Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Go MSX



From Wikipedia:

MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. It was a Microsoft-led attempt to create unified standards among hardware makers, conceived by one-time Microsoft Japan executive Kazuhiko Nishi. Despite Microsoft's involvement, MSX-based machines were seldom seen in the United States and Britain, but they were popular in other markets. Eventually 5 million MSX-based units were sold worldwide.

Nishi proposed MSX as an attempt to create a single industry standard for home computers. Inspired by the success of VHS as a standard for video cassette recorders, many Japanese electronic manufacturers along with GoldStar, Philips and Spectravideo built and promoted MSX computers. Any piece of hardware or software with the MSX logo on it was compatible with MSX products of other manufacturers. In particular, the expansion cartridge form and function were part of the standard; any MSX expansion or game cartridge would work in any MSX computer.

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Read the entire article here. Also check this video out, which features a very young Bill Gates praising the system.

There was a lot of cool stuff on MSX, but I think the absolutely coolest thing is Hideo Kojima's original Metal Gear. (The American Nintendo port sucks in comparison.)


Make your own computer MSX-compatible with this emulator. And pick up the "rom" (basically the information that would be contained on the original cartridge) here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Worst Movie Scene Ever

One of my favorite channels on YouTube is Watercooler Films. The channel is dedicated to showcasing the absolutely worst scenes ever committed to film. I have seen at least twenty of the twenty-eight scenes in the series, but the one that sticks with me the most is this scene from Nightmare on Elm Street 2:



I mean, this whole thing is so bizarre and stupid, you wonder why nobody on the set looked at the script and called shenanigans.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Burn Cycle Trailer

There's a pretty good chance I'm going to try to get this game running on my 64-bit Vista:



I just haven't mustered the courage to attempt such a ridiculous act, yet.