Where Do These 48 Video Game Fonts Come From?

Typography plays an incredibly important role in establishing video game brands, to the point where a single letter torn from a title can evoke an entire franchise. Paul Brown, creator of the free Font Quiz app (available on iOS and Windows 8) assembled 48 of gaming's finest in font form, suggesting such an arrangement be an excellent use of our spiffy image annotation system. What a clever man.

Label away, my friends.


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    Loads of classics in there. I think there are only about 3 on this page that I don't know.

    Hmmmm
    A2 is God of War
    A5 is Rage
    A9 is Unreal
    B7 is Doom
    B8 is Half Life 2
    C2 is Left 4 Dead
    C10 is Portal 2
    D7 is Gears of War

    They're the obvious ones for me

    A3 is Gran Turismo
    B1 is Earthworm Jim
    B3 is Yoshi Island
    C5 is Diablo
    C9 is Pokemon
    D2 is Halo
    D12 is Donkey Kong

    A1 minecraft
    A2 god of war
    A3 gran turismo
    A4 viva pinata
    A5 rage
    A6 warioware
    A7 castlevania
    A8 starfox??
    A9 super mario
    A10 final fantasy
    A11 la noire?

    Know them all except about 7 of them.

    A8 no idea
    B6 no idea
    B11 no idea
    C6 and C7 no idea
    D3 and D8 no idea

    Last edited 14/05/13 9:28 am

      Agreed with most of those, though D3 is Lemmings...

      A8 is Starfox
      C7 maybe Little Big Planet
      D3 is Lemmings

      A8 is StarFox, B11 is Ghost Trick, C6 is Angry Birds, C7 might be Cogs, B6 looks familiar but I can't place it and D8 I have no idea.

      a8 starfox
      b6 far cry
      c6 angry birds
      d3 lemmings

      A8 Star Fox
      D3 Lemmings

    A1: Minecraft
    A2: God of War
    A3: Gran Turismo
    A6: Warioware
    A8: Starfox
    A9: Unreal
    A10: Mario
    A12: L.A Noire
    B1: Earthworm Jim
    B3: Yoshi
    B4: Tetris
    b7: Doom
    B8: Half Life
    B9: Fallout
    b10: Mass Effect
    C2: Left 4 Dead
    C3: Pikmin
    C4: GTA
    C5: Diablo
    C9: Pokemon
    C11: Rayman Origins
    C12: Mortal Kombat
    D1: Pac-man
    D2: Halo
    D4: Legend of Zelda
    D7: Gears of War
    D10: Monkey Island

    and thats all i have off the top of my head

    C4 is GTA, A1 is Minecraft(?), C9 is Pokemon, D2 is Halo, A2 is God of War, B7 is Doom(?), D4 is Zelda(?) That's all I can get.

    Here's the complete list. Thanks for your help!

    Minecraft
    God of War
    Gran Turismo
    Viva Pinata
    Rage
    Warioware
    Castlevania
    Star Fix
    Unreal
    Super Mario World
    Final Fantasy
    L.A. Niore
    Earthworm Jim
    Guitar Hero
    Yoshi's Island
    Tetris
    Street Fighter 2
    Farcry 3
    Doom
    Half Life
    Fallout
    Mass Effect
    Ghost Trick
    Rockband
    Sonic
    Left 4 Dead
    Pikmin
    Grand Theft Auto
    Diablo
    Angry Birds
    Little Big Planet
    Crysis
    Pokemon
    Portal
    Rayman
    Mortal Kombat
    Pac-man
    Halo
    Lemmings
    Legend of Zelda
    Metal Gear
    Outrun
    Gears of War
    Mega-Man
    Contra
    Monkey Island
    Fable
    Donkey Kong
    Prince of Persia
    Smash Brothers
    Uncharted
    Space Invaders
    Plants vs Zombies
    Quake
    Kirby
    Starcraft
    Resident Evil
    Professor Layton
    Sims
    Deus Ex

    Last edited 14/05/13 9:56 am

      Gran Turismo, Super Mario World, *Tetris, Street Fighter 2, far Cry 3, Ghost Trick, Angry Birds, *Portal, Street Fighter 4, Deus Ex are some you are missing

        Cheers. How did I miss Super Mario World!?

        Can't believe I missed Street Fighter 2 as well. Most of the ones you mentioned became extremely obvious once you mentioned them, I was kicking myself.

      Note that * means confirmed on my part

      Minecraft*
      God of War*
      Gran Turismo
      Viva Pinata*
      Rage*
      Castlevania*
      Star Fox*
      Unreal*
      Super Mario Bros
      Final Fantasy*
      L.A. Noire*
      Earthworm Jim*
      Guitar Hero*
      Yoshi's Island*
      F-Zero *
      Street Fighter II/III
      ?
      Doom*
      Half Life*
      Fallout*
      Mass Effect*
      Grim Fandangio?
      Rockband*
      Super Mario 64
      Left 4 Dead*
      Pikmin*
      Grand Theft Auto*
      Diablo*
      Angry Birds
      ?
      Crysis*
      Pokémon*
      Portal *
      Rayman Adventures*
      Mortal Kombat*
      Pac-man*
      Halo*
      Lemmings*
      Legend of Zelda*
      Metal Gear Solid*
      Ridge Racer *
      Gears of War*
      ?
      Contra*
      ?
      Fable*
      Donkey Kong*
      Prince of Persia*
      Smash Brothers*
      ?
      ?
      ?
      Quake*
      Kirby*
      Starcraft II
      Resident Evil 4
      ?
      Sims*
      Deus Ex: Human Revolution

      Still haven't figured out the rest though....

      Minecraft
      God of War
      Gran Turismo
      Viva Pinata
      Rage
      Castlevania
      Star Fix
      Unreal
      Super Mario World
      Final Fantasy
      L.A. Niore
      Earthworm Jim
      Guitar Hero
      Yoshi's Island
      F-Zero *
      Tetris
      Street Fighter 2
      Farcry 3
      Doom
      Half Life
      Fallout
      Mass Effect
      Ghost Trick
      Rockband
      = sonic
      Left 4 Dead
      Pikmin
      Grand Theft Auto
      Diablo
      Angry Birds
      ?
      Crysis
      Pokemon
      Portal
      = rayman
      Mortal Kombat
      Pac-man
      Halo
      Lemmings
      Legend of Zelda
      = metal gear
      Ridge Racer *
      Gears of War
      ?
      Contra
      ?
      Fable
      Donkey Kong
      Prince of Persia
      Smash Brothers
      ?
      ?
      = plants vs zombies
      Quake
      Kirby
      = starcraft
      = resident evil 4
      = professor layton
      Sims
      = deus ex

      Last edited 14/05/13 10:44 am

        Cheers, added. The one right after Smash Bros is REALLY bugging me. I KNOW it but I can't place it.

          and it's not ridge racer, it's out run.

            Ahhhh, outrun, I didn't feel right about that.

            And then there were three.

              how's your brain, mine's cramping. not gonna be a very productive work day today.

              that one after gears of war is killing me.

                Little Big Planet!!!!
                !!

                !!!

                  nah, i thought that too but LBP has a capital BIG.

                http://whatscoolforkids.com/images/lbplogo.png

                  ah, the old logo. did that even make it to retail anywhere?

                  megaman after gears of war

                I googled megaman but I don't see that G in any of the logos

                  http://games.kitguru.net/pc-gaming/kskoog/want-to-smell-like-mega-man-here%E2%80%99s-your-chance-i%E2%80%99m-not-kidding-either/

                  http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Mega_Man_(Game_Gear)

                  i reckon the one after uncharted is space invaders.

                And that's the end of that chapter ...

                I had a feeling that last one, the A was from an arcade game or an Atari game.

                Well played. We got em all.

      Sonic Is before L4D

    A1 – Minecraft
    B1 – God of War
    C1 – “A Racing Game”
    D1 – Viva Pinata
    E1 – That Epic Megagames one that was a Borderlands clone
    F1 –
    G1 –
    H1 - Star Fox
    I1 – Unreal Tournament
    J1 –
    K1 –
    L1 –

    A2 – Earthworm Jim
    B2 – Guitar Hero
    C2 – Some Yoshi Game
    D2 –
    E2 –
    F2 –
    G2 – Doom
    H2 - Half Life
    I2 – Fallout?
    J2 – Mass Effect
    K2 –
    L2 – Rock Band

    A3 –
    B3 – Left 4 Dead
    C3 – Pikmin
    D3 – Grand Theft Auto
    E3 –
    F3 –
    G2 –
    H3 -
    I3 – Pokemon
    J3 – Portal
    K3 –
    L3 – Mortal Kombat

    A4 - Pacman
    B4 – Halo
    C4 –
    D4 – Legend of Zelda
    E4 –
    F4 – Outrun
    G4 – Gears of War
    H -
    I4 – Contra
    J4 –
    K4 –
    L4 – Donkey Kong

      May I applaud you sir for using proper row and file notation. Maybe I'm ignorant but I've never seen rows being denoted the letter while files the number like was done in earlier posts. While easy enough to adjust for, confused the hell out of me initially.

    I'm really sad at how few people got b11, Ghost Trick. That game was awesome, and more people should play it!

    The ones I know off the top of my head...

    Rock Band (end of 2nd row), Mass Effect (two to the left of that), Half Life (two to the left of that), Doom 2 (to the left of Half Life), a recent Final Fantasy (2nd from the end of the 1st row), Super Mario World (next to that), God of War (2nd in the 1st row), Grand Theft Auto (4th in the 3rd row), Pokemon (9th in the 3rd row), Secret of Monkey Island (3rd from the end of row 4).

    Another bunch that look familiar and I might get in a second.

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