This collection of old game logos delights the primal lizard parts of my dumb brain

As the world and I grow older, I’m increasingly desperate for scraps of anything to remind me of more hopeful times – let game+logo (opens in new tab)a Twitter account that manages to tickle my brain by tweeting jpegs of logos from former developers, publishers and games.

Account is selected by independent developer Dan Clarke (opens in new tab), and features logos from all eras and game genres, from 1990s graphics card manufacturers to modern JRPG developers. Maybe there’s something to be asked about a life lived in the belly of consumerism, seeing the logo of a product I liked 15 years ago and booing at my screen in glee but I just don’t care at this point – seeing it pop up in my feed of Twitter is just cool. Here’s a small sampling of some of my Game+Logo favorites in less than a month online.

source systems

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Gone but never forgotten, flayed alive by Electronic Arts and its good name stapled to EA’s proprietary storefront, now quite quaint and antiquated, source systems (opens in new tab) gave us the likes of Ultima, System Shock and Wing Commander and paved the way for subsequent immersive CRPGs, JRPGs and sims. Origin’s sky-blue logo with a compass punching through the company name text gives off good vibes with a hint of melancholy for what we’ve lost.

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The winding road of tech history is paved with failed media formats, and Sony strange little plastic coated discs (opens in new tab) for the PSP have long been joined by Betamax and HD DVD. Still, seeing the logo, I can’t help but remember the promise of Spider-Man 2 at UMD – the best movie ever made, and I could watch it while waiting for a plate of fajitas with my parents at Chili’s.

3dfx

The lack of graphics cards certainly made me yearn for a simpler time in PC building. It’s always hard to believe it 3dfx (opens in new tab) and their legendary Voodoo cards had such a short run due to their huge impact on PC gaming. Now only good memories sustain us.

the year of louis

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2013, the year of louis (opens in new tab)such a good year they did it two (opens in new tab). Our only mistake was letting it finish. In these last days, at least there are projects like Game+Logo keeping the “Year of Luigi” spirit alive.

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