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"You asked a question, and I answered it. I even quoted it and everything."
You quoted it. Doesn't mean you answered it.
"Regional changes where they changed a part of a game's cover art, only one specific part, modified simply because it wouldn't be interesting enough to the people in the territory."
Regional changes made by different region-specific marketing teams. Do you not understand that you're arguing literally nothing?
"That companies make silly and pointless changes to boxart all the time for all sorts of reasons without it automatically being the result of a PC conspiracy, lol."
No need to imagine a "PC conspiracy" you dimwit. Are you implying no company has ever changed anything about their products due to online outrage?
"Oh no, Activision took the astronaut from the WIP cover and put him in tact gear in the final boxart. Clearly, this must be because of all the letters they must have gotten about spaceman culture being offensively appropriated."
They completely redesigned the cover. Unlike the Super Mario Odyssey cover. You're just proving my point, really. Thanks!
"So your working hypothesis is that companies will make complete redesigns to in-progress boxart just because, but a slight tweak can only ever be attributed to fan outcry on Tumbler or w/ever?"
My "working hypothesis" (I too have read books!) is that different regions have different marketing teams with different preferences of cover art, and that when a same marketing team decides to modify a boxart they had already designed it's usually, like 99% of the time, a complete redesign. I had never seen two cover arts of a game for the *same region* (please read this part multiple times as you don't seem to grasp the concept) with only a fraction of it different. And it oh-so-happens to follow a couple of idiots online complaining about the specific character depiction shown in the bit of boxart that was changed.