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Box Back images that are a different size from Box Front


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Hi guys,

Looking to open up a discussion to talk about primarily 8-bit cassette boxes that are a different size from their box front equivalents and how we treat them.

In a lot of cases, the back cover would be a combination of a short blurb about the game, a bar-code or publisher information and the rest of the box back would be covered by an opaque hard plastic cover.

Technically, when uploading to the games database we should only be uploading the cover scan and not taking into account the space that would've been used by the hard plastic.  However, when it comes to the 3D modelling, this means that the Box Back image becomes highly stretched and is, frankly, terrible.

This leaves us with a dilemma: do we upload the original box backs as is and live with it; or should we be uploading images that have some 'empty space' so as to avoid the stretching issue.  If we do opt for the empty space should this be purely black (to emulate the majority of cassette boxes) or should it be a colour that best matches the image we're uploading?  Or should these scaled versions be considered as Fanart?  It's a minefield...

I recently uploaded one as Fanart Box-Back as a 'compromise' here https://gamesdb.launchbox-app.com/games/images/98379 which might give better context to what I mean.  Before I press on an upload any more, it would be good to get a feel for the general consensus as the best way forward. 

Thoughts are very much welcome.

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