If you are a collector of either Sega Saturn or Sega CD games and live in North America, you know the frustration of the large, proprietary cases that break quite frequently and are hard to replace.
You could just put your games in regular CD cases and tuck away the manuals, but half the fun of collecting games is looking at all the pretty artwork. So what is a classic Sega collector to do?
CheapAssGamer has been doing some game cover projects to give game collectors some alternative options. The latest adapts the artwork from original Saturn cases to the format used for slimline DVD cases.
This technique maintains the long format of the US Saturn cases while keeping replacement case costs down and saving space on your shelf. It is also a great choice for those that have games without cases or a large collection of burned Saturn games for your modded Saturn.
You will notice that in the example picture that the Japanese artwork is used for the cases. This brings up a couple more advantages of this project. First of all, in many cases, the Japanese cover art is much better than the American counterpart. Secondly, for semi-perfectionists like myself, it is also nice to have consistent cases sizes for both my domestic US releases and my cherished Japanese imports (which used standard CD cases).
If you want to get involved here’s what Mookyjooky from CheapAssGamer writes…
“Here’s the gameplan, I will give all team members a copy of the template, locations to load the finished work, and a collection of high rez scans that I have. I’ll scan the US covers, the Jap covers, if I have Euro covers, I’ll scan those too. I’ll also scan any artwork from artbooks I find, and scan out of magazines. All you have to do is take those images and follow the template and make it pretty. You can make multiple versions as well if you like with all the scans.
My goal for now, is one a week. The average cover should take you about 30-45 mins to make at most. They’ll all be matching, and they’ll all look nice.”
While the selection of games covers is a bit limited at this time and it may require a decent color printer (and expensive ink) for optimal results, this is still a great project to get excited about.