>> Saturday, September 19, 2015
So sometimes I google some classic CD-i terms to see what pops up, now and then I find something interesting to post here at Interactive Dreams. Today I found Retro Game Lab, possibly existing for years, I don't know. They sell reproduction games and even CD-i games like Super Mario's Wacky World and Voyeur 2. it would be cool to see Microcosm popping up here as well!
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>> Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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So Media Station created in 1995 "Haunted House", a CD-i title you might remember. It was published by Reed Interactive in 1997. Again, a delayed project. The CD-i platform is known for its many "delayed projects". Some of them never saw the light of day (Tom & Tim, Discworld), some of them did at the very last moment (The Lost Ride, Creature Shock). We might be lucky that Reed took charge of publishing the title, otherwise Haunted House could easily have been a cancelled project as well.
It seems that Philips Media was only used for the distribution of the title to its channels.
"May 11, 1995--Reaffirming the company's commitment to providing outstanding interactive family entertainment, Media Station Thursday announced that the company is producing "Haunted House," an interactive adventure based on Jan Piekowski's world renowned pop-up book, for Reed Children's Books.
Philips Media will distribute "Haunted House" this fall on CD-ROM for the Windows platform and on the CD-i platform in Spring '96. The title will be demonstrated at Media Station's booth, West Hall No. 3524, and Philips Media booth, South Hall No. 1801 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
"We worked closely with Jan Piekowski to capture the ghoulish surprises featured in the bewitching, interactive world of `Haunted House,'" said David Gregory, chairman and chief creative officer of Media Station. "Media Station has brought to life the full creative vision of Jan Piekowski through lavish music and stunning animation, resulting in a fun-filled interactive experience."
"Jan has been in the forefront of creating involving products for children, long before the computer was a household word," said Sarina Simon, president of Philips Media Home and Family Entertainment. "We are very excited to be associated with Jan as he brings his unique talents to multimedia."
Players wander through the house and they encounter strange and unexpected creatures, fun-filled games and spooky challenges. Children will be captivated as they seek to unlock the dreaded cellar.
Jan Piekowski is one of the world's most famous children's authors and illustrators. Internationally known for his unique and clever children's books, he has written more than 60 books and, with the publishing of "Haunted House," led the resurgence of the pop-up book genre."
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>> Friday, December 19, 2014
Interactive Dreams wish you a Happy Christmas! We're actually celebrating our 9 years anniversary this month, starting in December 2005. It's been a quiet year for CD-i, but our workhorse is still around and we have some nice updates for you planned in 2015. We even have our hopes that our CD-i Emulator will be updated again (We've even seen Digital Video compatibility, someday it's coming).
Happy Holidays, and keep CD-i alive!
[Picture: Kotaku (printed characters from the CD-i game Link: Faces of Evil (1993)]
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Unfortunately, the campaign was closed in November already (A pity they didn't look for the CD-i sources on the net like Black Moon...) and they only received 910 USD at the time of writing.
What was supposed to happen:
"I'm making this movie because we've never heard the other side of this story: the people who actually made the CD-I, and those weird Mario and Zelda games. What were their hopes, their dreams? Do they know that these games had inspired a devoted following, not the CD-I, but on YouTube? Legacy Code will tell the story of the Philips CD-I, from the people who were there at the beginning. It will also feature interviews with the cast and crew of its three most notorious games: Link: Faces of Evil, Zelda: Wand of Gamelon, and Hotel Mario. It will examine what paths they all took since then, and how they feel about their involvement in one of the most enduring internet memes of the last ten years.
This documentary will ask the people involved in the CD-I, and these games, how they feel about all this. Many of them are being asked for the very first time.
Here is a list of CD-I insiders who have expressed interest in being interviewed:
-Marc Graue (Voice of Mario and Luigi in Hotel Mario)
-Bonnie Jean Wilbur (Voice of Zelda in Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Jeffrey Rath (Voice of Link in Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Mark Berry (Voice of Ganon in Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Tony Trippi (Composer for Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Kathy Swain (Effects and Animation on Hotel Mario)
-Terry O'Brien (Effects and Animation on Hotel Mario)
-Igor Razboff (Animation producer for the games)
-Bill Havlicek (Audio producer on Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Keith Lehman (Developer on the "Green Book", the set of standards for all Philips CD-I content)
-Mark Sprague (Spinnaker Software, a key CD-I developer)
-Laura Cohen (President, Philips Interactive, North American Division)
-Dave McElhatten (President, Philips Interactive, Games Division)
-Sarina Simon (President, Philips Interactive, Children's Division)
-Bernard Luskin (President, Philips Interactive, Educational Division)"
Still, it seems some interviews are still going to happen:
"With the campaign over, I would like to update you on the status of Legacy Code.Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who donated to this project. The story of Legacy Code deserves to be shared, and rest assured, I will continue to move forward in telling it. Unfortunately, telling that story as a documentary will not be possible at this time. My funding goal was designed to pay for airfare and local film crews, and without those funds, I cannot be confident that the final product is something I would be comfortable with sharing. That does not, however, mean Legacy Code is over. Far from it. Here's what's going to happen:
This year, I will be teaming up again with a sponsor to interview FOUR voice actors from the CD-I's most notorious games. In Los Angeles, I will sit down with Mark Graue, voice of Mario and Luigi in Hotel Mario, and Mark Berry, voice of Ganon in the Zelda CD-I games. The interview will be live-streamed to YouTube, and we might incorporate a Reddit AMA so you can ask them questions. If that goes well, we'll do it again in Boston with the voice actors for Zelda and Link. As mentioned above, these interviews will be supported by a video game sponsor, the crowdfunding money will not be used for them. I will be interviewing the other Philips CD-I insiders, for a multi-part, in-depth blog on the history of the console. It will have insight from all the people I had hopes to interview for the documentary, sharing their stories. The blog will be hosted on a popular game development website (TBA). "
Maybe we'll see the author, Nicholas Bernhard, back soon next year.
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