It’s been thirty years since Microsoft and ASCII jointly introduced the MSX standard to the world. These renders were created to celebrate it.
Although mostly successful in Japan, some European manufacturers adhered to the standard as well, the best known of them all being Philips. Their VG-8020 MSX was a popular computer in the mid-eighties european market. It was marketed to schools everywhere as a powerful learning tool, and that’s how my school bought a dozen of them, along with a standard setup of Philips green phosphor monitors and tape recorders. Learning Basic programming language on those machines was my very first computing experience.
I have been intermittently working on this project for some months. It’s been an exercise in patience, mostly because I obsessed myself with reproducing all items in it as faithfully as possible. That might seem pointless, since many of those details can’t be appreciated in this scene, but I wanted my assets to be reusable for a future project.
Every single object was modeled with Blender and all renders in this post have been created with Cycles. Here are some detailed renders for each of the devices in the scene.
- Philips MSX VG-8020:
- Philips Green Monochrome Monitor VS-0040:
- Philips Tape Recorder NMS-1515: