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Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Posted by Michael on 21 April 2007, 01:07 GMT

Brady Mayes (DigiTan) has created a video montage of calculator games from the past ten years of TI calculator programming. His creation, featuring the work of 68 programmers, is on YouTube. Even after having seen so many of the games before, watching them combined into one movie is absolutely amazing. It is very rewarding to see the hard work and quality output of so many calculator programmers over the past decade.

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Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
haveacalc  Account Info

Well, that's neat. Nothing ASCII, though?

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 01:19 GMT

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KermMartian  Account Info
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Woot, thanks for the tip of the hat to the Ultimate Calculator. :)

Reply to this comment    22 April 2007, 13:37 GMT


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elfprince13 Account Info
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very few ascii classics........

on second thought, my guess is it was as much about showing off calculator power as it was about classics, since i hardly think my star wars mod of phoenix is a classic....

meh, w/e, excellent work digitan,

Reply to this comment    24 April 2007, 21:16 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Benjamin Orenstein  Account Info

Slow news year I see (jk).

Nice video, some calculator classics are featured there.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 01:49 GMT


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Delnar_Ersike Account Info

Even if some of them aren't released yet...like Spencer's Zelda or Mario 68k...

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 01:54 GMT

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Benjamin Orenstein  Account Info

Just because there unreleased doesn't mean there not already classics :).

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 02:18 GMT


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jhamm Account Info

yeah, i saw some Mario 68k with nice grayscale, but i assumed it was the smq mario. it's too bad you can't get grayscale on a titanium with smq

Reply to this comment    22 April 2007, 20:56 GMT


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Calcinator Account Info
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Yes you can. Ghostbuster rocks. I'm not really sure if it's that or hw3patch, but both are awesome. PreOS rocks too.

That program is Super Mario 68k (see link). It's a really, really good port.

Reply to this comment    26 April 2007, 11:30 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Patrick Prendergast  Account Info

Awesome work DigiTan! Some great games in there! (Pleased that i made it in there a couple of times as well *hides* :P).

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 03:40 GMT

Wow, or A New Hope
aladdinslamp Account Info
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WWWWOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW. I'm impressed at both the video, and the sheer number of great games that people have put out over the years. Though those talents are now fading... (mutters darkly)

I hope this sort of thing (videoing) continues. Also, I hope the resurgence of the epic programs shall be soon in coming. (See my bio for info on what I'm talking about.)

With this inducement, the newest wave of great works can begin!

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 04:01 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
lifeiscalc Account Info

Great video, that must have taken forever to make. I have played a lot of those games too.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 04:36 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Joey Adams  Account Info

This was an amazing video. I didn't realize there were so many amazing calculator games out there. This is an eye-opener for people who think that calculator programming is a little, extremely obscure hobby that produces little results or that 3D cannot be accomplished on such a small device. That looks like it was a lot of work. Way to go, DigiTan!

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 05:16 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Andy Janata  Account Info
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I'd love to see a list of all the games used, with links to downloads (or at least more information if they haven't been released yet). Several games in there I'd love to have, even though I rarely play games on any of my calculators anymore.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 05:46 GMT


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Barrett Anderson Account Info
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On the video page on the right there is a thing with information... if you click "more" it shows a list of all of the titles shown... No links, though.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 14:57 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Harrierfalcon Account Info

Argh!!!!! Donut Quest II is on there but not Pegz?!?!?! And there was no animated screenies for Contra 83+....He must not like Basic games very much. I didn't see Bowling on there either, that deserves a mention.

I recognized quite a few of those games, most of the z80 ones.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 06:20 GMT


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Paul Bellar  Account Info
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Well, BASIC games are rarely as popular as ASM games. He did get some of the most notable BASIC games in there though.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 15:37 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
Ben Cherry  Account Info
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wow, it's things like this that make me regret that i never finished the ideas that i had. I finally got some new batteries for my 89, and today in class i was scrolling through my var-link and it brought back some memories. i wish i could have finished metroid, but i just have not had time like i did in high school (when i had NO life). Awesome work to everyone who made those games featured, i saw a lot of familiar titles, and a lot by people i used to work with pretty closely.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 09:45 GMT


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bfr Account Info
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It's Ben! Too bad about Metroid...I was looking forward to it.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 23:36 GMT


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Ben Cherry  Account Info
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yeah im still here. i've been lurking fairly regularly.

Reply to this comment    23 April 2007, 00:38 GMT

Re: Celebrating Calculator Gaming
_DigiTan  Account Info
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Thanks. I started collecting screens back in Jan. The song was on XM radio at school and I said: "This could go with calc footage!" I'm also editing a full-motion video of James Montelongo's "Realsound" setup in the opener. XD

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 19:21 GMT


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Travis Supalla  Account Info
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Awesome Digi, I didn't know you had been working on this. Cool to see a bunch of those games, especially glad to see Sonic got in there.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 22:24 GMT


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_DigiTan  Account Info
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heh heh. I figured it would be a good surprise vid. Some featured game authors and UTI managers were contacted for suggestions/work citings. And they all did a great job keeping the project under the radar for all those months. Plus I figure it's a good vid to show people who have never seen calc gaming before.

Reply to this comment    21 April 2007, 23:21 GMT


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Harrierfalcon Account Info

Except that they'll prolly be fooled into attempting to acquire some 68k games for a z80 calc. :)

Reply to this comment    22 April 2007, 01:55 GMT

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