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» Screensaver Floppy Disk (3½-inch)
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» The Game (screensaver)
» 1,2 MB Floppy Disk (3½-inch), PC Enhanced
» The Game
» David Fincher
» Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Peter Donat, Carroll Baker, Anna Katarina, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Charles Martinet, Scott Hunter McGuire, Florentine Mocanu, Elizabeth Dennehy, Caroline Barclay, Daniel Schorr, John Aprea
I was really surprised to find this genuine promo item for The Game as it's one of those movies that I never saw any kind of major media attention for. And even though this is a sort of simple item I do like the idea of sending out a 1,4 mb floppy disk with a puzzling screensaver to promote a film.
Seeing as I don't own a PC, nor a computer with a 1,4mb disk-drive I havn't been able to test the screensaver but the original ebay-auction offered the following info on the contents of the disc...
"A friend tried one of these Discs in their computer back in 1997, the disc will tell you that The Game has begun. If I remember correctly, my friend said it would open at random and do 'weird stuff' like ask you strange questions."
I can't deny or confirm that statement but it certainly sounds like something that the creative mind of David Fincher would want to put into your computer so why not.
When it comes to the origins of this disk, I can't be sure, but the fact that the label states the disk to require Windows 95' does support the theory that this thing was used to promote the movie prior to it's 1997 premier (and then of course the "©1997 PolyGram" proves the point even further).
So, all in all I'de say this is quite a rare piece and in my opinion also quite a fun item for any hardcore Fincher fan. As far as the outer design goes I do LOVE the fact that it has a CRS-mark at the bottom right corner of the label. On the other hand I still feel that it would have been even cooler if they had taken the corporate CRS thing a bit further and down-played the whole screensaver thing (for example, to just go with a CRS logo and then use something more cryptic like "The Game - demo version" for the artwork would have been brilliant)...
... but then again, who am I kidding, I love it.
I have no idea how these discs were originally distributed but it's quite clear that it's a promo item so they were certainly not for sale in stores.