>> Friday, December 29, 2006
Recent months I think The Black Moon project has managed quite some attention from especially Retro Gamer, a UK published magazine dedicated to the old 16-bit, 8-bit and even older game consoles. You remember the charity auction with very exclusive material about the Zelda CD-i games! As I'm not living in the UK, I was never able to find myself a copy... To my surprise, when I was walking by the local AKO bookstore, it was the first time around I saw one copy of the latest Retro Gamer in stock here in the Netherlands! Ofcourse you've already read the project news from The Black Moon project, so you know this very issue has eleven pages dedicated to CD-i! That's quite some attention for an underrated console like CD-i, nowhere considered even as a game console by itself! The magazine was pretty expensive by the way (12,50 euros), but just for CD-i's sake it's worth it. As Devin sais: "This really is THE RetroGamer for Philips CD-i! Black Moon is pretty damned proud to be a part of it as well."
I'm also preparing a tutorial about CD-i Emulator, and I'm happy to see also Retro Gamer spent a page to explain it as I feel the CD-i Emulator is pretty complicated to use. The article starts with a lengthy introduction using the Black Moon articles of Super Mario's Wacky Worlds and with some great insights from Dale DeSharone who worked at Spinnaker Software and Animation Magic (look at the games from the CD-i Zelda auction). I'm happy to see Retro Gamer doesn't trash the CD-i as layman's Defunct Games does, starting with "The CD-i is known though misunderstood by nearly everyone." This is going to be great. I don't know why they quote Philips as "technically the second oldest company in the world to dabble in games, after Nintendo which is two years older", as far as I know this is not true: Philips was the first one to produce a videogame (as Magnavox), even Nintendo started their business in videogames by selling the Magnavox Odyssey video system in the first place. "CD-i was just obviously not a game system and Philips was actually very clear in telling us that it didn't believe the market for this device was games". Excellent quote from Dale who hit it right on the spot and points out the misunderstanding of most people why they feel the CD-i failed.
Devin even hints in the article to an (upcoming) interesting story: "A CD-i 2 was on the drawing board and Philips even commissioned Argonaut to produce the 3D Processor" When you link Argonaut being the core team behind the SNES Super FX chip, I'm very sure you want to track down a copy of Retro Gamer to read all this!
To complete the issue, the coverstory is about the classic "Galaxian" which has been converted about a million times. Ofcourse we all know Galaxian was included in CD-i's Arcade Classics. While an expensive magazine, if you like CD-i, this is a magazine for you to buy.