Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:26 UTC

Back in the 90s, if you had mentioned the names Nintendo and Sega to a kid in America, Japan or Europe, their face would have likely lit up. They'd instantly know what these words represented; the colour and excitement of a game on the TV screen in their front room, and a sense of fun. But if you said these words to a child in Russia, they'd have looked at you blankly. These companies were not present in the region at the time. Say 'Dendy', however, and you'd invoke that same kind of magic.

This was a counterfeit NES console that was released in December 1992 by a Russian technology company called Steepler. It all began when Victor Savyuk, then working at another tech firm called Paragraph, first learnt of 'TV games'; machines that plugged into your TV at home, were controlled with joysticks and let people enjoy video games.

There were no IP protections for games on consoles in Russia at the time, making this entire endeavor possible.

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RE[2]: Comment by kurkosdr
by kurkosdr on Wed 20th Dec 2017 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kurkosdr"
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Uhm, there's an article "List of Russian/Soviet inventions" on Wikipedia. It's a long one...

Where by "inventions" most of the time they mean "push scientists into the design room and tell them to copy what the dirty capitalist pigs did last year"

And seriously, in a gaming related article about Soviet Russia you forgot that the best game of all times, Tetris, is Soviet? ;)

...and the poor smuck who was dumb enough to share his invention with the rest of Soviet society didn't see any money from it. Which is the reason nobody in Soviet Russia had any motivation to invent new things. Even if something got accidentally invented by some poor smuck (like Tetris) it was done by chance, and hence it happened less often compared to motivated societies.

(also, Nintendo simply didn't service those markets, so somebody filled the void...)

Because they weren't allowed to service it, and even if they did, what's the point of entering a market, just to have sleazy state-run companies who didn't drop a penny on R&D make exact clones of your products and undercut you?

Edited 2017-12-20 13:17 UTC

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