Why did CD-i fail to succeed?

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Why did CD-i fail to succeed?

Poll ended at Mon May 01, 2006 5:38 pm

The retail prices were too high
3rd party support was too low
1st party software was weak
No votes
distribution services were too weak (cd-i was nowhere to buy)
CD-i hardware performances were weak, comparing with competitors
No votes
More and better marketing (advertising) would have done it
Total votes: 12

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Post by Austin » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:49 am

Price and marketing go a long way. In my area of the US (Northern Virginia/DC area), I saw a CD-i in a store only once. That was in a Montgomery Ward store (Anyone in the US remember them? I didn't think so ;)). I only saw actual CD-i systems at places that valued edutainment--For instance, a hospital, and my intermediate school. As a game machine, I only saw it that one time. No mainstream videogame store carried the platform, nor did any of the other popular big-box stores, like Best Buy.
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Post by phatrat1982 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:18 am

yeah my impressions of 32x were all from a while back, I sold my console in 2006 I think it was so I could be remembering the names wrong. I did download the emulator and some roms I missed and I don't see much improvement over the Genesis version of VR but that could be because the game did not age well and I don't have the Genesis version right now to compare.

I did re-try Tempo and I don't know I had Toe Jam and Earl Panic on Funkotron on Genesis and that game looked and sounded worse to me than Tempo so I still hold that it feels like a regular 16 bit Sega game for me. I didn't notice any improvements anyways.

I did re-examine MKII and damn it was worse than I remembered must have been hype and nostalgia that impressed me the first go round. I am sticking with Mame for that from now on.

I am still trying to decide which version of Doom I will make my definitive version because I always had trouble getting the game to work on my Windows systems. I did find my old Doom CD ROM so I might try it again *IF* it is Windows 7 compatible or I might go for the 3DO version because I can't stand the SNES one.

I still was impressed with Shadow Squadron and Star Wars Arcade but for some reason Zaxxons didn't hold up to well.

Cosmic Carnage still looked and played great.

Overall I still think the system as a whole had a solid library it just lacked marketing, it was a little thin on some areas and mostly it had to deal with big brother over shadowing it.


Post by proxy10 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:22 am

yep,they failed for high price, poor marketing

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Post by Interite » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:40 am

Think there were quite a few reason behind the failure, but think that the prices and crappy marketing played a big role in that.

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