MSXdev’21 kicks off!

BAM! Just like that, the new MSXdev kicks off. This popular comp, which has been running since 2003, enters its 17th edition already. For the guts and the glory, you are welcome to join. So coders, on your marks please!

The annual MSXdev compo ain’t no stranger to MSX regulars. It has been running steadily for years and dropped a ton of fresh works of video gaming right into the worldwide MSX scene.
Just have a look at last year’s results, when we were presented with many a modern classic for our beloved platform.

Once again, this year’s rules are simple – create a fresh new MSX1 compatible game. This means:

  • CPU: Zilog Z80 running at 3.58 Mhz
  • VDP: TMS9918/TMS9928 or compatible video processor
  • PSG: AY-3-8910 or compatible sound chip
  • Cassette interface: 1200/2400 baud
  • RAM: 16KB (non memory-mapped)
  • VRAM: 16KB

So, no expansions of any kind, just a first generation MSX as it was conceived. For more in-depth information, you can check the MSXdev’21 rules.
All submitted games are considered freeware. They will become available at the official MSXdev web site.

Donating and sponsoring

While joining is of course the biggest part of the fun, a contest wouldn’t be a complete without any prices to win. As always, there are no set prices. MSXdev depends on donations and donors. Anybody willing to chime in, can donate a small amount of coins. From this budget, the prize money will be divided.

Furthermore, MSXdev accepts sponsors to add prizes to the list. These can be software, hardware, subscriptions to magazines, t-shirts… you name it.
People who donate either money or tangible prizes are also allowed to specify a certain category to which they wish the reward will go to. Think along the vein of “Most Original Game”, “Best Soundtrack”, “Highest Ranked Shooter”, etcetera. Sponsored items end up in the Winners Loot Box, where winners starting from first place, can choose an item of choice.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the contest in any way, please contact the team.

Important dates

  • Start: January 1st, 2021
  • Deadline to submit your entry: August 31st, 2021
  • Jury deliberation: September 1st, 2021
  • Deadline for jury reports: September 30th, 2021
  • Final results made public: October 15th, 2021

Ofcourse, we’ll announce entries and their running status on the official web site. Besides that, you can expect updates from our friends at the MSX Resource Center as well.
Good luck to all contestants, and game on!