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Arcade Classics Game Page Updated

Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:49 am
by Devin
The Arcade Classics game page on The Black Moon Project has been updated with an improved preview image of the European CD Covers and also the full scan available for download.

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:03 pm
by Devin
Full CD Cover scans for the European release is now avilable along with some Game Facts and also information ripped from the disc itself.

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:11 pm
by Devin
I suspected this wouldn't be a conversion directly from Namco itself and it turns out that an in-house division of Philips Media called "CD-i Conversions" handled the CD-i version of Arcade Classics. Very much doubt that CD-i Conversions was ever a proper studio, it appears to me that they were more likely a collection of talented coders from Philips Media who lead this conversion project. The information has been added to the Game Page.

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:27 pm
by Bas
where does this info come from, it's great!

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:32 pm
by Devin
This is all from the disc, the main credits are attributed to names i'm familiar with who worked at Philips Media. During the last roll the screen reads "CD-i Conversions 1996 Philips Media" so it's an educated guess i'm making here as I realy doubt Namco took a developmental role.

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:40 pm
by Bas
With you following strictly the information on the release, have you had a good look on the back side? It sais: Distributed by Philips Media, Published by Namco Ltd.

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:12 am
by Devin
I'm reading between the lines to an extent as I don't believe this was published by Namco. It seems to me that Philips did all the work on these games and simply bought the license from Namco. Educated guess, i'd say the publishing agreement was part of the license deal so it appears that it was an absolute Namco Product.

It's really quite difficult with these CD-i releases!! Have you noticed how many games cross genres, i've created a more descriptive system for use now where sometimes two or more genres are mixed in a single game :roll:

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:35 pm
by Devin
Now included some promotional footage from a 1996 Dutch Sampler Disc.

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:24 pm
by Bas
Several cd-i software list show the following cover for Arcade Classics:


where does this pic originate from, and is it a true cd-i cover?

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:35 pm
by tgn_rogue
Hmm to me that lookds like a cover for a PC arcade disc. Not to sure though.

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:56 pm
by Bas
like this? i doubt that!

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 10:32 pm
by Devin
Interesting story on this one actually!!

I was going to hold off on it until this version was in my hands for some decent scans but what the hell, may as well tell you now. The artist that worked upon various CD-i games including Pac-Panic, Atlantis - The Last Resort and Arcade Classics was one Johnny Wood. Now Johnny originally did this cover for Arcade Classics and it was given limited circulation until NAMCO voiced concern over the "sexy" and "suggestive" posture of Ms Pacman. Now NAMCO are very protective of any IP so Philips Media quickly reissued the game with the now common cover as displayed on the Black Moon Arcade Classics Game Page.

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 10:58 pm
by Bas
now that's great! How was this circulated, are there versions around with this cover, or was it sent out for preview or something?

are you gonna receive an early version of Arcade Classics?

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:25 pm
by Devin
It was actually released, so maybe one day i'll be able to pickup a copy from ebay!! Due to the fact it was used as a preview GIF on PMPRO Before I knew this information I presumed it was simply the American version of the boxart. The true reason was more complex interestingly enough :D

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:48 am
by tgn_rogue
No wait it was a custom cover job based on this image I saw lol, just asked the person I knew who had it lol. They saw this pic on the net and decided to make their own cover based on it. Thats why I said it looked similar to a PC one id seen before.