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The History of Interactive Dreams started with my personal CD-i writings in 1995

>> Wednesday, June 26, 2019

With over 1000 articles on the blog and an even bigger archive at the CDinteractive Forum resources I think most of my joy in CD-i is fueled by the many CD-i prototypes and stories from developers. Interactive Dreams is in a way a continuation of my own CD-i collection that started when I received my own CD-i player in 1994. It was thanks to my father as he worked at the Consumer Electronics department at Philips. Thanks to him, the inside stories started my love for the CD-i system.

My physical CD-i collection is in the attic so last weekend I was browsing through some boxes to look for my old CD-i writings. Back then it was a private investigation but it is actually the very start of what you are visiting today. These writings started in 1995 with all upcoming CD-i titles that I could find. They've been always personal and only for myself, but I feel it is part of the history of Interactive Dreams, so I'll show small portion of it. Above you'll see my original personal book dated between 1994-2000 before I started to keep it digital! Below some preview stuff that was the start of tracking down the people behind CD-i. The names of course, due to privacy, I won't show but some of them come from game credits. The internal Philips communications brought more details than I could read in CD-i Magazine. I collected tips and cheats, but also copyrights, preview material, customer care contacts within Philips Media, and colleagues thanks to my father. On the final pages I collected names that I read in the credits of CD-i games, I think I started with that in 1996 (I did not have email by then!). I discovered names of people that showed up in many title credits. Later, that list appeared to be very valuable. It was the time when Philips announced the end of CD-i and I wanted to find out why!

I got in contact with Devin in 2001 when he started The Black Moon Project (first at WWEmu, later at and GameSpy) together with Jorg and Dreamon, who all contributed tremendously to the archive that we keep today. Some time later I officially joined and around 2003 on the old Black Moon Forum there were mainly four people with the same passion: Devin, Merijn, Erronous and myself. Together we gathered a huge archive in a closed forum with all communications we had with CD-i developers, both about hardware and software. Thanks to this, CD-i prototypes surfaced like Microcosm, Star Wars Rebel Assault, Treasures of Oz, The Crow, Super Mario Wacky Worlds and many more. We created alumni forums like for the gang behind The Vision Factory, which lead to a lot of new stuff and fun about the SPC Vision titles on CD-i.

In these years I started to work at Philips myself and while I worked on different topics, the network and archive brought me in contact with key people involved with past CD-i development, including discoveries about CD-i 2. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to publish this (I still did not do that with several subjects and promised not to as long as I'm still working there)

We published the big stories and interviews on Black Moon, but over the years there were so many small bits of interesting information about all kinds of CD-i related subjects that remained unused behind closed doors that we (mainly Devin and myself) started The Black Moon Monthly in 2004 to get more smaller info and details to the CD-i community. I had a lot of fun to create something around it and those articles you can still find back in our current archive.

At Black Moon we had plans to publish a book about all the statements and interviews about CD-i. So many unfullfilled promises and dreams about what could have been, Devin came up with the name "Interactive Dreams". In the end, time-wise a book was not feasable, but the name continued to live in the blog, which started as a base for the book. I'm still very proud of what we did at Black Moon, that's why the name continues to shine in Interactive Dreams. The activity of Black Moon faded away a bit around 2009 because e were all busy with a lot of other projects (and family/kids). The blog however, always stayed active.

Over the years, the CD-i community changed quite a bit, websites came and disappeared. People came and disappeared (and some returned after quite some time :) ). As I have always been a "completionist", Interactive Dreams was the only place that saved all the CD-i archives over the years, together with all the stuff we discovered ourselves. Now I realize it is the biggest CD-i website on the net, which is actually cool. Thanks to the new attention to CD-i on Facebook and The World of CD-i, we're building actively again our (digital) CD-i collection. More than 20 years in the making, we still haven't found the end of what was happening during the CD-i era!

My future goal is to organize an exhibition in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), I'm in contact with them about the possibilites and future date. You'll hear more about that when it comes closer to realisation.

I'll promise you The Black Moon Project will revive at some point, but its baby Interactive Dreams as an old working horse will keep collecting everything about CD-i in the coming years!

2 reacties:

Anonymous,  June 26, 2019 at 12:46 PM  

the oldest cdi website that is still active! so many of you have a link with philips, it is like a family!

Anonymous,  June 27, 2019 at 10:49 PM  

Very cool Bas! I'm amazed by the new info you still keep digging up!
I remember those good old days of blackmoon, the forum, the developers section...felt like we were doing detective much fun! Keep up the great work!

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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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