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Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing

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Remember video game shops? High street stores that used to sell physical video games before the internet changed the rules?

Part of their jaded charm lay in reselling pre-owned titles, presenting gamers with a real-life quest to search through battered boxes for £3.50 bargain. 

Groups like GameStop would (and still do, if you can find them) allow trade-in of games that lacked a box, resulting in some bored-out-of-their-minds shop attendants to employing their own artistry to come up with a new cover.

FullRedneck has trawled the depths of Reddit and gaming forums to compile some of the greatest efforts gamers have ever stumbled upon.

We'd pay £5 for the artwork alone.

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing

    Metal Gear Solid 4

    "Ah crap... I forgot the N in snake. No one will notice..."

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 1

    Call of Duty: World at War

    Literal title is literal. 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 2

    Pokémon: Alpha Saphire

    It was going so well until they needed to squeeze in the (3DS).

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 3

    Super Smash Bros

    Gains extra marks for "For da WiiU", before they're immediately taken away for the inclusion of that Kirby. 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 4

    Brothers in Arms

    The final act of a green colouring pen, by the look of things.

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 5

    Mario & Luigi

    Slow day? 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 6

    Pokémon titles

    Incredible. Your talents are wasted.

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 7

    Dragon Quest

    "I LOVE COLOURING!"

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 8

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Top punning.

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 9

    Monopoly

    You shall not pass go?

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 10

    The Biggest Loser

    How was this even a game?

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 11

    Elder Scrolls IV

    It sells itself. 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 12

    Minecraft

    Why does it look like something really sinister is in that little guy's box?

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 13

    Elder Scrolls

    Nailed it.

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 14

    Elder Scrolls Skyrim

    That's supposed to be a dragon. 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 15

    Gran Turismo 5

    "Meh, it'll do."

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 16

    Far Cry 3

    Strong eyebrow game.

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 17

    Grand Theft Auto Vice City

    Sponge Bob?

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 18

    Agricultural Simulator 2011

    We can only assume they hated the real cover so much they cut it up to make their own. 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 19

    Halo 3

    "This is going to be great! I'm going to spend all day on th... ooh look, something shiny."

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 20

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Apparently they couldn't do noses. 

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 21

    Mass Effect 3

    Sorry?

  • Hand drawn video game covers are so much better than the real thing 22

    What?

    We really don't know what's going on here...

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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