MSX - 30th anniversary

MSX - 30th anniversary

by snout on 27-06-2013, 00:00
Topic: MRC

Exactly 30 years ago, Microsoft and ASCII announced the MSX computer standard. That's right! For three decades now we have been able to enjoy this 8bit computer - a first attempt to introduce some form of standard in the world of home/microcomputers. Produced by large consumer electronic brands as Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Yamaha and Daewoo; supported by a massive software library created by game developers such as Konami, Falcom, Compile, Hudson and MicroCabin the MSX might not have become the dominating computer standard it was intended to be, but it certainly earned its place in the Annals of computer history.

Not only did MSX give birth to game franchises such as Metal Gear and Bomberman, its open standard and such concepts as a separate Video Display Processor or design moving towards what we nowadays call System on a Chip are true examples how (the vision behind) MSX paved the way for modern day computers and game consoles.

But perhaps the true legacy of MSX is not its commercial success or failure, nor its revolutionary ideas on standardization, hardware design or home automation. It's we, the scene, the community: a dedicated group of active hobbyists that keep our MSX platform alive for more than 30 years now, by releasing new software and hardware, sharing documentation, developing emulators, organizing events, spreading news or simply just by enjoying new or old MSX software.

To emphasize this special milestone we have sent out this press release in the hope that some blogs, websites or magazines will pick up on it. The world should know that 30 years ago a very special computer was released, so special that even today it is still alive and kicking! The 30th anniversary of MSX is a great moment to "spread the word" once more, so by all means let your favorite websites and magazines know about it!

Tonight, a 30th anniversary meetup takes place at Café Batavia, close to Amsterdam Central Station. A great opportunity to share memories of our favorite home computer and make new plans for the future. Later this year, somewhere near the end of October/early November the MSX Resource Center will organize an event that celebrates the 30th anniversary of MSX as well. We will announce full details on this event very soon, and it's really going to be something special, so by all means do keep an eye on our frontpage - as if you didn't have enough reasons to do so already.

Last but not least, we would like to know... (how) are you going to celebrate the 30th anniversary of MSX? What is your fondest memory about MSX so far? And what future do you think lies ahead for MSX? Can we make it until 50? We can if it is up to us!

Congratulations and thanks to all who love and support MSX!

The MSX Resource Center crew

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Comments (46)

By Latok

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27-06-2013, 00:03

MSX 30 years. For me it's special. Thanks for being, guys! And congrats to you all Smile

By Bart

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27-06-2013, 00:10

Congratulations to all MSX fans! May you run naked in a field of flowers for years to come! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By MsxKun

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27-06-2013, 00:30

Happy anniversary to all!

By locomosxca

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27-06-2013, 00:49

Feliz aniversario a todos los amantes del MSX Smile

By luppie

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27-06-2013, 00:52

Happy B-Day to all MSX fans out there

By syn

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27-06-2013, 01:49

It is a double anniversary for me, since my favorite MMORPG Anarchy Online was also born on this glorious day (obviously not the same year ofcourse :D )

Happy MSX Day everyone!

By Maggoo

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27-06-2013, 02:19

By [D-Tail]

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27-06-2013, 07:45

30 years... wow! Congratulations everyone, and thanks to the crew for supporting the community for almost as long (well... Wink). I'll be watching this place in case a date is announced for the event!

By Samor

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27-06-2013, 09:31

Hpbd, MSX !

By konamiman

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27-06-2013, 09:38

But wasn't the anniversary on June 16th? What happened the 16th and what happened the 27th? oO

30 years of MSX, 27 years as MSX user, about 20 years since I started programming, 16 years since I got my Turbo-R... please someone, slow down time a bit! LOL!

By valkyre

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27-06-2013, 09:37

I will be celebrating by trying to complete 3 of the latest great offerings- shmup, super prehistoric quest and shouganai. I may even dust down the tape recorder and load the first game i ever bought back in 1985- lazy jones! All will be assisted with a few drinks.
Incidently if any uk visitors to this site fancy an anniversary meet up this year, i would be interested.

By snout

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27-06-2013, 10:32

What a great way to celebrate MSX, valkyre!

@konamiman - I honestly don't know. All I know is that @MRC we've been celebrating it on that date since the 20th anniversary. Wikipedia also used to mention June 27th as the date MSX was announced on a press conference, until this edit on December 24, 2012, which cites this book as its source. The first reference to June 27th as MSX's birthday I could find was made here by Guyver800.

Ah well, as long as we have a date (or two) to celebrate, right?

This digging around remembered me of Maggoo's great 20th anniversary demo? If I'm not mistaken this was one of the first releases in a new wave of MSX scene activity.

By KdL

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27-06-2013, 11:49

a.k.a. the 30th of Creamy Mami then ...congratulations! ;)

By Guillian

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27-06-2013, 11:57

@konamiman, @snout: it seems that the first use of MSX trademark was on the 14/06/1983

By syn

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27-06-2013, 12:08

I was lying in bed with my eyes half closed when I posted my previous comment so I hardly read anything you wrote.

But very nice to know the MRC msx 30th anniversary event will be held. I am really looking forward to it!

Speaking of Maggoo's 20th anniversary demo, I was wondering, did anyone made some 30th anniversary demo/video/music/song/tribute/gfx/whatever? I was planning to so some video montage with some text but sorta slipped/forgot/no-time/laziness/ etc Big smile.. but ofcourse there is still time, we have a whole year to celebrate Smile

Anyway also thanks for plugging my/our meet-up today snoutWink

By anonymous

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27-06-2013, 12:18

Hahahahaha! June 16th and June 27th are both correct! Read the full story later today on -- this is going to be a very interesting read!

And anytime, syn. I'm in Amsterdam this afternoon, but probably can not make it to the meetup. Have fun!

By snout

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27-06-2013, 12:36

There it is! Enjoy your read ;)

By mesiasmsx

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27-06-2013, 13:44

Happy birthday!!!!!!

MSX is the system!!!

By Ramones

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27-06-2013, 14:06

Happy MSX 30th anniversary!

CongratuRations ( Wink ) to all MSX users.

Thanks to MRC crew, users, groups, developers, (long etc...) for their support.

This afternoon I'll play Zaxxon, Yie Are Kung Fu and Valkyr to celebrate. My first 3 games. Cool

By e1000

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27-06-2013, 14:16

Happy Birthday MSX! And congratulations to its community! Long live MSX and its supporters around the world!


By Daemos

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27-06-2013, 14:41

30 years allready. Damn I am becomming old. But yes. I can say to people that the MSX will always go on since we kept it up for 30 years allready!!

All gratz for keeping this standard up for so long. A happy birthday to MSX and may we all prevail for many more years to come Smile

By Samor

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27-06-2013, 16:03

...and a link to the article then:

By teroper

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27-06-2013, 16:05

Wow, what an achievement. 30 years, and still keeps bringing lots of joy and happines to all of us who are using it on these days, and many many years to come. This system will live forever.

Happy Birthday MSX Big smile

By snout

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27-06-2013, 16:10

Great to see tweakers pick up the news! Who's next? Smile

By anonymous

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27-06-2013, 16:26

Word is starting to spread, check and this MASSIVE FEATURE ON THEREGISTER!!!

Funniest/most 'impressive' newswire syncs so far are Yahoo Finance and Wall Street Journal.

By Samor

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27-06-2013, 16:40

nice feature at theregister.

By e1000

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27-06-2013, 17:38

Hey this is my homage to the most magical computer ever made:

I know it is in Portuguese, I'll try to create a view for English posts.

Meanwhile, please, fell free to download the code here and add your changes into it.

You can enhance the music, change the screen, add sprites and effetcs!

Let us cellebrate! MSX 4EVER!

By tvalenca

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27-06-2013, 18:51

Does anyone know which was the first MSX computer launched? (brand/model)

By JohnHassink

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27-06-2013, 18:56

Congratulations everyone! Smile

By snout

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27-06-2013, 20:06

Tvalenca, according to ascii it was the Mitsubishi ml 8000, see the other news of today

By arjan.arends.16

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27-06-2013, 20:45

By Jorito

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27-06-2013, 21:00

Jay! 30 years of MSX Smile And looking back I think I travelled along for 25 years of that journey Smile

By SkyeWelse

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27-06-2013, 23:18

Happy 30th Birthday MSX. : ) Here's to another 20 years of new MSX developments to keep it alive for the 50th Anniversary. : )


By Imanok

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27-06-2013, 23:23

Happy 30th anniversary!! Keep on MSXing!! Wink

By snout

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28-06-2013, 00:02

Guru3d had posted about it as well, shamelessly copying text from mrc without linking to Ah well...

By snout

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28-06-2013, 00:21

By Samor

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28-06-2013, 10:39

I didn't even know that site still existed... haven't been there in recent years.

By syn

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28-06-2013, 12:12

very nice picture skyeweise! I am using it as a desktop wallpaper atm.. any chance of a higher resolution version thoug?

By SkyeWelse

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28-06-2013, 14:15

Hi Syn,

Sure! Try this one out.

It's the largest one I have at the moment. These were made for our 30th Anniversary World of MSX Computing Exhibit at the Atlanta Vintage Computer Festival back in April.



Guardian (4189)

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28-06-2013, 14:53

Thank you for keeping MSX alive! Wink

By hbarcellos

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28-06-2013, 21:36

Sander, maybe send it to the OSNEWS guy. I think he's also from the Netherlands and IMHO the site is quite good.

By syn

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29-06-2013, 12:55

SkyeWelse wrote:

Hi Syn,

Sure! Try this one out.

It's the largest one I have at the moment. These were made for our 30th Anniversary World of MSX Computing Exhibit at the Atlanta Vintage Computer Festival back in April.


Awesome .. thank you ;) Replaced some random porno babe wallpaper with this one ;)

By Gradius2

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01-07-2013, 17:34

Happy 30th! 28th as user!

By Imanok

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28-06-2016, 10:12

Happy 33th anniversary! Big smile

By Colemu

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28-06-2016, 15:09

Imanok wrote:

Happy 33th anniversary! Big smile

What he said.. Big smile

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