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CD-i Emulator + Digital Video

>> Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Can you imagine it's been 16 months since the first public release of CD-i Emulator? The first days were pretty hectic with loads of CD-i fans downloading the trial version for free. It was a very special day in CD-i history, because, after the failing attempts with Pete's CD-ICE project, this was the very first working Emulator for CD-i games. The past months we've seen several members asking what's happening with the current version of CD-i Emulator? We all know it doesn't yet allow Digital Video Support, but the fact we are able to emulate great games like The Apprentice, Pac-Panic and Super Mario's Wacky Worlds ofcourse is reason enough to keep interested in this project! Recently the author of CD-i Emulator posted some hints about upcoming events, including emulating Digital Video and enhancements like keyboard support. "I expect to resume serious work on CD-i emulator early 2007, but it's hard to make promises. But by all means hang on to those games, or at least keep disc images of them; MPEG support is still in the works..." Delays including a wonderful baby born, we wish cdifan all the best :D "I still have some tax forms to fill in and after that I hope to have time for CD-i Emulator again..."

9 reacties:

Corey,  January 29, 2007 at 9:45 PM  

Great post.. The cdi emulator has been very good and finally allowed me to experience two of the cd-i zelda games. Mind you the controls on those games were horrible. But, ahh imagine if they fixed the controls the game would be so much more fun.

I wonder if with the emulator

-Keyboard support
& Joypad support

could fix the issues slightly I doubt it. But, I'd really like to play through the games.

John,  January 30, 2007 at 7:42 PM  

how about a way without the use of the cd-i bios files? it's very time-consuming to download this from your cd-i player, and most other emulators (for other consoles) don't have this kind of system either. Why is CD-i Emulator like this? Great piece of software without a doubt, I'm happy to use it!

Corey,  January 30, 2007 at 10:30 PM  

I guess the whole bios thing is a major bummer. But, of course he tired and wasn't able to get the rights or something.

Enough work and you can find the files online. Plus if the emulator becomes functional enough, it will become more popular, meaning the bios will be more availible.

Anonymous,  February 3, 2007 at 2:16 PM  

> and most other emulators (for other consoles) don't have this kind of system either.

I guess you haven't used many other emulators then. The BIOS of the CD-i contains a whole operating system, you can't just leave it out. Ever emulated an Amiga, CDTV/CD32, 3DO or something similar? They all need a BIOS, and you'll never see such emulators not needing a BIOS.

maxx,  February 3, 2007 at 4:20 PM  

CD-Ice did not use the BIOS of the player either.... so i guess it would still be possible ;) Maybe at a later stage, or isn't that possible now he took this road?

Anonymous,  February 4, 2007 at 3:03 PM  

CD-ice was a high-level Rise of the Robots emulator, written by the coder of Rise of the Robots for CD-i! He knew how to get the game running without the bios. That doesn't change the fact the the bios is needed to fully emulate the CD-i. Ever wondered why CD-ice can't run anything else that Rise? Now you know it. ;)

Bas February 4, 2007 at 8:59 PM  

Ofcourse ROTR was the start for CD-Ice, but the emulator was planned for all cd-i titles, right? Apparently it does run a little more than just ROTR by the way... It's not uncommon old developers for the system return to write an emulator ;)

It would be great to have an emulator that doesn't require the BIOS, but let's be honest, I'm highly thankful for CD-i Emulator as it comes now, and I believe his words that it would cost considerable more time to develop an emulator that doesn't require the BIOS. Keep wishing though, new developments may be around the corner...

The main struggle is that the files are copyrighted, although they're floating around the web! But, once you have it working, it feels more real, without a doubt a plus!

Anonymous,  February 6, 2007 at 1:42 PM  

> Apparently it does run a little more than just ROTR by the way...

Any proofs? I read that somewhere else too long ago, but it was just talk with no one showing that CD-ice really can run anything beside Rise.

parappa,  March 4, 2007 at 9:48 PM  

i can't even play Rise with CD-Ice! Am I the only one???!?

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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

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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
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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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