>> Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Aside from advertisements on paper and on television games are promoted by various kinds of material. I never found a lot of promotional material of CD-i and its games, but the ones we have are pretty nice to show here. Starting with the source of our logo, this is a small collection of items related to CD-i and used to promote either CD-i, Philips Media or one of its games. Like with all other kinds of consoles, these displays are pretty rare and I would highly appreciate more pictures if you have any kind of related material.
Last year I stumbled across this huge board with the Philips CD-i logo on it, right in Greece in an original Philips Shop. I didn't expect anything to see here and they didn't even sell CD-i anymore, but the guy thought this was pretty enough to keep. The board has a TL lighting source at the top which lightens the whole boards, except for the black. In this way, you get a neat effect lightening up the logo only.
Burn:Cycle remains one of the very few exclusive Philips publishing projects they are very proud of, along with The Apprentice of course. If only we had more games like this.... Displayed is a Dog Tag packed with the PC CD-ROM version, not a hint of CD-i mores the pity! I don't know why they didn't include this with the CD-i version, but, if I remember correctly, the CD-ROM version was published in a later stadium. Perhaps they thought of new ways to promote this game to the PC audience.
"Instead of the traditional box, we thought outside it for this groundbreaking movie-game introduction," says Howard Lim, president of HOW Studios. "The three-point format dazzled buyers, and we got the product on their shelves."
These are two original pins collected by CD-i member Erronous. Very nice pieces, I've never seen them before!
Here's something special. Straight from the offices of Philips Media of America, this is an original Philips Media T-shirt. Used for promotional activities in the US, I hope I will ever see one for sale. Before, they were actually offering them via an alumni website (hence the top banner). The accompanying lines were as following: "One of the last Philips Media t-shirts made! White with blue and red lettering detailing the now-defunct website! Never worn! This is a collector's item, a must-have for the seriously nostalgic. Only $2.50 plus s/h ($5.00). Comes in XL only."
Another exclusive and very nice T-shirt is this one with the logo of the unreleased game "Down in the Dumps" printed on it. Unfortunately, the display is not very clear, so you just have to take my words on it! The game eventually was cancelled on CD-i and Interactive Dreams will show you the preview details in the following weeks! Promoted as following: "This never-worn shirt commemorates the ill-fated, never-released "Down in the Dumps" title. The shirt is light grey with purple lettering on breast. Characters are featured on the back (see reverse). $2.50 plus s/h ($5.00). XL only."
Last but not least, this is another (bad quality!) picture of original Philips Media post-its. "Another first from Philips" you can still read on the bottom, and the CD-i logo is printed in the middle. Nice! "RARE! Round post-it type sticky notes with the Philips Media of America logo and Compact Disc Interactive trademark. There are only a few notes left in the pad. Act fast before we use them up jotting down pizza toppings! $1.00 plus s/h ($1.00)."
Ofcourse these items are not for sale anymore!