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1983 and the Birth of the Japanese Games Industry

Our comprehensive look back at the coming-of-age of Japanese console games 30 years ago.

Over the past month, we've looked back at the summer of 1983 and the three Japanese game systems that launched that month. In their own way, each machine -- Nintendo's Famicom, Sega's SG-1000, and the MSX computer -- played an important role in the evolution of the games industry.

While the Famicom may be the best-remembered of the three, even its success was part of a bigger picture. In reading through this series, we hope you'll come to better understand why and how the industry evolved the way it did and the part each of these platforms played in helping to make video games what they are today.

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