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Desc:Even more obscure than the CDI.
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I did some digging around for this. I remember having this tape as a kid. I found the clown with a gun bit hilarious and would watch it over and over. I didn't remember what system this commercial was for. When I initially searched for this I started searching for CDI and finally went to wikipedia to search for other early disc based TV systems.
Clown With a Gun looks like a hella fun show.

infinite zest
I want to see more of the clown with a gun.

Clown With A Gun will SWEEP the Emmys!

Dumb Lamer
An original VHS of this showed up in my parent's mailbox and my sister and I watched it right away.

Besides memories of Clown with a Gun, my other memory was misunderstanding how the software would help kids finish their homework faster. I thought it was helping kids to plagiarize.

Nobody has mentioned the fact that at least one of the kids was from Barney.

I think you're right. Both boys look like members of the original Barney line up.

It's funny how we felt a duty to watch this tape. It came at a time where my family didn't have a very large VHS collection.

wow, that is some fine, fine character animation on that purple bird...cat...thing
There's no way this isn't a 2016 made parody of a 90s video.
Uh, no, the Latin name of Tyrannosaurus Rex is not "Kiddis Eateruppus". The Latin name of Tyrannosaurus Rex is Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Selling this as an educational tool; no wonder it went nowhere!
Yeah! Kiddis eateruppus is the Greek name.

It's fascinating to me how so many companies tried to make these sort-of-like-a-PC television boxes that all failed because everyone just ended up overlooking them and getting a PC anyway when they got cheap enough.

I lived in one of the 50 or so American households who owned a Phillips-Magnavox WebTV System. Those were dark days indeed.
What's funny about these is how they tried to be what the Playstations and Xboxes of today try to be. They're selling themselves as something beyond a game console.

infinite zest

I don't remember the CDI being that obscure though; I never knew anyone who had one but they had some pretty big gaming licenses, like Nintendo, so I'd just go to the Sharper Image and play Zelda until they told me to leave or another kid wanted to play. The games sucked, but it was still the system every kid wanted and few parents could afford. Here, I just see a couple of old LucasArts or Sierra games and the rest is a pedagogical tool, which in a way might have been useful. In 1994 I think I my school still just used Telnet, so playing on a system where learning felt like playing a video game might have been fun!

I knew this old dude who swore by webtv! He was using that shit way later than you would ever imagine it was still active.

infinite zest
webtv always seemed pretty cool to me! Back in 200X I spent sometimes hours just trying to convert some youtube video to a video I could put on a DVD-ROM, just because I was having a get-together and didn't want everybody to have to huddle around the computer.

infinite zest
except for that there's a song in LOOM that makes the guy's head explode like a tomato! What a wonderfully fucked up childhood I had

Robin Kestrel
I have escaped the limits of time and space.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious
Lots of gif worthy moments in this one.
If only 80's and 90's TV had more clowns with guns!
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