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Choice Votes   Percent
No. 169 27.2%   
Yes. 442 71.1%   
I don't go to school. 11 1.8%   

Survey posted 2000-12-11 02:03 by Andy Selle.

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Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Vejita  Account Info
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I think not. Some one was programming Sharps(i only after him) way before the TI games were majorly popular.

-Corey

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 02:11 GMT


Re: Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
nolekid  Account Info

Oh man I am glad I have never seen a sharp before. One of my friends does have a casio, though. It really sucks. The color is just annoying, and it doesn't have very much on there, as far as I can tell.

Reply to this comment    15 May 2002, 00:03 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Harper Maddox  Account Info
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I am a junior in college now, but I brought games into the school. At first the only games were ones i made in basic, since i did not get a graphlink until the end of my junior year.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 02:14 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Dan Lee  Account Info

I was, i brought the whole thing of shells and assembly programs that i got from this website to school....

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 02:38 GMT

Most definitely
Knight/Rocket Account Info

Yes, I was. Back Freshman year, people knew that a TI could be programmed for games, but no one had a clue how to do it. I hooked Winzip up on a school computer, downloaded a bunch of games for the 83 and 85 (back in the good ol' days!), and had people worshiping the ground upon which I trod within 12 hours.

Then came assembly games for the 83, 85, and 86 and people really began to get interested in gaming on the TIs. People had created simple math or science programs previously, but I was the first I know of to actually bring a game into school and start distributing it.

There was a math teacher with an 85 who had a dumb little guess the number game, but he never gave it out our showed how it worked. This was something I did.

Knight/Rocket's 2c.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 03:14 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
MathJMendl  Account Info
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Sort of. I wasn't the first with them but I brought many new ones. Some people I knew had a few TI-89 games and so I transferred them to my calc. I then decided to get even more games, and so I went onto ticalc.org and tried out tons of those for the TI-89. I ended up with a selection of great games, and probably twice the number that the others brought originally. I then brought many into calculus class and transferred them to other people (continually throughout the year as I added new ones). Eventually the other people lost their games due to crashes and my TI-89 selection was the only one going around (the other source died out). I knew it because people who got games from people I transferred them to sometimes were telling me about how they couldn't get my tetris high scores off (often over 400,000). =-)

Unfortunately, the teachers decided to tell students to get TI-83+'s starting last year, which aside from having incompatible games are a lot worse mathematically. I had many people thus asking for games who couldn't get them from me. I think someone else out there has TI-83+ games, though, because a few people have them (I've also seen a few TI-86's with games at my school).

My experiences with trying out a lot of the games also led me to provide a small archive of the best TI-89 programs when I decided to make a TI-89 site to put my own programs on. This was partly due to the fact that when I was looking for games all I could find were really large archives but with many programs that weren't that great or that crashed often, and so trying them was time consuming. Even some of the featured programs on ticalc.org are buggy, as a result of the huge amount of programs.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 04:41 GMT

Re: Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
EV9D93  Account Info
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Foolish idiot.

TI featured programs havent been fully tested or debugged, they feature programs they think are good. They dont debug them, and if you search them all there are a ton of goods games(like 30+) great games for every calc.'

i have stuff to do

Reply to this comment    13 December 2000, 03:10 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
MathJMendl  Account Info
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>>Foolish idiot.

Lol, if anyone here's stupid, it's you...

>>TI featured programs havent been fully tested or debugged, they feature programs they think are good. They dont debug them, and if you search them all there are a ton of goods games(like 30+) great games for every calc.'

First off, ticalc.org isn't TI, as your first sentence implies, you idiot. And they don't have to debug them but many are buggy. For example, TND is featured but makes your calculator crash every time afterwards. Many good programs, on the other hand, aren't featured. And if someone runs a program just once that makes their calc crash they might not realize it and lose a lot of time. Plus, for newbies, it might be complicated getting programs to run at first. My website isn't pointless, tens of thousands of visitors enjoy it...even on the message board some people said they liked it more than ticalc.org.

>>i have stuff to do

Reply to this comment    13 December 2000, 04:56 GMT


Re: Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
al;fei iomaf  Account Info

Dude

What Tetris version were you using when you got a 400,000 point score?!? I only play zTetris 1.1 and my high score is exactly 51,131 points. Do you know of any lists of high scores compiled out there?

Reply to this comment    13 November 2002, 07:25 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
NAiLs  Account Info

I know for a fact, that I was the first one in my school to distribute games or other helpful programs for the TI-82, TI-83, TI-83+, and TI-86. (Mostly the 83+ ones were introduced by me to my school.) The second after I distributed the 83+ games/other programs, they just spread throughout the school like a virus. To this day, I introduce some new programs, but I know that atleast two other people in my school have the Graph-Link and visit other websites other than this one. They do not know about ticalc.org! =) I try to give out as little as possible for games at school because all I do is see people playing on their calculators in school when they should be learning, not screwin' around.

Anyways, I know for a fact that I was the first to introduce a lot of games to my school.

-NAiLs

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 04:52 GMT


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Probyte Account Info
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I still encounter people with games I built and distibuted 2 years ago and never since. Many many people in my school have my programs, and programming is what I'm known best for.

I'm one of the only ones with a TI-Graph Link, and so I seem to be the #1 source for the most usefull programs :-)

Reply to this comment    12 December 2000, 19:54 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Dan Irwin  Account Info

Yes, 3 years ago, two people in my school got graph links at about the same time. I had an 86, he had an 83. We got plenty of our respective games out there. I have since purchased an HP 49 and also use a TI 89. However, nothing was better than the first day I sat down and played Frogger while everyone else was stuck being bored in study hall.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 06:14 GMT

Sort of...
Ryan Hildebrandt  Account Info

I voted yes to the question, "Was I personally responsable for introducing games to my school", but that's not entirely true.

I introduced games for the TI-89, in fact, I introduced the TI-89 itself to my school. I asked my math teacher in grade 10, after being severely unimpressed with the capabilities of the "standard issue" TI-83, if there was a calculator that could do algebra. He told me it didn't exist. A few weeks later I bumped into a friend in grade 12 who had a friend with a TI-89. I went over and had a look at it, and you should have seen my grin when I entered x + x and it answered 2x. Then he showed me the games...

Since then I've bought a TI-Graphlink cable and have convinced two of my friends to buy TI-89s. As far as I know, we're the only three with TI-89s in the school, exept for the jerk who stole my first 89.

So now to pass on the TI-89 legacy, I'll find someone in grade 10 to share the secret with, so that they too can breeze through math and play some kick ass games in their spare time!

Ryan Hildebrandt

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 06:24 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
meingts Account Info
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(I wish :)

It was someone else who brought the games to the school. I was the first kid on the block to have a TI-89 though :D Or one of the first.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 06:49 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Priceb Account Info
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I was not the first to bring games for the 85 or below but for the 86 and the 89 i was the only source for games in the school. There were only one or two other people in the school with graphlinks but they did not have an 86 or an 89. Also, I increase the number of games that were in circulation for the 85 as well as provide the most up-to-date version of zshell. Although after a while it got annoying having "everyone and their brother" asking me to put games on their calculator. As well as games I also distributed math programs that gave the calculator capabilities that were not already programed in (ex. symbolic root symplifer for the 85). The head of the math department forbid me to distribute it. So I did not. I let my brother distribute it after i graduated.

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 07:03 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
JrJinfinity  Account Info
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I remember back in the good old days when I was a sophmore in Highschool I got my first TI, was an 82 there was only a few games floating around the school, all with the quality of a guess the number game...anyways, I stumbled upon ticalc.org in the fall of that year then built a serial link for $5, this was before the 82 had been cracked for assembly...time went on, then I got myself ASH 2.0 & a few games for that, lots of people were drooling over the games I'd play in my freetime (after my class work was done). Then Ash 3.0 came out...etc...etc...I collected a 82, 83, 83p, 85, 86, & 89 over the years & a greygraphlink as well as a blackone & was always taking other people's TI's home to load with programs as I was the only person with a graphlink in the school for 3 years, I've been Graduated for sometime now & recently won a Palm IIIxe, doing some interesting work...I find it most useful at my job were I have deadlines to meet for certain work on a daily basis...a Dayplanner that screems at you!! Well it doesn't hurt having a little help remember certain tasks to run on my Unix server's at work, if they didn't change a bit from day to day I'd just automate them in the crontab, but anyway I voted yes as to introducing the games into my school...

-JrJinfinity
http://redrival.com/jrjinfinity

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 10:01 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Ed Fry  Account Info
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Yes. At the time the internet was not as prevelant and ASM wasn't as popular as it is today.

Most of the games I made were passed around in my school. most of them were 85 games and a lot of them I dont even have anymore because I didn't have a computer at that time and I either erased my calculator to make another game or wrote down the program, then erase the program only to lose the paper that the program was written on.

if you look at my games on my site now. Especially for the 85, you notice that the majority of them are games which are now consider overdone. such as tunnel and random number generators. the reason for this is because those were the only games I could recover from school after I graguated and got a computer. The programs That I truly miss is my blackjack game, football, simon, hockey, Psyco (a RPG Game where the object is to commit sucide creating the most impact on others) KCHS Punisher I - III, a classrom grader, a graph shader and Original Conquest (A game made by Nomad Software. the one on his site is a remake of it)

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 15:24 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Pentax  Account Info
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Well...
I have introduced some of them, games which I have made myself.
But none which I have downloaded and spread (yet).
Pentax

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 20:21 GMT

Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Lars E.  Account Info

Its interesting twice as many people claim tohave introduced games to their school as not, is this mathematically possible?

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 20:44 GMT

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Arcades  Account Info
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Remember what site your on when you ask that question :)

arcades

Reply to this comment    11 December 2000, 22:00 GMT


Re: Re: Were you personally responsible for the introduction of calculator games at your school?
Matt A  Account Info
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Considering that there's probably no more than 2 or 3 people per school at this website, and the number of schools represented, I think it's possible, even likely. The people here would be the ones with Graph Links, meaning that they could easily be a primary source for games, programs, etc.

Reply to this comment    13 December 2000, 02:15 GMT

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