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Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Posted by Eric on 5 February 2001, 00:36 GMT

So here I was, sitting ay my computer, calmly downloading my mail, when suddenly I see approximately 8973259237583 new email messages in my mailbox touting some new TI-89 game. Alien something-or-other. And so, after firing up the ol' Virtual TI, I saw that this program was, indeed, quite nice.

So here it is: Alien Invasion, by heretofore unheralded Jason Ho. Alien Invasion is a shooting game for the TI-89 that's similar to others such as Phoenix. It features animation that runs at up to 70fps and contains the usual assortment of weapons, special items, and upgrades. Mad props to Jason for his accomplishment.

Update (Eric): Looks like the new version, v1.1, is out already. This version fixes a bug in the high scores feature of the program.

Update (Eric): And now v1.2 is out. Ahh, when will it all end?

Update (Eric): And why don't we mention v1.3 while we're at it, and v1.4, and v1.5, and v1.6, and err, nevermind.

 


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Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Jason Ho  Account Info
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WOW! this game is AWESOME!! WHO is this guy Jason Ho anyway??

- Jason

     5 February 2001, 01:37 GMT

Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
prabal  Account Info
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really kewl game.. what i love about is that it reaches 70fps +.. i mean thats the fastest ti game that i know of.. haha.. now i wonder if somebody can port quakeIII arena or Team Arena and get 70fps on that... lol i know its impossible.. but has anyone thought of adding a pIII on ur TI ??? ;)

     5 February 2001, 02:54 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Matt Hockenheimer  Account Info

I wonder how many batteries that would go through per minute... :)

     5 February 2001, 05:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
prabal  Account Info
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i dont care, ill buy a power plant.. just get q3a on my 89..hehe

     5 February 2001, 06:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
PpHd  Account Info

Fer3c is 130 fps on 89 and 110 on 92+ (maximun).

     7 February 2001, 10:59 GMT


Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Noah Mink  Account Info
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Yeah this game is pretty nice. Keeps it interesting, makes the much-loved Phoenix fall to its knees and plead for mercy. Ok, not really, but still a kickin' game by "the heretofore unheralded Jason Ho", whoever that is....
{{{
BTW, Jason, "Why do elephant do when he stand in fence?"--"He get new fence" (majorly inside joke)
}}}

     5 February 2001, 04:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Will Roche  Account Info

lol @ that, Noah

     6 February 2001, 19:31 GMT

Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Ryan Pelletier  Account Info

89, 89, 89...wheres the 92+'s games?

     5 February 2001, 01:40 GMT


Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Jason Ho  Account Info
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I had some problems making it into a 92+ program cause the keys and rowread stuff are all different. And the rowread chart goes beyond 8 rows (and columns), so i dont really know how to do it. If anyone knows please email me

     5 February 2001, 02:01 GMT

Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
calcgenius  Account Info

I'm not disin' you or anything, but this game sucks.I know I didn't make it,but it looks like a rip of Solarstriker and it was a pretty good game.What is up with the up arrow to as shields?Confusing...The only good part is if your shields run out, you don't die like in Phoenix.You can still manage to survive after the shield energy is drained.Congratulations, anyway.

     5 February 2001, 02:38 GMT

Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Jason Ho  Account Info
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Hm..i appreciate your opinion, but id have to say Alien Invasion is nothing like Solar Striker, or Phoenix, and your comparison of the Phoenix shields to the Alien Invasion shields doesnt make sense. Phoenix shields measure your life. Alien Invasion shields protect you. They are totally different, its like comparing an apple to an orange (prabal, 27).

Im sorry every game cant be like Phoenix or SolarStriker, but i guess thats what creativity does to you.

Whod ever think Mario would be popular when the game about a plumber going down pipes was released by Nintendo?

Again, sorry you didnt like the game

Jason Ho

     5 February 2001, 02:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Jon Hughes  Account Info
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What's that other guy talking about? This game is awesome.

JTH7985

     5 February 2001, 07:19 GMT


Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Dan Englender Account Info
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Someone once said, "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything." I think that applies exceptionally well to your comment. That's really not necessary, especially for a first program (in C), and especially when the program is good (it is). Of course, you can hold whatever opinion you want. But think before you "dis". ("I'm not disin' you or anything, but this game sucks." That makes about as much sense as "No offense or anything, but you're a dirty slime ball and I really hate you." or "Don't take this personally, but you amount to nothing and never will.")

Anyhow, it's very nice game, I hope Jason keeps up the good work.

     5 February 2001, 03:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
onefastfiveoh

'Someone once said, "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything."' That statement is realy quite trite.

I'm not taking sides here because I haven't tried the game yet (and probably won't). I would just like to say that even though his statement looked on the outside very rude, it is what is called feedback. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. He was just voicing his. Without negative feedback like that, the whole world would go to shit. Not everyone is going to like everything. I particularly find calc games a waste of time, but you may feel differently.

The point I am trying to get across is to not get your tit in a wringer over someone's opinion. It's just a little critism. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. (Now that was trite, sorry.)

onefastfiveoh

     5 February 2001, 05:52 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Eric Greening  Account Info
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I have to agree with Dan on this one. It might be feedback but, there's this handy invention called e-mail in which he could have supplied this feedback. Instead, he decided to announce to the whole world that his game was trash (which it isn't, I've played and love it). He has an opinion but, he need not announce it. If he has something derogatory to say about Jason's program, let him email it. I find this especially true when it's his first. All I know is that if/when I release my first (if ever), I hope this won't happen.

I also agree with Dan with the first line. You're contradicting yourself. I'm not dissing you but, <dis>. It doesn't take a very high degree of intelligence to figure that one out.

Glenn Murphy - greening

     5 February 2001, 23:03 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
onefastfiveoh

Take one look at your message Eric. You are being very biased. Just because he has a negative opinion doesn't mean he should keep it to himself. If he should have to email his NEGATIVE opinion you should have to email your POSITIVE opinion.

"He has an opinion but, he need not announce it." You have an opinion. What gives you the right to announce your's, but he cannot announce his. Think about that a second.

I checked the game out. I don't know what game the guy with the negative opinion was playing, but it was obviously not this one. The game is very good. There are a few things that could be changed, but all around it's excellent. Kudo's to you Jason. Especially for a first program. Keep it up.

Hey, and Eric, my opinion has a small tidbit of negativity in it. Should I have just emailed it?

onefastfiveoh

     6 February 2001, 02:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Eric Greening  Account Info
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Okay, first off, let me say to the ignorant (which you just maybe one of them) that there is a difference between the statement:

"I'm not disin' you or anything, but this game sucks."

and constructive criticism. There are polite ways to say things. That is not one of them (guess I have to discribe every little thing to you). If you want to say that, email it. What you said was barely constructive. You should go into detail on what you think should be changed. Or else, he wouldn't know what to be changed. I've played the game, I like it, I'm going to put it on my calc when I get time (like I'll have time to play it once it's on there...). The reason I don't like calcgenious' post is because he insults the author at the beginning (and the fact that he's an idiot).

"Hey, and Eric, my opinion has a small tidbit of negativity in it. Should I have just emailed it?"

One word, I don't know if I need to say it but, you're an idiot. The reason I say this is because calcgenious insults the author in front of all the people who read this board. That's my main reason I wish he'd email it instead of post it here. Reviews like that will cause a person to not want to download it... Just ponderings apparently from a genious.

Glenn Murphy - A.K.A. Eric Greening

     6 February 2001, 04:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Nathan Haines  Account Info
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I hate to say it, but you went off on a little tirade against calcgenius. So should your comment have been sent in email? (I'd say it should have been.)

Anyhow, while I do think that calcgenius' comment was in poor taste (or untactful, or however), he is:

a) entitled to his own opinion on the game.
b) more considerate than others who don't even bother to state *why* they don't like a game--just that it "sucks" and shouldn't been written, and the code should be printed, then mulched, and launched into space and then the sectors of the harddrive that contained the code should be magnetically scrambled and melted down back into iron, etc., etc.

The author then thanked calcgenius for his comments, and defended his program design, and was rather tactful about it. Kudos to him. :)

So, I don't see what the big deal is. Calcgenius has his opinion, Jason listened to it and wasn't overly offended (or was very nice about it if he was), and since it's Jason's program, he can make it anyway he likes. So no one else needs to stress over it. It's a non-issue.

I've not seen the program myself yet, but I plan to do so at the weekend or so when I have more time. It sounds like it will be quite interesting!

     6 February 2001, 04:40 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
onefastfiveoh

Thank you very much.

Just because a comment is opposing your opinion eric, doesn't mean it should be sent by email. That would be a major unjust to the author ofthe opinion. Afterall, this is a message board for people to boast their opinions isn't it? Or is it just for the majority.

Calcgenious is in a minority because his opinion of the program is negative. By telling him that he has to post his opinion through an email that will only be seen by him and the person recieving it violates his constitutional rights as a majority.

Here is an example:

Lets say you, Eric Greening, are the only person who is a member of ticalc.org that owns a TI92. And let us also say that since nobody else owns a TI92 that nobody wants to here or see anything relevant to the TI92. Continuing; if you would like to recieve a program for the TI92, you would have to contact the site administrators through a private email. How would you feel about that?

onefastfiveoh

     6 February 2001, 16:45 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
Nathan Haines  Account Info
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Just to play devil's advocate, but, um...just how much do you know about the constitution of Sweden? This site isn't subject to United States law. :)

     7 February 2001, 04:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Alien Invasion Released by Jason Ho
MathJMendl  Account Info
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First of all, regarding where negative feedback should be sent, I agree with onefastfiveoh. It can be sent via email, but it will then be deleted. Posting it in a public forum allows others to respond to it, instead of just the author. Perhaps someone would rather alert others to an idea instead of sending it to someone who would obviously be unreceptive of the idea. Negative feedback (and positive feedback as well) should be shouted as loudly as possible, so that people might agree with certain aspects or shout down others that they disagree with.

Discussion = Good

(the above one reason I disagree with ticalc telling me to email them negative feedback or deleting my comments; if I post it, I get feedback, if I emailed it, it gets ignored and isn't responded to by ticalc)

About the language of the post, I think that went a little over the top. "This game sucks" could be paraphrased to "I personally am not the biggest fan of this game" or something of the sort. If I were Jason, I would probably take offense to this comment, and with good reason. Constructive feedback is good but negative feedback must be handled with more care. There are always going to be people with a variety of opinions on issues, and I'm sure that somewhere someone hates tetris and/or phoenix and/or bigdyna and/or turbobreakout and/or a good economy and/or world peace and/or free money, etc. People should form feedback so that it might help the author if the author agrees with them, not to insult the author.

And btw, as of yet I am unbiased on the program since I haven't tried it on my TI. Given the general good reviews, though, I probably will try it, and probably will be pleased with it.

     6 February 2001, 07:01 GMT

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