Downloads Top 10; August 2006

by snout on 01-09-2006, 00:09
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It's the first of the month again, so lets have a look at the most popular downloads from the previous month. This time, for the first time in history, our downloads top 10 is completely occupied by files that can not actually be run on an MSX. X-Tazy going opensource and Wolf_ releasing his mp3s on the MRC was all it took to take over our downloads top 10 this month.

In August 2006, the following titles were downloaded the most from our ever growing MSX downloads corner:

  1. Metal Gear 1 (mp3) (190 downloads)
  2. X-Tazy level 1 (mpeg) (170 downloads)
  3. Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake introdemo (mp3) (166 downloads)
  4. X-Tazy introdemo (XViD) (134 downloads)
  5. Maze of Galious - Castle (mp3) (114 downloads)
  6. Kings Valley 2 (mp3) (108 downloads)
  7. Coral 2 (mp3) (92 downloads)
  8. Maze of Galious - World (mp3) (90 downloads)
  9. Dragon Slayer 6 intro (mp3) (86 downloads)
  10. X-Tazy level 2 (mpeg) (83 downloads)

You can see the overall downloads top 25 and many other MSX Resource Center statistics on our stats page. Currently, our database contains 807 freeware MSX downloads. If you'd like to share your productions with the MSX community, send them to downloads@msx.org. Happy downloading!

Relevant link: MSX downloads database

Comments (25)

By wolf_

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01-09-2006, 00:27

7/10 score, this month ^_^

By ro

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01-09-2006, 08:59

does that mean extra bonus points for Wolfie?
congrats dude! (I was the one DL-ing MG1 mp3, 189 times Smile mastertrack!)

By hap

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01-09-2006, 10:40

666 haunted house is finally losing its fame?Tongue

By BiFi

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01-09-2006, 11:50

that happened when the stats got reset... about 6 months ago...

By Samor

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01-09-2006, 12:08

maybe so, but it still appeared almost every month Tongue

By SLotman

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02-09-2006, 11:43

Yikes! Just mp3's and vid's? No actual MSX software on the list???? Tongue

By BiFi

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02-09-2006, 12:04

MSX got out-downloaded by cheap immitations... :/

By snout

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02-09-2006, 19:34

is that an opinion on the file formats used, the contents of those files or both?

Tongue

By BiFi

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02-09-2006, 22:14

I could leave that up to the others, though for me it's the file formats right now. They're not really formats the MSX can handle the way we expect it to do... Smile

By snout

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02-09-2006, 23:02

Well... Jon de Schrijder already tackled mp3 in the past. Too bad that (relatively simple, afaik) cartridge never made it to production.

By dvik

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03-09-2006, 03:34

I don't mind having mp3's as part of the downloads. There are other non MSX formats in the downloads as well, like PC tools.

Its a bit unfortunate maybe that the songs count as individual downloads though, its like having each level in a game be a separate download.

I don't have any idea on how to handle the stats any different though, but its a bit boring to see seven mp3's in the top 10. Would be enough to have one download link for all songs I think.

By BiFi

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03-09-2006, 07:41

I don't mind mp3's either. However, this particular downloads top 10 is more MSX related than MSX. Jon did indeed make a (hardware) mp3 player for MSX... for his studies IIRC... and I really don't see it being released to the public either. Pity indeed.

By snout

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03-09-2006, 18:09

I don't think these mp3s will stay in the top 10 forever. If so, perhaps we should change to an MSX-formats-only top 10 or something. Lets just see how things go in the upcoming month or two.

By wolf_

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03-09-2006, 18:35

naa.. just keep it simple, 'most downloaded thing' .. no matter what kind of thing. After all, it *is* called a 'downloads top 10', no-one ever said anything about the content being to able to work on an MSX. It's just what it is: the most downloaded files from the MRC dbase..

By dvik

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03-09-2006, 19:33

Yeah, don't change it. If the mp3's keep staying on top for several months you can concider something different but my guess is that they won't stay on top that long.

By SLotman

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04-09-2006, 23:48

Of course, the stats should remain as it is!

I was just pointing out that the majority of the "MSX community" nowadays prefers emulators/mp3's/vid's more than using the real thing... the stats only shows that Smile

By Samor

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05-09-2006, 11:04

well, I also use emulators more than the real machine, allthough one of them is an emulator that runs real cartridges Tongue (which is amazing and such a thing should be available for more systems.... uhm, but now I'm going off-topic Wink )

By dvik

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05-09-2006, 16:38

which is amazing and such a thing should be available for more systems
That would be easy if only Bazix and MSX-A would allow it.... What do you say snout, can we add gr support in other emus, and if we wanted to, could we get access to the interface?

By Edwin

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05-09-2006, 19:20

Having it allowed is not necessary. If you can reverse engineer it, you can implement support for it in basically anything.

By dvik

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05-09-2006, 19:24

Well, there is the problem what MSX-A and/or Bazix would do if we reverse engineered it and released support for the game reader in e.g. bluemsx or openmsx.

Before spending time reverse engineer it, it would be good to know that releasing the reverse engineered GR support would not cause any problems.

By Samor

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05-09-2006, 19:50

understandable, allthough I wouldn't expect much trouble.....
it'd be even nicer if you didn't even have to reverse-engineer it, of course...

Yet, you emulate an MSX computer; if that's not illegal, why would a gamereader be?
Either way, I'd love support for this device in BlueMSX, OpenMSX and NLMSX; While MSXPlayer does do the job, it doesn't require a rocketscientist to determine that BlueMSX and OpenMSX are the better emulators, and NLMSX would also be better if it got an update (it's about on the same level as MSXPlayer right now).

Also, aside from just MSX, I wouldn't mind if there were similar devices for other cartridge based systems. I have a bunch of Megadrive cartridges for example, and it would also be nice to use those on a PC.

By dvik

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05-09-2006, 19:59

Yet, you emulate an MSX computer; if that's not illegal, why would a gamereader be?

Well, its not really legal either (look at what happened to the very nice Roland MT-32 emulator). It feels like MSX-A and Bazix is looking trhough their fingers when it comes to emulators and all emus needs system roms which in almost all cases are illegal copies (I don't know anyone that only uses rom dumps of their own MSX machines).

So by reverse engineer something like the game reader may cause MSX-A and Bazix to change their views of emus. I don't think this would happen though but it would feel better to get some assurance that there won't be any problems releasing gr support in other emus.

By mars2000you

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05-09-2006, 20:06

There's also another side of the reality : soon or later, hardware hobbyists could create their own version of the game reader and such alternative game reader could be more easily supported in freeware emulators. So, does have MSX-Association/Bazix really the choice ? Only to win some time ...

Besides, hobbyists could create a multi-platform game reader (MSX, SVI, Coleco, Sega), what should be even more interesting !

By mars2000you

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05-09-2006, 20:16

http://www.msx.org/forumtopicl6519.html to continue the discussion about the game reader support in all emulators !

By Edwin

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05-09-2006, 21:48

Well, there is the problem what MSX-A and/or Bazix would do if we reverse engineered it and released support for the game reader in e.g. bluemsx or openmsx.

Reverse engineering for interoperability is a right granted by European law. So nothing can be done really.