Highway 61 Interactive

Highway 61 Interactive is an interactive CD-ROM released in 1995, based on the musician Bob Dylan and his music career. It was developed and published by Graphix Zone, with Sony Music Entertainment as co-publisher.

Highway 61 Interactive
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Developer(s)Graphix Zone
Publisher(s)Graphix Zone, Sony Music Entertainment
Platform(s)Mac OS, Windows 3.x
Release1995
Genre(s)Graphic adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

OverviewEdit

The game opens with a menu of a collage of photos and objects meant to represent the musician. Clicking on any object takes you to a 3-D interactive environment of places of Dylan's career, such as Greenwich Village, Madison Square Garden, and the recording studios of Columbia Records.[1]

Previously unknown songs were included in the CD, such as Dylan's performance of "House of the Rising Sun" during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, which was met with controversy at the time.[2]

DevelopmentEdit

Highway 61 Interactive was developed by Graphic Zone, a California multimedia company.[3] Graphic Zone's founder and president Chuck Cortright, a fan of Bob Dylan, approached the musician's manager and lawyer to make the game. Discussions lasted six months before approval, with a staff of twenty spending seven months completing it. Bob Dylan himself chose the game's title and cover art, as well as which songs and music would be included.[2] Celebrity photographer Daniel Kramer choose twenty of his early photographs of Dylan for use.[4]

Highway 61 Interactive was launched at the Sony Music Studios in February 1995. At the event, Al Cooper and Roger McGuinn performed Dylan's songs "Mr. Tambourine Man", "My Back Pages", and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door".[2]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review score
PublicationScore
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]

Joel Selvin from SFGate considered the interactive to be "more bells and whistles than real train ride."[6] Chris Willman from the Los Angeles Times praised its amount of environments used, saying it surpassed Graphix Zone's previous title Prince Interactive.[7] Bob Cannon from Entertainment Weekly gave the game a "B" rating.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baskin, Jeff (June 1, 1995). "Dylan's Back Pages". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Strauss, Neil (April 20, 1995). "Bob Dylan Gets Virtual with New CD-ROM". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Strauss, Neil (June 14, 1994). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Marjorie (June 25, 1995). "Celebrity Photographer Puts Bob Dylan Images on CD-ROM". The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Cannon, Bob (February 24, 1995). "Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Interactive". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Selvin, Joel (February 13, 1995). "A Bumpy Ride on `Highway 61' / Interactive Bob Dylan disc bungles a sure bet for interested fans". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Willman, Chris (February 18, 1995). "CD- ROM Review : **** BOB DYLAN". Los Angeles Times. Tronc. Retrieved June 24, 2017.