1up says 'MSX is Missing in America'

by snout on 27-10-2006, 21:31
Topic: Media

Today, 1up have published an article on 4 foreign systems that are Missing in America. The list starts with our beloved MSX computer system and correctly mentions the Xbox wasn't Microsoft's first step on the hardware console/computer market, neither that the Playstation was Sony's. As the main reason why MSX did not make it in the US, 1up concludes that "although the standard was conceived by a Microsoft executive, it was a Japanese initiative. In America, the company supported the IBM PC standard."

The article, originally published in Electronic Gaming Magazine has quickly spread to many other news sites and blogs, such as SlashDot and Joystiq. In a week that the release of WOOMB got attention in CNET Japan, Yahoo! Biz and GameSetWatch it's almost a shame our MSX in the Media Challenge died a silent death. So, without the challenge element: from now on we will keep report every now and then when MSX hits the news somewhere in this world. Have you spotted MSX on TV, large websites, magazines or newspapers... or at another surpsing location? Let us know at msxmedia@msx.org and we will report about it.

Which reminds us, one entry for that challenge that was still pending for publication concerns the fact that an MSX computer was on display at the 2006 CeBit fair in Germany. During this fair, which is visited by more than 500,000 visitors each year, there was a small section dedicated to retro computers in Hall 9, arranged by InformatikJahr. Here, a Philips VG8235 MSX2 was on display, with Crazy Train cartridge inserted. Don't believe us? Evidence - shot by Richard Foersom - in the comments!

Relevant link: Missing in America

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By snout

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27-10-2006, 21:32

MSX on CeBit 2006




By sirpaul484

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28-10-2006, 07:14

Missing in America? REALLY?! I wouldn't have guessed! I thought it was just hiding from me! Tongue

except, of course, for my Hit-Bit 201 Big smile

By Sd-Snatcher

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28-10-2006, 13:47

North America

By sirpaul484

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29-10-2006, 02:22

yeah, that's what I meant. Sorry I wasn't specific Tongue

By poke-1,170

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29-10-2006, 02:47

there's a hell of a lot more missing in the US, if you ask me Wink

By rif

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29-10-2006, 13:37

It only took you 7 month to run story and pictures from Cebit 2006 - I thought they had disappeared in a black hole in your server Smile. Sorry about the photo quality, it was taken by moby camera (640*480 and no flash), but I see you have even reduced that. Doei Richard

By snout

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29-10-2006, 13:39


By Samor

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29-10-2006, 15:44

it's a bit hard to tell, but that seems to be one well preserved 8235. About every second hand 8235 (or other MSX for that matter) I've seen for sale on fairs, aside from working well or not, usually had their fair share of scratches/yellow keys and whatnot.

By poke-1,170

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30-10-2006, 17:04

the previous owner must have been an old l;ady, who never drove in it

By Raster

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01-11-2006, 03:57

The FM Towns and PC-88/98 are missing. They are both similar to PCs, but offered things that should've been part of the PC..

I was suprised with the decision to include the PC-FX and Wonderswan.

By poke-1,170

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02-11-2006, 00:51

what are they then ? fm towns ?

By rolins

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03-11-2006, 23:16

The FM-Towns was a computer designed by Fujistu. Wasn't too popular, but had handful of games that were arcade perfect and amiga games as well.


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02-10-2008, 23:00

Sorry for posting to old news. I just wanted to post this MSX related link to somewhere: Tongue


By Vincent van Dam

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04-10-2008, 23:23

Really cool! Thanks for posting. The other videos from that show are interesting too, very nice to watch!