When, how and why did you start using MSX computers?

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By snout

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30-01-2003, 00:04

Ok uhm.. the topic says it all. Smile

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By anonymous

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30-01-2003, 01:08

I started in september 1986 (I was 8) when we moved to a new town in a not so childrich neighbourhood so my parents bought me a VG8020. They chose MSX because my grandpa was using one for a while already (HB-75P). The first game I got was Monkey Academy (argh ^^Wink.

One year later I bought a NMS8250 from my life savings Smile (I'm not much of a money saver Tongue)

By Latok

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30-01-2003, 09:08

I started in 1985. My dad bought a Philips VG8235-00. I wanted a Commodore64, coz many of my friends had such a machine. The salesman convinced my dad though to buy this MSX machine, coz it would be the new 'world standard' and there was many bussiness software available. My dad needed just that. He runs a store, you see Smile

I often think about this visit to the MAKRO....The salesman should know what he has done to my life Tongue Tongue

Anyway, because I got tired of the facts my MSX2 couldn't play cracked megaroms (I hadn't read the manual in which was stated the 00-version had a memory bug) and it had a single sided diskdrive, I lowered my MSX activities in the late 80s to a very low level...

In 1990/1991 or so, some guy from school had a lot of MSX software and he got me interested again in the system....I exchanged my VG8235 for an NMS8245 and then it all started for me Smile

I discovered this MSX club in Groningen (City in the north of The Netherlands) and I became a regular there.

Also in 1991, I met people like Snout (YES, I know this guy for more than 11 years now! And the guy himself is only like 22 or something!! Imagine, knowing Latok for the half of your entire life. That sure is depressing) and Michiel de Vries (Meridian programmer)...

Together with some other friends, we started Flying Bytes. In 1992, I sold the NMS8245 and imported from Japan a brand new MSX turboR GT. This machine is still going strong today....Quite a good investment Smile

That's about it, I think......hehehehe.......poor snout Tongue Tongue

By BiFi

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30-01-2003, 11:08

Somewhere in 1984, bought by my father, got quite interested and got hooked as well...

For more, read the who-am-i post I did elsewhere in the forum.

By snout

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30-01-2003, 11:24

I started in 1986. Me and my dad bought a Philips VG8245. I wanted a Commodore128, coz I had two C64's before. The salesman convinced me and my dad though to buy this MSX machine, coz it would be the new 'world standard'. I often think about this visit to a small shop in Leek....The salesman should know what he has done to my life Tongue Tongue

In 1990 or so, I met Michiel de Vries who not only had a lot of software, but was also active on programming the MSX - at the time, he had a Sony Hitbit MSX1 with an external diskdrive Wink -

I discovered this MSX club in Groningen (City in the north of The Netherlands) and I became a regular there. Also in 1991, I met people like Latok (YES, I know this guy for more than 11 years now! And I am only 23 or something!! Imagine, knowing Latok for the half of my entire life. That sure is depressing) and Henk Moesker (owner of the Dimension Plus in Groningen)...

Together with some other friends, we started Flying Bytes. In 1992, I sold the NMS8245 and bought a nearly new MSX turboR GT from a member of the MSX-GG Groningen. This machine is still going strong today....Quite a good investment Smile

That's about it, I think......hehehehe.......poor Latok Tongue Tongue

Hmmm... that sounded familiar Smile

By BiFi

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30-01-2003, 17:13

how capy/paste can be so easy, right snout? Wink

By anonymous

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30-01-2003, 20:29

how capy/paste can be so easy, right snout? Wink

Syntax Error

Ok

Tongue

By Grauw

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31-01-2003, 13:56

Oh well then. For the sake of it.

My father used to have an MSX1, and I played a couple of games on that sometimes, back then. I still remember having to load from cassette ^_^. It was a CX-5 or whatever it was called, the music computer by Yamaha, however my dad sold it >.< after we got an MSX2.

We had both an NMS8250 and a VG8235 (the VG8235 my father 'confiscated' from his work hehe), and at one point I simply put the VG8235 on my room with a monochrome monitor (heh if your parents say no when asking, just don't ask them ^_^). That was when I was about 9 years old and ever since then I've been kind of an MSX fan ^_^. I learned programming in Basic first and Assembly later on, read a lot in the magazines (I especially loved MSX Club Magazine and its game reviews, and the Sunrise diskmagazines (especially picturedisk) were cool aswell).

There has never really been an MSX club around here, but at some point I discovered Hilversum-based Soksoft. However although I think I officially became a member they didn't really need me hehehe. Later on I joined Datax (Groningen-based hehe), had some good times with that releasing Track diskmagazines and a music disc, having a stand at fairs, selling over 10 copies of our magazine (lol). Oh, and I also had some nice contacts with Paragon back then.

Well in the meantime I got more skilled in assembly programming, played really cool games like Pumpkin Adventure 3 and Akin, and worked on some projects, most prominently Strategic Army, an RTS game. I still need to finish it someday, the idea behind it was definately cool and had potential. Then at some point (the MSX scene was already getting quite meager) I got to know Patriek and I called him a lot when he was working on GEM (Debby still has nightmares I think ;p), and at some point I became a member of TNI...

Well, that's kind of my history... Ahh, nostalgia...

~Grauw

By 4play

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31-01-2003, 20:05

I got my Goldstar MSX from my dad in 1989 or so, jjst after the MSX time MSX was dieing then and a MSX 1 was total crap. My Goldstar was broken that's why my dad could get if (free) on his office o/. When it was on for about 15 minutes the machine must be opened and i used a föhn to cool the machine. My first games where pure basic games and cracked rom games. I traded the MSX in for a C=64 (OMG? WHY??) but that was no sucsess.

Now i own a MSX 1 Philips and a 8055 (?!?!?! i don't know i'm not an MSX nerd Smile )and i'm verry happy whith that machine whitch i alsow got for free again...

I told the guy that gave it (msx, monitor, mouse, printer, modem Original software, joystics) what it was worth this time he does not beleve me. Ahh whell like a say then: DAN NIET...

realy love eggbert end other MSX 2 titles now but nothing is more rewarding than playing The Goonies (yes i have the song on my mobile) thtas my best MSX moment and the verry first game i ended...

... snif ...

By Leo

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02-02-2003, 15:14

To be original :
My father gave me a sega/yeno sc3000 on 85, but since I started progrmming
( a bit in basic ) I could not save programs, I quickly got a Sony HB501 with a casette
recorder then a VG8020 with floppy on 86-87 , then on 88 I got my first MSX2 a
Sony HBF-500. The fact It had only 64k on memory, a very sloooowww floppy Big smile ,
and that MSX2+ would never be imported in Europe decided me to give up on '91 and
use PCs.
I re-used MSXs only by '2000.

Leo.

By msxhans

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02-02-2003, 15:22

I wrote down the history of me and computers, msx and my website at http://www.msxhans.msx2.com in the history section.

Have fun,

Hans

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