Apple had once ventured into the games console market with Bandai, a Japanese toy maker. They came up with a device that went on sale in Japan in 1995. The game console was named Pippin and was a failure.
Altair 8800, sold as a build-it-yourself kit, is generally regarded as the device that sparked the microcomputer revolution. Microsoft's Altair BASIC was the first programming language for the machine. [more...]