Another federversal generation poll. Please boost.
I am from the /x/ generation:
@drwho I’m not old enough for this poll
@drwho That feeling when you could select all...
@drwho @KitsuneAlicia @mawr less colours then the c64, allegedly they had better games but I dunno. Tbh none of the games back then were nearly as good as everyone likes to think, but there were some serious gems. The C64 is basically superior in pretty much every way, from what I've seen, but I still have a soft spot for the speccy, its AY chip in the 128k models, and some of the design tricks both hardware and software.
@drwho @KitsuneAlicia @mawr (the joysticks for the speccy though could fuck right off. They were awful, pricy, fragile pieces of crap, very uncomfortable, and most kempston interface microswitch joysticks were "styled" after arcade sticks... But in the worst, most uncomfortable, most unresponsive ways.)
@drwho @KitsuneAlicia @mawr I think it did have the same 9 pin sockets but the default "Interface 2" joysticks were garbage and most replacement ones weren't much better either. Cheetah made some okay ones but even they had flimsy shafts at the base, and given the propensity for joystick waggling games, well...
@KitsuneAlicia @mawr "Load the first file in the block allocation map from device #8 (the first floppy drive by default), look at the first two bytes of the executable, and pull it into memory starting at that memory address."
I played around with TRS-80's only a little bit in school. The elementary school I went to had VIC-20's and C-64's.
@drwho my parents got me a stuffed animal "Y2K bug" when I was three as a joke and I would run around holding it up and telling people my parents just met "Look, it's Y2K bug!". I didn't learn that the Y2K bug wasn't originally my stuffed animal until I was 11.
@FiXato I've heard of MSX's but only seen what look like renders of them. Never read about them in any books growing up.
What were they like?
@drwho not that different from the #C64 I guess, though what was the biggest difference I guess, is that #MSX is a standard, rather than a specific brand/model.
Where a #Commodore64 was always a #Commodore, an MSX model could be made by #Philips, #Sony, #Sanyo, #Panasonic, #Canon, #Mitsubishi, etc.
Each of them having the same minimum specs, but differing in style, build quality, peripherals, more RAM, extra soundchips, etc, but all with the promise of being able to run the same software.
of course, since for instance Western models tended to have more RAM than the Japanese, you still ended up with software written for Western models, and thus failing to load on those with insufficient memory, but with RAM extension cartridges that doesn't necessarily have to be an issue.
Same with models that have different memory bank layouts, and thus badly written software that needed a POKE to run. But imho those were outliers.
personally I grew up with an #MSX2 though, which most notably had a better graphics chip and IIRC a bit better #PSG sound-chip than the #MSX1. We had a #Philips #NMS8250 to be precise, which had 128kB RAM and 128kB Video RAM, and ran most of the software available. While I wouldn't mind adding an MSX2+ or even MSX #turboR to my collection, the software that requires the improved specs, is limited.
I used it for all sorts of things though, not just games (though that was my major usage).
@drwho many of my elementary school reports and essays were written on it using the text editor #HomeOffice2, and covers and greetings cards were laid out in the #DesktopPublishing (though it perhaps was more of a #printshop tool) programme #DynamicPublisher, and printed of a dot matrix printer (first a thermal printer, later we upgraded to an ink ribbon one).
I also loved drawing in #DesignerPlus, even though results weren't that great. ;) https://photos.app.goo.gl/eGqcb8D8fys4EAha9
it's a machine I have fond memories of though.
Playing games helped me learn English at an early age, and it definitely is part of why I like RPGs a lot (even though it's been a while since I really sat down to play one...)
While I didn't really do coding on the machine, I did start learning PHP, HTML and CSS because of it, as I wanted to make my own website and later on forum dedicated to MSX, which for a while was actually quite popular.
Anyway, that's prob enough rambling. ;)
This playlist should contain solely #MSX1 #homebrew games: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL830879D9F54FA4E8
Whereas https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL85B029A1A694E185 contains all sorts of MSX and MSX2 software, some of which recorded by other YouTubers.
@FiXato Sure - thanks!
@vertigo I'm not sure if it's actually based on it, or if they were just a logical hardware choice at the time.
I mean, #Sega's #SG1000 the #SegaMasterSystem is based on, was released in Japan in July of 1983, whereas the #MSX was announced by #ASCIICorporation and #Microsoft in June of that same year, so that would not leave much development time…
#Spectravideo's #SV328 is said (http://www.samdal.com/svhistory.htm) to be what the prototype MSX was based on though. The thing with the MSX standard 1/?
is that it was designed to work with off-the-shelf parts, probably so it would be easier for multiple manufacturers to develop their systems according to it, and then get licensed by #ASCII / #Nishi's #MSXLicensingCorporation. Of course, this didn't stop #SpectraVideo from using the #MSX in their marketing promotions for the #SV328, even though it wasn't an MSX, nor was it actually compatible (most notably lacking the BIOS); people had to convert titles to run on it. 2/?
It's also not the only system with similar hardware. #Colecovision for instance (for which there is an emulator on the #MSX2) and the #Memotech MTX, shared similarities, but weren't compatible.
Since #ZXSpectrum shared the same CPU and its graphics were similar to one of the MSX's screen modes, its games were also often (lazily) ported, leading some to believe the MSX suffered from the same colour/attribute clashing... 3/3
@vertigo @drwho oh, worth noting is that #MSX games have been hacked to run on the #SegaMasterSystem: http://www.smspower.org/forums/16445-MSXToSMSHacks?start=50
There's also #Supersoniqs' #Franky and #PlaySoniq carts, which provide the MSX with the VDP and sound-chips of the #SMS2 (and in the case of the latter, also #SID) to convert & play those #MasterSystem games on your MSX: https://supersoniqs.com/projects/
@FiXato Cool! :D
@FiXato What was it marketed as? A personal productivity machine? A gaming machine?
@drwho I was born in the same year as the standard itself, so I mostly have to rely on my childhood memories and advertising I saw later, but I think it was a bit of everything.
Some people, #Dutch techguru #ChrietTitulaer for instance, saw it as the machine of the future, with visions of home automation even.
With the #Dutch system #Girotel by the #Postbank, it was even used for #teleBanking / #onlineBanking: https://anekdotes.blauw-bloed.nl/wp-content/uploads/imported-media/images/1252513625.jpg
There were also programmes for doing your taxes, offline. 1/2
There were also home office applications such as #Philips #HomeOffice2 for managing your contacts (which theoretically could be dialed for you by modem), which can also be tied into personalised mailings, calendar, spreadsheets, graphs, word processor, etc.
In my elementary school we also had several, along with some #edutainment software such as a helicopter game to learn and practise where certain places/countries were.
So, all in all quite varied. 2/2
Some #ads from the era:
https://youtu.be/t5gZ_1haabE (#Toshiba #MSX, UK?)
https://youtu.be/pQse7tDcjDc (Toshiba, Japan)
https://youtu.be/NytecfzT8lg (#Sony #HitBit)
https://youtu.be/5RLDGc4Pmhc (#Konami #HyperOlympics)
https://youtu.be/rWzUL6Drf1s (#Philips, #Italy)
What was the OS like? DOS like? Commodore like?
@drwho in that aspect the #MSX was similar to the #Commodore I guess, as by default it ran #Microsoft's #MSXBASIC which was used to load programmes from disk and data cassette, or to programme your own in it.
However, software could also be loaded from cartridge, and other operating systems could also be loaded from disk, with MS's #MSXDOS (https://www.msx.org/wiki/Category:MSX-DOS and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSX-DOS) (not to be confused with MS-DOS) probably the most popular alternative. As well as CP/M Plus.
Examples of more modern #homebrew OSes for the #MSX include #SymbOS (which started on #Amstrad #CPC afaik) and IIRC programmes written for that can be run on any #Z80 system that runs SymbOS.
Another I believe would be @EtchedPixels's #Fuzix.
for the Brits 😉
@vfrmedia What system was that from? BBC Micro?
@drwho indeed so (and the Acorn Archimedes, I think an RPi with RISCOS would also work with it). There were other options as to what could be done with the !BOOT file (such as loading it into memory, running it as machine code or *EXEC which would sent it into the keyboard buffer as if the commands were typed (like a very early form of shell script)
@drwho I would answer b, c, d.
Well, there was quite a bit of time in the early 1980's where you had a few 8 bit computers to choose from. Along with the C:\ prompt for the IBM type machines.
I had a Coco for a very short period of time and then went right to a Tandy 1000 where the C:\ prompt came up. - Also in that time frame there were many Mainframe and Terminals in use.
@randynose Commodore.. Atari.. PCjr was still around... IBM PC and PC XT. Timesharing systems were still the new hotness as services, as I recall.
When you say Timesharing systems, are you refering to AOL and Compuserve?
@randynose I was thinking more of the companies that'd basically sell accounts and rent processor time on old-school mainframes to run batch jobs. Sort of like how Project Gutenberg was said to have begun.
That wasn't much of a thing for the home user.
And I had a great system back then, running Double DOS, so I could have two nodes on the BBS on the same machine. - There was noticeable slow down.
@randynose I was just a kid back then - just had a C64 but I did a fair amount of reading at the library.
@drwho Load,8,1 and nintendo are far apart with some overlap, but win95 and Y2K were very close together with lots of overlap.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.