06.24.11

Box art or art boxed? GA Tech professor's $500 bespoke "game poems"

GA Tech professor Ian Bogost produced a series of “game poems” called A Slow Year as a set of 1K games for the Atari.  But now he’s create a super luxe boxed version of the games for sale for $500 a piece.

This strategy for boxed games is an interesting tack. Obviously, A Slow Year is not worth that much (you can get it for $20), but creating a luxury product with thoughtful design and packaging imbues the experience with new life.  It’s a good model — look at Radiohead’s recent packaging efforts.

The future of games at retail may be a question mark (as all physical forms of media are), but bespoke projects like this one will always have value.