MSX BASIC programming contest

by snout on 26-06-2003, 23:22
Topic: MSX Revival

The MSX Association has started a programming contest for MSX-BASIC. The winning programs will be listed in the upcoming MSX-Magazine 2, which will be released this autumn.

There are little rules to the contest: The code must be BASIC. The program must work in MSXPLAYer. The program may not be longer than 72 lines of code (3 screens in WIDTH 40).

If you want to send in BASIC code, you can mail it to

Relevant link: MSX Association programming contest

Comments (3)

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (116)

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27-06-2003, 01:40

Little rules, but does the code have to be legible/understandable? I mean, what does the contest try to do? Show off the power of BASIC or trying to educate people in the use of BASIC?

Also, I assume that in either case the BASIC program isn't allowed to carry any machine language (z80) code?

MTIA to anybody who can answer these questions.

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (116)

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27-06-2003, 04:08

OK, managed to decypher some of the japanese and here's what I found out:

- it's OK to include machine language in the BASIC listing.
- completely blank lines don't count

I still haven't been able to find out whether they want the listings to be understandable or not, but if people start to include machine language then things become a lot less understandable anyway.
I mean, one could even only make the BASIC program a machine language starter Wink I.e. just have a program full of DATA lines and a little READ, POKE loop and then a DEFUSR

By snout

Ascended (15187)

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27-06-2003, 14:14

I think the program is more likely to win if it has a bit more educational value Smile