By ericb59

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04-08-2013, 17:13

Here the english version of "MSX : Genesis"
Big thank to Magoo and Skyewelse for the translation and correction.

read it here :

This article is the first page of the great MSX history book !
If you have any information on the MSX in your country, how it was received and sold. Feel free to send me your texts to complete as much as possible the history of our favorite machine.

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By Manuel

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04-08-2013, 23:22

Very interesting!

I have some remarks/feedback about the article, though:
- it talks about the AY-36-8910, this is a typo, should be AY-3-8910
- I see "Matsushita Electric Corp. (Panasonic, JVC, Victor ...)" - JVC and Victor are the same company; Matsushita was indeed a major shareholder, though.
- There are also some other minor typos, if you want I can send them
- It's probably interesting to see which info/claims come from which sources.

Thanks for making this overview article!

By Gradius2

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05-08-2013, 00:02

US$ 1 million on a dinosaur doll, that was really stupid!

By SkyeWelse

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05-08-2013, 02:38

A couple of things I would "love" to see and learn more about are information about Nishi's original plan to make a video game and the details of what that said game was going to be. I looked around on the net to see if I could find more information about this, but sadly I could not.

Also, I'd love to see an actual picture of this Dinosaur MSX promotion! Do you think a picture of this exists somewhere?


By Gradius2

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05-08-2013, 09:16

They say it was a brontosaurus:
"Nishi's relationship with Gates helped ASCII grow big. But as Microsoft's Japanese sales expanded, Gates became increasingly impatient with Nishi's unorthodox approach to business. The last straw came when the flamboyant Nishi poured $1 million into a publicity stunt involving a life-size model of a brontosaurus. This was parked outside a major Tokyo railway station to promote MSX, a new PC format jointly developed by the two companies for the Japanese market. "


It must be on MSX Magazine, no.1 or 2, I don't know when was the event.

That would explain that dino on Q-Bert, and "Zaurus" products.

By Gradius2

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05-08-2013, 09:23

Look what I found:

The event was probably in 1983 or 1984.

By turbor

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05-08-2013, 09:26

Nice translation, and I loved the Gatchaman (aka 'La Bataille des planètes') image Big smile

By ericb59

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05-08-2013, 09:32

the 2 sources you mentioned upper, are also sources I used for the article. Wink
Perhaps more informations are available in Japanese magazines, but I don't have access to them, because I don't speak a word of japanese.
Also, I request again... If you can do some texts to complement this article, your are welcome.

By mesiasmsx

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06-08-2013, 13:52

Thanks ericb59 Wink

By Maggoo

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06-11-2013, 17:39

On a related note, ASCII just released an (e)Book about the history of the MSX and to celebrate the 30th anniversary:

History and future of the MSX continue to be loved: MSX30 anniversary

I presume it's a collection of the articles they have recently published in ASCII Plus. Now do I see any volunteer to translate it properly ? :-)

By ericb59

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07-11-2013, 07:04

yes.. any translation is welcome...