VGBoxArt

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VGBoxArt
VGBoxartLogo.png
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VGBoxArt homepage as of February 2012.
Web address www.vgboxart.com
Slogan Box Design Showcase
Type of site
Artistic community
Registration Free
Owner Jeremiah Freyholtz
Created by Jeremiah Freyholtz
Launched 2004
Alexa rank
positive decrease 133,484 (January 2015)[1]
Current status Active

VGBoxArt (VGBA) is an online community for video game hobbyists to showcase and discuss their mock-up boxarts, which are organized by the respective gaming console. As of 2012, it has been extended to custom artwork of other nature such as posters, album covers, book covers and DVD/Blu-ray covers. As of June 2012, the website has over 49,000 members, with over 30,000 boxart submissions and 857,000 comments.[2]

Features[edit]

Boxart submissions[edit]

When a boxart design is submitted, it is added to the internal website database and dedicated a page where users view, favorite and/or comment the design.[3]

Author pages[edit]

Each user who registers is entitled an author page that exhibits the user's boxart submissions in chronological order, as well as achievements and statistics about the user.

Favorites[edit]

Circa 2008, if a user author favorited another designer, they would appear under the designer's page.

Since late 2011, If a user favorites another author's boxart submission, it is placed in the user's "Favorites" section of their Designer page.

Users also have the ability to follow authors, who are shown in the designer's page under the "Following Me" section of the respective designer's page.

Favorites also allow a designer to increase in level. The more favorites one receives on a design, the higher the level they achieve.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Boxarts, after gathering enough favorites, will be added to the "Hall of Fame".[4] Requirements for a box to get into the Hall of Fame has evolved since the initial creation of the system. Originally, thirteen favorites were necessary for a boxart to reach the Hall of Fame. It later increased to twenty. The Hall of Fame system now calculates both the number of favorites and the rank of each user who submitted a favorite for the boxart. After gathering around 55-60 favorites, a box will normally transcend beyond the Hall of Fame into the highly exclusive "MasterWorks" section.[5]

"Humor" Hall of Fame[edit]

Once called the "Satire Hall of Fame", the Humor Hall of Fame consists of boxes with satirical, funny or humorous themes. At its inception in June 2007 this feature was titled "Satire Hall of Fame", but in 2008 it changed to the "Humor Hall of Fame". This section of the site was removed in 2011 as part of a major site redesign.

Resources[edit]

In 2009, a "Resources" section was implemented to improve the main site. In this section, any author of a high ranking can submit a variety of boxart resources. Each resource submitted by an author will appear chronologically on his "Author Page" under his most recent boxarts.

Since 2011, Resources are posted only by designers who have reached a level of 10 or more. These resources then would be posted under the "Resources" section of the main site, and in chronological order under the designer's page.

Forums[edit]

The VGBoxArt forum is the site's most popular feature. The forum is built on vBulletin technology. Members can share boxart ideas or receive critiques of their boxarts before initial submission to the main site. Members can also host or take part in various unofficial competitions and chat about things unrelated to boxart, prominently gaming topics.

A user is also entitled to his/her own Control Panel, which allows the user to change his/her publicly viewed personal information and settings.

Outside use[edit]

Several outside websites and retailers, including toy store giant Toys "R" Us,[6] have used fan-made boxart from VGBoxArt to promote a game (it is unknown whether these were unintentional or not).

Mock boxarts have also been featured in many online video gaming articles such as Joystiq,[7] GamerBlips, Blogged and many others.

Bingegamer.com reported that Capcom was inspired by elements from a VGBA Resident Evil 5 fan boxart. It is still unsure whether this was intentional or purely coincidental.[8]

Controversies[edit]

Copyright and licensing issues[edit]

Jeremiah Freyholtz (also known as "Reed"), the administrator of VGBoxArt, was forced by Lego to remove any Lego related mock up box arts from the site, and if he failed to do so, a lawsuit would be filed against him. This was due to Lego's strict copyright ownership of its images. A rule has since been implied which prohibits the uploading of any Lego related boxarts, or they will face an instant deletion.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vgboxart.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  2. ^ "VGBA's Stats". Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  3. ^ "VGBA's Homepage". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  4. ^ "VGBoxart Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ "VGBoxart MasterWorks". Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  6. ^ "GoNintendo - "Toys R’ Us using fan-made Mario Kart Wii boxart to promote game"". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  7. ^ "joystiq - "Nintendo secures a dozen Pokémon trademarks"". Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  8. ^ "bingegamer - "Resident Evil 5 Box Art Looks Damn Familiar"". Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  9. ^ "LEGO demands that all LEGO boxarts be deleted". Retrieved 2009-03-23. 

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