It’s been a little while since we discussed arcade art on the blog, not because they have stopped doing sideart for games (all new games do have it still, along with marquees, some are pretty cool but its often overlooked) but I suppose there is nothing that stops us in our tracks to just discuss the art.
With thousands of games spanning the 4 decades that video arcades have been a part of the landscape, there is plenty to look over when it comes to marquee, bezel, side and control panel artwork. The material could probably fill a few books but for the moment one is in development that will look at games through the 90s that is called Artcade – The Book of Classic Game Art. The project is being done by Tim Nicholls of London, UK and he is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter to get the book published. The goal is £10,000 and at the time of this writing, a little over £2000 of that has been covered by backers. With 21 days left, there is still plenty of time for the goal to be met. The top backing goal gets the backer a sponsor deal in the book and 10 copies to give to friends or others. Among the risks, it looks like the author has done a lot of the needed work already : “Having already acquired the images and prepared most of them for printing, agreed pricing with printers (and with backup printers, just in case!) and garnered the support of the license holders where appropriate, this project is looking like quite a low risk venture right now 🙂“