>> Saturday, July 17, 2010
A quote from the former MT of Philips Media: "I could tell you a story about how Pinball was originally funded, and how it involved "borrowing" some money from another studio equipment budget to fund Cap Video, since the Editorial Committee, the group that made the decisions to fund and greenlight titles (which I didn't serve on for the first few years) was making terrible choices based on the misguided view that we needed highbrown infotainment type of titles and not pure entertainment. We weren't going to compete with the likes of the Nintendo SNES and Sega Genesis in the early years, without the extra memory that the FMV card would deliver later but we certainly could have delivered more on a pure entertainment model.
But this demonstrates how the company, American Interactie Media, was so fixated in the beginning of not being a games machine, but an all purpose device that would appeal to many interests (As evidenced by the aforementioned titles such as Stamps, Coins, Smithsonian, Gardening as well as Sailing, not to metion the Joy of Sex (at least that is entertaining !) and all of the art discs produced by Jean Pierre Isbouts - a dutchman now with a film production company in Santa Monica.
I will say however, the art discs which were produced at a reasonable cost were genuinely a very good thing for CD-i - not just in the US, but worldwide and I was a big fan of those effort and still use them as video wallpaper in my home, where I can set up the art and elect which music to play with a given gallery............. "