>> Saturday, September 1, 2007
More updates this week in CD-i land with a very surprising initiative of our member RDJNL (you always remind me of AFX) launching his very own CD-i website. True, it's new and empty but the potential is again high! Who will tell RDJNL will finally give us all the information in one place, an aspect various websites have still failed to do. There's plenty of information available and we all know: Once you start, it's hard to stop! Hats off for RDJNL and we will certainly keep a keen eye on it. Details inside ;)
I hope you enjoy visiting this website just as much as I did creating it! You can already find plenty of cd-i cover art on the 'software' page of this site, but let me make a start with my cd-i story on this main page... Let's start with the beginning: when I got my cd-i machine many years back. To be honest, I don't remember exactly when I got my cd-i machine. But it must have been in the summer of 1995. I happened to find this letter from Philips Netherlands, dated 27 July 1995. Take a look. It confirms our membership of the so-called CD-i Gold Club. If one registered with Philips one received as a gift the cd-i disc Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia for free. We also received the Dutch wordgame and TV Show 'Lingo' as an extra gift. At the time this was a new released cd-i disc, which was given away for free to new buyers of a system to promote the cd-i. The machine I got was the CD-i 450 system. The 'CDI 450 Tutorial Disc' was included in the box. Finally, I also got the Dutch demo disc called 'Alles over cd-i' for free. It was either in the box or it came with the Compton disc. I have forgotten. It was 12 years ago, you know!" More news? Visit "CD-i is Great"!
I just found this page, where you can easily browse through all the CD-i covers and titles. It works far more easy than searching for a picture in the image gallery of Le Monde du CD-i. This one goes in the same direction as the index of Philipscdi.com, please make it complete as no-one ever did that!
More website news (now we're at it) finally at wednesdays topic Philipscdi.com: "CD-i is still alive! - Many many years after Philips gave up the CD-i and long after their last title was published, it is still obvious that the CD-i community is a very active and resourceful one. Not only the many CD-i related sites prove this, because a couple of weeks ago, a new CD-i game was released. Yes, indeed!" And plus, our own Interactive Dreams is hyped, we can't see that enough!
For these two updates, both surprised me. The CD-i scene has a fairly large website library, and it was even mentioned by Charles that the CD-i scene is full of energy and interested people. That's odd, as CD-i seems like one of the least known retro videogames formats out there. All our regular readers will know I have a close eye to every initiative that is started about CD-i, like the Eigenstart portal, The CD-i Technical Archive, the Philipscd-i page, the Sidewalk CD-i page, but unfortunately all these don't show a lot of life. It's true building a full website is a lot of work! Somehow I feel this autumn will be another busy time for CD-i.... ;)
source: RDJNL CD-i, Philipscdi.com