>> Tuesday, November 3, 2009
CD-i was meant to compete with CD-ROM in the living room and one thing that reminisce to that example is the availability of the trackball and the CD-i. The trackball was the most used controller type in kiosk stands, probably it could be glued to the surface so nobody could steal or ruin it. I remember our local Superclub had four CD-i units ready all with a trackball playing games like Chaos Control and Mad Dog. This is something that stands out from other consoles, because these shooting games were far more accurately controllable using the trackball or the mouse. Even compared to the Peacekeeper Gun which was slower to react, the trackball was the best. Nowadays you don't see these controllers very much, most people are looking for the console-like controllers so they can play the damned Mario and Zelda games. I'd say if you fully want to experience the Peacekeeper Gun games, try to get the CD-i mouse or the CD-i trackball!
Ofcourse, CD-i is more than about the games: The encyclopedias are best controlled with these peripherals as well. At the time the trackball was pretty expensive: 130 dutch guilders. The mouse was priced at 100 dutch guilders.