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"Interactive Math" uses floppy drive of CD-i player

>> Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This is the very first CD-i application that I see which makes use of the floppy disc that came with a few CD-i players. A year ago we discussed the usage of the floppy drive on a CD-i player before and recently "extra_anchovy" showed us details of a professional CD-i application named "Interactive Math". Probably used at educational programs at school, this title was able to write scores to a floppy, which you can see in the screenshot below. In fact, the screen also shows the option to write scores to the printer, which indicates the possibility of a CD-i printer. 'Extra_anchovy' explains: "I think the interactive maths software was not sold at retail, the cover doesn't look like a commercially sold product. Also inside the cover slip it says it originally came with a floppy disk but I don't have it." However rare, it seems like a perfect example how CD-i was able to top CD-ROM applications in the early ninetees. It's the initiative of the memory cards of recent consoles ;)

Credits: extra_anchovy


"Le Monde du CD-i" would have existed five years today

>> Thursday, March 13, 2008

Unfortunately Omegalfa from 'Le Monde du CD-i' doesn't show any progress in building up his site again. Just like Gir Draxa from CD-i Collective, he is too busy to keep it running for now. The site is out of air for half a year already and he doesn't react to any emails, so Interactive Dreams was right in their first conclusions. However, there is a spark of hope, as the owner of their server, DJKoelkast, promised me he would install the latest version as it is just for back-up services in due time. So that would mean the site is probably coming back, although without the support of the admi team. This time of posting is on a special day as it is exactly five years today that 'Le Monde du CD-i' launched on the internet. Congratulations Omegalfa ;)


CD-i audio and video capturing possibilities (part 2)

>> Monday, March 10, 2008

Part 1 discussed CD-i video capturing using hardware, but is it also possible with software? Old CD-i disc often have a more obscure format in the way they hold audio and video. For example, take two CD-i discs from Philips/Smithsonian Institution called "The downtown blues" and "The uptown blues". Their video files are in .rtf format. It is possible to read the discs with Isobuster but it's impossible to play the mpeg files on a computer. Why? cdifan explained the audio part as follows: "There's two parts to the conversion: 1. Convert from RTF to "raw" ADPCM data. IsoBuster should be able to do this for you. 2. Convert ADPCM to AIFF or something. If you can find it, something called the "Audio Conversion Utilities" should be able to do it. I think it used to be part of "MediaStockroom" or something which can be downloaded from the ICDIA site, I think. If the RTF files in fact contain MPEG, you should be able to extract them with IsoBuster just fine. But I think these are relatively "old" titles and they probably use slideshows and their own "DYUV partial motion" format; it would be hard to convert this without investigating the specific RTF files in detail. If CD-i Emulator provided an "automatic playback capture" (which is planned but barely even started) you could use that..."


CD-i Emulator author forecasts 'CD-i File Player'

>> Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Interesting news arrived today that 'cdifan', the author of our loved CD-i Emulator, will release a stand-alone CD-i File Player at some point. This will give you the opportunity to extract audio files of a CD-i disc and other files, like graphics. CD-i discs have sound files with the extension [.rtr]. Especially ripping the soundtrack has been asked often by CD-i people as some games have great music like Burn:Cycle, Litil Divil and Lost Eden. This application would be able to help. Cdifan: "It's certainly possibly to extract audio from CD-i real-time files (which is what the .rtr files are), but not really very easy. I don't know if there are public tools in existence. Of course CD-i Emulator contains all the necessary functionality and I will probably release a stand-alone "CD-i File Player" at some point."


Journeys Through Victorian London: a Virtual Museum on CD-i

>> Saturday, March 1, 2008

This disk has been produced with the help of "The Museum of London" and explores the various social aspects of the city during the reign of Queen Victoria. It contains a vast amount of material ranging from Full Screen Motion Video, drawings and sound recordings of the period as well as commentary on a range of subjects relating to how life was like for the vast majority of London's inhabitants. Lee Barnard wrote this review originally for the CD-i Collective, one of the former highlights in the world of CD-i. There are actually only a few "Virtual Museums" on CD-i, like one of the first titles "In the Wake of Captain Cook (Also by Valkieser) and the Art series on CD-i partly fall under the same wing. It's a rare breed which even nowadays you'll only come across on the Internet for a little bit. Titles like Victorian London on CD-i are beautiful and highly underrated.

The disk starts with a 360 degree panorama on which there are 23 hot spots, each one allows access to a film clip showing a sight relating to an aspect of late 19th century life in London. One of the clips shown shows a tea party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace attended by Queen Victoria in 1897.

The next section is "Encounters" and gives personal accounts of London from 15 of the cities most prominent inhabitants or visitors at that time. These include Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Karl Marx. All of these accounts are accompanied by sound clips and images.

The "Themes" section there are 31 sites that are grouped into themes including Transport, Docks & River, London Lives, Growth and Change, Royal London and Landmarks.

31 of London's residential areas are highlighted in the next section , depicted as pins on a map of Victorian London they show what life was like in the developing parts of London as well as the more poorer areas, there is a heavy content of related images and text.

Finally there is a time-line which shows the events of a given year in either Great Britain, Europe and the rest of the World.

Overall this is a very well researched and content rich source of social history. There is so much information that it will take many hours to exhaust the sheer amount of visual and aural content that has been crammed on here. Here is one disk that shows the huge potential of CD-I when it is handled correctly and can easily compete with anything that is produced on CD-ROM, in fact I know of no disc on CD-ROM that tackles this particular subject.

An exceptional disc which is worthy of anybody's attention, if you can find it grab it!

Credits: Lee Barnard & CD-i Collective


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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