The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe (CD-i) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / January 6th, 2014

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  • January 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    FIRST!!!! Woohoo!!!

    • January 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      You were LUCKY i wasnt logged in…

    • strider

      January 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      According wikipedia:
      “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.

      • Weldin Dunn

        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.

    • KennyM

      January 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      How is this a Game exactly?

    • John Raleigh

      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……

    • Michael Rountree

      July 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      No one gives a shit.

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    this SUCKS

    • 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?

      • noah faust

        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

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    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

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Yeah why does this exist? Apparently Mr. Mapplethorpe had some nudity art scandle or something? Why do you have this game?!?! too funny

  • Wes Wade

    January 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Wow, this game blows my mind..hmmm

  • ihsan

    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

  • Benjamin Turney

    January 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    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.

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    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.

  • MAMEFan

    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”

    • Benjamin Turney

      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

    • Lukas Sprehn

      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.

      • Lukas Sprehn

        January 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm


    • Radelta

      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?”


      CDI exec: “Ok, we’ll release it… please stop yelling at me….”

      • Mike Roberts

        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.

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        January 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        Nostalgiavhs, your last comment had me in stitches, as they say. Bravo.

    • Veronov

      January 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I’m with you on that…

    • SuperJaneEyre

      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

  • Lukas Sprehn

    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…

    • Lukas Sprehn

      January 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Mapplethorpe* Sorry about the few typos 🙂

  • darkknightdetec

    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.

  • SGold93

    January 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This appeared in “Lester the Unlikely” episode right?

  • Red Ninja

    January 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Please so Gyromite on James & Mike

  • johnpseudo

    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 🙂

  • johnpseudo

    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 😉

  • ejp022791

    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).

  • Michael Alexis Ulmer

    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!

  • KennyM

    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.

  • Kjetil håvås

    January 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm


  • capnmorgan5150

    January 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Seemed like kind of a waste of a Monday guys.

  • Kjetil håvås

    January 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    How is Robert Mapplethorpe?

  • erik37

    January 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I wanna know how maney of these game actually sold? 1? the one your holding? FUCK!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manco

    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.

  • nowaitstop

    January 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Oh my LORD, that ending. That was the best part of the video IMO.

  • greedo

    January 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    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.

  • DON

    January 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you 😀
    I was hoping for that video to happen ever since!

  • Night-X

    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!!

  • demyx50

    January 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Oh god I did not see this one coming, great job guys!

  • fanboyfilms

    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.

  • frostare

    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

  • Blue Wizard

    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

    ¿ʇᴉ ʇǝפ

  • 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.

  • taykel

    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!

  • Joker83

    January 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    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

    So intense!

  • drev

    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

  • Corie Pimentel

    January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!

  • Sean Ewing

    January 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    The narrator on that sounds like Garfield on The Garfield Show.

  • fantasticfink

    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.”

  • ToadRoad

    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.

  • Hypoxic

    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.

  • Lone Wolf

    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.

  • Devon Houston

    January 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm


  • coolguyhino92

    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.

    • The Kaleidoscopic God

      January 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Jesus fucking Christ, speak for yourself. Nearly every other comment seem favorable towards the video.

  • Griznif

    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.

  • BrandeX

    January 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Ah, the days before the internet, when producing something like this seemed like a good idea.

  • steve

    January 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I think this needs Inspector Gadget to help navigate the menu screen

  • Ross Morgan

    January 7, 2014 at 12:22 am

    This episode makes me think mike is the real life avgn.

  • Jim Bruner

    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.

  • jasonjrf

    January 7, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Robert Maplethorpe is a fawking bawss!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pleasetakeabow

    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.

  • johnpseudo

    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!!!

  • stoney_1

    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.

  • FinallyGAF

    January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Was that a Red Letter Media inspired ending?

  • xeoneex

    January 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    The expression on Mike’s face = PRICELESS!!

  • Lars Leferink

    January 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    well… not my favorite subject

  • Joey Dugo

    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

  • Blackie Blak

    January 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Y’all should play War of the Monsters since you like Kaiju stuff

  • marc_lawson

    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.

  • ikensee

    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.

  • Endless Mike

    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..

  • Ẍїηα¢нї

    January 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Mike’s face when James holds up the game and says… “The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe”. Epic.

  • lunalicrichard

    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 .

  • Mike Roberts

    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.

  • likalaruku

    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?

  • synthfreek

    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.

  • Matthias

    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…

  • loserbrett

    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

  • phoenix252005

    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

  • fallout1312

    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 🙂
    I’m wondering: How do you record those Let’s Play Videos? It seems that you have the Audio of the TV on and it doesn’t interfere with your voices.
    Are you recording with the TV Volume off or do you have another solution (since you don’t use Headphones).
    This would be really nice to know.

    • skwij

      January 10, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Hey! Check out the AVGN episodes list and watch the making of an episode. It should tell you what you’re asking about, and is hilarious!

      • January 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

        I already know this episode. It’s one of my all time favorites 🙂

  • skwij

    January 10, 2014 at 2:51 am

    This is… like the the option to view unlocked concept art after beating a game multiple times. It’s hard to believe that someone thought this could be a whole “game”… Thanks for the video!

  • Five5x

    January 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Seriously! It’s not pronounced Robert Maplethorpe, it’s pronounced Robert Map-pull-thorpe.

    • January 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      No, his real name is Raymond Luxury-Yacht, but is pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove”. 😉

  • GasparXR

    January 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    If I may make a suggestion, it would be really fun if you did a video on Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine for Sega Genesis, if you’re familiar with that game.

  • January 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    We wanted to see The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe for the same reason we’re bugging RedLetterMedia to show The Shoji Tabuchi Show. (It’s the talk of the town.) After this long, mayyyybe it’s time to start learning who your primary audience is just a little bit. I know James likes to block out all the noise (good! can’t create content if you do) but just by watching some of his behind the scenes videos makes it very clear he’s always been fairly oblivious to what the fanbase’s schtick is.

  • darkmage0707077

    January 12, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I get why they did it: they were trying to showcase that CDI was a learning tool as much as a game console, like what their promotions initially said.

    Still, even if they were willing to stoop to this level of “interactivity”, you’d think they’d do something that has more educational merit then this (history, philosophy, science, etc). Hell, Mario is Missing has more educational relevance to a prospective child then this, with the added bonus of the child staying awake through it, too!

  • lance2011

    January 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    An interactive TV screensaver that needs to started by use is all I see.

  • MrILoveTheAnts

    January 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    You want to know the real joke here that they missed? Robert Maplethorpe is NOT known for his flowers! He photographs naked men in androgynous poses and Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of them.

  • Eric Hughes

    January 13, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Yall look like “Why the fuck we playing this game?” LOL! Mike face tells it all. HAHAHA!

  • geddon

    January 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    No James and Mike Monday this week?

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    ROFL! Look at the expression on Mike’s face! He’s thinking, “You fucking nerd. You brought me all the way over here for THIS SHIT?!” LOL!

  • January 14, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I’m sure someone has already mentioned this, but this is a great example of the “educational” CD-ROM products that were produced at the time that CDs were first being introduced. Featuring virtually no “gameplay” mechanic (as you can see, it’s essentially an HTML document with clickable hotspots that trigger media files), this sort of thing was easy to produce AND easy for the average user to comprehend. This particular title was probably produced as a CD-ROM for use in museum displays, and licensed for next to nothing by Phillips to promote the use of the CD-i as a multimedia platform.

  • January 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

    For starters dudes this game as you mention it wasn’t to be a game from the begining,it writes it on the box photo cd.And i believe was released just to show their tecnology even with that lame and boring way.How about some other title with pictures,pictures of butts named the butts of mr tasskenporn! They could think something more creative i believe,but this was the way to earn with cheap way more money the thing that most of the companies do.Did anyone notice how creepy that guy mapplethorpe is and stairing at our souls? if actually that guy is mapplethorpe to begin with.

  • mojosam1

    January 15, 2014 at 6:44 am

    i know this euh…’slideshow’sucks but mapelthorpe made the best photos of rockstars like kurt cobain,the ramones,guns ‘n roses etc. besides the flowers he was a great photografer.

  • Robert Mapplethorpe

    January 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Does my game capture an elegance, verve and sensuous beauty?

  • January 18, 2014 at 7:28 am

    the first white flower shown in closeup looks like a vagina. it has waves of “lips” – labia majora and minora

  • Don Skiver

    January 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    @ 2:55 Oh man look at the skinny tie! That’s so fucking ’80s man. James and Mike, you guys are such ’80s fans, why didn’t you comment on the skinny tie?! Man…we should totally bring those back. 😛

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  • herbsuperb

    January 23, 2014 at 1:14 am

    You gentlemen simply have no concept of fine art. Such ghastly impertinence. I bid you good day, sirs!

  • Oropher

    January 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    He actually made pics of Schwarzenegger and the like too:

  • Oropher

    January 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Brilliant as always, especially your interpretation of the Flowrs at the End.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 27, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Yeah, I really have no idea why they made this either. I guess they thought the CD-i was going to be like a multimedia console and not just for games? Was there ANYTHING good for CD-i?

  • February 4, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Wasn’t the CD-i platform designed for stuff like this? Multimedia shows aka what we now call Powerpoints?

  • John Raleigh

    February 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    There’s a copy of this on ebay!!!! FINALLY!! Who’s the lucky person that’ll end up with this pile of shit……

  • Omochao

    March 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    The face at 4:41 gets me every time.

  • March 10, 2014 at 3:38 am

    this is just ONE…. of his favorite subjects. check out The Porn of Robert Mapplethorpe

  • CptSupermrkt

    April 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This was hilarious.

  • Justin Middleton

    April 18, 2014 at 12:38 am

    This game sounds pointless. A slideshow of flower portraits, created by an artist with a ridiculous last name on a CD console that few people own. It just doesn’t have any purpose logically.

  • Simon Leśnikowski

    June 26, 2015 at 5:50 am

    is someone wathing this in 2015

  • July 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I find this video to be personally divisive, on one side I love James and pretty much all the videos he makes, and found that particular part of the CD-I AVGN to be really funny, on the other side I also love Mapplethorpe’s contribution to artistic photography, since I got the chance to study his work at college, though I gotta admit I prefer his late work the best.
    This video makes James and Mike look like goons when it comes to artistic photography, but I also understand their point of view since finding Mapplethorphe’s photos in a CD-I disc styled as a crappy exhibition DVD is baffling, specially for those non familiar with this branch of art.

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