My first exposure to MSX was back in the mid-80s, as part of the description of the Yamaha 9938 VDP used by the Myarc Geneve 9640.
I have relatively recently (early 2017) imported a Panasonic FS-A1FX MSX2+ computer from Japan. With my TI-99/4A background, this computer is a joy. All of the MSX(1) game titles feel like they should be on a 4A. And the MSX2 titles are things we should be able to pull off on a Geneve.
I think it is really unfortunate that the MSX standard didn’t make more waves in the USA. What if home computing didn’t converge with business computing?
My Projects for the MSX
- IO Slot Expander - Expand the second slot to a slot + IO-only slot.
I purchased a GR8BIT(tm) kit this (2018) spring, and assembled it all. This was a huge learning exercise. Checkout the GR8BIT(tm) site! I’m a solder junky. Building this tought me a lot of electronics techniques, soldering techniques, and patience. Working with the creator Eugeny Brychkov was a pleasure.
The GR8BIT(tm) gives me a very expandable MSX2+ computer to continue explorer. After building the initial kit design, there are still many upgrades that can be done. I look forward to many more weekends of pushing this system. It has completely replaced my Panasonic for regular use.
I’ve contributed 3D printer models for all the standard cards that come with the GR8BOX kit. They are available in the gr8bit downloads site.