(Spun off of Site Attributes.)

Ideas for the 404 image? Should it be funny (in context) like the StackOverflow ones are? Should it be dead serious?

Please include image links, if possible.

One image per answer, please, so the highest-voted bubbles to the top for official review.

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I just wanted to say the 404 image the site is currently using (presumably designed by Jin) is pretty awesome:

Quick, which way to the fairy fountain??


Am I the only one that likes it exactly how it is in the beta?

404 - may your page is another castle

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    I +1ed. But the discussion was supposed to get a spin-off ... (And I'd rather see it in color, though Nintendo might have a hissy fit.)
    – John Rudy
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:58
  • Yes I'm aware.. just seeing if anyone noticed the awesome beta 404 page @Dr.
    – Earlz
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 23:33
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    I hadn't until you posted this. :)
    – John Rudy
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 0:00
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    +1 for a full color, screenshot-ish version.
    – delete me
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 13:41
  • The new image is pretty cool (in keeping with the "sketch" theme of the beta sites), but totally off for a gaming-specific site ... Yes, the prior one was rock-hard awesome and I hope can be recovered.
    – John Rudy
    Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 20:34
  • It was still in my cache - I hope I'm not getting into trouble for reposting it...
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jul 13, 2010 at 11:33
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    @JonB: I've posted a full-color, screenshot-ish version too
    – Kip
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 3:15

It's a quick job, but...

Base image, if some different text arrangement is preferred (or even just the original).

  • Epic; I love it.
    – Kevin Yap
    Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 2:36

I love this concept:


Obviously it would be cleaned up on the real site.


Well this is a less sketch-like take on the image we already have:

Fun fact: The actual copy is "Our princess is in another castle", but most of us remember it as "Your princess is in another castle."

  • It really isn't "Your princess..."? Damn my memory!
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 10:33
  • But you should finish the castle with Mushroom- or Flower-Mario :p
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 10:33

the cake is a lie

source: http://hurtlingthruspace.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/the-cnc-music-factory-is-still-alive/

  • Love it! ` ` ` `
    – juan
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 19:59
  • Would be awesome, but are you sure that's not copyrighted by someone?
    – Oak
    Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 17:18
  • @Oak there's plenty of similar ascii arts, e.g. this and that, so it should be possible to find one that isn't copyrighted
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 18:15

Page Not Found

We're sorry, we couldn't find the page you requested. However, we did find the release date for Half Life Two, Episode Three:

Six to eight weeks.


Battlezone, anyone?

Game Over


I like ZorboTHut's idea at meta.gamedev:

I'm going to guess we might not have the bandwidth for a little Flash or HTML5 game.

But we really should have a little Flash or HTML5 game. How awesome would that be?


The obvious, but it may be too small:

All your bases are belong to us

Also, probably played out. Really played out?

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    I was thinking about that, but perhaps "All your pages are belong to us" :P
    – bangoker
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 5:39
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    "Really played out?" that would be my opinion...
    – Kip
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 15:42

The 404 page shouldn't have 404 anywhere on it. It should be helpful to people that can't find something they are looking for.

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    Have a look at Stack Overflow. That's what we're trying to do here. Have something helpful on the left, funny on the right.
    – user56
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 20:47
  • Also, IMO every 404 page should say "404." In an ideal world, no user would see HTTP codes, but due to how the web developed, most people instantly understand what 404 means, and that association should be used when designing 404 pages.
    – Wikwocket
    Commented Oct 8, 2010 at 22:44

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