New Standard For PC Game Boxes!

Sat Jan 19, 2002 11:30 am

For those of you who don't buy computer games, this may not mean much to you. But for those of us who do--this is great news! I just heard that the Interactive Developers Software Association (IDSA) has swayed the PC game industry to standardise the box size of their games. No more finding room for all those empty boxes, and mismatched cases! Basically it's similar in size to a couple stacked DVD cases: 5 1/4" wide, 7 1/2" tall, and an inch deep. Unfortunatly, this will only be in effect in the U.S. to start with. No word yet as to when other countries might pick up on this.

Just thought you might want to know. I know I have been waiting for this for a long time now.
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RE: New Standard For PC Game Boxes!

Sat Jan 19, 2002 11:35 am

No! This just gives them another excuse to be skimpy on manuals.  Sad

RE: New Standard For PC Game Boxes!

Sat Jan 19, 2002 12:24 pm

Your right, of course. I thought the same thing. Espeacially flight sims and such. I really hope this doesn't happen. It has the potential to turn a good thing into a bad thing.  Sad
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RE: New Standard For PC Game Boxes!

Sat Jan 19, 2002 12:34 pm

Here are some pics of one of the first games to come out with the new boxes.

Really too bad... I would of hoped they could go to DVD boxes like in europe...


RE: New Standard For PC Game Boxes!

Sat Jan 19, 2002 3:09 pm

Smaller boxes, and smaller games. I don't really care about the box, I throw em' away. It's the size of the game that makes me cringe. Ever notice the length of games has been shortened considerably over the last couple of years? I think a fifty dollar game should last a little longer than 10 hours. On a side note, not all publishers have agreed to the smaller boxes. So most will be reluctant to comply. I know I wouldn't want to sell my game in a small box, if a big one was right beside it. Shelf space is usually bought and paid for by the publishers, so I can see good reason why they want their boxes big. It catches more eyes that way.

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