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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Reading your site for many years already,
Registered to post this ;)
Back in Kenigsberg i indeed had a Dendy (and an updated or similar clone Subor). Had a case full of cartriges. I kicked ass at Pro Am II. ;) My first experience of tech support, at age of few years above 10. Was to solder back broken off adapter ports of my friends dendys. ;)

Nowadays im a multilingual linux enthousiast living in Antwerp and supporting SDL Trados Studio at a Vertalers en Tolken school ;)

Thom, we should get a beer some day. Are you ever visiting Fosdem? ;)

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