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]: Poland similar
by zima on Sun 24th Dec 2017 21:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Poland similar"
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PS. Worth remembering are also, earlier and parallel to NES cloning, ZX Spectrum clones, like Pentagon or Dubna-48K (funnily enough, that name was used in 2016 "Jason Bourne" movie for a computer that's used to hack the CIA ;) ), the Russian demoscene did some insane things with them...

Also, there are NES clones / NES-on-a-chip with... a keyboard; with at least some typing tutorial app built in. As I understand they are relatively popular in India at least, and were the subject of an initiative influenced by One Laptop Per Child, to give them some more capabilities / applications.

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