[MSX] MSX Resource Center news summary Jun 29, 2005 - Jul 13, 2005
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This automated weekly email message contains the MSX Resource Center news summary dating from Jun 29, 2005 until Jul 13, 2005. Last week, 11 news articles were posted at the MSX Resource center. The complete newsarchive can be found here: http://www.msx.org/newsarchive.html
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RICK DANGEROUS FOR MSX REVIEW (2005-07-12 12:17:07)
At the English Rick Dangerous - resurrected website, an article on Rick Dangerous for MSX can be found. The game was released for MSX in 1992 by the Dutch group Paragon. Although coded in MSX-BASIC, the game undergoes a comparison with the commercial releases of the game. The article does not only come with a few screenshots, but also with complete maps of the game.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/Rick-Dangerous-for-MSX-review.newspost3125.html
MUSHIHIMESAMA: TO SHINJUGAMORI BY DARIA, DRM AND HACKURL (2005-07-11 22:40:03)
The Japanese chiptune composers Daria, DRM and Hackurl frequently appear on the MRC frontpage, as they regularly release tunes created on, or inspired by the MSX. Recently, Daria decided to start a "Let's make impossible covers with PSG"-challenge, resulting in 3 PSG arrangements of the same song: Mushihimesama: To Shinjugamori. If you want to hear the results, you can download a different MP3 file of the same song on the websites of each composer. More semi-impossible PSG cover challenges are expected to be organized in the future.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/Mushihimesama%3A-To-Shinjugamori-by-Daria%2C-DRM-and-Hackurl.newspost3124.html
KBMEDIAPLAYER 2.41 (ENGLISH) (2005-07-11 10:59:23)
Recently a new version of kbMediaPlayer and its English patcher were released. kBMediaPlayer can be used to play a wide range of different audio and video file formats, including MSX tunes. This new version comes with MSXplug 050508.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/kbMediaPlayer-2.41-%28english%29.newspost3123.html
GIVE THE ONE CHIP MSX A NEW NAME CHALLENGE (2005-07-10 23:00:19)
As you all probably know by now ASCII intend to commercially produce a new MSX computer, the One Chip MSX. Earlier today, Bazix started taking pre-orders on the one chip MSX over here, making it available to the non-Japanese market as well.
As with MSXPLAYer, ASCII would like the MSX Community to think of a new name for this new product. Hence, a new MRC Challenge is born: the 'Give the One Chip MSX a new name'-challenge.
In this forum thread on our MSX Forum you can post your suggestions on what you think would be a good name for the One Chip MSX. Please have a good look at the first post of the forum thread, which explains how suggestions should be submitted. You can send your suggestions in until August 20th, 2005, 23:59 CET. After that, a jury will take a good look at the suggestions offered by the MSX community on MRC and Japanese community platforms and select a winning name. The members of this jury are still to be announced, as is the prize for the person who sends in the winning name.
So, would you like to enter the history books as the person who found the name for the new MSX computer platform? Post your suggestions right here, right now!
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/Give-the-One-Chip-MSX-a-new-name-challenge.newspost3122.html
MSXDEV'05 - STATUS UPDATE (2005-07-10 22:21:48)
Today the MSXdev'05 status page was updated with 4 more entries, 2 of which already have been completed. The following 4 projects were added:
* Pair Logic (finished), by Andrea Gasparrini - A version of the classic pairs game coded in BASIC
* Tragaperras (finished), by Jordi Sala Clara - a slot machine simulator coded also in BASIC, recovered from the ancient tape times!
* Parachuteless Joe (work in progress), by MsxKun (Paxanga Soft) - A strange skydive simulator with the humour included in all the Paxanga productions
* Escotoma (work in progress), by Madonna Mark II (Guzuta Raster Leisure) - A promising shoot'em up from the winner of MSXdev'04
At the moment, no less than 20 projects have been confirmed dor the MSXdev'05 competition. You can find more details on the status of these projects and download the finished games from the MSXdev'05 status page.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/MSXdev05-Status-update.newspost3121.html
2000 ONE CHIP MSX COMPUTERS SOLD (2005-07-10 17:22:32)
On May 20th, ASCII started taking pre-orders on the new One Chip MSX. Within a week, 1000 devices were pre-ordered. It took almost 2 months before the 2000 milestone was reached. It looks like accomplishing the minimum amount of 5000 One Chip MSX computers required to make commercial production possible is going to be quite a challenge.
At the current rate of pre-orders, it looks like ASCII is not going to make it. However, with other MSX revival projects like the MSX Magazines and MSX Game Reader they managed to turn a slow start into quite a success.
Earlier today the odds were increased by the Dutch company Bazix, who opened up a One Chip MSX pre-order page, allowing people living outside Japan to obtain a One Chip MSX as well. Now that the One Chip MSX has become available worldwide, it will be interesting to see if and when the 5000 pre-order barrier can be accomplished.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/2000-One-Chip-MSX-computers-sold.newspost3120.html
ONE CHIP MSX AVAILABLE OUTSIDE JAPAN (2005-07-10 03:54:25)
On May 20th, ASCII opened up their Japanese One Chip MSX pre-order page and started taking orders on the new MSX computer from Japanese MSX fans.
Today, an important step in the MSX revival was taken. For the first time, a product resulting from the MSX revival has become available, officially, outside the Japanese market. As of today, the One Chip MSX can also be pre-ordered from outside Japan with Bazix, the Dutch company that represents MSX Association outside the Japanese market.
According to the One Chip MSX page on the Bazix website, their One Chip MSX will come with an English manual, a 220V adapter or 110V converter plug and a simple casing. The One Chip MSX can be pre-ordered right here for 189,- (about $225,-) including VAT. Thanks to FPGA technology, the functionality of the device can be changed without performing any physical hardware modifications. An upgrade to make the device completely MSX2 compatible will be released in the future.
Needless to say this is a great step for the international MSX community, as the One Chip MSX is the first MSX computer to be officially distributed outside the Japanese market since the MSX2, which was introduced more than 20 years ago.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/One-Chip-MSX-available-outside-Japan.newspost3118.html
YMIXER (2005-07-10 02:26:14)
Ymixer is an hardware modification of the popular YM2149 most MSX users have come to know as the PSG. With this modification, the following features are added:
* ym channel mixer
* individual mute switch
* panning (stereo pot for all channels)
* voltage controlled filtering (lp, bp, hp)
* analog switch selector for ym to vcf mode
* sound effect circuit (also used for control voltage)
More information on this interesting hardware mod can be found on the Ymixer website
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/Ymixer.newspost3117.html
MSX CLUB GRONINGEN - FIRST MEETING - REMINDER (2005-07-10 01:34:32)
On June 25th the Dutch MSX group MSX Club Groningen announced their first meeting was to be held on July 17th, 2005 in Wijkcentrum 'De Karre', Groningen. As it looks now it's going to be an active day of MSXing, as members of Infinite, Near Dark, Team Bomba and MSX Resource Center have already announced they will be attending the meeting. If you live in the Northern regions of the Netherlands, you might want to join in on this first meeting of this new MSX club.
On the Dutch MSX Club Groningen website you can find more information on the club and a description on how to get to the location of the meeting by car or public transport.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/MSX-Club-Groningen-First-meeting-Reminder.newspost3116.html
VDRIVE FOR OPENMSX 0.5.2 (2005-07-09 14:02:21)
David Heremans has released a TCL script with which the Vdrive feature of blueMSX can be mimiced in openMSX.
With the vDrive feature you can select multiple disk images to be used in the emulator and then switch between them during emulation using a hotkey. This can come in really handy when playing software that comes on more than one disk.
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/Vdrive-for-openMSX-0.5.2.newspost3115.html
MSX T-SHIRTS: PRODUCTION STARTED (2005-07-07 21:57:39)
What do Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have in common? Well, chances you'll see someone walking around in an MSX T-Shirt in one of these countries have just increased quite a lot. No less than 250 T-Shirts are currently in production, ready to be shipped to MSX fans living all around the world.
We expect the T-Shirts to arrive at MRC HQ at the end of next week, after which we will start shipping the MSX T-Shirts to their new owners. If the T-Shirts arrive in time, people who chose to collect their shirts at an MSX fair or meeting can already collect them at July 17th, during the first meeting of MSX Club Groningen. At the moment it looks like the shirts will be ready on that date. Wear them with pride!
Read more at: http://www.msx.org/MSX-T-Shirts%3A-production-started.newspost3114.html
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