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Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:53 pm
by Devin
That's really interesting stuff sfetchit, e-mail sent! :D

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:31 pm
by Drumjay
Just joined thought I would say hello!

A massive collector of consoles, but it's hard to beat the innovative CDi. And I collect, did I mention that? Obsession.

And I've just finished the CDi game list on Wiki. It wasn't complete! Well it probably isn't perfect, but close.

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:49 pm
by cassandra1
Hi Everyone.

I am a gaming buff but had never even heard of CD-I until recently!

I am so happy I found this forum so that I can easily leverage the information and time people have spent on supporting this system and knowing what games are the best! I have already found some gems, thanks!


Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:10 pm
by The Laird
Hi all,

I am a massive retro gamer as you can see from the list of machines in my sig and just signed up here.

I am very well known in the Atari scene especially. I am a moderator on Jaguar Sector 2, long time contributor to Atari Age and the organiser of the UK's biggest Atari show (which now incorporates pretty much all retro) called Jagfest UK.

I have also been interviewed by Retro Gamer magazine as well as being an active producer in the homebrew scene.

I just picked up a CD-i this last week after having wanted one for a while and found this place today after somebody on JS2 pointed me to it.

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:00 am
by Bas
welcome and happy Christmas!

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:37 pm
by Shikotei
Hey, fellow CD-i fans!

There's quite a huge history/story/reason how it came to be that I ended up here and eventually registered.

For as long as I can remember, my parents have had a CD-i player (205/00 for those interested), costing at that time a massive 1500 guilders (around 680 euros). Spending literally hours on end, my youthful life wasn't much bigger than the TV and the console hooked to it.
Years passed and eventually, CD-i lost the race and the local library sold their collection of CD-i games one evening. Still, young and ignorant as I was, I kept asking for more. I even broke a controller once, its rubber D-pad was completely gone ghehe. But then the PC made its rise and slowly the CD-i was forgotten, but not lost as once in every while, it was used.

Years later, we found out that there was something wrong with the memory.. because the device started to lose memory after being turned off for a couple of hours. At the time, dad opened the device, but couldn't find anything that would serve as a battery. Oh, and the display had some problems. The only was to show it, was to put pressure on it.. weird stuff.

Anyway.. about 4 months ago I got interested in wanting to get myself one of those new thingies (Wii) and as of January '10 I had one. Also, I wanted to have my own TV on my room, so that my parents wouldn't be naggin about 'I can't sit in the living room quietly without you lot playing games anymore'.
So later, I had in my room a TV and a Wii. Somehow, the FHD LCD screen triggered my parents to take a second look at the other TV downstairs (a 7+ year old 32" CRT).. and decided that it had stood there long enough.

But after the switch, there were no longer 4 SCART plugs, so the CD-i could no longer be hooked up. This is where I decided to hook it to mine (I had only used the YCbCr connection).
Feeling all nostalgic when playing Link and Zelda and The Apprentice all over again (and loads more ghehe), I wanted to see how far people had gotten into developing a program that could rip the audio tracks from the CD. I already had done a couple of games years ago (thanks to Vision Factory for adding them in an Audio-CD format to the game-disc).
This is where I started to look for games and consoles as well. One console advertise had something interesting in its description; something about a recently replaced NV-RAM chip.. knowing that RAM includes memory, I researched what kind of memory chip was in the device, and eventually found this FAQ. "10-25 years" huh? Well, it seemed I had found my problem and with more searching, the solution.

Now, the difference between the past and the present, is that I now had followed an Electrical Engineer study and, like many others, wanted to take a look inside. I had found solutions that included removing part of the TimeKeeper and replace the batteries, or drill a hole and hook up new batteries. The third, and kinda my preferred method, is to unsolder the 'dead' chip and insert a new one on an IC-footing.
But right now, I can't find the fitting tools to open the device, and frankly, without consent from my parents, I'm not going to perform surgery. Especially not without a new chip at hand.

So why register at a forum, when I know all I need to know to fix my 'dying' player? Well, it just to happens to be that there are probably people here who know more than me, and could help ghehe. (stupid YTP about Mario..)
Epic win on longest first post?
So.. hiya!

Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:55 pm
by jaggyjaguar76
Hello all. I am new here obviously, and new to the CD-i world. It is one of the only systems I have never personally owned as far as consoles go. I have played BURN! Cycle and that's about it. The plunge has finally been taken as I walked into a television and electronics repair shop yesterday and way in the back corner he had a Phillips CD-i Roller Controller boxed. I asked to look at it and also asked if he had the system to go along with it. The guy was rather shocked that I even knew what the system was. The system is a bit dusty, but works. No Video Cart, which will be a must as I want to also play The 7th Guest, and has six brand new looking games to boot. Oh, it also has the remote with the direction knob on the face. He's holding it for me until the first. and I believe that $35.00 for the set up is quite the steal. He's had it there for three years he says and is happy to be getting rid of it. His loss is my gain, so I am happy to finally be able to get this system. Once it's in house, I am sure to be spending tons more time here and just wanted to say Hello to everyone. :wink:

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:04 pm
by smartlamppost
Hi everybody, I'm new and confused! :D nonetheless, I fairly recently purchased a philips cdi 220 model and have a small game collection going, consisting of Cyber City, Mutant Rampage, Hotel Mario, Laser Lords, and some other less famous titles. I am quite interested in the CDI, and while it isn't the strongest of systems, it certainly can do A LOT, considering it came out in 91' and I would be happy to keep up with any new information on the bizarre console.

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:22 pm
by Bas
Hello all! Thanks for your responses, we love it that you still keep CD-i a little alive. Most of us don't do that anymore ;)


Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:12 pm
by Anna
Just found this site! I used to work for Philips Media at the Freeland Studios site in Dorking. Worked as a graphics designer (I seem to have credited myself as Audio/Visual director) on 7th Guest and a load of unpublished stuff. Joined them in 1990 when the team were still sharing space at PRL in Redhill. Crazy days! :)

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:20 pm
by Bas
Hi Anna,
When you browse the forum and Interactive Dreams you'll see I'm also always triggered when I see 'a load of unpublished stuff'. Care to share some info, we love CD-i here :)

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:01 pm
by Anna
Ummmm *thinks*

Wuzzo was the best unpublished project - an interactive cartoon with drawings by Ross Thomson the guy who invented (BT's) Buzby and animation by Alan Green, who used to work for Hanna Barbera on the Flintstones.

Before that, Great British Golf - which I think was bundled along with a whole load of golfing stuff when the product was first launched in the UK.

And a music project - CD-i Ready I think it was called. Also I helped out with some original font creations.

I worked on a football game too - not sure if it was the one Steve Hayes was talking about (probably). And then after Philips pulled the whole studio, I worked on P.A.W.S

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:28 pm
by Devin
Anna wrote:I worked on a football game too - not sure if it was the one Steve Hayes was talking about (probably). And then after Philips pulled the whole studio, I worked on P.A.W.S
That would be Striker! :D

P.A.W.S. that was the dog game right? Always been intrigued by this title but never committed to actually buy it!


Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:16 pm
by Anna
P.A.W.S totally rocked! I still imitate the flying pizza delivery dog going "Yippee!" (But that may say more about me...)

Based on the book "How dogs actually work" by Alan Snow, there were so many cute things about it. And I believe it won an interactive game of the year award at Cannes.

Re: P.A.W.S

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:40 pm
by Devin
Anna wrote:P.A.W.S totally rocked! I still imitate the flying pizza delivery dog going "Yippee!" (But that may say more about me...)
/devin readies the straight jacket.

Seriously though! :D

As you mention Steve, did you ever visit the boffins at redhill or perhaps Philips ADS folk? Crazy mad creative sorts!