>> Tuesday, July 31, 2007
In April I posted a story about Electronic Arts and how they let go on any CD-i development in favor of their own baby the 3DO system. In 1988, Electronic Arts had their own CD-i developer, Greg Riker, and he was interviewed by "The Computer Chronicles" to talk about the vision of Electronic Arts about CD-i. They end with the line that EA planned to be a major developer for the CD-i system! Very nice video material, from, at that time, an influential source. Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world's most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 - 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide!
One of the reasons why CD-i never happened at Electronic Arts, may have been the fact that he moved to Microsoft in 1989: "Electronic Arts has lost a key programmer and creative talent to Microsoft. Greg Riker, formerly vice president of technology at Electronic Arts, a man who was spearheading EA's CD-I (compact-disk interactive) program, has joined Microsoft as director of development for the multimedia systems group."
By: The Computer Chronicles