>> Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Proving games were on the list of Philips Interactive Media from the very start shows the 1990’s developments on Palm Springs Open, being the first commercially released CD-i game and one of the first CD-i titles in general to hit the CD-i system in 1991. In America ‘Palm Springs Open’ was bundled with the system, focusing on families and diverting itself from the known videogames of Sonic and Mario by offering ‘grown-up, serious’ entertainment. It’s typical that popular genres like shooters and platformers didn’t reach the format until a few years later, and Philips was betting on ‘chic’ games like chess, golf, puzzle games and a little later: Interactive TV game shows.
A historical excerpt from the 1991 press: "Sceptics of the consumer appeal of CD-i, or compact disk-interactive, should try their hands at American Interactive Media's Palm Springs Open, which is being marketed as a promotion package in anticipation of the consumer CD-i launch next year (CI No 1,685). The elaborate 18-hole golf game is made from live footage from the Palm Springs golf tournament as shown on the US ABC Sports channel. For each new game the wind direction changes, so the player never plays the same game twice. The golfer has a choice of clubs and drivers, and aims by directing a mouse or joystick on a remote control. Once the ball has landed, the ABC commentator makes his personalised comments to a wise-cracking guest and the crowd roars its own reaction. Computergram's conclusion, after an afternoon spent at Philips NV's Interactive Media Systems centre in Dorking, Surrey sampling the product, was that if the consumer will fork out for an audio compact disk player, then they might as well splash out on a CD-i player, as soon as system prices fall to an affordable level."
From: CBR Online, thanks to Shroo-man