>> Saturday, May 8, 2010
Like Nintendo, the CD-i platform never experienced a lot with sharing demo versions of retail games to the public. However, in The Netherlands it was tried two times. The first playable demo disc was offered by the dutch retail CD store 'Free Record Store', one of the few places that sold CD-i in the Netherlands, along with 'Van Leest', 'Superclub', 'V&D' and 'Bijenkorf'. Anyway, it was called 'Gold Club Disc' because it was shared to members of the CD-i Gold Club. The Gold Club was set up by Philips to share a monthly catalogue of all CD-i discs and to let people know of any special sales and discounts, which were very scarce by the way! The disc was made by SPC Vision and holds demo versions of Dimo's Quest, The Apprentice and to my surprise even Accelerator! The disc was shared in 1994 if I believe and in my opinion it was the best gift they ever gave CD-i Gold Club members.
In 1995 the dutch and UK CD-i magazines shared a 3 level demo version of Micro Machines. I've never heard if sharing these king of demo discs actually increased software sales or the opposite (people might not buy the game because they already got the demo for free). This demo actually had some features that were not implemented int he final retail version, like the opportunity to quit the game!