What is a Timekeeper?
The Timekeeper is the CD-i NVRAM chip. It will keep the settings, time and date of your player and the saved games (storage). Hidden inside the chip, a little lithium battery is placed with a longevity up to 10 years or more if the player is stocked in optimal conditions (temperature, humidity).
This is not the place where they are stored, this it just the mechanism to keep them recorded, just like a lithium battery keep the BIOS setup in a computer.
Emulation is the term used when you want to make something work from a specific system, using something that is not the original platform.
In our case, play a CD-i title without the need of any dedicated player.
This quest isn’t new. Back to the early days of the interactive system development, Philips tried many ways to emulate CD-i titles to make it easier to develop new titles.
Find out all the different ways to emulate a CD-i title using a software.
Some of them are abandoned by their creator, others are still under development.
What about create your own Photo-CD?
Marco Parisio Java from Philips CD-i Appreciation Group (Facebook) found this free software:
Kodak Arrange and Built-it
Compatible with Mac and Windows, and also playable on CD-i of course.
I will try it and if everything goes well, I will create a guide to use it.
This is a great pleasure for us to finally welcome you to Your CD-i website!
After 12 years, we are proud to bring The World of CD-i back.
This place will give you all the information you need to know about our beloved ahead of its time interactive player.
Title information, all genres included such as game, educational, multimedia, music, video, photo-cd, cd+graphics, and more!
Also a lot of material will be available like screenshots, videos, cover scans, downloads, tips & tricks, tutorials and more!
This is the place that should never have been gone!
We want to thank all the active Interactive Community that still kept working hard to stay up, especially The Black Moon Project with his Forum, CD-i Philips Zone FB page (now gone), Interactive Dreams, ICDIA, CD-i Emulator, and other Facebook Groups. This shows how big our Community is!
The World of CD-i doesn’t want to take the place of anyone, we only want to be another website to contribute to the Community, allowing each one of you to participate in its growing.
This website gives you the opportunity to add missing information on titles and add new material, directly through an editor page. It will then be revised by our team and, after validation, your information will be available and your name will also be added on the credits tab. This is interactivity!
To get full access of the website please don’t forget to register!
Some of the parts of this website are still being worked on. If you find anything that does not work or you think is inconveniant, please let us know using our contacts or our community forum.
Also many titles are still being added, as screenshots, videos, etc…
Enjoy just like we enjoyed bringing it back!
The World of CD-i website is in constant updates.
We are always adding information like new titles, covers, screenshots, videos, etc…
Our website members are a great value for us, this is why we encourage you to register, this way you’ll be able to add yourself new stuff. We always add credits to our contributors!
The latest titles additions are:
NFL – The Ultimate Football Collection – Triple Pack
A National Parks Tour (credits: Arethius_Rgc)
ADI Klasse 1+2 – Mathe
n-tv 1995 – Gut zu Wissen
The Human Body (credits: Marco Parisio Java)
The latest covers additions are:
Asterix® – Caesar’s Challenge (credits: Marco Parisio Java – Italian covers)
Burn Cycle (credits: Marco Parisio Java – Italian covers)
Do you remember the 60’s? (credits: Marco Parisio Java)
GO (credits: Marco Parisio Java – Italian covers)
NFL – Hall of Fame Football
Super Test (credits: Marco Parisio Java)
Rhythm Maker (credits: Arethius_Rgc)
A Special Thanks to our contributors Arethius_Rgc, Marco Parisio Java, Bas and Thorsbabelis!
More is coming… 😉
At The World of CD-i, each team member knows exactly what to do.
We are in constant contact each other, to define new projects and areas to work on.
That is why we proudly announce 2 new official team members for his respective target.
CD-i Fan, the Emulator creator.
He will exclusively work on the Title Development section, under the Open-Source project, and of course continue with BurnCycle (emulator tester) to make a better experience of his Emulator.
Alan_CDiZone the biggest CD-i lover I ever know!
He will provide some experience of his incredibly huge collection and other material to the site database.
He is the man behind the now sadly closed Philips CD-i Zone Facebook page. He is a very busy man, but he will for sure answer you as soon as possible.
Let’s make a short resume of what happened.
Philips accused Nintendo for violate at least 2 patents from 1996, used on Nintendo’s gaming next generation consoles.
Philips filed a suit against Nintendo back in 2012 in the UK and Germany, then in 2013 in France and finally in the USA in 2014.
The 1st patent said to be infringed describes a virtual body control device that models a user’s body in a virtual environment and lets an animated version of the body follow physical movements of the user.
The 2nd patent describes a user interface system based on a pointing device that lets users give commands to another device by moving it in a particular way.
Philips sent a warning to Nintendo about the 1st patent violation back in 2011, but the Japanese company never tried to get the rights of it, and then with the Wii U, the 2nd patent got also violated.
With this lawsuit, Philips wanted to stop importations and sells of the Nintendo consoles in the 4 countries and get compensation for damages.
In 20th of June of 2014 the Judge Colin Birss from UK patents tribunal ruled the violation of the patents 498 and 650 under the following consoles and systems:
Nintendo Wii, Wii Mini, Wii U and accessories Wii Remote, Wii Motion Plus controllers, Nunchuk, Balance Board and GamePad.
In December of the same year Philips confirmed a settlement with Nintendo that involves a cross-licensing agreement that spans the patent portfolios of both companies. The other terms and all financial details were withheld.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Nintendo,” said Brain Hinman, chief IPO officer at Philips. “It demonstrates that both companies recognize the importance of intellectual property rights. It also shows the value of our extensive IP portfolio and our commitment to protect our significant investments in research and development.”
This is clear proof of a possible development of a possible CD-i 2 or similar system back in 1996 but unfortunatly, never made.
A definitive proof of being far ahead is time…
Times are changing, that is why for more than 10 years Facebook Groups (FBG) was chosen by all kinds of people (CD-i lovers or just curious).
I can absolutely confirm that the pioneer of this way of spread the good word came from Alan with his Philips CD-i Zone (now sadly closed since early 2019). This is absolutely insane when you know this guy don’t like Facebook and don’t have any opened account…!
It’s good to see activity again in our Community!
It’s good to see how our return woke up people and gave them more strength!
It’s good to see healthy concurrency!
It’s good to see people talking about CD-i again!
Everything is good? Of course it isn’t. We have to be careful, sometimes the will to do everything at once can brings you back again to the same point before.
The Compact Disc Interactive is indeed a dead system, no way to deny this fact. Nothing we can do will bring him back to life again like in the 90’s. We are not talking about a Sony PlayStation 3 or 4 with tons of websites trying to rule the world of information. We are just talking about CD-i, yes, CD-i this amazing system that nobody understood how powerful it was for its time… We are talking about only a few websites you can count in one hand, and maybe more FBG than websites…
So, It’s good to see concurrency, but with respect and truth.
Like someone told me some weeks ago, time make things change.
I am still hoping this can happen.
In the name of all the people who are behind me and without who it would not be possible to bring this website back to life. Enjoy this website and any other places that talks about your beloved system!