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The Press about CD-i in 1994

>> Tuesday, March 10, 2009

In the past years we posted the news articles about CD-i that were published in american newspapers from 1988 up to and including 1993. Today, we continue with the next year: 1994. Former press posts: 1991, 1992, 1993.

Philips Media teams with Interplay, Virgin - Philips Media is focusing on multi-platform CD-ROM software development and has made agreements with Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Full Moon Entertainment and Interplay Productions. Philips latest CD-interactive player is scheduled to be released in Jul, 1994, for under $300. Other platforms for which the company is developing software include IBM- and Apple-compatible computers and videogame units. Philips Media has entered into longterm multititle deals with InterPlay Productions, Virgin Interactive Entertainment and Full Moon Entertainment as part of its strategy to put new emphasis on producing software across a range of hardware platforms. On the hardware side, Philips will unveil a newly styled CD-I player that will break the $300 price point and be available beginning in July. Sales for Philips' CD-I player in the U.S. have been sluggish during the past few years, but Scott Marden, president and CEO of Philips Media, says orders have more than doubled from a year ago. The announcement of Philips Media's software development alliances emphasizes the company's focus on producing titles across hardware platforms and its newfound interest in creating CD-ROM titles. "We will produce at least two titles with each of the software developers and up to 10 titles over the next several years," says Marden. Philips Media is the software group whose focus Marden has changed since he came aboard more than a year ago. Marden says he won't sign off on a software development proposal unless there are plans to produce the title across multiple platforms. The first titles that Virgin will create for Philips Media Games will be Creature Shock, a space game in which players try to save the human race from extinction, and Lost Eden, an adventure game pitting humans and herbivorous dinosaurs against carnivorous T-Rex dinosaurs. Philips Media is now developing its titles on four separate platforms: CD-I, IBM- and Apple-compatible CD-ROMs and videogame formats. Philips Media has more than 200 software titles on the market and will create another 60 titles within the next year and a half, according to Marden. The company is trying to foster the development of new titles and is seeding many projects for separate labels for various software niche markets. Those market segments include games, children's, special interest and reference, and European publishing. Philips Media is also looking at music videos and movies on optical disk formats, such as CD-ROM and CD-I. Marden says Orion is the latest Hollywood studio to begin putting its films on disk. Paramount, MGM and PolyGram films already have pressed some of their films to optical disk for playback with a CD-I player and a special adapter. Thirty films and 12 music videos are available in this format, says Marden, adding that more than 100 films will be available by the end of 1995. He says encoding has cost the studio approximately $20,000. The optical disk-based films retail for $24.95. Philips has been aggressively courting the creative community across entertainment industries, including motion picture companies, game developers, popular musicians and recording companies, as well as special effects experts. Marden says Philips Media is working with PolyGram on a project surrounding the upcoming Woodstock festival and is creating a new music software division. Marden believes it will be at least three or four years before there is a mass market of homes with an addressable cable system and a next-generation set-top box. "It will be a long march, and there is a lot of overpromising going on," Marden says. There are niche software markets today that are viable, he says, and he expects that as the installed base for CD-ROM and other platforms grows there will be a wealth of compelling software to meet the market demand. "Consumers will demand a different experience when interactive content can be delivered over a pipeline rather than a packaged media," Marden says.

VIRGIN DEAL BOLSTERS CD-I CONFIDENCE - Three state-of-the-art movie-style games are to be developed by Virgin Interactive (338a Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AH; +44/81/960-2255) for first release on CD-I simultaneously with PC CD-ROM, marking significant vote of confidence in CD-I format. Philips has acquired worldwide CD-I rights for which Virgin will get distribution royalties, but CD-I versions are being developed at Virgin's expense with no up-front payment from Philips--unlike previous deal for CD-I version of breakthrough Virgin title "The 7th Guest", which involved Philips funding all necessary full-motion video CD-I development with no financial risk to Virgin. First title will be space adventure "Creature Shock". Meanwhile, CD-I release of "The 7th Guest" has been delayed until April 1994 due to unexpected level of additional development work necessary to CD-ROM version.

Philips to add CD-ROM versions of CD-i titles - Philips Media will issue at least 20 of its CD-i titles on CD-ROM by the end of the year and plans to eventually offer all of its CD-i titles on CD-ROM for both PC and Macintosh, according to Scott Marden, Philips Media president and CEO. In addition, sources say several new titles will be released simultaneously on CD-i and CD-ROM. The first are expected to debut in the fall, with others to follow in the first quarter of 1995. This marks the first break in the company's commitment to its proprietary Compact Disc-interactive format, introduced in 1992. Philips executives says 300,000 CD-i machines had been sold worldwide by the end of '93, an unimpressive sales figure, according to analysts. That compares with 11.4 million CD-ROM drives sold worldwide, according to Infotech, a Woodstock, Vt., research firm. However, Marden denied that the company's foray into CD-ROM marks a departure from its commitments to CD-i. Rather, he said, it's a sign that Philips views interactive software as a business similar to its record holdings (including Mercury, Island and A&M Records) and said the availability of new and better programs will help CD-i grow. Marden added that the firm is investigating electronic delivery of its titles, and characterized the move to exploit other platforms as in keeping with expansion plans. Some observers take a different view of Philips's efforts in CD-i and its long-term plans in interactive entertainment. Philips has been quietly approaching its CD-i developers to ask about CD-ROM, according to a software publisher. "Most CD-i titles will appear on CD-ROM," the publisher said. "Anyone who has CD-i titles knows Philips is converting." Asked about the implications of the move, the publisher predicted the slow waning of CD-i, though noting that "Philips won't kill CD-i because [its development] has been ego-driven." Philips's Family Entertainment divisions will issue three CD-i titles - Cartoon Jukebox, Hanna Barbera's Cartoon Carnival and Sandy's Circus - on CD-ROM this fall, according to division president Sarina Simon. Some CD-ROM titles, which Marden wouldn't specify, will be converted to CD-i titles. Philips Consumer Electronics Co. and its related entertainment companies, including Philips Media, have been fending off speculation about their commitment to CD-i and their interest in other formats for some time. In an unusual move, Philip's PolyGram division last week formally denied rumors that it is negotiating to acquire Virgin Interactive. "We are not in negotiations, nor have we ever been," said a PolyGram spokesman, quoting CEO Alain Levy.

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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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