By Shaun Hatton - February 13th, 2010
Metanet’s amazing Valentine card (source).
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, meaning thousands of fighting couples around the world may be putting aside their petty arguments and trying to get along. The greeting card industry has deemed it so, and so it shall be. Shouldn’t we be more open with our feelings for our loved ones year-’round?
But there are perks to the non-holiday. For instance, the day after, you can buy a lot of chocolate and cinnamon hearts on the cheap! I’m down with that. Secondly, there’s that time-honoured tradition of sending Valentines to everyone in your life. From an early age we distribute awful pun-ridden cards to everyone in our classrooms, desperately wanting one back even from the people who steal our lunch money daily.
Still to this day, it puts a smile on my face to receive them, especially from those who take the time to hand make them. That said, I also enjoy the saccharine puns found in gaming-related Valentines created by the community. For instance, Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV and Mega Man 10 Valentines are sappy enough to evoke smiles despite the groans.
Toronto’s Metanet Software, on the other hand, went the more subtle and way less cheesy route with their pixel art Valentine (shown above), making it my favourite V-Day card design of the year.