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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Unrepairable hardware
by wigry on Mon 18th Dec 2017 10:29 UTC
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I saw a broken unit of Dendy Junior 2 on sale couple a months back and having seen NES internals and other 8-bit systems, then thought that it should not be hard to fix this. Just swap out a broken chip and you have a working machine again. Well then googled a bit and discovered this picture.

The system has one molded blob on the PCB and thats all you got. If there is a fault in there, you are done.

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