Everyone's seen bad cover art. We're practically numb to examples of hideous crap plastered on the front of a crap book, or an album cover that assaults your eyes like the warmup act to the headliner waiting for your ears when you throw the thing on. There's no shortage of movie posters that tip us off to the quality of the film before it ever begins rolling. But there's one type of cover that has gone under the radar for far too long: video game covers.
There are unspeakable atrocities being committed on the front of video games spanning every era and just about every platform imaginable. Covers like ...
We start with a classic. In the mostly-underappreciated world of bad video game art, Tommy Lasorda Baseball for the Sega Genesis has a bit of a legacy as one of the most recognizably bad. It's easy to see why. Baseball already has a reputation for being less athletic of a game than most, but the second you slap this man on there as the face for your "sport," you might be in trouble.
This looks more like amateur tribute art to a beloved deceased customer at a local small-town Italian restaurant who was known to eat three chicken parm entrees as his standard lunch order. Which, to be fair, is probably something many professional baseball players of that era routinely chased with a beer just hours before taking the plate with a lit cigarette dangling from their mouths.