MSX History Book

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Van Maggoo

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10-08-2012, 16:33

You're right to say the standard probably did slow down the technological advance of the MSX, but if you look at the history of computers, the best technology like the Atari ST and the Amiga did not sell nearly as well as computers like the C64 or early PC...

The Amiga sold between 4 to 5 millions units, all models included. The Atari ST 6 millions. The C64 is approx 20 millions... and commodore kept it in production until 1994. The Amiga was not a HUGE success compared to the C64 even tho its technology is light years ahead. In the meantime, the first generation of PC based which hardly had any gaming specs sold dozen of millions. The NES (the first 8 bits one) was selling by the millions in the US even when the Amiga or the ST were available... and it's a much lesser technology, not even on par with the MSX2.

What sells technology is software, killer apps (Super Mario for the NES, Microsoft Word for the PC, VIsicalc for the Apple 2 etc...), marketing (Apple) and price (C64, Spectrum).

Technology helps, but that's rarely what helps set the standards

Van cklayman

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10-08-2012, 17:44

I just wanted to add that MSX did need new technology. I was a kid in the former USSR and remember all of my friends moving from the MSX (which we had in schools) in the late 80 - early 90 to the PC. I did not like the PC but I went with the flow. The reason for our ""migration" was that the MSX exhausted itself. The PCs brought with them new games (some of them 3D) as well as new tools. I wonder if by reinventing itself the MSX could have kept itself more relevant.

Van gargamel

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06-10-2012, 06:43

tcruise wrote:

I have all of the material from the Australian Spectravideo User group, plus all of the other publications from Australia. The Spectravideo was released in Australia at the very start, so the time lines from the initial release here will help put things in order.

I can confirm that, because Ronex signed up as third distributor for the Scandinavian (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) countries. They were followed by Germany.

Van gargamel

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07-10-2012, 21:13

The SVI-318 and SVI-328 computers and all the peripherals was totally a Spectravideo concept.

ASCII/Microsoft Japan licensed the system.

Here's an ad that was for marketing SVI-318/328 and also creating an intrest of the MSX. Personally I've only seen it once in 1983.

One problem was that the main financer wasn't intrested in investment in developmet of a computer.

Spectravideo/Spectravision was a company in the game industry, publishing titles for the Atari VCS 2600, Commodore VIC-20, Atari 400, ColecoVision.

Spectravideo entered the public stock exchange in may 1983. It was with 1 million shares, $6.25 a share.
Kay Nishi buys shares for $$275.000
The stock peaked at $19 when Harry Fox annouced that Spectravideo will be the first company in US that will sell MSX computers.
Bondwell was also a share holder.

Harry Fox raised about $6.5M and after all his debts to vendors, R&D were paid off. They moved from NYC to smaller offices in Plainview NY.

They had $7 million in orders for the SV-318, a lot of them lost because it was delayed, same with software from Hong Kong.

Bondwell took over operarations in the middle of 1985.

Van janghang

Master (131)

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08-10-2012, 08:36

This would be interesting:

there was a public fight between ms and ascii for the ownership of MSX.


Enlighted (6094)

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08-10-2012, 09:53

Take a note that the letter "M" is different in this early version of MSX-logo.

Van tcruise

Master (135)

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08-10-2012, 10:45

I have submitted a suggestion to Retro Gamer magazine about running an article on Spectravideo for the 30th anniversary of the launch of the SV-318 in January 1983. It being the start of what ended up being a reasonably large section of the 80's computer systems (especially when you count all the pre-MSX machines - Colecovision, Sega, Sord, MTX and of course MSX itself).
Please support this proposal by visiting the forum at Retro Gamer Magazine Post

Van gargamel

Expert (101)

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08-10-2012, 22:25

Ouch! It's true. That was also an excellent idea to get some press. I'll check if can come up with some other magazines.

Happy birthday in advance to your 318.

Van gargamel

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12-10-2012, 00:27

tcruise wrote:

The Spectravideo was released in Australia at the very start, so the time lines from the initial release here will help put things in order.

The strategy from the beginning was to create an international distribution and presence for the product. All the distributors would purchase FOB Hong Kong.

Van ericb59

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16-05-2013, 09:22


Maggoo have you thought make some scans of the book The MSX standard: The new computers',for the community ?
I would be very interested to read this book.

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