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Remember When Video Games Came In Big Boxes?

I most certainly do as I'm collecting them. For sharing my games with other (retro) gaming heads, I decided to turn my collection of over 748 boxes* into shiny 3D

The tech behind the 3D boxes is simple: first up the game boxes sides are scanned. Then, those textures are attached to a 3D mesh based upon the boxes' actual dimensions. All boxes can be zoomed and rotated and some can even be looked at from top and bottom angles. Also, double click/tap a box with a gatefold cover to pop it up.

The site is a one-man show and done in my spare time. I do try to keep it as up-to-date as possible but sometimes, well, life happens and the time from picking up a new box until it's available in 3D with all bells and whistles does vary quite a bit. I'm trying to keep you all posted via the blog though.

Anyway, I better stop babbeling and let you jump right in. Use the search in the top right corner or start with one of the games listed below.

Enjoy,
Benjamin

* Well, lots of boxes and some not so boxy ones

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Latest additions to the Collection

Latest Blog posts

2023-11-29 Lithography Uploaded the rest of the lithographs from the French Omikron Collector's Edition. Enjoy
2023-11-28 Hello, Mr. Freeman Yay, Half-Life 2 arrived today and I'm more than happy.
2023-11-25 The day after... some stats There are no cookies nor tracking nor anything on bigboxcollection.com but I started counting views for each box & as of this very minute the boxes have been spun around 9,210 times. Whoa! Here, the nbrs for the top list (which of course does influence views but who cares)
2023-11-24 It lives! Ready.Steady.GO!The new Version of bigboxcollection.com went online \o/
2023-11-22 Latest Pickups: Trauma Another boxed indie game for my shelf: Trauma
2023-11-20 Latest Pickup: Quake II Ground Zero Local classifieds have been good to me these past weeks. Grabbed a pristine copy of Quake II: Ground Zero for a couple of bucks only.
2023-11-20 Finding gold Half-Life 2. Big box version. Gordon variant. Here in Vienna. Asking price 5. Yes, please ?
2023-11-14 Latest Pickups: Dan, Bart, Turtles and Robo kid Picked up a bunch of C64 games for cheap via eBay:Atomic Robo KidDan Dare IIIBart vs. Space MutantsTeenage Mutant Hero Turtles
2023-11-11 Lastest Pickup: Quake 4 Shiny #Quake box 😍
2023-11-08 Back in control New joystick 😎
2023-11-06 Latest Pickups: Grumpy Klingon and risky boad game BTW, two new games arrived last friday: ST:TNG - Klingon: Honor Guard Risk II
2023-10-30 Hype was real Gaming mag from yesteryear arrived:This issue of PC Games got me really exited back in October '96 and no, I'm not talking the LucasArts feature but the 16 page special about #Daggerfall. I was already hyped & this being in my pre-Internet days I couldn't get enough info bits.
2023-10-27 B.U.G. Bugs, bugs, bugs.
2023-10-24 Squared Reaver Just realized that my Soul Reaver box isn't a trapezoid but a regular one. Don't find it on mobygames, so, folks, what's up with that?Were the trapezoid ones only the first release and later ones not? Or is that a USA/Canada thing?
2023-10-17 All the Pixels Not sure if it's a great idea but owning a phone that shoots 50MP & has a 5x optical zoom would allow a panorama with gazillion megapixel to zoom in. Don't know if Microsoft's ICE could handle it 😂Updating me NerdWall™ panorama is long overdue anyway:

Statistics

There's 748 Games available in 3D on this site. Piling them all up would result in a stack 26.61m high and with a volume of 1.17m³. When adding up all sides there's 83.24m² of boxart, not counting the 55 gatefolds available to explore on this site. Further, there's a total of 694 photos showing the games' contents.

I'm not done yet getting all the data in regard of media included, but with 592 boxes indexed, there's a total of 1,156 media. Here's a breakdown

489 × CD-ROM
322 × Floppy (3.5")
195 × Floppy (5.25")
69 × Tape
52 × DVD
15 × Audio CD
6 × Cartridge
3 × Download
3 × Flash Drive
1 × Vinyl
1 × VHS

In regard of fidelity, 91 out of the 748 boxes have all six sides scanned. I'm working on adding more but this comes down to finding the time needed for scanning and editing. There's also 55 boxes with a gatefold cover that can be flipped open by double-clicking the box. Also, 38 boxes do have specific textures for their reflectiveness. It's a subtl effect but IMHO worth all the work, just look at Morrowind or Beneath a Steel Sky.

Taito Coin-Op Hits

(Compilation)

Developed by VariousUK box published in 1988 by Imagine Software Ltd.
Scroll for more details

About the Box

212 × 152 × 25 mm

Media

2 × Tape

Links

Get more details at
Mobygames or Wikipedia

What's in the box

Lithography

posted 2023-11-29 16:09:00

Uploaded the rest of the lithographs from the French Omikron Collector's Edition.

Enjoy

Hello, Mr. Freeman

posted 2023-11-28 19:47:00

Yay, Half-Life 2 arrived today and I'm more than happy.

The day after... some stats

posted 2023-11-25 18:23:00

There are no cookies nor tracking nor anything on bigboxcollection.com but I started counting views for each box & as of this very minute the boxes have been spun around 9,210 times. Whoa!

Here, the nbrs for the top list (which of course does influence views but who cares)

It lives!

posted 2023-11-24 07:38:00

Ready.
Steady.
GO!

The new Version of bigboxcollection.com went online \o/

Latest Pickups: Trauma

posted 2023-11-22 16:26:00

Another boxed indie game for my shelf: Trauma

Latest Pickup: Quake II Ground Zero

posted 2023-11-20 17:00:00

Local classifieds have been good to me these past weeks. Grabbed a pristine copy of Quake II: Ground Zero for a couple of bucks only.

Finding gold

posted 2023-11-20 14:37:00

Half-Life 2.
Big box version.
Gordon variant.
Here in Vienna.
Asking price 5.

Yes, please ?

Latest Pickups: Dan, Bart, Turtles and Robo kid

posted 2023-11-14 21:48:00

Picked up a bunch of C64 games for cheap via eBay:

  • Atomic Robo Kid
  • Dan Dare III
  • Bart vs. Space Mutants
  • Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Lastest Pickup: Quake 4

posted 2023-11-11 07:19:09

Shiny #Quake box 😍

Back in control

posted 2023-11-08 15:11:49

New joystick 😎

Latest Pickups: Grumpy Klingon and risky boad game

posted 2023-11-06 21:11:08

BTW, two new games arrived last friday:

  • ST:TNG - Klingon: Honor Guard
  • Risk II

Hype was real

posted 2023-10-30 19:53:56

Gaming mag from yesteryear arrived:

This issue of PC Games got me really exited back in October '96 and no, I'm not talking the LucasArts feature but the 16 page special about #Daggerfall. I was already hyped & this being in my pre-Internet days I couldn't get enough info bits.

B.U.G.

posted 2023-10-27 10:47:52

Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Squared Reaver

posted 2023-10-24 19:53:23

Just realized that my Soul Reaver box isn't a trapezoid but a regular one. Don't find it on mobygames, so, folks, what's up with that?

Were the trapezoid ones only the first release and later ones not? Or is that a USA/Canada thing?

All the Pixels

posted 2023-10-17 09:36:54

Not sure if it's a great idea but owning a phone that shoots 50MP & has a 5x optical zoom would allow a panorama with gazillion megapixel to zoom in. Don't know if Microsoft's ICE could handle it 😂

Updating me NerdWall™ panorama is long overdue anyway:

Getting better all the time

posted 2023-10-15 11:10:29

Getting closer reaching #1

Media icons

posted 2023-10-04 19:30:50

Progress...

Latest Pickups: Another Syndicate and another Skyrim

posted 2023-10-04 16:58:44

New old games for my shelf \o/

  • Another Skyrim. Steel book version. Not sure if that one was available right away or if it's more of a later re-release?
  • Syndicate, the green one that we've got here in Europe which is cooler then the US one & then again isn't. Love both 😍

Data & icons

posted 2023-10-01 18:06:15

Oh, adding all this additional data for the games on my shelf will be 'fun', but it's gonna be worth it.

Reading material

posted 2023-09-28 17:06:02

Neat! The latest issue of Retro Gamer has a making-of article for the C64 classic Katakis 😍

Hi, Benjamin here

I'm a nerd living in Vienna, Austria and host of this site. You can get in touch with me via wimmer.benjamin@gmail.com and over at Twitter @3DBigBoxGames.

It all started back in 1988 on the humble C64 before moving on to DOS/Win with GameBoy, SNES, and N64 on the side, so to speak. I'm not only a gameer but also a collector, although I didn't set out to be one; I just kept all the games that I've bought over the years. Well, until 2005ish at least. That's when big box games got replaced with first smaller boxes and then later DVD cases until Steam and gog.com came around and we all went digital on PC.

However, back in 2012, I stumbled upon a new release for Commodore 64 called C64anabalt, and guess what?

It's a physical release! In a box! A (very) small one, but a box!

With finding C64anabalt, my love for boxed games was reigneted, and I began to track down all the games I had only owned as budget release, as well as all the classics that I had always wanted to play but never had the chance to. Classifieds and eBay offered almost everything for a few bucks, and soon enough, I had more games than I could keep track of.

To share my growing collection online with other retro gamers, I started taking photos of my games. Although it worked, managing multiple photo albums and a private spreadsheet with all the data became quite cumbersome and far from ideal. I realized that combining both elements was the way to go — building upon my spreadsheet and creating a website that would showcase a virtual copy of my NerdWall™.

In 2016, I launched BigBoxCollection.com. Here, I host 3D models textured with high-resolution scans of my boxes, allowing visitors to click through and explore. The site has changed over the years staring with a more dark and gritty look before restarting with a clean one in 200x. In 2023, I thought I'd add a dark theme but instead of just tweaking the CSS files, I've reimplemented the whole site, reworked mouse & touch controls and added features that I've always wanted to have but never found the time for like panning the 3D boxes as well as visualizing gatefolds.

Sry, no such game found :-(
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