Right after the freshest issue of MSXdev kicked off, the first entry is a fact. With pleasure, the MSXdev Team presents to you: SKULLrs by digiconcrete.
It's a minimalistic game that relies on your reaction speed and sense of timing, and is completely written in MSX-BASIC. For those interested, the complete code of the game is included in the accompanying text file.
SKULLrs is meant to be the author's tribute to classics like Space Invaders and Pong.
A gameplay video is available, courtesty of MSXBlog.

The solar system's defenses have already fallen, and SKULLrs' invasion is imminent. Can you stop them?

Are you working on an MSX game, or even have one finished? Please consider to submit your work as an entry for this legendary MSX contest, and have the guarantee of a wide audience as possible, gain the attention of potential cartridge producers and even contend to win some prizes!

Relevant link: MSXdev'17 - SKULLrs
Relevant link: digiconcrete

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Comments (8)

By KdL

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11-01-2017, 00:20

My score is 9 Wink

By Konamito

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11-01-2017, 00:28

My best is 5 oO

By MsxKun

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13-01-2017, 21:58

Heya.

I didn't DL the game, I was only told about something, so sorry if it's not correct. Is it true that on the manual it says this?:

How to run the program:

1) Open the MSX emulator (in this case we will use the blueMSX emulator).
2) Insert the virtual cartridge 'SKULLrs.rom' into the virtual MSX computer (slot 1).
3) Start the MSX emulation if necessary.

Cause that's SAD Sad What about a real MSX? Any word about it? Is it EmulatorDev? Does anybody even care about (real) MSX machines anymore?
Just my thoughs. Excuse me if the info is not correct.

By mars2000you

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13-01-2017, 22:13

You should have downloaded the file, it's a BASIC rom, the BASIC listing is included in the manual, but it's probably too difficult for you to type the listing on a real machine ! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers Running Naked in a Field of Flowers Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By MsxKun

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13-01-2017, 22:24

mars2000you wrote:

You should have downloaded the file, it's a BASIC rom, the BASIC listing is included in the manual, but it's probably too difficult for you to type the listing on a real machine ! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers Running Naked in a Field of Flowers Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

I don't want to run the game. I was just shocked that an MSX contest entry doesn't even mention the machine for what the game is for. Or should be for.
At least it doesn't say it requires Windows 10 Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By ren

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14-01-2017, 00:28

Well, missing from the new/blog post seems the indication of which compo this entry is competing in, and in this case that must be the Classic compo, for which the target machine/spec should be clear.

It's quite possible the author of this entry made it on an emu, and might not even own a real MSX, and consequently might have been 'emulator-minded'.. (I can imagine it can bug you a bit if you're a fan of real MSX HW)
Anyway, these emu instructions could as well have been left out, but I'm sure the author didn't mean harm ;)

Quote:

Does anybody even care about (real) MSX machines anymore?

Of course, relax ;)

(More importantly:) are you competing yourself?

By MsxKun

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14-01-2017, 01:07

ren wrote:

It's quite possible the author of this entry made it on an emu, and might not even own a real MSX, and consequently might have been 'emulator-minded'.. (I can imagine it can bug you a bit if you're a fan of real MSX HW)

And he's free to do that, really. And if the game works on real MSX that's fine, contest related. "Bug me" won't be the word. As I said. I felt SAD. Cause it's not only about this game. Lately you seem to read more news about WhateverMSX emulator that anything.
I like emulators as a tool. They help testing-debugging and are also handy for quick checks. But my goal is always a real machine. If not, there's no fun for me, right. I know it doesn't have to be the same for others.

ren wrote:

Anyway, these emu instructions could as well have been left out, but I'm sure the author didn't mean harm Wink

I'm sure about that too. There are 2 things.
1 - Tho it would be nice to note that STILL there are MSX machines around, It doesn't harm to leave the emulator instructions anyway. Specially if you see reality, that is...:
2 - Nobody seems to care about real machines.

That, the point 2, is what makes me sad. I can't help it, sorry.

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Does anybody even care about (real) MSX machines anymore?

Of course, relax Wink

Of course not or of course you do? Tongue
I'm relaxed. Just sad. And demotivated.

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(More importantlySmile are you competing yourself?

Competing on the dev you mean?
No time for it, I'm busy finishing a game for a real machine, which needs not only coding but also put it inside a cartridge and so. Also busy testing some real hardware to come (and trying to make some new software to make use of it). And once I finished to make some logos for another different hardware I need to finish some packaging for more cartridge games. Can't add more stuff, not enought hours :S

But I feel it has no sense, as it seems that nobody is never going to use/play them. At least, until they're emulated.

By ren

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14-01-2017, 13:27

Hi MsxKun,

I simply think it's not true that nobody cares about real machines, a lot of people do.

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But I feel it has no sense, as it seems that nobody is never going to use/play them. At least, until they're emulated.

You've got some games for sale, not sure what the sales figures are? Do you feel they're depressing?

I do still think having/creating something like an indie mother cartridge (hw/dev community gather 'round! Wink) would be cool, in which one could insert something like an SD card with the game/prod on it (could still have it's own unique label). That way production costs could go down, and sales could perhaps go up. Perhaps it's interesting to set up a poll to see how many people are actually interested in (more or less expensive) (separate) cart releases, and to see if something like I'm proposing above might appeal somehow. Could also be people like to buy games, but don't like to have another cart/box taking up space?
One problem is though: the MSX community seems or is scattered and (can be) rather hostile, so it would be difficult to get a representative outcome of such a poll(ing)?

MSX is a niche (isn't it?), don't expect too much. The/your main motivation should be the love, and I guess there are quite some people that share that with you, so just direct your focus/attention to that group of MSX users I'd say Wink
People like you do keep MSX alive, and that's very cool, and I appreciate that, but of course there are all kinds of MSX users/fans, with different interests.

Talking for myself: after MSX 'died' I neglected/abandoned it for a while. Then I found joy playing the classics again through emulation (and some nice new productions of course!), and now at times I really wish I would have a real HW setup.. Maybe one day, but ATM other 'hobbies' and priorities simply prevail. I do like to keep track of developments though (one of the reasons I'm hanging around here). I try to contribute in my way, but that's (simply) of another kind/level than real HW 'buffs' or avid MSX creators..

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