Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Mar 2014 17:35 UTC
Microsoft

Not too many people will recall the short-lived era of the "MSX" initiative which was slated to pretty much take over the non-existent middle world where consumer electronics met personal computers. It was always believed, back then, that this is where the sweet spot of profits would emerge. What emerged was instead laughable MSX. It was one of Microsoft's greatest flops.

The MSX was one of the first computers I ever used. I did basic BASIC stuff on it when I was a kid.

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MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The Commodore 64 beat the ZX Spectrum on graphics, BUT:

Spectrum graphics left more to the imagination, which game playing kids certainly had. The better the graphics the less imagination you use and strange enough this makes the graphics worse in some sense.

(IMHO)

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

The better the graphics the less imagination you use and strange enough this makes the graphics worse in some sense.


I can definitely agree with that sentiment. The aforementioned Dungeons of Daggorath was barely more than stick figure characters, yet my imagination made those ogres, snakes, and wizards into fully fleshed out and scary characters.

In 1994 I got my first taste of Doom thanks to a friend who loaded it on all the computers in my high school's computer lab. A year later I received my first x86 computer, a TI TravelMate 4000M laptop, and a copy of Ultimate Doom to go with it, as a graduation present. Despite the blocky graphics, I had many vivid dreams and nightmares about the game, and while playing I would get so immersed in the game it would feel like I was living in a movie.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

It was also a matter from where you lived.

In Portugal and Spain ZX Spectrum owned the space, as other systems were very hard to find outside big cities, if at all.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

In Portugal and Spain ZX Spectrum owned the space, as other systems were very hard to find outside big cities, if at all.


In Portugal, you also had the Timex TC2048, which is a fascinating model. Like a partial Spectrum upgrade. Did a TC2068 (like the US TS2068) ever get released in Portugal?

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