Happy 2011

by wolf_ on 04-01-2011, 22:17
Topic: MRC

With the whole crew finally sober again: we wish you all the best for the new year, may your MSX activities prosper! At least for us it will be a special year; the msx.org domain will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2011, but more importantly: we will launch our new website. "I have heard that before" you may think, and that's right. And so has the crew, since 2007. But this year.. will be the year!

All the news shows on tv have done so in the past few weeks, so we'll do it too: a summary of MSX news from 2010. There was a certain video craze going on, with one speedrun uploaded to YouTube after another. This is clearly where emulators shine, the combination of video recording and save states proved to be a winning horse. It gave us videos like SD-Snatcher, Ikari Warriors. R-Type, Metal Gear 2 and Ys 1. We were also presented with tweaked games, such as Starship Rendez Vous and Playball 3. meisei 1.3.1 was released, while a development version of openMSX introduced the reverse timeline feature. The yearly game development contest MSXdev opened its doors again, and in case you forgot: the deadline is this month, gentlemen! Former MSXdev organizer viejo_archivero released the brand new MSX1 game Invasion of the Zombie Monsters which was converted to Spectrum, shortly after. Mapmaker only_69 keeps exploring the world, and occasionally releases a large bag with maps.

Thanks to KdL's work, our 1chipMSX computers remain up to date. More news has come from former Dutch MSX magazine MCM/MCCM; its publisher Wammes Witkop started scanning his magazines in order to put them online! A new version of the MegaFlashROM SCC+ popped up, as well as openMSX 0.8.0. In June, a preview of the upcoming game Deva was put on YouTube. Deva is a fast multilayer platform game by Norakomi and his team, of which a website would be launched near the end of 2010. With so many active MSX fans around the globe, new hardware projects are never far away, such as OPL4 Shockwave, Powergraph (containing a v9990) and PlaySoniq. The latter is cartridge with a lot of fun chips on it, such as an FPGA, a SEGA Audio/video chip and the famous SID chip from our beloved neighbours in retroland.

Two new games appeared in the second edition of the Passion MSX2 contest, made by TNI and Infinite, who also competed in the first edition and both used jails and criminality as theme for their games this year. The results have yet to be made known though. More gaming activity in form of Goonies 'R' Good Enough, QBIQS and Pengo, while the - by then - wildly popular Invasion of the Zombie Monsters was made available for free. Demo fanatics could read about some history in a Demoscene Research Thesis. Unfortunately, the well designed online magazine Retroaction had come to an end. A pity, as in each edition MSX was mentioned. More MSX in the media in form of Assembly TV and an interview with Konamiman. Halfway September, PassionMSX halted its editorial activities (though there has been some activity, recently) and for a brief period of time there was some speculating for what sum of money the www.msx.com domain would change ownership.

Not a video, not a big studio remix, but a string quartet performing Metal Gear themes, points for originality on this one! More music from John Hassink who presented a collection of Moonsound game rearrangements, and Konami announcing the Gradius Ultimate Collection. After quite a bit of radio silence, Bazix has formally quit its activities. After the website MRC moved to a new server, we've put it to the test by offering Wolf's latest rearrangements: Technotris and Randar 3, the latter game is in the process of being translated into English (it even hit the media)!

Traditionally, we have a few statistics for people who like them:

  • News posts: 337 (364)
  • Forum posts: 15813 (15888)
  • Reactions: 2342 (3228)
  • Page views: 1.964.756 (2.075.164)

The values in parentheses are the statistics of 2009. Another tradition is the mentioning of the most active MRC member (crew not included). And in the past 5 years it has also been a tradition that Manuel Bilderbeek topped these charts. In 2010, the following 10 MRC members were the most active, based on a score of 6 points per news post, 2 per forumpost and 1 per reaction, doubling the score on 'first posts':

  1. manuel (1231)
  2. Leo (921)
  3. MäSäXi (733)
  4. mesiasmsx (732)
  5. ARTRAG (660)
  6. RetroTechie (645)
  7. NYYRIKKI (573)
  8. guantxip (567)
  9. Vampier (559)
  10. Huey (525)

In total, 688 members were active on the MSX Resource Center in 2010, which is slightly more than the 663 active members we had in 2009. Prolonging his status as most active MRC member of the year for the fifth time in a row, we have a special present for manuel in store, to be handed out during the MSX fair in Nijmegen. Our thanks go out to him all the others who contributed to the MRC. Next year we will also reward a prize to the most active member at the MRC. We hope you will keep visiting and enriching the contents of our website for a long time to come!

We would also like to thank all the active MSX developers who keep bringing us new and surprising hardware, software, websites and magazines. Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank all the people who have sent us a donation by bank or PayPal this year. As the MRC is growing and growing, so are the costs to keep the site online and in movement. Even with small donations, you helped (and are helping) to keep our site online. Respect!

Finally we'd like to thank people who send in any news they've spotted or created. Our frontpage is the most prominent place to display such news, and search engines know where to find it too. If you think we missed a spot, or if you want your own MSX news in the spot light, don't hesitate and "hit the submit".

From all of us here: cheers, and happy MSX'ing!

Comments (8)

By viejo_archivero

Paragon (1395)

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04-01-2011, 22:48

Just a remark: Invasion of the Zombie Monsters is not an "Spectrum conversion". It is a brand new RELEVO MSX game, developed originaly for MSX, and then converted to Spectrum by us at RELEVO Videogames ;-). Both versions were released by us at RetroMadrid 2010 (MSX cartridge and ZX Spectrum cassette), and later released for free at our weblog. I thought this remark was a must because the newpost reads as if I just took an old Spectrum game and converted it!!! ;-p (pretty far from reality)

By wolf_

Ambassador_ (10156)

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04-01-2011, 22:52

* picks up the screwdriver, hammer and saw

* puts back the tools into the toolbox

By viejo_archivero

Paragon (1395)

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05-01-2011, 07:35

Thnx Lobo ;-)

By MäSäXi

Paragon (1884)

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05-01-2011, 10:06

Never thought of that I could be in "Top Ten" of most active members......... Smile

By ro

Scribe (5129)

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05-01-2011, 10:22

Ah, it appears I'm not ranking the top-10 this year Smile
(aah, new job, less internet..hehe)

By Huey

Prophet (2702)

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05-01-2011, 11:28

2010 is my best MSX year ever.
It took me more than 20 years before I actually got motivated enough to pick-up a Z80 book to learn to code in assembly. It feels magical to be able to create that what I have wanted to code more than 20 years ago Wink

Thanks to all that helped me out with my, sometimes noob-ish, questions here on MRC, IRC and by mail. Special thanks to ARTRAG Hannibal for teaching me the design concepts for game development.

By PingPong

Enlighted (4175)

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05-01-2011, 19:43

"I have heard that before" Tongue

By [D-Tail]

Ascended (8263)

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07-01-2011, 07:45

Bunny new year @ all! Are there also statistics for lowest rated users? Wink

Anyway, hope to see y'all @ Nijmegen!