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The Madness of Mission 6: Making up Histories for Pixels

This image is from a threadless t-shirt, retconning a story onto Pac-Man. I love it. It reminds me of the amazing covers for 8-bit games that bore almost no relation to the actual game1, but were just there to set the mood and provide the tiniest bit of context for the gameplay.

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The Atari 2600 game Adventure is the perfect example of this. The cover is beautifully illustrated, charming and evocative. It's like an illustration you'd find in a weird old German edition of The Hobbit. In the actual game, you play a fucking square. ↩