Simple, elegant, and effective, like the console itself, this was a no-nonsense opener that announced itself and quickly scarpered, enabling players to just get on with it.


The all-time greatest? Maybe. That opening synth, that otherworldly backing track on the transition to the stark PlayStation logo. The fact that it pretty much gave you the audio/visual cues you needed to run import games. The best.

PlayStation 2

PS2's startup screen took everything great about the original and pushed it to the very limit of twattery (which, naturally, would reach its nadir with the PS3). Yes, it was a bit pretentious, a bit weird, and, when your disc drive invariably failed, utterly infuriating. But seeing it for the first time was an experience, even if that experience was 'what is going on?'

Xbox 360

The subject of many dashboard (and startup screen) revisions, the 360 had some memorable openers. Whether it was the giant X crashing into a sphere, carving itself into it, or the vaguely Dreamcast-style revision seen above, Microsoft certainly learnt its lesson from the utterly abject boot screen of the original Xbox (see below).


Deliberately cutesy, yes, but this intro states the purpose of the console – or, its platform holder, really – well: it wants you to have fun. The cube rolling around to form the G is a nice touch, but this intro really came into its own when you were playing something like the Resident Evil remake: the joviality of that opening only heightened the horror that came next.

Game Boy

As in the above video, the first time many of us saw this logo it was immediately followed by Super Mario Land. Quick and to the point, that ding sound was the equivalent of a digital wink, letting you know everything was going to be fine. Unless you were playing Mortal Kombat 4, of course.

Amiga 500

In here for both pure nostalgia value and for its iconic imagery, the Amiga boot screen was a thing of beauty.

Special bonus mention: Saturn

Alright, this was a blunder on our part. Heady with nostalgia, we forgot about this one, which is excellent. Sorry. We failed. Like the Saturn.

Dishonourable mention: Xbox

Words can't do justice to the colossal magnitudes of awful witnessed here. If you were to ask people what they thought alternate future Space-Chernobyl looked like at the moment of meltdown, it might look something like this.

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Oh yeah the amiga 500 one, insert disc and wait half an hour for your game to load...maybe.

What SEGAAAA though with sonic running across the screen?
Posted 19:37 on 26 July 2014
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VGSteve@ Syme

It's when everyone pitches in, or when we don't want Bratterz taking credit for something he's done well.
Posted 11:44 on 25 July 2014
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VGSteve@ Neon-Soldier32

We killed game journalism when we left the door open with the air conditioner on.
Posted 11:42 on 25 July 2014
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The PS1 and PS2 startups to me were pretty iconic. The Gamecube startup was also quite cool as well.
Posted 02:46 on 25 July 2014


or best character selection screens.

But that article would just be 500 words of why the one in Diddy Kong Racing is *****ing majestic
Posted 01:01 on 25 July 2014


Next week best game over screens!
Posted 00:59 on 25 July 2014


When an article is attributed to "videogamer staff" does it mean you all pitched in or that you don't want to take credit for it?
Posted 00:35 on 25 July 2014


I'm not sure if this is satire, the summer drought in full effect or the death of game journalism.
Posted 22:19 on 24 July 2014
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Is it weird that the instant I saw the word 'nadir' I knew we were dealing with a Burns article? Bratters does not strike me as a nadir kinda guy.
Posted 20:13 on 24 July 2014
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VGSteve@ trbickmore

It's hideous. Imagine the pitch. 'So, uh, it's a powerful machine, yeah? Well what if, we, uh, EXPLOSION?' *Runs*
Posted 17:01 on 24 July 2014
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VGSteve@ Bloodstorm

You, sir, have gone quite simply insane.
Posted 17:00 on 24 July 2014


Wow... I forgot about that awful Xbox startup.
Posted 16:46 on 24 July 2014
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Posted 16:23 on 24 July 2014

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Posted 16:11 on 24 July 2014
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Xbox opening > Gamecube

Just saying.
Posted 15:54 on 24 July 2014
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