Hello from an MSX user in the UK

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By mxmy

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03-06-2018, 04:50

Hello! New MSX user and C++ games developer/game engine developer here! Just finished repairing my Amiga 600, but even still, it leaves me wishing for a less... multitasking-oriented computer. I was raised on AMSTRAD BASIC, but please don't hold that against me Tongue

I've been lurking for a while on these forums but decided to join and post here because I'm finally getting my first MSX machine. I've been using OpenMSX to get a feel for developing MSX programs and I decided that I should take the plunge and get myself an MSX1 computer and Carnivore 2. after all, there is nothing quite like developing on the actual machine you're programming for.

I wonder how many UK users there are out there on this forum. I'm particularly excited to see if there are any other forum members from Scotland!

Also, as a final note, I'm really grateful for this forum (and site) being in English. I know that the MSX was deeply unpopular in the UK, and in general in english-speaking countries, so I am incredibly humbled that you've make these resources available in my first language.

I haven't posted in forums in a long, long time, but hopefully I'll be around here a lot Big smile Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

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By keith56

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03-06-2018, 09:06

Hey there! welcome to the forum!
I'm a fellow 'Amstrad User'... I was born in the UK, but I moved to Japan a few years back, and got into the MSX about a year ago... I hadn't even heard of the MSX before coming to Japan!

MSX development is quite different to Amstrad Development... though I've only really looked at the MSX2, not the MSX1 you seem to be looking at, so my experience of MSX graphics will be quite different to yours.

I hope you have fun with your MSX!


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03-06-2018, 09:56

Hi mxmy
nice to have a professional game coder here! If you want to start developing in ASM or C on MSX do not hesitate to post your questions in this forum. If you have the basics of z80 coding, ASM is the way.
Coding your PC tools to produce data can lead to excellent results even on msx1.

By valkyre

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03-06-2018, 10:59

Hi mxmy,
Welcome! There are a few msx users based in the UK and also an active software development team.(bitvision software).We also try to promote the system at events throughout the UK! We will be at the next play expo in Manchester (may 2019) where we will have several tables packed with msx goodness!

By ren

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03-06-2018, 14:43


Well, English works best for building an international community of course + in some countries people get (mandatory) English lessons in high school, and sometimes @ elementary already.
The founders are Dutch peep. Dutch peep can be grateful too English films & TV shows 'n stuff are generally not dubbed to local lang. (Hi & sorry @hamlet.. ;))

If you're up to giving yourself a challenge already: there's MSXdev happening ;-)
+ If you've got any plans to delve into ASM, keith56's ASM tutorial could be a nice resource to have a look at?

By CASDuino

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03-06-2018, 14:40

UK user here with a Toshiba HX-10 which was my first computer back in 84

By Pac

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03-06-2018, 19:38

Hi, welcome to the MSX Resource Center. Why an MSX1? I would certainly recommend an MSX2. Among other things, graphically the first generation is very limited compared to the second one.

By santiontanon

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03-06-2018, 21:24

@PAC I don't know man... the MSX1 for me brings some nostalgia that the MSX2 does not Smile (after all, if I want better graphics, I can just play with my modern laptop, hehehe)

By Pac

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03-06-2018, 22:58

Of course nostalgia is there but in this case being a newcomer is a different situation. Considering you want to invest your money in the best possible way as a new user and want to enjoy the vast majority of the MSX software library, in my opinion an MSX2 is the best choice. It's backwards compatible with MSX1 so this is a plus. With an MSX1 you miss a lot of things.

By Manuel

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03-06-2018, 23:21

Santi: I heavily used an MSX1 from 1986 to 1993 and an MSX2 from 1993 to 2001... for me the MSX2 was just MORE MSX fun! So I'd just suggest MSX2 as well Smile (Note that the 2001 is a bit of an arbitrary year... actually using the real MSX declined heavily after I bought my first PC at that time.)

By djh1697

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03-06-2018, 23:45

I am in Leicester, another long term MSX user. My first one was a Goldstar FC200 MSX1, purchased in 1984. Today I have a Sony HBF9S MSX2, with a MFR SCC, and a Carnivore 2 on long term loan. In Leicester we have the Retro Computer Museum, where they have various MSX machines, including a TurboR ST.

I had my letter published in the final edition of MSX Computing, my claim to fame! I used to code on my MSX1, but to be honest I do hardly any these days, apart from the odd BIOS call to do things that you cannot easily do from Basic. I also donated copies of the Konami Software Club newsletters which can be seen on the MSX HansO website.

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