If you're through playing with the JFK Assassination CD-ROM, consider the logical multimedia bookend: Hard Evidence: The Marilyn Monroe Files, a CD-ROM role-playing game due out in April from Novell. The premise: What if Monroe's death wasn't really a suicide? You get to poke through real case files, examine inconsistencies in the public record, and put together a theory on how and why Norma Jean said goodbye so prematurely.
Wild Orchid and 9 1/2 Weeks creator Zalman King is bringing his soft-core shenanigans to hard disc. He's working with Magnet Interactive Studios to develop CD-ROMs based on Red Shoe Diaries, his popular, steamy Showtime series. The programs (which will probably reach stores next year) will allow you to snoop through ''private'' diaries and drool over...er, view a number of erotic fantasies. (Is this what you'd call a Peeping ROM?)
Nostalgia provoker of the week: Due later this month from Future Pirates, Wacky Races, a CD-ROM game based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Thwart the nefarious schemes of Dick Dastardly and Muttley as you attempt to win a race and earn a chance to explore a strange virtual world. You can team up with Penelope Pitstop in her Compact Pussycat, Pat Pending in his Convert-a-Car, or even Rooky and Blubber Bear in their Arkansas Chugga-Bug. Now that, kids, was a cartoon.
Can't remember who won the individual dressage gold medal at the 1912 Olympics? Then you'll want to check out the official Olympic CD-ROM from S.E.A. Multimedia. Due this fall, the program will include the results of every event from every Summer Olympics, plus info on every competitor and a 3-D computer-animated demonstration of each event. By the way, Carl Bonde took the dressage gold in 1912, astride Emperor.