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Philips Media Press announcements in 1991

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American press didn't leave the CD-i behind and were actually very interested in this multimedia machine. Every item was published in the newspaper and in this way official announcements about CD-i reached the consumer market as well. It was an important way for Philips to vent their plans with CD-i. Interactive Dreams restored the official press items and we'll re-publish them here for archiving purpose. This edition is about the year 1991. I like it very much to read back these news articles and I hope you enjoy it too ;)

AIM TO HAVE 40 CD-I TITLES READY FOR DISTRIBUTION THIS FALL American Interactive Media (AIM) is the Los Angeles-based arm of a venture of N.V. Philips and PolyGram to create programming for compact disc interactive (CD-I) titles. According to C., vice president of Creative Affairs, AIM plans to have 40 CD-I titles ready for distribution by October this year.

"The new CD-I titles are intended for a broad consumer audience," said C., "with some being quasi educational." AIM entered into licensing agreements with several organizations and companies to obtain rights to materials for use in the new programming. These include the Smithsonian, Time Life Books, Sesame Street and Spinnaker Software. AIM has also created some CD-I programming in-house, said C., at its studios in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In the east-coast studio, AIM worked with Capitol to produce some six to nine titles. With Spinnaker Software (Boston), AIM produced seven programs. Working with several other independent companies, AIM is handling all production.

The new CD-I software will be sold in the same stores where CD_I hardware is available. AIM has developed attractive kiosks to display the new software, which will be distributed to these outlets.

AIM is funding most of the activity surrounding new product development for CD-I titles. "For those companies wanting to develop titles," said C., "we have several different authoring packages."

For testing purposes, AIM uses an in-house Yamaha WORM drive to press its own discs. Philips and DuPont Optical (PDO) handles all outside replication. "At one time our replicating was handled by Disctronics, though now this is exclusively done by PDO," said C.. "Any replicators interested in handling possible spillover work should contact D. M., head of manufacturing."

SONY TO LAUNCH PORTABLE CD-I THIS YEAR - Sony again showed a prototype portable CD-I player at the recent London Second Multimedia Conference, but indicated it would be launched in Japan by end 1991 and in Europe about a year later. Device measures 7 ins x 7 ins x 3 ins, with a four-inch LCD screen and is complete apart from power supply.

When questioned about up-grades for full-motion video (FMV), a spokesman from Sony described FMV as 'a difficult concept' and cryptically stated that the Sony consumer video group is working on a 'different system'. FMV is conspicuously absent from the CD-I description included in the promotional literature issue about the portable model.

AIM TO USE NINTENDO CHARACTERS IN CD-I GAMES - In the race begun by Philips and Sony at this year's Summer CES at which both companies announced their intentions to produce CD-ROM based video games for the consumer market, Philips has made the most recent move by informing the industry of its intention to use some of America's most popular video game characters in its new multimedia CD-I programming. These include Nintendo's Super Mario(R), Princess Zelda(R), Link(R) and Donkey Kong(R).

The announcement, made jointly by Nintendo of America and American Interactive Media (AIM), Philips wholly-owned subsidiary, comes shortly after Philips's and Nintendo's announcement that the two companies are developing a sophisticated compact disc player that can be hooked up to Nintendo's newest video game machine, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Nintendo will also develop disc-based games for the Philips-Nintendo system.

Sony's video game system, called the Play Station, will use compact disc computer technology on what Sony has termed a super disc. Sony's player, along with software, is expected out in the market in about 18 months--the same time frame slotted for the release of the Philips-Nintendo system. Industry experts expect that consumer confusion over the three imcompatible formats--Sony's Play Station, the Philips-Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Philip's CD-I video game programming (Philips and Sony have worked together on the CD-I standard)--will cause fierce competition that may hinder overall growth of the video game industry in the near future.

NINTENDO ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH PHILIPS - CHICAGO -- Philips Electronics, a leading consumer electronic company, announced that it has granted Nintendo Co. Ltd. a license to develop and market video games on compact disc format for play on Nintendo's Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES).

Philips invented the audio compact disc system in the 1970's and, together with Sony, standardized it in 1982.

Philips and Nintendo said that they will work together to develop an application format on compact disc for Nintendo's 16-bit hardware system. According to Nintendo, the new compact disc video games will be played on a low cost CD ROM-XA compact disc player. Consumers will be able to attach these CD ROM-XA players to their Super Famicom and Super NES hardware units. The chosen application format assures the compatibility with CD-I players as well.

The announcement was made at the June Consumer Electronic Show in Chicago and came one day after Sony announced a similar pact with Nintendo. On June 1, Sony announced an arrangement with Nintendo under which Sony will introduce the Game Player, a video system with two slots, one to play Nintendo's new game cartridges, the other for compact disk games.

The Philips and Sony systems are not compatible and thus pit two of the biggest rivals in consumer electronics head to head.

Speculation is that Nintendo entered into the Philips pact in an attempt to compensate for an unfavorable deal with Sony.

PHILIPS AND NINTENDO MAKE CD-ROM/CD-I DEAL - Major two-part deal has been agreed between electronics group Philips and video games giant Nintendo. Philips' software subsidiary American Interactive Media has secured use of Nintendo's most popular video game characters to create CD-I games; Philips and Nintendo will work together to develop a slightly modified CD-ROM-XA format for use with Nintendo's Superfamicom and Super NES games systems.

Philips is likely to manufacture the necessary players for launch in fourth quarter 1992 at 'very low cost'. Latter deal appears to supersede similar discussions between Sony and Nintendo. Since CD-ROM-XA is a bridging standard between CD-ROM and CD-I, Nintendo games developed for the new Nintendo CD-ROM-XA players will also be compatible with CD-I players.

Launching its Super NES version of the successful Japanese Super Famicom device to US market in September 1991, Nintendo wants to fight off potential competition from NEC and Fujitsu, which already employ conventional CD-ROM for their games systems; Philips is keen to ward off challenge to its CD-I format from Commodore's incompatible games-orientated CDTV system. Nintendo penetration of households has now reached 33 per cent in US and 40 per cent in Japan.

PHILIPS EYES INTERACTIVE MOVIES FOR CD-I - H., CEO of new CD-I publishing company Philips Interactive Media Europe, is seriously exploring concept of 'interactive movies'. Founder of US multimedia publisher Fathom Pictures, H. aims to produce 50 CD-I titles per language region in time for mid-1992 European CD-I launch; at least 24 titles are already in production with PIME putting up 33-100 per cent of production budgets.

Meanwhile, a European CD-I Consortium is being formed to complement that in Japan. Participants at initial meeting included Maxwell Communications, Central Independent Television, Pearson, Carlton Communications, RCS, Valkieser Group, Bertelsmann, Infogames, Edition Hatier, Polygram, Bra Bocker, Elsevier, Interlight Productions, Editions Nathan, and Pathe Television.

US launch of CD-I has been confirmed for October 1991, with players to be offered under Philips' Magnavox brand name. Price will be $1,400 including two software titles. At least 50 software titles are promised by American Interactive Media priced $19.95-$59.95 in categories: children's, special interest, music and games

Copyright 1991 - Philips Media Press Information

2 reacties:

Yes July 5, 2007 at 6:36 PM  

Does anyone have the code to open up Voyeur 2 program?

Bas July 5, 2007 at 8:48 PM  

do you mean like an MS-DOS emulator to play the CD-ROM version? Or do you mean the CD-i version?

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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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