OK, there’s a few issues here.
BLUE GAME BOXES (I call them blue, but they’re not really blue).
Here’s a picture of one of those from my Twitter account. There was a second version with a mostly black cover too, but I don’t have a picture of that one handy.
These blue game boxes with multiple game screenshots on them were something we shipped EVERYTHING ORDERED FROM US in. They’re not traditional retail game boxes.
You can’t tie the blue game boxes to any specific title, as we shipped everything in them. Even non game stuff like mousepads. Saying the “Blue game box is for Duke Nukem 3D” (or Raptor, or Xenophage, or anything else) is incorrect.
- RETAIL GAME BOXES VIA DIRECT MAIL ORDER
We rarely shipped retail game boxes from direct mail order sales. We did that with the original Max Payne, but before that, everything else we sold direct we put either the floppy discs or CD’s (and a manual if it had it) inside those blue boxes.
For example, when we shipped Duke Nukem 3D via direct sales, we had a CD jewel case with the game manual in there. We put the CD inside the larger game box with all the screenshots on it, put that in a cardboard box and shipped it. If you bought it at a store, you got a game box. You did NOT get that if you ordered it direct from us. Shadow Warrior was similar, except by then we weren’t using the blue boxes; SW shipped in USPS Priority Mail envelopes.
Here’s a pic of us packing orders for Duke Nukem 3D. You can see the stack of CD’s on the table, the white cardboard boxes that would go around the “blue” boxes which there’s some also on the table.
- APOGEE CATALOGS
The game catalogs have no connection to anything, either. When we had them, we would send one with ANYTHING that you ordered from us. If you ordered just a mouse pad, you got a catalog. They didn’t come with any specific title. They came with anything.
The bottom line is the “Blue Game Boxes” are their own item. They are not tied to ANY specific game.