MSX - 25th anniversary!

by snout on 27-06-2008, 06:58
Topic: MRC

Today is a very special day for the entire MSX community. The MSX standard is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Yes, it´s already 25 years ago that Kazuhiko Nishi of ASCII Corporation and Bill Gates of Microsoft, including several other major companies attempted to revolutionize the computer-world. The MSX standard was formally announced during a press-conference on June 27th, 1983. Many people have enjoyed and are still enjoying the MSX computer. Over 5 million MSX computers were sold in a decade in which computers at home were still for a small audience. The MSX died a commercial death in 1992.

However, the MSX Community could not leave this computer system alone. Using the machine was and is still relatively easy. Learning to code in several languages like BASIC, PASCAL and C is easy as well. Even Assembly language for the Z-80 based MSX computer is perfectly understandable for a lot of people within the MSX community. The open documentation on the MSX computer system and it's relatively simple hardware design allowed many computer hobbyists to understand how this machine worked. This way, many people learned how to create new hard- and software for it.

In the past 5 years, the MSX community showed its remarkable strength time and again. Where in 2003 MRC the release of an MSX demo or, let alone, game or hardware device was big news, now a much more steady flow of often much more impressive new MSX releases is being brought to us by the many people that still devote quite a bit of their spare time on our beloved MSX computer system. The MSXdev competition, for instance, has become an instute and - albeit in Japan only - even a new MSX computer, the One Chip MSX saw the light of day. To just get a tiny impression of how much actually happened in the MSX world during the past 5 years, we refer to our new year's posts of 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003. Well worth having a look at for some good old nostalgia!

Throughout the day we expect to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of MSX in style with several entries in the MRC MEGA Challenge that comes to an end today.

Happy anniversary and on to the next one!

The MSX Resource Center crew

Comments (11)

By dvik

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27-06-2008, 07:01

Happy birthday !

By ro

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27-06-2008, 07:52

Yup, hip hip *HURRAY* !!

By luppie

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27-06-2008, 08:06

It aint a coincidence that today Bill Gates has its last working day. He must have tought about this anniversary to pick this special day.

Hip, hip, huray LOL!

By pitpan

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27-06-2008, 08:21

Congratulations for all the users! 25 years ago two guys presented officially a project that has become something important in our lives for quite a long time now. Happy birthday to you all, dear MSXers. Now we have 25 years more to keep enjoying the MSX spirits! See you all then Wink

By Manuel

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27-06-2008, 13:24

Would be fun to see (video) recordings of that press conference... Smile

By Gakubuchi

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27-06-2008, 14:21

Not a recording of the press conference but a nice video to see:

Nice to see Bill Gates talking about MSX! :P

BTW, Happy 25th annyversary to all MSXs all over the world and congratulations to all (active) users!

By Imanok

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27-06-2008, 19:55

Happy anniversary to all MSX machines and their users!! WinkWinkWink

By Unicorn

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27-06-2008, 20:36

Happy 25th anniversary ya'll, have a brewsky! Smile2

By Huey

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30-06-2008, 11:50

By Arjan

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30-06-2008, 16:07

By JohnHassink

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01-07-2008, 01:26

I subcribe pitpan's words and raise the glass to you all! Smile