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Tandy Video Information System (VIS) (Memorex MD-2500):

Specs:
  • CPU: 12 MHz 80286 AMD (N80L286-12/S)
  • FPU: 80287 Co-processor
  • Chipset: NCR Corporation, LSI Logic (X07901200, X04990200, X04990300)
  • RAM: 2 x 256k@4bits Samsung DRAM (KM44C256CJ7)
  • Video: Cirrus Logic (CL-GD5200-80PC-A) ("Tandy ADAC-1")
  • Audio: Yamaha 16-bits (YMF262-M). Adlib Gold compatible, not Sound Blaster compatible.
  • CDROM: Mitsumi (CRNC-FR002L)
  • Controls: Wireless infrared joypad
  • OS: Microsoft Modular Windows (based off Windows 3.1)
  • Memory: 1 MB ROM
  • Memory Card: "Save’It" (CyberCard) - Bus Controller: Dallas Semiconductor DS1280FP6, Memory Controller: Dallas Semiconductor DS1221, Memory: 32768 words x 8bits CMOS (Sony CXK58257)
  • Accessories: Wireless remote, 56kb/s Modem (cancelled), Wired Keyboard (cancelled)

Additional: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandy_Video_Information_System
http://rfmv.org/mmc/vis_about
http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg90-vis.htm

^^ May have inaccuracies

History:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.sys.tandy/LGfbXF3k4Kk
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.sys.tandy/VrQJgP4x0rA
http://johnmunsch.com/2014/11/

Trivia:
http://www.trs-80.com/trs80-zaps-eastereggs.htm

Released Games:
  • A Survey Of Western Art
  • America's National Parks (Multicom)
  • American Vista (Applied Optical Media, 1992)
  • Americans in Space (Multicom)
  • Astrology Source (Multicom)
  • Atlas of U.S. Presidents
  • Better Homes: Healthy Cooking
  • Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear
  • Bible Lands and Stories
  • Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia (1992)
  • December 24th. Story and Pictures by Denys Cazet
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary
  • Family Circus - Our House (Context Systems)
  • Fitness Partner (Computer Directions, 1993)
  • Great Lives: Interactive Biographies of American Heroes Vol. 1
  • Henry and Mudge In The Sparkle Days
  • Henry and Mudge The First Book. Story by Cynthia Rylant, Pictures by Sucie Stevenson
  • Illustrated Encyclopedia
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
  • Kid-Fun
  • Kids Can Read!: A Long Hard Day on the Ranch (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Aesop’s Fables (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Cinderella (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Heather Hits Her First Home Run (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Moving Gives Me a Stomach Ache (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Mud Puddle (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Scary Poems for Rotten Kids (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Cask of Amontillado (Discus, Nov. 92)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Necklace (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Tell-Tale Heart (Discus, Nov. 92)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Night Before Christmas (Discus, 1992)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Paper Bag Princess (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Discus)
  • Kids Can Read!: Thomas’ Snowsuit (Discus)
  • Learn To Play Guitar: Vol #1 (with Sting: Every Breath You Take/Message In A Bottle) (Parallax Publishing, 1992)
  • Links: The Challenge of Golf (January 1, 1991)
  • Living Books - Just Grandma and Me
  • Mosaic Magic
  • Multimedia Animals Encyclopedia
  • Mutanoid Math Challenge
  • Mutanoid Word Challenge
  • My Paint
  • Peter and the Wolf
  • Playing With Language: Games in English (Syracuse Language Systems, 1992)
  • Playing With Language: Games In French (Syracuse Language Systems, 1992)
  • Playing With Language: Games In German (Syracuse Language Systems, 1992)
  • Playing With Language: Games In Japanese (Syracuse Language Systems, 1992)
  • Playing With Language: Games In Spanish (Syracuse Language Systems, 1992)
  • Race The Clock
  • Rainbos & Snowflake's: Search for the Sea (Multicom Software, Q4 1992)
  • Rick Ribbit: Adventures in Early Learning (1992)
  • Rodney's Funscreen
  • Sail With Columbus
  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (July 26, 1991) (ICOM CD-ROM)
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II (1992) (ICOM CD-ROM)
  • SmartKids Challenge ONE
  • Talking Stepping Stones (Bonus Pack) (Compu-Teach, 1992)
  • The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo: The Vampire's Coffin
  • The Manhole (Activision)
  • The Meeting of Minds
  • The New Basics Electronic Cookbook
  • The Secrets of Hosea Freeman: An Environmental Mystery (1992)
  • Time Almanac (Compact Publishing)
  • Time Table of History: Arts and Entertainment 1993 Edition
  • Time Table of History: Business, Politics, & Media 1993 Edition
  • Time Table of History: Science and Innovation 1993 Edition
  • Title Sampler CD
  • Video Movie Guide 1993 (Advanced Multimedia)
  • Vision: Multimedia Bible for the Entire Family
  • What Is That? Wild Animals
  • World Vista (Applied Optical Media, 1992)


Cancelled Games:
  • Bake & Taste
  • Easy Street
  • Eco Quest: Search for Cetus
  • Inspector Gadget!
  • Jones in the Fast Lane
  • King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart go Yonder!
  • Laura Bow: The Dagger of Amon Ra
  • Lemmings
  • Loom
  • Mixed-Up Mother Goose
  • Spacenuts
  • Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers
  • The Sleeping Beauty


Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FpJFjs_7Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y73XriwHJxQ

I don't have a lead on one, I just kinda wanted to get a thread going. smile

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Look, when something is a less successful wannabe CD-i, you know it has problems wink

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Originally Posted By Vas Crabb
Look, when something is a less successful wannabe CD-i, you know it has problems wink


I like to watch train wrecks... laugh

Truth be told all this "post-Radio Shack" coverage pointed me in this direction...

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Can't edit my original post so...

As it turns out, there was a TOSEC release. Most recent update:
Memorex Video Information System - Educational (TOSEC-v2012-07-13_CM)
Memorex Video Information System - Games (TOSEC-v2012-07-13_CM)
Memorex Video Information System - Multimedia (TOSEC-v2012-07-13_CM)
Memorex Video Information System - Samplers (TOSEC-v2012-07-13_CM)

They have the game list as so (leaving out the region code, as they're ALL US). I applied some minor changes based on my independent research:
  • American Heritage - Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary (1992)(Xiphias)
  • American Vista - The Multimedia U.S. Atlas (1992)(Applied Optical Media Corporation)
  • Americans in Space (1992)(Multicom Publishing)
  • America's National Parks (1992)(Multicom Publishing)
  • Astrology Source (1992)(Multicom Publishing)
  • Atlas of U.S. Presidents (1992)(Applied Optical Media Corporation)
  • Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo, The - Adventure No. 1 - The Vampire's Coffin (1992)(Sanctuary Woods)
  • Better Homes and Gardens - Healthy Cooking - CD Cookbook (1992)(Multicom Publishing)
  • Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear (1992)(Macmillan New Media)
  • Bible Lands, Bible Stories (1992)(Context Systems)
  • Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia VIS Edition - 1992 Edition v1.10VIS (1992)(Compton's NewMedia)
  • December 24th (1992)(Macmillan New Media)(US)
  • Discis Books Multimedia - The Cask of Amontillado (Nov. 1992)(Discis)
  • Discis Books Multimedia - The Necklace (1992)(Discis)
  • Discis Books Multimedia - The Tell-Tale Heart (Nov. 1992)(Discis)
  • Fitness Partner - For Men and Women v1.0 (1993)(Computer Directions)
  • Great Lives Series - Interactive Biographies of American Heroes Vol. 1 (1992)(JLR Group)
  • Henry and Mudge - In The Sparkle Days (1992)(Macmillan New Media)
  • Henry and Mudge - The First Book (1992)(Macmillan New Media)
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? v1.0 (1992)(Macmillan New Media)
  • Kid-Fun (1992)(Radio Shack)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - A Long Hard Day on the Ranch (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Aesop's Fables (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Cinderella - The Original Fairy Tale (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Heather Hits her First Home Run (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Moving Gives Me A Stomach Ache (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Mud Puddle (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Scary Poems for Rotten Kids (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - The Night Before Christmas (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - The Paper Bag Princess (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1992)(Discis)
  • Kids Can Read Discis Books! - Thomas' Snowsuit (1992)(Discis)
  • Learn To Play Guitar: Vol #1 (with Sting: Every Breath You Take/Message In A Bottle) (1993)(Parallax Publishing)
  • Links - The Challenge of Golf (1992)(Access Software)
  • Meeting of Minds Series, The - Interactive Games of History, Art, Music, and Ideas with Steve Allen (1992)(JLR Group)
  • Mosaic Magic (1993)(Kinder Magic Software)
  • Mutanoid Math Challenge (1992)(Legacy Software)
  • My Paint (1992)(Saddleback Graphics)
  • New Basics Electronic Cookbook, The - With Recipes from the Acclaimed Silver Palate Series (1992)(Xiphias)
  • Our House - featuring The Family Circus (1992)(Context Systems)
  • Peter and the Wolf - A Multimedia Storybook (1992)(Ebook)
  • Playing With Language - Games In English (1992)(Syracuse Language Systems)
  • Playing With Language - Games In French (1992)(Syracuse Language Systems)
  • Playing With Language - Games In German (1992)(Syracuse Language Systems)
  • Playing With Language - Games In Japanese (1992)(Syracuse Language Systems)
  • Playing With Language - Games In Spanish (1992)(Syracuse Language Systems)
  • Race the Clock (1992)(Mindplay, Methods & Solutions)
  • Rainbow & Snowflake's Search for the Sea (1992)(Multicom Publishing)
  • Rick Ribbit - Adventures in Early Learning (1992)(Tadpole Productions)
  • Rodney's Funscreen (1992)(Activision)
  • Sail With Columbus (1992)(Parallax Publishing)
  • Secrets of Hosea Freeman, The - An Environmental Mystery (1992)(Top Ten Software)
  • Sherlock Holmes - Consulting Detective - Volume I (1992)(ICOM)
  • Sherlock Holmes - Consulting Detective - Volume II (1992)(ICOM)
  • SmartKids Challenge ONE (1992)(ARKEO)
  • Survey of Western Art, A - The Electronic Library of Art (1992)(Ebook)
  • Stepping Stones - Talking Bonus Pack - Level I and Level II (1992)(Compu-Teach)
  • Time Almanac 1992 (1992)(Compact Publishing)(Disc 1 of 2)[PC]
  • Time Almanac 1992 (1992)(Compact Publishing)(Disc 2 of 2)[VIS]
  • Time Table of History - Arts and Entertainment - 1993 Edition (1992)(Xiphias)
  • Time Table of History - Business, Politics & Media - 1993 Edition (1992)(Xiphias)
  • Time Table of History - Science and Innovation - 1993 Edition (1992)(Xiphias)
  • Title Sampler (1992)(Tandy)
  • Vision Multimedia Bible - For the Entire Family (1992)(Candlelight Publishing)
  • What Is That? WILD Animals! (1992)(GTE ImagiTrek)
  • World Vista (1992)(Applied Optical Media Corporation)


Leaving out the following from my list:
  • Just Grandma and Me (1993)(Brøderbund)
  • Manhole, The (1992)(Activision)
  • Mutanoid Word Challenge (1992)(Legacy Software)
  • Video Movie Guide 1993 (1992)(Advanced Multimedia)

I've seen evidence of at least one of these...

Nice to have independent confirmation though! smile

Cowering says the following should be added to the list of cancelled games:
  • Police, The
  • Whale's Tale, The


Anyhow, all we need are the BIOS dumps now...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0kIZ2WeAZo

It's a very interesting (as very well described) "wannabe CD-i" to say the truth. And surely a system which deserves to be preserved!


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A known website has downloads for the 4 "missing" titles except "Video Movie Guide 1993". "Just Grandma and Me" is listed as starting with "Mercy Mayer's". At least a playable demo of, maybe the full game "Spacenuts" is included in the "Title Sampler" disc.

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Originally Posted By Stiletto
Leaving out the following from my list:
  • Just Grandma and Me (1993)(Brøderbund)
  • Manhole, The (1992)(Activision)
  • Mutanoid Word Challenge (1992)(Legacy Software)
  • Video Movie Guide 1993 (1992)(Advanced Multimedia)

I've seen evidence of at least one of these...

All these have been dumped before, just not sure if all dumps were ever released:
http://www.gametronik.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=13508

But this should serve at least as confirmation the games exist. Seems there are 2 Manhole versions as well. More confirmation for Manhole and Just Grandma and Me:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/161584162050

The dumps above seem to be much larger than the ones I see available on other places which leads me to think they might not be full versions.

Mutanoid Word Challenge is available on ebay right now really cheap so if it's still undumped would be worth grabbing by someone in the US as the overseas shipping costs are way too high.

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Just noticed that all the undumped games mentioned above are in the Trurip set. Only one I couldn't find so far is the Video Movie Guide 1993.

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