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TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Posted by Nick on 18 October 1999, 23:34 GMT

TCPA, purveyor of fine calculator software for the past, uh, some amount of time, has released yet more exciting programs this week.

Laser Mayhem v1.1 has been released for the 83 and 83 Plus under - surprise surprise - Ion. This game, as shown in the screenshot, is an elaborate puzzle game involving a myriad(!) of tricks and surprises.

Solytare v2.11, ported to the 83 by TCPA, is an assembly-coded solitaire game. It is not available for the 83 Plus due to Ahmed's decision that it only be made for the 83, according to the readme.

Block Dude v1.0 is the exciting puzzle game recently made for the 83 and 83 Plus. It is ported to the 82 and 86. In this game, you have to assemble blocks in a way such that you reach an exit door.

Thanks to TCPA for all their great contributions to the TI community so far, and let's hope they keep coming out with such high-quality in the programs in the future.

 


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Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
will mortsen  Account Info

Laser mayhem is awesome. keep up the good work.
(heheh first comment)

     18 October 1999, 23:40 GMT


Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Kakarott  Account Info

I love Laser Mayhem, and the fact that you pick up at the level you just completed. BUT when I send the game to my friends, they get the same level i'm on. HOW DO I FIX that?
~Kakarott

(Second comment!)

     18 October 1999, 23:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Laszlo Windhoffer  Account Info
(Web Page)

U can use the + and - buttons to go down or up a level

     19 October 1999, 00:34 GMT

Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
(Web Page)

Both Sam Heald and Ahmed El-Helw have decided that none of their games will be ported to the TI-83 Plus, ever. The reason given, on the TCPA page, was that TI-83 Plus owners were constantly harrassing them and complaining about bugs in games. Way to go guys. I deeply regret that its come this far.

(And yes, I am finally back after ticalc.org revoked my posting abilities for one week. Actually, it turned out to be 11 days. Reason they cited: "abuse".)

     19 October 1999, 00:41 GMT

Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Dan_the_Tuba_Man  Account Info

To be perfectly blunt, ticalc.org are a bunch of narcissists.Go Bryan go!

     19 October 1999, 01:36 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yeah, they want members of the TI community to post comments to news - yet they only keep the ones they like.

     19 October 1999, 02:09 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
ticalc_chris Account Info
(Web Page)

Well, we allow plenty of comments we don't "like," but usually not the ones that insult us.

As an example, a constructive expression of opinion might say, "In my opinion, ticalc.org only keeps the comments they like. I feel this way because x, y, and z." On the contrary, an unsubstantiated insult goes more like this: "They only keep the ones they like." The person who posts something of the latter form is not being fair, no matter what you say. How could he know this to be true in every case? He can't, since he's not in charge of keeping or not keeping comments. He's usually not me, or one of our other staff members, so he can't really know what our intents are. He can observe and form an opinion about them, or quote things we've said, but doesn't really _know_. It's also pretty obvious that not every single last comment that we like is kept and not every single last comment we don't like is removed. Failing to address these massive chunks of an issue and presenting one's personal opinion as fact (and without evidence) is a rather disrespectful thing to do. One might say we don't "like" that.

However, anyone can come right out and post a comment that starts out with "ticalc.org is a terrible site and all of the staff members are incompetent" and we won't touch it, but it's got to be a level-headed comment, include a bit of evidence, not make use of sweeping generalizations, and at least acknowledge that there are other ways of looking at it.

Good: criticism that gives examples everybody can judge and encourages improvement
Bad: criticism for the sake of being obnoxious, or unsupported claims that present the author's word as ultimate, indisputable fact

Chris

     19 October 1999, 05:03 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
(Web Page)

I don't really want to write a long essay with proper justification every time I post a comment.

Ok, if you say so though.. I'll go ahead and write up a few pages of essay about how ticalc.org is a terrible site and post it in a few days.

"The last thing we want is a "cover-up." As this guy said, there's no reason to take out intelligent and purely speculative posts. Even if they're true." - Chris (Nov 4, 1998)

     19 October 1999, 05:39 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
ticalc_chris Account Info
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Well, if you don't take the time to convince us your comment reflects more than a half-second's thought, don't be surprised if it disappears. The difference between a one-line jab and a paragraph-long argument is substance; anybody can spit stuff out and not back it up. You need to show everybody you're serious and have given it some thought when you want to say something negative.

Chris

     19 October 1999, 05:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
ticalc_chris Account Info
(Web Page)

And number two: When you write your essay, don't post it in the comments unless it's on-topic. "But what's this right here?" you ask? Off-topic. But I'm making a point (I hope).

Chris

     19 October 1999, 05:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
(Web Page)

Ok, I'll make sure its semi-related to the news item at hand. :)

     19 October 1999, 06:20 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Charles Yong  Account Info

ticalc.org is a terrible site and all of the staff members are incompetent solely because Chris ran into the same screen door when he was 7 years old... 4 times

J/K, just wanted to see what would happen:P

     19 October 1999, 05:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Dan_the_Tuba_Man  Account Info

See, now you are thinking too strictly on an obvious borad staement. What Bryan meant by saying "Yeah, they want members of the TI community to post comments to news - yet they only keep the ones they like. " was that a lot of the time, many posts get deleted for no reason, yet some, obviously bad are kept. His statement is an exageration. Kinda of like saying "Boy, I must have ate an entire Cow" or "Man, thought so hard my brain cracked!". Do you get it?

     19 October 1999, 06:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
LordVyper  Account Info

ticalc.org puts a lot of work into their stuff. Instead of thanks, however, you guys yell at them. You ought to be a little bit thankful, unless you want to do all your calculator stuff on your own. They do a great job.

     19 October 1999, 21:58 GMT


STOP IT!
ikecam  Account Info

STOP IT! I'm sick and tired of always seeing these stupid arguements between Rabeler and ticalc.org. No one cares! I want to see messages concerning "TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare", not "why ticalc.org sucks" or "why Bryan Rabeler should get back on the staff". If you don't like this site, go somewhere else and quit bothering the people who do want to be here.

The other thing I want to complain about is this stupid "Port everything to 83+ or I will kill you" posts (yes, I realize this paragraph has nothing to do with the post I'm responding to). The public doesn't have a right to have all the games ported to whatever calculator they happen to have. They're free; we ought to be grateful for what games we do have instead of bitching about the ones we don't.

     19 October 1999, 16:23 GMT


Re: STOP IT!
Erich Oelschlegel  Account Info
(Web Page)

I would like to see more of what Chris is talking about rather than more of what Bryan is talking about. This whining and complaining by Bryan has gone a little too far. Bryan, if you can't say anything nice, don't say it at all. Screwing around on the message board of your previous employer and posting biased, inconsiderate, and unsubstantiated opinions isn't exactly the way to go. If you really want to see some change in this website, it's not going to come by your complaining about the laziness or incompetence of the staff. Contrary to what you might think, people react better to a courteous, encouraging remark, rather than the kind you post. Please don't ruin our times here at ticalc.org because of your feud.

~ferich

     19 October 1999, 19:25 GMT

Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Etec Account Info
(Web Page)

UHHHHH!!!! Sometimes I want to kill people who cause this type of thing to happen. Go ahead everyone who I am refering to go ahead and email me, flame me what ever. I am tired of lazy bum ass owners of calculators, espically you idiot 83+ owners (refering to the flamers, you know who you are) who don't know how hard it is to port. I would not be surprised if all porters and game makers stop producing programs for the ti83+.

     19 October 1999, 01:02 GMT

Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Dr_Destiny7

I'm an 83+ owner. I don't think it's fair that people refer to us as whole. I'm fully aware at how hard is to port, and to even make games. (Even though I have no experince making any sort of program for a calculator..well except little math formula programs, and just a simple knowleage of VisualB, and Basic).
I would never even request a programmer to "hurry" up and post, because hell their doing it for fun mostly. I don't think it's fair that programmers are making decisions not to make stuff for TI-83+ based on what a few rude, pushy morons said. I'm not sure of the percentage...but I think that the precentage of TI-83, and TI-83+ users, who even know this site exsists is extrememlly small (I know lots of people that just get their stuff from other calculators). I thinks it just doesn't make sense to base a decision like that on what some morons say. THERE'S A LOT OF NICE, NORMAL TI-83+ users!

     19 October 1999, 03:22 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Jason Kovacs  Account Info
(Web Page)

Am I a "lazy bum ass owner" of the 83+? I should surely hope not. Please dont stereotype a group of people based on a select few, those flamers. Thanks, i appreciate it.

Jason_K

     19 October 1999, 07:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Etec Account Info
(Web Page)

No not unless you flame programers for bugs.

     19 October 1999, 23:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Killer2  Account Info
(Web Page)

You dolt! =P

He is a programmer! (if not a an excelent one at that!) Hmm... try to look up what he's created... maybe follow the link he gave you to his page... or maybe even check the member page of TCPA to see that: 'wow, this guy is a programmer!' or something equivilant.

-Miles Raymond

     20 October 1999, 05:02 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Etec Account Info
(Web Page)

ding, ding, ding. Someone give this guy a prize. My or should I say my companys site is not fully functional yet. You will not find much I or anyone else in this group has made. Actually you will only find my stuff so far. Soon (not saying who) someone will port something.

     20 October 1999, 23:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Etec Account Info
(Web Page)

I judge by what I see and 99.4 percent of the time I see selfish morons, for 0.1 percent I see okay 83+ users (most know about this site)and the other 0.5 percent I see a programer or the start of one. I hope this cleared things up for the non respectful people (some are not non respectful). This is to say most repectful 83 + users are programers. not that many huh. I am not as pissed off as I was now but still show a little respect for freeware programers.

     20 October 1999, 23:24 GMT


Re: Re: TCPA and Block Dude, Laser Mayhem, Solytare
Philip Ringsmuth  Account Info
(Web Page)

Hey, we should be happy we even have calculator games! Sometimes it seems like people assume they just magically appear out of nowhere, and if it's not the way they like it, they ditch it or complain. If a game's got a few bugs in it, just send the programmer an email! I'm sure most programmers would be happy to fix the bugs if people let them know about the problems nicely. Instead we have people saying games are stupid because they don't work. We should really try to respect all the programmers for their hard work.

Thank you to everyone who spends countless hours programming, for no profit, these wonderful games and programs.

-Fil

     20 October 1999, 04:28 GMT

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