Another year, another countdown, another birthday. And I’m boxing it all up, tying a nice little bow around it, and turning the ripe old age of 32 with a celebration of 32 BRILLIANT examples of FANTASTIC video game box art. Join me, won’t you?
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! (1993) – As a kid there was almost nothing I loved more than Ren & Stimpy. Something about the crass cartoon style and the even more crass subject matter just spoke to me in a way that few other things did. Cartoonist John K isn’t just one of the most profound artists at least of my generation, he in some ways kick-started an drawing and animation style that definitely became pervasive throughout the 90’s, but in many ways was the forebear to much of the ‘adult’ cartoons being made today. So influential was he that a few years ago he was a guest artist over at Stussy. But for a large portion of my life, I’d eat up anything featuring the cat and dog duo. Which is why Veediots! being such a thoroughly disappointing game hit so hard, because not only is the game itself based on some of the best episodes of the first series, but the cover art itself is Ren & Stimpy at their fourth-wall-breaking best.
Miss previous entries in the countdown?
Space Ace (1983) – Transylvania (1984) – Impossible Mission (1985) – Defender of the Crown (1986) – Faery Tale Adventure (1987) – F/A – 18 Interceptor (1988) – Blood Money (1989) – King of the Zoo (1990) – Lemmings (1991) – Pinball Fantasies (1992)