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Welcome to MSX Center!

We launched!

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Javi Lavandeira

Posted on Jun 1, 2017


Two weeks ago we replaced our under construction screen with a mostly usable beta version of the site. Since then we've been fixing bugs and adding extra functionality.

Now we're finally here. We're out of beta. We've launched. 


So, why another MSX computer site?

Good question.

The answer is that there's another big MSX site out there that has been running for over 20 years. They have (at the time of this writing) a team of 9 people and hundreds of users. They have the platform and, in theory, the resources to promote the usage of MSX computers, to support developers, and to help new users feel welcome and stay around.

However, they aren't doing any of that: the people running that site are taking a very passive approach, limiting themselves to participate in their forums and to post short news submitted by their users. Their lack of involvement has resulted in good developers leaving the MSX because of fights in their forums.

We understand that, as they say, it's just a hobby. However, that leaves us without an organization to act as a hub for MSX users, a place where they can connect to other users and developers from around the world.

Our purpose is to fill that void. 

We're going to report on things happening in the MSX scene around the world, write in detail about new games and hardware, develop courses so new members of the community can start writing their own software, and hopefully attract members from other retro platform scenes.

In short, we intend to keep our hobby alive.


What's next?

Development isn't complete yet. During the next few weeks we'll work in fixing a few pending things, but the most important areas will be these three:

  1. Multi language support
  2. Online shop
  3. Domain hosting


Multi language support

We intend this portal to be accessible to MSX users from all around the world. Because of this, right from the beginning we knew we need to support the major languages for MSX users around the world: English, Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean. We have partial support for this. Everything in the backend (database and administration interface) already has full multi language support. We'll find translators to help translate the static content.

The conversation lounges will be translated too. However, we can't ask someone to translate every single message or comment into six different languages. We think we have a solution for this and we'll put it to the test in the next few weeks.

Online shop

We will be opening an online shop in the near future. Since we're in Japan, the main focus will be to distribute Japanese products to MSX users abroad, but also to help developers from Europe and Latin America distribute their products in Japan.

Domain hosting

We have a big server on a fast Internet circuit. We're never going to fill it by ourselves. Because of this we'll be adding support to host your own websites with us for free (there will be some restrictions on what you can host).


And once that's done?

Glad you asked. See our about page for a more detailed explanation.


Final words

Several people have helped test the code and identify bugs, or supported the development in one way or another. To all of you: THANKS!

 (in alphabetical order)

  • Carles Amigó
  • Andrew Darovich
  • George van Halderen
  • Alex Koedooder
  • Patriek Lesparre
  • Madonna Mark III
  • Masamitsu Niitani
  • Sandy Pleyte
  • Alan Tang
  • Niels de Vries
  • Hidekatsu Yokoi


Again, thanks for reading this, and welcome to MSX Center!

Javi Lavandeira (javi.lavandeira@msx-center.com)


Comments

Glad to be here! Thank you for doing this :)

I'll continue to help out where possible.

Hi Javi!

I wish you the best for your new site. ;)

blup!

Very interesting site. Javi, I used to visit your old blog and I thought it was fascinating, so I'll be looking forward to see what's next on MSX Center. Good luck with this new project!!!

No, thank you all for the help during the development, and now for coming to the site! Without activity there wouldn't be any point on doing this.

@Victoria:

Thanks. Little by little I'm going to be moving here all the MSX-related content from my personal blog, together with new articles that I'm going to be preparing little by little. :-)

Congratulations on your website! :) I love the modern look of it!

Hi Javi,


Thank you for this very interesting website, I was fan of your Relearning MSX articles.

I used to program on MSX using Pascal, with your help I will now try C.


I am sure you will have great success with your new website.

Hi all :)

@Fabrice:

Thanks a lot. The Relearning MSX articles will continue soon. At this moment I'm still adding some functions here, but once that's done I'll continue where I left.

Maybe it would be a nice idea to make it possible to upload a profile background picture instead of only using the standard ones?

@Fabrice GUEANT Pascal and C, 2 great languages for MSX, I also love both of them. Good luck with your C training ;-)

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