Before we get into this introduction, can you remember a time before video games? It’s hard for most people to remember, not because they forgot but because well, as time moves on there are fewer and fewer of us. There are even fewer who can remember a time before television. You might ask, well what did you do to fill your spare time? go for walks? Or get ice cream and walk to the movies. Polish your grandparents silver jewelry and dinnerware? That reminds me of all the time we spent doing just that, since grandpa had small gift shop and was very much into appearances and prices. So along with polishing, we spent hours going over the catalogs looking for the best wholesale sterling silver jewelry. More time was then spent in getting the jewelry we had in stock into presentable form – many of the antique pieces required constant polishing, even though I always felt that they looked better, more vintage, the more the were unpolished. Anyway see what reminders of past time wasting can do? .. hmm, I supposed these are things we still do, but we also have mind altering, addictive and totally fun video and computer games. Nerds back then were techy, engineer, book smart and ultimately those who became successful with their careers and interests, now we have a new breed of nerd- the video game nerd. And although there is an industry for those who play competitively, it is not an obsession that equals a career path! Never the less its hard to say no to an engaging video game.
In Japan, shortly after the introduction of Nintendo’s Famicom (NES), the electronics giant NEC entered into the video game market with the introduction of their “next generation” system, known as the PC Engine. Boasting a 16-bit graphics chip capable of displaying up to 256 colors on screen at once, at a number of resolutions. Although its CPU wasn’t much more powerful that of the NES, its spectacular graphics chip and six-channel sound bettered the Famicom in every way. It utilized a sleek new card format (HuCards, Turbochips) to hold its software, rather than bulky cartridges. It was also the first console to boast a CD-ROM drive, for full orchestral soundtracks and even (gasp!) full motion video. The PC Engine was immensely popular in Japan, outselling the Famicom by a significant margin. (Excerpt from TG-16 Museum)
• Thanks to “David Eagle”, the previous page maintainer.
• I also did a re-design of this page, with a new logo, and buttons. Hopefully it looks pretty good. I also added and updated emulators, utilities, technical info, and more… which was pretty much didn’t exist before. I think it looks better than it did before. No more of this old mad grampa stuff. All relevant info, and trying to keep is simple and edgey. You know how we do.