Hope everyone's enjoying their Headstart nightmares. For anybody who's gotten past it however, here's something new to keep you up at night. Not sure what happened to Cammy's legs...
Are you kidding? Headstart is way more unsettling than either of those. It induces the kind of discomfort only found in certain underground comics otherwise. Going along with that analogy, Freestyle Metal X would be the equivalent of Mad Magazine: goofy, but still mass-market compatible. And SSF II Turbo's cover would be the "just get it done until next week" movie-to-comic book adaptation of a blockbuster. Contrary to that, the devs of the DOS version actually did care: It's a really good port.
Personally, I'm more upset about Blanka's and Chun Li's legs: They can't shoot stuff from their feet in the game, I call false advertisement!
Interestingly a second, slightly less terrible variant exists (luckily the kept the explosions):
Don't get me wrong, both are excellent additions! And frankly, I tend to be more fascinated by art gone horribly wrong that still shows hints of actual talent and commitment.
The Street Fighter cover is one of those cases. Clearly someone had enough skill to airbrush photorealistic muscle-reflections, but just wasn't experienced enough with every aspect of human anatomy. Though, due to it looking very inconsistent overall (those 'splosions, man!), I'm not even sure whether Akuma's upper body is or isn't an actual photograph with his clothes and faces added manually. And yes, his hair looks very, uhm, fleshy.
You may be onto somthing here, Woody Alien . This poster could very well have been the primary source of inspiration. Though, in that case, the Freestyle Metal X artist apparently decided to only put in half the effort.
edit: As far as I'm concerned, the Bulworth poster is actually pretty good.
Last Edit: Mar 8, 2021 20:46:22 GMT -5 by windfisch
Now we've reached levels of messed up I never intended.
I mean, there is some truth to this depiction, as the US empire does have a habit of installing the most militant and authoritarian rulers in the wake of destroying a country in the first place (only to destroy it over and over again later). And if there was more self-awareness at display here, it could almost pass as satire. But implying that these two figures, disgusting as each may be, were equals in terms of power and threat to the rest of the world, is just naive propaganda.
Last Edit: Mar 9, 2021 11:38:58 GMT -5 by windfisch
This one I think is pretty interesting. Gunbird was localised in western regions under the title Mobile Light Force, and had box art that looks very much like stock art. Generally it has little resemblance to anything in the game except for the fact that the cover 'hero's' are wielding fireable weapons. On the left of course is the original Gunbird cover and the Mobile Light Force on the right.
But what makes it weirder is that there is that there is a Mobile Light Force 2, but it has nothing to do with Gunbird. Mobile Light Force 2 actually is a localisation of Shikigami no Shiro despite the fact that the games have nothing to do with one another. Not content to stick a lazy title onto an unrelated 'sequel' however the publisher XS also used the exact same cover art in North America and some regions of Europe. There was another, still unrelated, cover in other regions which is to the right.
Last Edit: Mar 11, 2021 2:34:10 GMT -5 by excelsior