>> Tuesday, December 2, 2008
With 2008 soon be over I feel like sharing some history views on the CD-I websites in the past ten years. It’s roughly been ten years since Philips pulled the plugs out of all CD-I events and thankfully the rise of the internet caused a small CD-I scene to stay alive. With only a handful of people maintaining the online CD-I world it’s a miracle after ten years the format hasn’t been forgotten. And honestly, in the past months it’s been new people who share their crave for CD-I instead of the old crew. However, we used to have a different forum at CD-I Heaven, and I did my best to retrieve any contact info of the owner but as the place was run on a free hosting place, after a while it disappeared. 2001 was a special year when Devin Shockwell started the Black Moon Project, the oldest CD-I website that’s still alive, although it has its vacations that can take up a year or so. Those were the days when Gir Draxa put up his CD-I Collective at Geocities to share his CD-I reviews on games and hardware. A few years later he transferred the content to a more stable server, however that version is offline nowadays. The old free Geocities version is still available.
The biggest stir came in 2003 when Omegalfa started a French CD-I website, Le Monde du CD-i. Along with it the dutch Terratron put his CD-I efforts in cdi.eigenstart.nl and later at www.terratron.nl, but none of that is here anymore. Even Le Monde du CD-I is offline, mainly because all the people of interest are not here at the CD-I front anymore, so it shove to the background and due to some software risks it went offline.
In 2004 Devin started the Cdinteractive Network, which was meant a a hosting place for new CD-I websites, but unfortunately it hasn’t been used a lot. The only big thing going on is the continuation of one of the important CD-I archives: The new International CD-I Association.
More of interest came in 2007 when member rdjnl experimented with cdi.isgreat.org, which is somewhat dormant right now. I have no idea if he has any further plans for the future. Some new stuff may come from member XCLTempest, but until now we have yet to wait and see.
Interactive Dreams launched in 2005 as The Black Moon Monthly where I started with one article every month. After one year I felt the need to create a full blog out of it and that’s how the current site evolved. All the articles of the past years are in our archive, as well as the articles of Le Monde du CD-I, and CD-I Collective, Terratron’s CD-I repair guide and The Black Moon Project. So thankfully, most of the articles are in our vault, or will be in the future. With this in mind Interactive Dreams has created the headquarters of all online info gathered by many CD-I fans, of which I hope some will return to boost the interest in CD-I for the coming years.
With that, you’ve found all available CD-I related websites, of which only a handful are still available and even a lesser amount is active.
Although I’ve been around since the very beginning, the old days brake up my memory so the picture is far from complete. I’d like you to join me in sharing some history stories about the CD-I websites in the past years, please leave yours below!