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Sam Heald Updates
Posted by Eric on 28 June 2001, 07:27 GMT

Now that we've gotten Mr. Nussbaumer's updates out of the way, let's move on to those of another esteemed programmer, Sam Heald. Sam has recently released a bunch of updates to his popular programs. To start with, he's released Super Mario v1.1 for the TI-82, TI-83, and TI-83+. The new version includes a couple of bugfixes as well as support for archived levels. He's also released Plain Jump v1.2 for the TI-83 and TI-83+. This particular bundle of joy now also includes support for archived levels. Finally, we have Orzunoid v7.2 for the TI-83 and TI-83+.

Update (Eric): Sam has now released Super Mario v1.2, which includes a fix for a bug in the level editor.

 


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Re: Sam Heald Updates
Hexalon  Account Info

nice job on mario!

     28 June 2001, 07:34 GMT

Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
aksuur

is mario good?

just got beaten for first comment......

     28 June 2001, 08:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Hexalon  Account Info

oh no you got beaten for your precious first comment. what does comment matter that. if you anounce it, it just shows how much of a lamer you are.

     28 June 2001, 16:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
JaggedFlame Account Info

You're even more of a lamer if you lecture people who do claim first/second/twenty-ninth comment... because it's useless. We've had a big thread about it already, and a big episode of first comment posts being deleted, and it's in the posting rules, and no one listens. :-)

     29 June 2001, 02:31 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Hexalon  Account Info

why am i getting yelled at. i was pointing out the fact that it is no big deal. i remember that discussion. and i was part of the group that flamed people for anouncing the first comment.

     29 June 2001, 04:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
aksuur

fine geez. i was just stating a fact. why do you care if people say first comment anyway?

some people just like being the first one for something. its natural competitive instinct. now how about instead of labeling people as idiots, geeks, nerds and whatnot, will someone just answer my question?

     30 June 2001, 07:42 GMT

Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Emir Sakic  Account Info
(Web Page)

Great job, but it seems to have a bug. It crashed on my TI-83 when I reached the end of the first level.

     28 June 2001, 10:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
sjrberg  Account Info
(Web Page)

Sam has released v1.2 on the Void Productions website @ void.calc.org.

     29 June 2001, 00:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Ronald Teune  Account Info
(Web Page)

Extremely cool!
However, I would like a 'shot-indication' like on the mario version I have. It shows this:
___/\__
\ /
/__ __\
\/
Well, a star, yes, if you shot a beast, and after that, it's flying into the air and falling down again off the screen. That improves gameplay a lot. Sound would be cool too. Apart from that: Terrific.

     2 July 2001, 15:15 GMT


Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
~Dan_C  Account Info
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Anyone else wish to think back with me to that time, a long time ago, when any time there would be an update on a Mario for the 85/86/89/92(+), there would be scads of messages on the board absolutely begging for an 83 port? Thank you Sam, you just fufilled my 8th grade fantasies in my 12th grade year (not meant to be sarcastic). . .and with my last year in high school I can finally kick back and enjoy that deliciously tempting game which is Mario while my math teacher discusses something else I'm not interested in.

Dan

(by the way, in regards to my last sentence, I just want to say that one should never choose a preposition to end a sentence with)

     1 July 2001, 06:09 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info

You did it again!

     3 July 2001, 15:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Paul Robson  Account Info

That's what your fantasies are about ? Mario ?

     4 July 2001, 17:16 GMT

Re: Sam Heald Updates
gorion Account Info

For the first time, Plain Jump worked on my (MirageOS) calculator. Mario is really nice also. Why does it take so long to scroll for the levels in Orzunoid and Plain Jump though?

I wonder if Baseball II is coming soon.

     28 June 2001, 09:38 GMT


Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info

PlainJump is really cool. I can get about 3000-4000 points on the regualar level. Hey, I made a baseball proram similar to the one already for Ash TI-82. It's in Basic. It should be in the new program files, it's for 82. Really cool.

     28 June 2001, 16:25 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Don Quixote Account Info
(Web Page)

really cool eh? Is this before or after taking into account that it is for the 82? Not only that but it's basic. Games made for the 82 in basic are about on the lvel of games for the 81. I used to have an 81, and not a single game for it was "really cool." I swapped it for $5 after I got my 85 (note: I do have other calcs now)

     28 June 2001, 21:32 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Don Quixote Account Info
(Web Page)

That last comment was directed at the program mentioned by no one 2000, not Sam Heald. Sam makes programs that are good, and he's ported a lot of the programs for 85/86 to those unfortunate people that have an 82/83/83+ I have nothing against porting to them, just releasing new games on them. Aside from that I think he's the one who made subhunt, and that game rules.

     28 June 2001, 21:44 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info

That's ok. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I do enjoy my baseball game, and for the size and graphics (without using pic files), it is a really good game for basic. they're aren't many really good games. It's ok if you hate it, but I don't, and it's not going to make me sad if someone else just doesn't appreciate an effort for a good game in basic :)

     28 June 2001, 22:32 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Don Quixote Account Info
(Web Page)

Finally! A reasonable person on ticalcs message boards, It seems that everyone who responds to something you say about them responds because they were offended. Need I bring up Mr. Evildead89?

     28 June 2001, 22:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info

Yeah, that was kind of annoying. :-)

     29 June 2001, 00:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Don Quixote Account Info
(Web Page)

Come to think of it, I haven't heard from him in a while, maybe the rat bastard finally grew up....nah

     30 June 2001, 07:21 GMT


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Skiddy Skiddy
(Web Page)

YOU HYPICRITE!

     1 July 2001, 10:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info

Uh...

     2 July 2001, 21:44 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
mbuchman  Account Info

good basic programs are just ignored for all the bad ones. if the programmer is really good, they can make great games for basic. i have also been able to make cool effects for my 82 in basic, and easilly can make greyscale in 89 basic (may only be 4 layer, but its good for basic). maybe you are just thinking about how you program :P
of course, it is really hard to make a good basic program for 85-86, because of the lack of speed it performs basic commands. but for the 82/83, even the 89, it is very possible to make a great game.

     28 June 2001, 23:15 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info

Did you put any of your games at this site? If so, can you give me the URL to download one? There's not many 82 programs anymore.

     29 June 2001, 01:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
mbuchman  Account Info

i have not gotten around to uploading my best one yet, because the code was not as efficient as i wanted it to be. i started re-writing it, and if you want, i will email you what i have done

     1 July 2001, 02:44 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info

That would be great! My e-mail is no_one_20000@yahoo.com Please put something in the subject about the game, so I will know it was from you.

     2 July 2001, 21:52 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Don Quixote Account Info
(Web Page)

While there may be some good basic programs (mancala 89), the skill required to make an assembly program tends to weed out the tards who just want their program somewhere on the site, regardless of whether or not the program sucks. For this reason, the descriptions of assembly programs tend to be a lot more accurate than the description of basic programs. It just gets too annoying to have to wade through pools of knee high shit to get to the one or 2 good games.

     30 June 2001, 18:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Sam Heald Updates
Sam Heald  Account Info
(Web Page)

I admit that I have not played his version of baseball, but just because it is on the 82 does not mean that it is bad. The only real advantage that an 83+ has over an 82 is memory capacity. If programmers did not put effort into their programs, then the 82, 83, and 83+ would be no better than a 73. If he put effort into it and is satified with it, then it's probably pretty darn good considering its BASIC.

And as for basic, for gaming (not calculation), I don't think there is that great a difference in abilities between any of the z80 calculator. BASIC is just bad in general, for games (except for the Highsmith RPG's and a few others).

80's and 81's are just bad. They're not on the same level as any modern calculators, 82 or otherwise.

     28 June 2001, 23:18 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
(Web Page)

Thanks! I actually got the idea from your baseball game, Baseball '99 v1.1 for ash. Mine doesn't have all of the features and graphics, (and the ball is kind of hard to see without a light), but for BASIC it is really good. If anyone is interested, the site in in the URL thing by my name. I might make a better version of it soon, adding new things, but the great thing about this one is it's only 1383 bytes.
I have seen better games for the TI-82 in Basic, but I'm just proud of myself for this one because it is my first game with graphics. I don't know enough Assembly to make a good 82 game. My last attempt for a animation messed up my calculator.

     29 June 2001, 01:18 GMT

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