MSX Gids
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MSX Gids was a Dutch magazine published by Uitgeverij Herps. They published bi-monthly, starting in October 1985. The magazine was known for the widest coverage of games released for MSX, including games directly imported from Japan in later issues. In May 1990, the magazine suddenly changed course. It renamed itself to Software Gids, and started looking at software (mainly games) on other platforms in addition to the MSX. After this transition the MSX coverage gradually declined. Software Gids Issue 14, published July 1992 was the last one to mention MSX on the cover. The last Software Gids was issue 52, published Nov/Dec 1998.

Contrary especially to MSX Computer Magazine (NL), MSX Gids had a rather liberal editorial policy regarding cracking and illegal software. This included the publication of "backup software" for ROM cartridges, one contribution by an author who was also known in the cracking scene. This got worse after the transition to Software Gids, when the main author responsible for MSX reviews put out a call for software for review and started including warnings not to buy "disk versions" only suitable for machines with 256K or 512K ram (see Software Gids no. 3 and 4). This practice was criticised by Wammes Witkop in his editorial in MCM 43.

This flexible attitude with regard to software was probably part of the semi-professional approach which Alfred Debels and José Herps took to what was both a hobby and a way to make their living. Earlier, they were well-known in the Dutch radio piracy scene as the drivers of Free Radio Magazine.

Only a few issues of MSX-Gids and Software Gids have been preserved online, if you have any additional scanned editions please add them to archive.org and add the links below.

MSX Gids

Issue No. Supplement Generation-MSX Archive.org scridb.com
1985-10/11 1 [1]
1985-12/1986-01 2 [2]
1986-02/03 3 [3]
1986-04/05 4 [4]
1986-06/07 5 [5]
1986-08/09 6 [6]
1986-10/11 7 [7]
1986-12/1987-01 8 [8] [9]
1987-02/03 9 [10] [11]
1987-04/05 10 [12]
1987-06/07 11 [13]
1987-08/09 12 [14]
1987-10/11 13 [15] [16]
1987-12/1988-01 14 [17] [18]
1988-01/02 15 [19] [20]
1988-04/05 16 [21]
1988-06/07/08 17 [22]
1988-09/10 18 [23]
1988-11/12 19 [24] [25] [26]
1989-01/02 20 [27] [28]
1989-03/04 21 [29] [30]
1989-05/06 22 [31] [32]
1989-07/08 23 [33]
1989-09/10 24 [34] [35]
1989-11/12 25 [36]
1990-01/02 26 [37] [38]
1990-03/04 27 [39]

MSX Gids Extra Editie

Issue No. Supplement Generation-MSX Archive.org scridb.com
1986-09 X1 [40]
1987-09 X2 [41]


Software Gids

Issue No. Supplement Generation-MSX Archive.org scridb.com
1990-05/06 1 [42]
1990-07/08 2 [43]
1990-09/10 3 [44]
1990-11/12 4 [45]
1991-01/02 5 [46]
1991-03/04 6 [47]
1991-05/06 7 [48]
1991-07/08 8 [49]
1991-09/10 9 [50]
1991-11/12 10 [51]
1992-01/02 11 [52]
1992-03/04 12 [53]
1992-05/06 13 [54]
1992-07/08 14 CD-ROM [55]