>> Monday, February 26, 2007
Archiving CD-i media is not always my favourite way to attract people to the system, especially not when it's all new to them. I always wonder if those who visit CD-i on the internet are mainly people exploring obscure systems from the past or people digging up old memories from their past years. I don't even visit cd-i media archives regularly, which is why I didn't know newcomer Philipscdi.com started to reform its status with new exciting content. Stuff that makes me come back ;)
I'm sure it's nice to be able to download a cover, read a gameslist or check out odd peripherals of the system, but once you're done, you'll hardly return. Or maybe that's just me. Once in a while, I would be interested in background info or progress status of projects like CD-i Emulator, talks of CD-i developers or rare title reviews. Moreover, whatever is added to an archive I miss, because it is not updated in a forum or index page. I highly encourage owner Mathias to do that, so that I know where to look. It's one of the reason I'm totally hooked to the blog system which is perfect for anyone to slowly find out more about the blog's subject in a fun and colourful way. But alright, that's enough praise for this very website. I'm sure you have a different opinion, so why not leave a comment below? ;)
The most exciting stuff at Philipscdi.com is in the games index, which he transformed into PHP format (including a clever filter function). Apparently a more flexible format, but I have absolutely no experience in this. However, original game descriptions are all over now and he also started to write reviews, which are very nice! We can't have too many people writing about CD-i, so I hope he will be encouraged to continue this way. I didn't have the time to check the whole list, but to start enjoy the new stuff on Third Degree and 7th Guest, including reviews and improved media pictures.
The 7th Guest: "It was early nineties when I saw the first images of this game in a documentary about the evolution of computer animation... It was 1993 when the CD-i version came out and I was able to play it for the first time. It changed my life… At least for the next three weeks. The 7th Guest is one of those games that has made it in the top games list of all times of many ‘older’ gamers and even younger retro gamers. The story, the animation, the puzzles, the music, it all creates the right mood to make sure you don’t stop playing until it’s Game Over...."
Third Degree: "The feeling you get when you play this game, is that you are a contestant in a game show. Or at least, that was the intention. So it's easily categorised alongside games like Jeopardy and Name That Tune. In 3rd Degree, the contestants are confronted with a specific situation, where they have to guess what their teammate would or wouldn't do! Only if they both give the same answer, points are earned... "
Also let's not forget Philipscdi.com owns the complete catalogue of dutch CD-i magazines in PDF Format, which is still the biggest CD-i entertainment you can get on the internet. I'll keep you posted when I find out more reviews and content like this. Now Mathias, you're in my link list, can I be in yours ;) :D ?