The Japanese PC running the original Metal Gear is back after 30 years of extinction

The MSX PC is little known in the West, but it was Microsoft Japan’s key game in parts of the Asian computer market in the 1980s. As a joint project with ASCII Corporation, MSX sought to create a “standard” PC architecture, just as VHS had become the de facto videotape format.

The first MSX systems were made by Mitsubishi and launched in Japan in October 1983 (though the point is that any company can make them, many including Sony). Seven million MSX machines will be sold in Japan over the next few years, making it both a viable gaming platform (the Metal Gear Solid series started with MSX2) and part of the cultural has always been the underdog (opens in new tab)but was loved at the time.