Mike Matei / January 6th, 2014
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January 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm
January 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm
You were LUCKY i wasnt logged in…
January 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm
“Mapplethorpe decided to show his latest series that he explored shortly before his death. Titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, the show included photographs from his X Portfolio, which featured images of urophagia, BDSM and a self-portrait with a bullwhip inserted in his anus.”
January 7, 2014 at 5:24 am
OMG… Fucking awesome! Lmao. Do this as a James and Mike Play!!!!! Mike can see some real limp dicks, maybe!
January 10, 2014 at 11:09 am
Must be an unlockable.
January 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm
i began typing ‘mapplethorpe bullwhip anus’ but stopped at bullwhip thinking ‘there’s just some things i don’t need to see.
June 16, 2014 at 2:26 am
He also died in 1989 at 43, probably why they made this.
January 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm
LOL at the end.
January 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm
How is this a Game exactly?
February 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm
There’s a copy of this on ebay!!!! FINALLY!! Who’s the lucky person that’ll end up with this pile of shit…… http://www.ebay.com/itm/201030177275ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
July 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm
No one gives a shit.
January 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm
January 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm
I mean, the “game”. I wonder if James is the only one to own a CDI?? Who else would buy this piece of shit?
January 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm
when i was a kid i went to my grandpa and he had a cdi he dint had this bad games
LOL I remember you showing this briefly in your CDI video great little throwback god knows what they were thinking making this into a game for a console few people owned as it was you’d think they’d want even more to try to get the interest of the general public buy i guess not
Yeah why does this exist? Apparently Mr. Mapplethorpe had some nudity art scandle or something? Why do you have this game?!?! too funny
Wow, this game blows my mind..hmmm
January 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm
I’m surprised you guys aren’t familiar with Robert Mapplethorpe. He’s(was?) famous in the gay photography scene
I had a photography class once – Robert Mapplethorpe had controversy for photos he took of the New York BDSM scene years ago! CDI shoulda made a game out of that….
January 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Still better than Sonic ’06.
Can you please stop posting such in depth spoilers? I was looking forward to playing The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe for quite some time and cannot help but feel like the entire experience has been ruined for me. Whatever you do, please do not spoil National Park Tours for CD-i for I have decided to play that instead of this.
January 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm
That “Beaker” flower reminded me of a Zelda bomb flower.
January 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm
“Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, the show included photographs from his X Portfolio, which featured images of urophagia, BDSM and a self-portrait with a bullwhip inserted in his anus”
January 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm
That wouldve made for a better game…..
January 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm
Sorry but you guys sound kinda dumb saying “who the hell is Robert Maplethorpe”. He is an amazing photographer and pretty much anyone who takes even an intro to photography class would have heard of him. I realize the average person might not know him but, jeeze, you both went to film school, I can’t imagine you didnt run across his name at some point! Its like saying “who the hell is Ingmar Bergman”…yeah most people wouldn’t know but people that went to some kind of art or film school should have! Yeah this game is stupid but don’t take it out on Mapplethorpe, he’s actually an awesome artist
January 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm
Well, how do you know they didn’t run across his name at film school? Them not knowing the name may as well be an indicator of them forgetting his name, but not the person, you know? Also, they never, ever took anything out on Mappelthorpe… They are, or at least Mike is, questioning why the heck it would be on CD-i, of all places.
January 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm
January 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Only homos and perverts look up to Mapplethorpe with such esteem. Which one are you?
January 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm
Shut up asshole. He was famous for a short time but died in 1989 when James and Mike were like 8 years old. His relevance faded long before they entered film school. And why would they even talk about a photographer like Mapplethorpe in film school in the early 00’s anyway? Mapplethorpe and his followers seem incredibly pretentious, which is probably how this game got made int he first place. Some idiot like you probably said
“Robert Mapplethorpe is a well-known and awesome artist, gamers will love if we release a slide-show of all his photos!”
CDI exec: “There’s a problem with that. We can’t put all his risqué, sexually explicit photos in a video game”
“Oh fuck, at least we can use his flower pictures, right?”
CDI exec: “I suppose, but who the fuck would ever want to play that?”
“WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU SAY? EVERYONE LOVES ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE! HE IS AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER AND PRETTY MUCH ANYONE WHO TAKES EVEN AN INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS WOULD HAVE HEARD OF HIM!!!!!”
CDI exec: “Ok, we’ll release it… please stop yelling at me….”
January 8, 2014 at 2:04 am
“incredibly pretentious” = people who are smarter than you, which isn’t saying much
January 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm
You’re right Mike Roberts, I am being close-minded. After reviewing Mapplethorpe’s work i’ve grown a new appreciation for his style. I’ll tell you what, why don’t you and I collaborate on a homage to him? I’ll take a big shit on your face and photograph it in black and white, just like our hero would have. It will be a fitting honor to his legacy.
January 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm
Nostalgiavhs, your last comment had me in stitches, as they say. Bravo.
January 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm
I’m with you on that…
January 16, 2014 at 12:16 am
I’m with you, Zach Harris, it’s very odd James didn’t recognize the name. Every mass comm kid will at least hear his work mentioned briefly since he is one of the super stars of photography, not to mention the obscenity case.
I know I learned about him, and I went to school for radio/television production, and I never took a photography class, just general visual media classes and then stuff for television production.
This was a huge missed opportunity! I would have loved to hear the guys discuss his other work lol
January 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm
I agree with you James, I wold wanna watch the flowers and stuff on here too! 😀 I like the BTS about the photographer (Mappelthorpe) and the images themselves, as well as the music. But as a “game” onCD-i, it kind of sucks ass…
Mapplethorpe* Sorry about the few typos 🙂
January 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm
If photos of flowers are your one undying passion in life, no one’s judging you. But I think we can all agree that the CDI is not the way to experience art of ANY form.
January 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm
This appeared in “Lester the Unlikely” episode right?
January 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Please so Gyromite on James & Mike
January 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm
Oh no … I thought your tortured yourself enough with Sonic 06, and now that game again ?! You are really some hardcore-gamers to take on a “sleeping pill” like that thing. I love how Mikes Face just says everything about that “exciting” game 🙂
January 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm
At first I thought, oh what a shame only a 4 minute video … now I`m kinda grateful that it was that short 😉
January 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Lol, I remember this in your CD-I review. No idea what they were smoking when they thought it would be a good idea to release this. Btw, didn’t Robert Mapplethorpe do nude photography as well? They didn’t mention that in the Curator section, lmao.
January 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Two explanations for why this might have been made.
-The makers of CD-I wanted to have a diverse set of experiences available for trade shows and advertising in an attempt to gain more business partners. This showed that it’s not just a games machine but can be used for general entertainment. The intent might be to get developers on board who aren’t working in ‘games’ per se’, but experimenting in other forms of interactive storytelling. I have a feeling TFoRM was a cheap and easy production used to entice people with projects that are more like interactive movies (like Dragon’s Lair (Arcade)) to sign up and release for CDI. It’s more of a showcase of CDI’s functionality for developers to look at than a product they expected to sell very well.
Either that or it was shovelware that was packaged with the system itself in a way that hid the actual content: Such as “Comes with 3 Interactive Experiences!” (no mention that they suck or were developed with grandma in mind).
January 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm
Even if you are a flower & video game fan.. What the fuck was wrong with the guys who actually designed or did this ‘game” ..Robert Mapplethorpe sure must have had a good Management i guess, well he is at least favorite to avgn Fans by now.. Good Job James and fuck that game!
January 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm
How can this even be called a game? At least Taboo had “gameplay”.
January 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm
I would never buy that game. How much does that game cost? I bet its not even worth 1 cent.
January 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm
January 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Seemed like kind of a waste of a Monday guys.
January 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm
How is Robert Mapplethorpe?
January 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm
I wanna know how maney of these game actually sold? 1? the one your holding? FUCK!!!!!!!!!!
January 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm
When you said “what purpose would you ever make a game like this for” kinda made me think… just imagine: there’s no internet, no dvds or any modern stuff. It’s still lame but the idea of a virtual exhibition, particularly at that time made sense. People buy expensive photography books nowadays too. I don’t have much taste in paintings/photography so I can’t even judge or rate this as what it’s trying to be. To us they just seem like worthless pics on a worthless disc. but its also depending on the perspective.
January 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm
Oh my LORD, that ending. That was the best part of the video IMO.
Watching this vid makes me so glad that I never got a CD-I. If someone had given me this as a Christmas gift, and they had given me this game along with it, I would have taken this game and smashed into pieces, Nerd style, and dumped the console into a trash can.
January 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm
Thank you 😀
I was hoping for that video to happen ever since!
January 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm
What the fuckin hell. Hope never do a another video on that game again.
January 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm
I wonder how much this game cost. I mean really, I can go to a flower shop and look at them for free!!
January 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm
Oh god I did not see this one coming, great job guys!
January 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm
James & Mike are taking the wrong approach by comparing this to a game. How many PC or console discs have been released with atlases or tax programs? James has already reviewed the Bible on Game Boy, obviously not a game. It is more of a reference material similar to stuff schools would purchase on LaserDisc or DVD back in the day. Why CD-I chose to release a disc on Mapplethorpe is a fair question but obviously it just exists for photography fans.
January 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Y’know, most of the time I don’t get what’s so funny about awkward situations, like when in sitcoms there’s these two guys and they take away the music, or maybe in an elevator with its characteristic music… I usually don’t find those hilarious at all.
But if there’s one I remember getting it and laughing was that nerd episode where he read the “cast” in the NES Castlevania and now there’s also this, you’re a genius man thanks! Now I know what’s all about
January 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm
An Interactive Artistic Gallery!
A Curator A Scythe Flowers Crazed Old Women
Evil Curators Dracula’s Eyes Limp Dicks
Muppet Babies Robert Mapplethorpe
January 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Robert Mapplethorpe is a well known photographer. I’m surprised James hasn’t hear of him.
January 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm
That was awesome… BUT… one way it should have been improved… when you were doing the curator scene and Mike was getting more and more bored as you cut from ‘game’ to you guys, back to ‘game’ etc. you should have at some point switched Mike with a skeleton in his shirt (a bit like Marv getting electrocuted in Home Alone 2) as you cut back to the two of you. 😀
January 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm
Robert Mapplethrope was an artist and photographer known for his controversial gay art but also for his beautiful somewhat exotic photographs of flowers. He was also well known in the 70’s in the NY scene and his relationship with Punk Rock original Patti Smith. Just Kids is an excellent book on their relationship, sadly Mapplethrope died of aids in the 80’s.
January 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Oh here I thought I was going to see a photo gallery of giant penises. A simple Google image search will shock you to your core! Mapplethorpe was famous for two things, erotic photos with often homosexual themes often including penises and flowers. LOL. So when you guys see the flowers as phallic, you weren’t the only ones.
January 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm
I thought this would never become an episode of James & Mike Mondays because there is nothing at all to say about this game. The first time I saw it in the Lester the Unlikely episode, I was like “Ok, it’s just a slideshow on flowers and that’s it. Lame.” This video in my opinion may be pointless but it’s funny. The humor really saved the video. Thanks guys!
Love you guys.
We had a CD-I back in the day. It had all sorts of encyclopedic types of discs you could use. We had exactly three things. Encyclopedia Britanica, the movie Star Trek II wrath of Kahn, and the game Burn Cycle.
Holy shit the nerd NEEDS to do a video about Burn Cvcle!!
January 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm
January 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm
For a moment, I though you would try the credit button, but it would has been mean.
January 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm
Wow Mike you look like you’re really excited to play this game lmao
January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm
BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!
January 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm
The narrator on that sounds like Garfield on The Garfield Show.
January 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm
For some reason, I just about pissed myself when you said, “But not just any flowers…the Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe.”
January 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm
Well, you guys were wrong about the comments, but I’ll bite.
Appearance-wise, a sickle looks like a quesiton mark with its curved blade a is used with one hand. A scythe looks more like a “7” and is used with two hands. They both srve the same purpose of cutting stuff down, typically grains.
January 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm
Mapplethrope was pretty hip. He used to hang out with Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, and the likes. His photography is well renowned. Why someone thought that would make a good addition to the CD-i library, I’ll never understand.
January 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm
Why was this made? As an educational “game” it’s not very educational and it’s not interesting in the slightest. I looked up Robert Mapplethorpe on wikipedia and he photographed thing that are far more interesting than flowers and given the controversy over an exhibit he had I’m suprised this was even made.
January 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm
January 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm
I don’t mean to hate on James & Mikes videos, but frankly, this one sucks. I REALLY hate to say this, but you two have completely wasted a “James & Mike Monday”. Waiting from the 2nd to now the 6th, i was anxious for a new video. But all I got was disappointment. I get that the joke is that the “game” is just looking at flowers, but we as an audience don’t need a full video explaining it. James has shown it before in a nerd review, where he’s struggling at some game, and he says ” I’d rather play the flowers of Robert Maplethorp.” Then he shows that the joke is that it’s just flowers, and nothing else. So why waste a video on a joke that NOBODY wants to hear, or see.
January 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm
Jesus fucking Christ, speak for yourself. Nearly every other comment seem favorable towards the video.
January 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Mike, your facial expressions, especially when you said “okay”, are great. I laughed my ass off. Great example of “less is more”.
January 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm
January 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm
this was 4 minutes of ASS! =)
January 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm
flowers can be an interesting subject, if done right. “Adaptation” (from the director of Being John Malkovich) is a great movie that uses them to pivot the main storyline. Anyway, the pictures look terrible, the CDI format did the guy no favors in exposing his job.
January 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm
Ah, the days before the internet, when producing something like this seemed like a good idea.
January 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm
I think this needs Inspector Gadget to help navigate the menu screen
January 7, 2014 at 12:22 am
This episode makes me think mike is the real life avgn.
January 7, 2014 at 12:47 am
I think James punk’d Mike with this ‘game’, lol.
January 7, 2014 at 1:02 am
I’m not sure why people are surprised by this. I think they are forgetting when the cd-I was released and what it’s original purpose was. It was released in 91… back then a PC was super expensive, relatively speaking, and didn’t offer anywhere near the interactivity level the cd-I did. The device was NOT meant to primarily be a games console. It was a set-top box… thus the CD Interactive name. That being said nearly everything released on the cdi, including the games sucked because the tech to run cd-based media in a timely manner just wasn’t there yet. Everything lagged and it was just awful.
But remember the cdi was less a SNES and more a pioneer laserdisc player. It was developed by Phillips afterall.
January 7, 2014 at 1:04 am
Robert Maplethorpe is a fawking bawss!!!!!!!!!!!
January 7, 2014 at 2:17 am
OMG, how much did that retail for back in the day??!?
January 7, 2014 at 2:57 am
you could have picked any classic fun game, but chose this……….. 🙁
January 7, 2014 at 3:09 am
“His most controversial work is that of the underground BDSM scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s of New York. The homoeroticism of this work fuelled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artworks.”
January 7, 2014 at 8:45 am
Average number of google searches per day of “Robert Mapplethorpe” just spiked a bit
January 7, 2014 at 10:08 am
I believe Mike is right about them considering the CDi like a DVD player. I mean I don’t know, but judging from your videos it seems so. I mean in the CDi episode the Nerd says “nobody I’ve ever met owned a Cdi” and I believe that’s actually James talking. Well, maybe that’s the point about all those games, they’re not targeted toward “gamers”. They tried something new. Like all those bible games, who would ever buy them right? Well, they’d be perfect for catechism. I’d see catechists buying that, like four or five people would get CDi console and some games to teach Christianity to the kids. Then I know the games and console are badly done anyway, and this maybe a bad concept for a console altogeter, but maybe that’s what they were going for, these shouldn’t even be considered games, they’re something different.
January 7, 2014 at 10:24 am
Hey James, get Mike to play another CDI gem – “Plumbers don`t wear ties” … maybe you can fit in some sort of Mario Bros. reference …
January 7, 2014 at 11:49 am
Seems like something you’d watch when your stoned.
January 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm
January 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Mapplethorpe is in the Illuminati!
January 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm
This guy photographed himself covered in his own feces.
January 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm
They made this game to “culture” coach potato gamers.
January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm
Was that a Red Letter Media inspired ending?
January 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm
The expression on Mike’s face = PRICELESS!!
January 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm
well… not my favorite subject
January 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Glad you did a video on this. I wondered about this “game” Since you mentioned it in the Lester video and CDI video
January 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm
Y’all should play War of the Monsters since you like Kaiju stuff
January 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm
If you play video games enough, one day, you will achieve gamer’s enlightenment; then, and only then, will you truly understand the profundity of the Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe.
January 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Not gonna lie, this was a disappointing James and Mike Mondays…you owe us two next week hahaha!
January 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm
The early family guy episode where Chris becomes an artist has a reference to Mapplethorpe. It’s the “Ok I’m gonna draw him pooping on your chest” bit.
January 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm
oh mapplethorpe’s just one of the most controversial photographer of the 20th centuryyou guyys, don’t worry 🙂 Oe of the highlights was a photo of a bull wip..
January 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Mike’s face when James holds up the game and says… “The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe”. Epic.
January 8, 2014 at 12:46 am
@ Mike ; since you asked in the vid : the CD-i is a kind of DVD . The daddy of DVD ,if you will …. So there where no DVD’s at the time the CD-i was out . The CD-i was invented by the dutch company Phillips in Eindhoven , the Netherlands and became popular for a short time . Philips never made a second CD-i player or something similar , but made the DAT player / recorder right after the CD-i . The DAT went out of production shortly there after because of the MP3 and Napster / the internet . Philips went back to it’s core products : Ligts and TV’s .
January 8, 2014 at 2:03 am
Watching you guys trying to understand art was kind of like watching the apes trying to figure out how to use a bone as a tool in the beginning of 2001.
January 8, 2014 at 9:12 am
If you were stuck on an island with electricity, a TV, & a console & could only play this game or Desert Bus, which would you pick?
January 8, 2014 at 9:15 am
I’m embarrassed for you two. Mapplethorpe is only responsible for some of the most iconic rock album covers of all time. Do something besides play crap games every once in a while and you’d know this.
January 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Just checked Amazon… Thez have Mapplethorpe Calendars in stock – funnily enough with almost only the photographs you present in this video. Prices go up to over EUR 400 for a “Mapplethorpe flowers 2004 calendar”! I wonder they’d want for the cd-i game…
January 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm
Hey– It’s Robert Mapplethorpe. Just be glad it’s only flowers. *shudders*
January 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm
How in the holy mother of ass fucks did this go in stores
January 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm
That is the most useless waste of a game I have ever seen in my entire adult life!!! I mean,WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!! Props for sitting through that James and Mike,you are men of courage
January 8, 2014 at 11:19 pm
im with mike. Who the f$%! is Robert Maplethorpe? lol… Is this really a game?? WHAT A SHITTY GAME!!! I don’t even see older woman liking this shit. Who the hell was the target audience for this lmao… Wow. The flowers of Robert maplethorpe….wow.
January 9, 2014 at 5:30 am
Greetings from Germany 🙂