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MSX Game System Prototype (May 198?)
We would like to thank Luc Sala, of Amsterdam, Holland, for his donation of this MSX prototype. Luc writes:
I got it from Kay Nishi himself, on one of my visits to Tokyo, it's an actual development model from Kay's group. I had a magazine called msx-info in those days, might still have some copies. Philips and sony were then heavy into this msx (microsoft extendedn basic) untill Bill and Kay got into a fight about respect or something and Philips f-ed up the CD-i connection with Microsoft.
From Wikipedia's entry on the MSX:
MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. It was a Microsoft-led attempt to create unified standards among hardware makers, conceived by one-time Microsoft Japan executive Kazuhiko Nishi. Despite Microsoft's involvement, MSX-based machines were seldom seen in the United States but were hugely popular in other markets. Eventually 5 million MSX-based units were sold world-wide. Nishi proposed MSX as an attempt to create a single industry standard for home computers. Inspired by the success of VHS as a standard for video cassette recorders, many Japanese electronic manufacturers along with Goldstar, Philips and Spectravideo built and promoted MSX computers. Any piece of hardware or software with the MSX logo on it was compatible with MSX products of other manufacturers. In particular, the expansion cartridge form and function were part of the standard; any MSX expansion or game cartridge would work in any MSX computer.
Wikipedia's entry on the MSX
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