Spectravideo SV-318

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yakumo9275
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Just saw this;

http://www.pcworld.com/article/143521-3/if_its_good_enough_for_shatner.html

anyone here have/use one of these before? (a Spectravideo SV-318)

looks pretty funky. The line "accidental proginator of the MSX" looks pretty leading..

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Spectravideo
Harmik wrote:

I had a SV-328 with a floppy drive and a big expansion box and a printer.

I was recently able to get the big expansion box and some extra memory as well (16K). I don't have the disk drive nor have seen, sadly.



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SV-328

I had a SV-328 with a floppy drive and a big expansion box and a printer.

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I owned an SV-328. It was my

I owned an SV-328. It was my second computer - the first was a VIC-20. I liked the VIC-20 because there were decent games on cartridge, but the Spectravideo system was better to learn BASIC programming. You could easily make games with sprite graphics, sound and joystick controls (a 9 year old could do it). It also had plenty of RAM.

Both systems had crappy cassette drives for storage which I don't miss!

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I have had some experiences with Spectravideo systems

My cousin owned a few of these machines and the ones prior to the msx-1 standard. The hardware of the machines indeed was quite msx-1-like. Most software available in the Netherlands was actually CP/M software and not the interesting native apps or games.



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More Spectravideo is not a bad thing
yakumo9275 wrote:

Thanks bill.. DOH! search function! my bad.

-- Stu --

No problem at all. I like talking about stuff like that, so I don't mind "repeating" and frankly some topics should be brought up multiple times.



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Thanks bill.. DOH! search

Thanks bill.. DOH! search function! my bad.

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Bill Loguidice
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Spectravideo computers

I have the upgraded model in the series: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/1470

The joystick is removable on the SV-318. On the 328, besides things like extra memory and a real keyboard, it replaced the joystick/cursor control with a numeric keypad. The MSX specification was actually inspired by the 328, not the 318, though they're functionally the same. Most software was released on cassette for the 318/28, but a few cartridges were also released. Spectravideo obviously was famous for their joysticks and making Atari 2600 and ColecoVision games, among others. They also released an expansion module for their computers to allow them to play ColecoVision games.

The 318/328 are not MSX compatible obviously, created before the specification was standardized. The Spectravideo 728 was an updated version of the 328 that was in fact MSX 1 compliant. That system was not released in North America, only the 318/328.

The 318/328, particularly the 328, is a well-built system with a strong BASIC implementation that makes good use of available memory. It's a capable platform, along the lines of the ColecoVision, TI-99/4a and MSX 1 systems. Unfortunately, the software was pretty much first party (as was the case for many second or third tier systems) and fairly mediocre.



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