New Book - Modern MSX BASIC Game Development

New Book - Modern MSX BASIC Game Development

par ro on 16-07-2021, 18:12
Sujet: Development
Étiquettes: book, game, Development, BASIC
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Books, real physical, printed ones. Not a rare item back in the days of MSX glory, as not all things were digital back then. But in 2021, well, it seems a rare commodity. Thanks to the digital super highway called Internet, information is quickly obtainable but also very futile. Books are like Long Play Records, a niche product. Loved by a small amount of enthusiastics... Don't blame them, books just smell darn good. As do records.

So, whenever there's a new book on our beloved subject, we're happy to write about it. Digital, or hard copy, new MSX books are a delicacy that we can't get enough of. You might expect that, for a retro system of 35 y/o, everything's been written about and secrets are rare. Well, not always. Remember Wim Dewijngaert his recent Konami MSX Legacy book? And now, Raúl Portales gives us the "Modern MSX BASIC Game Development" book.

As the title says, a book about programming BASIC games on MSX with modern tools like emulators, automated scripts, tile editors, MSX-BASIC-KUN, and other. Raúl has written a nice English language, 238 pages book with practical examples that are also downloadable. A great piece of work for any one interested in game programming with MSX BASIC.

In the MSX scene you might know Raúl as MRC user shalafi, and as the creator of the MSXdev`20 game title Raftoid, released under his alias Plattysoft. He is also the author of Android related book titles.

The book "Modern MSX BASIC Game Development" is available on Amazon on both paperback and eBook and costs about 20 euros (ex shipping).

Relevant link: Buy the book at Amazon
Relevant link: The demo ROM, scripts and all the examples are available on GitHub

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Commentaires (14)

Par TGC

Supporter (2)

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17-07-2021, 20:50

Just ordered one Smile

Par dracul

Master (156)

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18-07-2021, 17:28

Me too. I hope I will get it by now ;-)

Par shalafi

Resident (38)

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18-07-2021, 21:22

Thanks! I hope you like it.
My own copy arrived on Friday, less than 4 days since ordering. Not bad for printed on demand.

Par NetNomad

Rookie (27)

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20-07-2021, 04:10

Mine came today! Two chapters in and already learned a bunch of stuff I didn't know. The physical book is also much better quality than I expected from print-to-order and even has full color pictures and screenshots. It's really cool!



Par shalafi

Resident (38)

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20-07-2021, 20:36

Sure, the quality is really good for the price and printed in demand.
When I said "not bad for in demand" I was referring to the time to delivery.

@netnomad Glad you are enjoying it!

Par albs_br

Champion (317)

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21-07-2021, 03:16

Bought the digital version, currently read around 1/3.
Even not being an MSX Basic enthusiast, I'm really enjoying the reading. Pretty entertaining.
Congrats!

Par shalafi

Resident (38)

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21-07-2021, 10:04

albs_br wrote:

Bought the digital version, currently read around 1/3.
Even not being an MSX Basic enthusiast, I'm really enjoying the reading. Pretty entertaining.
Congrats!

Thank you!

Par Samor

Prophet (2105)

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21-07-2021, 11:23

What a nice idea! I ordered a copy.

Par Samor

Prophet (2105)

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24-07-2021, 19:08

It arrived yesterday (pretty fast!).
Also already learned a few things unknown to me as the old books never properly explained it. Hannibal

Par mais1976

Master (172)

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29-07-2021, 19:26

I ordered mine today Smile

Par shalafi

Resident (38)

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29-07-2021, 20:34

Samor wrote:

It arrived yesterday (pretty fast!).
Also already learned a few things unknown to me as the old books never properly explained it. Hannibal

Nice to read that the book is serving its purpose. Please leave a review on Amazon if you liked it.

mais1976 wrote:

I ordered mine today Smile

Thanks! I hope it arrives soon.

Par black hawk

Expert (109)

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07-08-2021, 16:11

Mine came today. Nice and modern book. I like it. I look forward to reading it

Par mais1976

Master (172)

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08-08-2021, 15:30

Mine arrived yesterday. Wish I had this one, when I was a kid Smile The intro text is very recognisable

Par shalafi

Resident (38)

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08-08-2021, 21:40

mais1976 wrote:

Mine arrived yesterday. Wish I had this one, when I was a kid Smile The intro text is very recognisable

I'm not sure if it is reassuring that I was not alone on my struggles :-D