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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You should look at Brazil
by protomank on Mon 18th Dec 2017 17:22 UTC
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Until ~1990, brazil had laws that forbit importing computers, this included videogames. So all we could do it import parts and build it here in small companies.
This led to dozen of Atari 2600 clones in 1983 because there as no official Atari being sold here. This continued a good while and explains the success of Master System and Mega Drive that had a brazilian company (TecToy).
The whole brazilian videogame industry was built upon clone consoles, it is a very rich and fun history.

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