does anyone actually care about those video game artbooks?

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#1 Edited by destinhpark (4737 posts) -

Sorry, I know this is game related but it can be a broader topic as well. In all these video game "collector's editions" they include these 30-50 page artbooks with concept art of what the characters look like in the game.. they're kind of a joke to be honest. but what does everyone think about these things? do you collect them?

#2 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

I think they're nice as preorder bonuses, but I would never buy a limited edition with that simply included.

I only have two limited editions..

1) Demon's soul it came with a strategy guide, CD, and artbook for only $10 more - so I was like WTH.

2) Catherine, came with some boxers, CD, artbook, pillow case, and came with a $20 gift card - so I was like WTH.

I wouldn't pay $80 for those COD limited editions, or their silly $149 editions.

#3 Edited by GoogleAndroid (148 posts) -

Yeah, they're pointless. Most special editions of games are.

#4 Edited by michael_1234576 (8620 posts) -

depends on the game really

#5 Posted by thegerg (15047 posts) -

yes

#6 Posted by Blueresident87 (5339 posts) -

Limited Editions of games are pretty silly, but those books can be quite good. Especially for the well crafted universes.

#7 Posted by MrGeezer (56226 posts) -

Sorry, I know this is game related but it can be a broader topic as well. In all these video game "collector's editions" they include these 30-50 page artbooks with concept art of what the characters look like in the game.. they're kind of a joke to be honest. but what does everyone think about these things? do you collect them?

I actually think they're cool. I like looking at concept art.

That said, I'd never actually buy something like that. But if someone were to give me such a book for free, I wouldn't complain.

#8 Posted by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

Depends on the game. Especially if I like the art.

#9 Edited by GTR12 (9366 posts) -

Only have 2 limited or collector's edition of games,

GT5 (Came with APEX, a huge tuning guide and in-game cars), only $10 more than original, great price for game and huge book.

Beyond: Two Souls (same price as normal edition so its a no brainer) 30min extra gameplay, soundtrack, bunch of avatars and themes, artwork and the least expected thing, and awesome case, its a steel-book case with what looks to be airbrushed artwork on the case. You just have to see it in person.

#10 Edited by lensflare15 (6178 posts) -

I do at times. I would more if I had dived deeper into collecting video game related items, which I might do sometime in the future.

#11 Posted by ferrari2001 (16875 posts) -

They are interesting especially to someone who likes either art or video game design. They aren't good for a whole lot, but they still are very interesting.

#12 Posted by Dequan1233 (107 posts) -

The video game art books are for people who care about how the art style of the game was created before it was put into the game. I believe that they do this to show the extra art they created that wasn't put into the game. Its a great collectors item to have, and would be a treasure to keep to your heart, because it was created by someone who really loved doing what they do.

#13 Posted by CyberLips (1823 posts) -
#14 Edited by Aljosa23 (24845 posts) -

Depends on the game, the price, and what comes in the collector's editions.

Though I do own actual video game art books, specifically the Dark Souls Design Works and the Hyrule Historia. I recommend both.

#15 Posted by sukraj (22597 posts) -

I dont collect them.