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Our CD-i World got a bit smaller in 2006 ...

>> Sunday, November 26, 2006

Last saturday member Jaffar commented something pretty interesting: "I finished my "work" about the history of consoles from a few days. Now I'm interested in a few consoles, which most attracted attention by searching for informations. And I don't know why, but the CD-i is interesting..."

A few days earlier I was looking for some different Retrogaming websites about other consoles besides CD-i, something just like The Black Moon project. My first stop was at the mother company: Classicgaming.com. I was surprised almost all of them were not updated anymore, figured to be a half-ready archive about 3DO, Jaguar, Lynx and other exotic formats. Ofcourse, the emulation front is very active, but I don't mean sites like that. Apparently, CD-i is interesting! I'm also very happy with the current visitor counts this site holds, which is way higher than I predicted a year ago.

Still, the CD-i community is very small and unfortunately 2006 showed a few mis&hit situations. A while ago I asked you to vote for your favourite website, let's have a look what the results are now:


You won't get any trustfull statistics out of this, but it's a nice view of what interests the people here. Especially the high interest in the CD-i Collective is a pleasant notice. Ofcourse, Gir is still around but the site hasn't been updated for more than a year, but the reviews available are still full of insight and they give a very good perspective of the CD-i potential in the Retrogaming market.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of sites going down both. On first notice the new initiative of www.philipscdi.com was very interesting, and they filled up a large gap in February 2006 with the upload of all the dutch CD-i magazines, the site is pretty much quiet since March. A big shame because the site has a lot of potential, and a good mind behind. I really hope initiator Mathias will come back soon and show us why CD-i is still a very interesting console!

With a slow sigh I have to say the same about Le Monde du CD-i. A lot of potential they have and a great archive of Screens and Movies you will find over here, unfortunately the site is full of promises that will never come true. The slogan "Keep the CD-i alive" is based on a lot of patient required from CD-i fans, who claim lazyness and non-support back and forth. It's a big pity they start a website and don't support it, only calling back with comments about being busy. A true shame, and I hope they will pick up the advice to expand their team with more enthusiasts to get the site running. The potential is definately there, but without some action this site will fade to gray before we know it.

Another wink goes to a yet unnamed new CD-i website which I hoped would launch this year, but unfortunately it wasn't ready at the time of writing. This is pretty hot stuff and it claims to be "THE MOST COMPLETE CD-I WEBSITE EVER! - OUR SITE WILL BE READY SOON, WE HAVE ALOT OF HUGE THINGS COMING YOUR WAY FROM THE WORLD OF CD-I SO CHECK BACK OFTEN!" - Keep your eyes on the forum and the blog and I'll promise you will be the first to know as soon as I'm allowed to!

CD-i enthusiast Terratron (also known as Arno Witkamp) also left the scene, leaving behind another high praised initiative: his CD-i Archive. Unfortunately it's down at the moment, and no sign is heard from him since he announced it a few months back.

Ofcourse, it's not all bad news. Oh no. How surprising and enjoyable it was when we all heard about the news Defunct Games was going to start a CD-i review archive.

Defunct is ofcourse the typical example of people trying to capture 'defunct' games and therefor reviewing CD-i games, while they've never played or seen the system before. True, we had a few comments about their first run of reviews, let me pick a few phrases:
"it's a shame how his ignorance determines his score for a game, now seriously when you claim this about Cartoon Carnival you either didn't play it or you didn't understand it: "The actual gameplay is, again, MIA. I've played some poor-quality titles on the CD-i these last few months, but this outshines them all in the worst way. The characters are slow and barely animated, and the objectives are hard to determine. Actually, I may have been incorrect in assuming these games even HAVE objectives. " - "Don't get me wrong, but I don't like any of his CD-i reviews. He don't seem to know much about the games he reviewed. Escape from CyberCity is a good example. Escape from CyberCity (aka Freedom Fighter) is just a conversion of the original LaserDisc game from 1984. His review is nonsense, as most of it is based on the wrong belief that the game was developed by Philips for the CD-i."

They ended up with a few weird scores, like 95% for Flashback and 5% for Micro Machines. You pick your own vote for how trustfull these numbers really are ...

Shame on you, Chad. For the rest, I love the fact they don't forget about the cd-i.

I like criticism, but not everyone does. I feel without it the retro scene slowly dies with copies and non original material. I will count on the CD-i scene as it is now, and Interactive Dreams will report all the highs and downs it will present in 2007. One thing I can assure you: We have a lot of stories ready to go!

1 reacties:

devin,  December 25, 2006 at 8:19 PM  

'The most complete CD-i website ever', this I have to see. If they don't have all the codes for Pac-Panic I will be very disappointed!

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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