>> Sunday, June 10, 2007
When philips launched the CD-i format, it was launched in a totally different package than the last CD-audio jewelcases we know. Why? the first batch of CD-i software was released only in the USA and it was like in the picture on the top left: A plastic case with a sticker. I tried to gather pictures of all titles which have had a case like this, and it seems all titles until 1992 got it. Like with Tetris, published by Philips in 1992, got three different releases. First a dark grey plastic case was issued, followed by the typical CD-i jewelcases we got in Europe too, those which were opened on the side while the CD-i logo was still on top, you can see a picture of Tetris CD-i "Second edition" below, after you click "read more"... Last, because Tetris was a best selling CD-i title, Philips once again re-issued the disc in the last CD-i format package: the normal CD-audio jewelcase.
I've never seen the grey CD-i boxes, the so-called "First generation" of CD-i software. As far as I know, this was only issued in the USA. However, I read a story in the newspaper from 1993 stating that stores and warehouses didn't want to buy different shelves just for CD-i, because it was not selling well. So Philips either had to change the package format in a standard jewelcase or CD-i would be left out of shelve space already in 1993. Apparently that's the reason why the "third generation" of CD-i software was issued in a normal jewelcase, the ones we know from regular CD-audio.