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Hi there!

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 5:39 pm
by Seb
Hey everyone,

New here, although I check out the site now and then when looking up some info now and then. I've had a CD-i pretty much from the day they came out. It never really was my most priced console (I very often rather played with my older NES back then), but I always thought the CD-i was a very interesting device with an even more interesting background.

Figured I might as well make an account here now and say hi. I really enjoy the weblog and it gives some excelent information!

I've been doing some video reviews of CD-i titles on my YouTube channel which are really fun to do. Not really saying that I'm really good at it, especially the earlier ones are just awful! Would be awesome to get some feedback from some of you 'pros' on the subject haha.

Well I'll see if I can drop by now and then!

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 11:09 pm
by npanag
Hi! I believe i am the newest member up until now!
I live in Athens, Greece and i just bought my Philips CD-i along with several games. It was a dream to buy this system as in my country, despite the fact that we were traditionally Philips maniacs(!!), was not very popular and was also pretty expensive! So i have finally managed to get my hands on a Cd-i as i am generally a great fan of this kind of consoles including Laserdisc players and my favorite Commodore CDTV :D :D

I will have tons of questions to ask you gurus in the near future! :D

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 11:38 pm
by opt_fr_
Hi all, I live in Belgium and I liked CD-i games when I was young (Guardian, & Invaders, Hotel Mario, Creatures SHOCK, Labyrith of Crete).

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 7:23 am
by Bas
Hey Seb, you've made quite a few CD-i movies already: nice! There's probably a whole club of CD-i fans out there we've never met. The forum here is a small living leftover of what was all about CD-i on the net. So we (I?) highly welcome you all :D

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:19 am
by CD-inexperience
Hi I'm 3DO Experience from the "other" forum. I'm new to CD-i, so new in fact I don't have one yet! :P

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:53 pm
by TheCDiFanboy92
CD-i Inexperience wrote:Hi I'm 3DO Experience from the "other" forum. I'm new to CD-i, so new in fact I don't have one yet! :P
hahahahahaha lol :)
welcome man!

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:09 pm
by rdjnl

I am not new here, but I just wanted to say hi again.

Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:30 pm
by Karoshiga
Sorry, I forgot to say "Hi" first. :oops:

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:47 pm
by mattyg
Hi I'm 3DO Experience from the "other" forum. I'm new to CD-i, so new in fact I don't have one yet! :P
lol hi I'm mattyg otherwise known as mattyg from that other forum lol

.........and just about every other forum :wink:

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:18 pm
by CD-inexperience
mattyg wrote:lol hi I'm mattyg otherwise known as mattyg from that other forum lol
hehehe :wink:

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:04 pm
by mattyg
you are amongst friends here (and there)!

over on Zero you've got me , Trev and Devin as your resident CD-i ers and here I can guarantee you Bas ,my fellow Aussie Shroo-man , Arthur and more are always a great help! Welcome to Zero's older brother! or sister :wink:

Watto all

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:56 am
by BRN
I have had a long love affair with the CD-I.

It started when they werre first shown in the shops and I was puit off by the price.

It was consumated when I bought a 210 and c20 games from a Hi-Fi shop
just before the CD-I became extinct. I think I paid £100 for the lot.

I bought a lot more games either mail order from a supplier in Colchester or from a stall in Chelmsford.

I must have about 50-60 titles.

My top ten in no particular order are

7th Guest
Opera Imaginaire music
Kate Bush-music
Monty Python
Oxford English Dictionary

I have to admit that some of the games are unplayable and dont stack up against the versions on other formats

However I'm still head over heels in love with the CD-I and I haven't the faintest idea why,


Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:33 pm
by Bas
I hope you'll have fun here, BRN ;)

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:16 pm
by T.A.P.

I found this place after someone on the 3DOZero forums told me about it.
I've been interested in the CD-i for a while, but I've never been able to find much information about it. I'm hoping you guys can help me out.

new member

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:39 pm
by sfetchit
I was a CD-i professional developer. I started as chief engineer for a video-disc manufacturing facility where we were heavily involved with the automotive industries and military which were using laser discs for training. I developed recording technologies, including as an adjunct requirement interactive level 1 and 2 capabilities for video disc. We obtained the Philips CD-i Green Book standards as part of our development of CD/CD-ROM recording capabilities at the time and I was fascinated with Philips vision of a "standard" multimedia system. When I left there, I started consulting and set up a company to do development of training for automotive companies in conjunction with advertising agencies. They were doing it all on touchscreen / computer / videodisc systems and I bought development systems for CD-i and introduced that to one automotive company. I created a "student course management" system which connected with their satellite-based in-dealer training network through the CD-i serial port and developed proof-of-concept training programs for CD-i and actually obtained and programmed for one of the first MPEG cartridges which hung off the back of the CD-I player with a big fan cooling it - I still have some of those original units. I merged with another development company as CTO and we ended up co-developing hundreds of CD-i professional titles (and a few small educational games as well) for Philips, Chrysler, GM, gaming systems for EDS, Sealy, Sears, etc.... There was rudimentary authoring available (Media Mogul) but I developed my own software using C/C++ on the platform as well as techniques for doing hi-color animations/etc. on the platform to achieve much higher performance in the applications which was a part of getting acceptance - we were able to largely duplicate and better the applications that were being done on multi-thousand dollar videodisc/touchscreen/computer systems on CD-i for around $500 per unit including the MPEG cartridge. These were put into thousands of auto dealerships (and eventually into lots of other professional applications). We were very disappointed when Philips elected to exit the CD-i business (we were hoping for a next-generation system) but understood the decision. It is amazing that there is still to this day really no open-standard api/accessible/commercial system that can duplicate the functionality of CD-i in a simple package for a low price. I've done a lot of programming of digital signage using embedded linux systems as well with display chips/etc. - better video but the graphics/overlay/performance generally sucks unless they are much more pricey/complicated units.