>> Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Last year we discovered the hidden CD-i world in Japan, where Japan Interactive Media produced at least three exclusive Japanese games on CD-I: Mah-Jong, Golgo 13 and Sharaku. Now there’s another continent left we’ve never heard of in the world of CD-i: Australia. Shroo-man from the CD-i Forum comes from Australia and he found some opening document where CD-i development in Australia is discussed.
"The first CD-i disc designed and developed in Australia featured the Victoria University of Technology. After a brief introduction, this program displays a Main Menu of options, including an explanation of where the University is situated, the courses offered, faculty structures, and a Producers Corner. If a user selects the "Where" option from the Main Menu, the program branches to a sequence of images in which a camera zooms onto a world map until finally reaching a detailed map of Melbourne and its western suburbs. Background music and a narrator's voice accompany this process, and icons identifying each of our four campuses are superimposed on the final map. Using the remote control device, a user can then select any one of these icons and take an audiovisual tour of the corresponding campus. Options to explore more detailed information about the location of Melbourne, including distances from other Australian cities and selected cities in Asia, USA and Europe are also available. Similarly the "Courses" option enables a user to interactively explore the range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available at the University. Again the user can select icons to extract more and more details about a specific field of interest, rather than receive an overload of information about all courses."
As an experimental product, this CD-i disc did not have commercial value. But it shows at least the availability of CD-i in the land down-under. Who knows what titles will show up when we dig a little deeper! -Thanks to Shroo-man