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Please Press Start: Pause to Admire Videogame Start Screens

by Lambert Varias

Designing the start screen for a video game must be quite a task: it has to be enticing and attractive, like the game’s box art if you will, and it should also convey the spirit or theme of the game, like a well-made trailer. But at the same time you also have to place non-artful items on there, like the menu, company logos or even the varied takes on that iconic line: “Press Start”. All those considerations for a screen that many gamers won’t take the time to appreciate. So I was quite intrigued when I read about Please Press Start, a site dedicated to the start screen.

start screen from please press start

What I like best about Please Press Start is its minimal design. It really gives way to the screenshots that it pays tribute to. Again, I think the website is a great idea – it lets us appreciate the start screens regardless of the actual quality of the game, although I know how hard it can be to separate one’s experience with the game while looking at the screens. Still, my favorite screenshot from the website is the start screen of Wet, even though I’ve never played a single second of it.

Speaking of selections, the site sorely needs more submissions, because almost all of the games featured are from current generation games. Actually, I think the site needs more than just more submissions, and I think some of you know what I’m getting at. I think the site should use videos instead of screenshots, because the latter don’t really do start screens justice. I’m pretty sure these screens all look better in motion, plus we get to appreciate the music as well, which I think is an important aspect. Check out Please Press Start and honor your favorite start screens by submitting to the site, or better yet, start your own YouTube channel of start screens.

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