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Sega Education System

Discussion in 'General Sega Discussion' started by Black Squirrel, Jan 21, 2024.

  1. Black Squirrel

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    Retro, you missed the bus.

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    https://segaretro.org/index.php?title=File:SegaCompanyProfile_JP_1988.pdf&page=12

    I didn't spend a lot of time looking at Sega's 1988 company profile. Turns out, its Sega AI Computer page is more than "this thing exists" - it claims the company set up a subsidiary, "Sega Education System" (セガエデュケーションシステム) to deal with the Japanese educational market.

    This is one such endeavour, a bus, full of AI Computers, in partnership with Kagaku Gijutsu-kan (科学技術館), aka Tokyo's Science Museum.

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    There's also talk on the profile page of working with Linguaphone. Sega would purchase the Japanese arm of Linguaphone at some point, which is why we have such curiosities as
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    The Linguaphone Education Gear, aka the Japanese release of the Multi-Mega (CDX).

    I think Sega had a secret education business beyond these one-shot devices like the AI Computer and Pico. I think they were in schools, teaching Japanese children.
     
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  2. Pirate Dragon

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    I don't currently have a subscription to this Newspaper site, but they set up Linguaphone Japan Ltd. in 1987, so yeah, fits in with the AI Computer timeline.

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  3. doc eggfan

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    I always wondered whether the E-series Educational carts for the SC-3000 were used in schools. The titles of the software seem to indicate that they were tailored for the specifics of the Japanese school curriculum at the time. I don't know if they were sold to home consumers for extra tutelage at home, or if they were sold and marketed directly to schools.
     
  4. Black Squirrel

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    Well it got me thinking - there's a blank spot in our knowledge about computers in Japanese schools. If Sega were prepared to set up a subsidiary specifically for this market, that might suggest they were big players. Or wanted to be big players. Or there were no big players.

    My assumption was that, pre-Windows 95, NEC would have swept in, because the PC-9800 series was big in business and they were market leaders and whatever. But I've been through lists of games for NEC Retro - there aren't many educational ones, and whlie I haven't been explicitly looking for educational software in Japanese computing magazines, I haven't consciously run into any.

    I was doing some research on the AI Computer, working on the basis that it was obscure and nobody bought one, but you genuinely start to wonder... could there be more?


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    Here's an Amstrad PCW, released around the same time. At a fraction of the price of an IBM PC, it was one of the best selling computers in the UK at 1.5 million units.

    I live here and care about computers. I have never seen one. It's like they completely disappeared.
     
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  5. Ted909

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    https://segaretro.org/index.php?title=File:GameMachine_JP_312.pdf&page=16
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    Put in context with Nakayama pushing both consoles and toys around the same time it all starts to make a kind of sense. I guess the Pico lasting right into the 2000s and Sega Toys still surviving to this day is its legacy?
     
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  6. Pirate Dragon

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    Although the current scans are low quality, that art style looks very familiar. Could this be Miho Takeda's work?

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