carton. Bloated, blunt and banal, it seeks to attract the broadest audience. Genre games in particular rely on marketing crutches. Games with guns portray a stoic, bald, HGH injected hero plunging through the rubble of a fallen metropolis or the viscera of a gored mutant, while adaptations of comic books parade the brand’s most recognizable superheros. Where’s the Criterion Collection of video games?

The problem isn’t local to the art. The title regularly takes a third of a box’s real estate. A flattering quote from an effusive blogger, the ESRB rating block and developer and publisher logos might take another third. So even if the artist dares to be creative, his or her work will likely be buried below 4 or 5 different, bold-faced fonts.

There are always the Limited Editions with plastic boxes that are often encased in a prettier cardboard slip and cost an extra 5 to 10 bucks. If you have the change, it’s an option.

However, in the past few years, fans have stopped waiting on the publishers to buck the trend and placed the onus upon themselves to design creative, subtle box art. Their works takes inspiration from the Criterion Collection, naturally, but also grind house posters and Penguin covers.

recently highlighted artist Lechaftois Boris, who has posted a number of sleek book cover/box art designs for classic and popular games. Prints are available for purchase should you want to reupholster your game library.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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