The Forgotten Art Of The Video Game Title Screen

Back before games had cinematic intros, and many of the biggest titles were still in arcades, the video game title screen was often one of the most important "lures" for a customer.

Featuring big artwork and even bigger titles, it had to capture everything the game stood for. Everything it was about. Everything it was trying to sell to you, the consumer.

These days, of course, they're less important. They're usually just the things you end up on if you leave a controller idle, or are an obstacle you have to mash a button to get past in order to actually start playing.

Yet the art remains. And Please Press Start is doing a great job of cataloguing its more recent entrants, with an ever-growing archive of screens asking you, usually very politely, to please "Press Start".

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    I duno why but I loved the SNES Demon's Crest Title screen.

    The sillouette of the demon and the sound of the fire just makes me feel like playing.

    Speaking of which, demon's crest soundtrack is awesome!

    No Borderlands? C'mon thats the best start screen ever!

    I'm so over title screens and menus. When I start a game I want it to load my save game straight away, I hate wasting time selecting everything. Especially the Lego games, holy crap. Scroll down to load game-> select load game-> select game to load-> Are you sure?-> ok-> acknowledge prompt telling you to not turn off during save-> time for game. FFS I JUST WANT TO PLAY THE GAME NOT THE MENU.

      FFXIII on the X360 has a "Press any button to continue" screen, then one telling you you are about to choose a save location, then another forcing you to choose a save location, and finally the usual video intro before you can actually get to the title screen.

        Reminds me of Assasin's Creed. It takes about a minute and 14 or so mouse clicks to exit the game.

    i love the wrath of the lich king and cataclysm title screens. its a nice little bonus to log on and hear deathwing roar now and again

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