When Hardcore Games Meet Hardcore/Punk Album CoversS

The other day, I thought to myself: "I've been working at Kotaku for nearly a year and not once have I brought up the band Black Flag and the game EarthBound in the same post." Then I thought to myself, "You know what I should do? Fire up Photoshop and make that a reality."

What follows are a few examples of what happens when you take the iconography from hardcore gaming and merge them with Hardcore and Punk album covers. Enjoy.

Above: What the Black Flag logo would have looked like if Shigesato Itoi had taken that job as frontman instead of Henry Rollins.

What Pac Man Does is Secret.

When Hardcore Games Meet Hardcore/Punk Album Covers

Good Phantoms (Don't Wear White)

When Hardcore Games Meet Hardcore/Punk Album Covers

Our own Luke Plunkett added this bit of Swedish Corvocore.

When Hardcore Games Meet Hardcore/Punk Album Covers

But wait, it's not over. Now it's time to open this pit up. Post your favorite Hardcore punk album covers through the lens of gaming in the comments. But don't feel too beholden to semantics of Hardcore. Remember: 'This is not a set of rules...'