GTV: A Geographic Perspective on American History

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RAM Requirement: 512k RAM

Other Requirements: LaserDisc Player (Pioneer LD-V2000, LD-V2200, LD-V4200, LD-V6000, LD-V6000A or Sony LDP-1000 and up, and a TV with monitor & audio connection. An Apple Video Overlay Card can also be used to display video.

Release Status: Abandonware

Year: 1990

Publisher: Optical Data Corporation

Developers: National Geographic Society

System 6 Compatible: No

Hard Drive Installable: No

This particular package was InCider/A+'s Editor's Choice winner for the September 1990 issue, and was the first Laser Disc controlled specific program for the IIGS that I'm aware of. The accompanying IIGS software called ShowMaker would jump to different points on the laser disc, similar to how DVDs and Blu-rays work today via chapter selection. You could even re-configure ShowMaker for use with other laser discs. The video could be output to a TV or back through the IIGS via use of a Video Overlay Card.

Amazingly, I have found a place that still lists this product for the IIGS, but the site itself looks very old and has not been updated for years.

If anyone has more information, or even disk images of the IIGS software, please write in.