MSXdev is the name the international annual game competition for MSX computers that’s been running since 2003. The rules are simple, create an MSX compatible game. Anyone can participate and it is free to enter. Software submitted to MSXdev will be treated as freeware; free to download and free to play software. The games for this competition are in ROM format and can be used in any MSX emulator.
Welcome to MSXdev22, the 18th episode of this long running show.
MSXdev22 runs from January 1st 2021 until September 30st 2022.
|Start||January 1st 2022|
|Registration period||January 1st 2022||September 30st 2022|
|Jury deliberation||January 1st 2022 *1 / October 1st 2022||October 31th 2022|
|Final results made public||November 2022|
As this year’s MSXdev edition is open for anything, the rules are simple; anything goes. As long as the game runs on an MSX machine. This can mean any MSX is possible. Be it MSX1 with just 16K or RAM or an MSX turbo R with 2MB or RAM and OPL4, it doesn’t matter. In MSXDEV context, it is called the Free Style category. A panel of expert jurors will judge the entry on gameplay, originality, creativity, polishment and overall look-n-feel.
No one likes strict rules, we don’t either. But we have to have some kind of frame work to accept game entries. If there’s a rule, it would be in the lines of “you MUST have fun participating”. But, really, the only prerequisite is that the game must run on an MSX platform. So, we don’t expect Amiga games here. For the rest, just use your common sense and play fair.
Here are some things to consider:
- Games are original. They have never been published before on MSX, and are not copyrighted by anyone else than the creator. Clones and remakes of existing games are accepted.
- After submitting an entry, it cannot be published outside MSXdev during the run of the contest.
- The submitted entry is accepted as the full featured final versions. Updates during the contest are only accepted before the deadline.
- The game is an MSX game and considered freeware (during the compo)
- Hardware extensions are allowed
- The game is submitted as a ROM, or a DSK file. There’s not limit on the size of it.
- Include clear instructions for the game-play and expected hardware by means of a manual, at least in English. Games get rated on the whole package 😉
- The game entry can be played by one any, either on real MSX hardware or on emulated. If the game needs extra ordinary hardware to run, remember that this might prevent users (and the jury) to enjoy your creation. That’s just a hint 😉
The games will be tested and evaluated using the configuration specs given by the author before registration. The games should work on an MSX compliant machine. If it does, it is accepted for MSXdev. In any case, the MSXdev organization has the right to reject or redraw an (already accepted) game entry at any time before the official enrollment-deadline.
The selected format for the games is either an MSX ROM file, or an MSX DSK file. As long as the format is MSX compatible. Any ROM size will be accepted, as will any number of MSX formatted DISK files.
Members of the jury panel cannot take part in the contest with game entries.
This edition’s jurors are not yet assembled
More information on this topic follows.
Remember, your entry gets rated on quality. And that includes external means like packaging and the manual as well. In order to have your creation judged completely, we advise to include means to access every area of the entry. Like cheat-codes, passwords, screenshots, emu save-states, in-game BGM player, easy/hard level selection and other things you can think of to make it easy for judges to score your entry. We will be discrete with this information, it is for the jury-panel’s eyes only.
We will have a cash prize for the winner with the sum of your donations. If you love the MSXdev contest and want to be part of it by contributing to a prize, this is your opportunity!
Please, when making your donation, be sure to specify the name/nick you want to appear as the donor, or tell us if you want to remain anonymous.
Every contribution, even the smallest amount, will be highly appreciated! 100% of the donations will go to the game developers – Thank you very much for considering to support the contest!
We have received the following donations for MSXdev21:
- € 50,00 – by Robb Alvey
- € 100,00 – by Robb Alvey
- € 100,00 – by Roman van der Meulen
- € 100,00 – by Anonymous
All sponsor amounts are net (excl Paypal fees) Thank you all!
You can also become an sponsor by adding any item to the winners loot box.
Anything goes, from a sticker to a piece of hardware, a gift certificate or a subscription to any service. If you’re interested in initiating a sponsorship, please contact us by esmail.
The following sponsored items have already been confirmed:
Prizes will consist of money that comes from donations and of sponsored items. The total amount of donated money will be divided amongst winners, 100%.
(more on dividing the prize money later)
Sponsored items will end up in the loot box where every contestant has a change to dive in and grab an item of choice, starting with the first place winner followed by the next winners.
Participating in the MSXdev22 contest is easy, just e-mail your final version of the game together with the required information to the MSXdev team. Every entry that complies with the requirements will be approved to enter the contest and gets a change to shine.
To register your entry, send an email to email@example.com with the following attachments and information:
- Name of the game and its version
- Name of the group or individuals involved
- Game genre
- Hardware options or requirements
- Screenshots and/or other artwork of the game
- A game manual (at least in English) – any format will do
- Full name and contact e-mail address of the author (provide as much contact information as you like)
- Attach the game in .ROM or .DSK format (whether zipped or not)
- Any other information or related media that you’d like to share.
On entering the contest, a registration conformation e-mail will be returned. The entry will then be examined by the organizing party for compliancy and followed by an another e-mail to either approve or decline the submitted entry. When the entry is compliant, it will be announced and published on the msxdev.org web site. From that moment on, the game is considered “published” and ready for judgement.
If we have any more questions on your submitted entry, we will contact you by e-mail.
Keep in mind that:
- Only the last received version of the game is the one valid for the contest. Updates are accepted during the contest. Updates are posted on the MSXdev.org website as well.
- State in the instructions or in attached text file the freeware status of any game participating in MSXdev contest. Any freeware license can be used, as long as the full game can be freely obtained by the users.
- During the compo, the game is considered MSXdev exclusive. It is, however, allowed to redistribute or sell the game when the deadline has passed.
- All participants will accept the final results
Remember that all official information about the contest will always be available at the MSXdev.org website. If you have any questions, contact us at info@msxdev-team
* The MSXdev requires a minimum of 9 submitted game entries to commence. When the deadline has passed with less than that, the compo is cancelled.
This year’s entries are:
All listed games are MSXdev exclusives, and not to be published elsewhere during the compo. MSXdev22 runs from January 1st until October 31th. Games are freeware, that means free to download and play. The author remains the owner of the submitted game.