"Throw whatever you have been told about this console out the window. This console is truly a masterpiece that I to this day have not experienced anywhere else."
Funny, but just so folks know, this is an IGN user blog.
I laughed so hard when on the thumb nail it said "10/10" and right below it saying "ign.com". Almost making it look like IGN gave the cdi a 10/10. XD
If Philips had thrown enough cash at them they probably would have.
and satiric just so you know
Indeed. Pretty funny, though.
It's overrated if anything. No system is 100% crap. 99% perhaps but there's always some redeeming value, IMO.
Nothing redeemable from those cutscenes of the Zelda games that came out on cdi!
I'll go grab my stuff. -grabs rope and hangs himself-
The system was never meant to compete in the gaming market but was one of the first major forays into CD Media Centers available with numerous configurations, both entry and professional tier models. It was one of the first Media Centers open to consumers. The only reason it was even marketed as a games console was to showcase the advantages of Compact Disc media (hence its name) as an educational platform. Sadly a lot of consumer models were more expensive than the crappiest Gateway available at the time, and what do you know, built far worse than the first generation Sega CD.
That side scrolling Zelda... Ugh
Zelda 2 tho
Yeah, I remember fondly waiting to see this new game machine. Along with the 3DO at about the same time. Was pretty cool for it's time, but when users were finally able to get a taste, the idea of it being a game machine quickly went south. It had some beautiful "games", but overall, they were pretty poor examples of games, and the way the system was built was just not anywhere close to being able to play things that even the SNES could at the time. I have one I got as a collector, and have about 80% completion of all it's software in my stash, and I've gone through and played quite a few of them, but even looking at it from the standards of the time of it's release, I can say that the CDI was most definitely rated higher than it deserved, because it was a piss poor game machine.
The problem is: it wasn't supposed to be only a console, it was trying to be something like Xbox One, by playing CDs and stuff, being a multimedia center. As it's written on wikipedia, it is an "interactive multimedia CD player". Games are only part of it, and the games were more of the interactive part than the hardcore gaming itself. It remembers me of those blu-ray with interactive media, although nowadays these things are much more affordable. IMO it isn't specifically a console, but one of the things it can do is play games.
I still have mine and all the games....
Ill buy it from you
It was an interesting console but was way too expensive.
I had the 3DO. Cracked out on Road Rash so much.
3DO was pretty amazing for it's time...even today the games stand up pretty well. Unfortunately it was too far ahead of it's time, and while the licensing model of the hardware was a interesting concept, the ultimate cost to the consumer was just ridiculous. Even though it was a "media player", it was still built to be a game console, and at the time, game players didn't care much about all those extra media features, and certainly not enough to spend $600-800 on it when other consoles coming out at the time were $200-300 and did games just as well or better. Shame though, because the 3DO hardware set up could have put all the other consoles to shame at it's time.
I hear it sure was. Know a few friends of mine that loved it back in the day. I was too old-school with Nintendo and Sega all the way.
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