|Originally posted by HeadRusch
.....hmmmm......I think the phillips CD=I was the first system to be soley based on CD-ROM, but you could certainly say that 3DO was the first system to really push the technology forward on a mass scale, since I think only 3 guys bought the CD-I :)
Count me as one of the 3 buyers! Thanks for reminding me. I wish I still had my Philips CDI and Panasonic 3DO- two collectible pieces of video gaming history.
This thread is reminding me of the Home Videogaming Renaissance that occurred between the Age of Genesis/SNES and the Age of PS1, circa 1993-1995.
It was an interesting time, with ground breaking experiments like the CDi, 3DO, and SegaCD. I even had the MPEG1 cartridge for the CDi machine, enabling playback of VideoCD movies, which were sold during that time at Best Buy! These were the first digital optical video movies on the market, predating DVDs by several years. Yes, they were only MPEG1 352x240 resolution, but coupled with the MPEG digital sound on a 27" TV, they looked and sounded great for the day, better than VHS and better than many LaserDiscs. I had Top Gun on commercial VideoCD. I watched and demoed it a lot on the CDi machine around 1994-1995.
I even had the ultimate Uber-Geek item- the 3DO-on-a-card from Creative Labs, introduced around the time of the stand alone system.
This 3DO expansion card was an ISA card with a complete hardware 3DO system on board. It had its own controller ports, but used the PC's CD ROM drive to load the 3DO game discs. Another unusual piece of video gaming history I wish I'd kept.
The independance and creativity of the games on the CDi and 3DO have been lost in the big business, factory assembly-line like production of games development today, which emphasizes flashy licenses like "NFL" and simple stats/celebrity updates year over year rather than better, original gameplay or improved game physics or strategy.