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For consoles, it's natural - they don't have any self-hosted development tools and the machine you write your code with is largely irrelevant. Early adopters also benefit from the maturity of the tools in other platforms for the time before native tools are developed.

This may be more common in game studios, but was not mainstream in other segments.




It was quite common on C64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum.

Games were developed on bigger systems, and uploaded into them via the expansion ports.




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