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(Humans Invent)   You can now hack your calculator to play Doom and Tetris. School will never be the same again   (humansinvent.com) divider line 49
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2014-02-27 10:42:29 AM  
Tetris is old news, I did that 4/5 years ago.  Doom, though?  Nice.
 
2014-02-27 10:43:55 AM  
This is very old news. I used to do this in high school 10 years ago.
 
2014-02-27 10:52:41 AM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: This is very old news. I used to do this in high school 10 years ago.


Yeah, I had a decent Wolfenstein port on my TI back in '97 or so.

/getting old
 
2014-02-27 10:52:43 AM  
"Person • 6 minutes ago

Hey, idiot. The tetris video was a BLATANT EDIT AND SAID SO IN THE DESCRIPTION. You CAN play Tetris - on a graphing calculator.If you install a Tetris program."
 
2014-02-27 10:54:28 AM  
One entire ad causes that entire pages content to not display..

fark that site.
 
2014-02-27 11:00:49 AM  
I have the entire first world of SMB3 on my calculator about 14 years ago.  We also have a couple of multiplayer games that we could play using the data transfer cables.
 
2014-02-27 11:04:52 AM  
Tetris, snake, drug wars..
 
2014-02-27 11:11:35 AM  

Egoy3k: I have the entire first world of SMB3 on my calculator about 14 years ago.  We also have a couple of multiplayer games that we could play using the data transfer cables.


pong over link cable.  we would play that in class
 
2014-02-27 11:12:26 AM  
No model numbers and no screen shots, just the authors vague say so. Pics or it didn't happen.

/and even if it's all true, it was a very shiatty article
 
2014-02-27 11:14:07 AM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: This is very old news. I used to do this in high school 10 years ago.


1991 for me, HP48SX calculator. Tetris and other games got me through many boring classes.
 
2014-02-27 11:18:27 AM  

Last Man on Earth: Tetris is old news, I did that 4/5 years ago.  Doom, though?  Nice.


The video for DOOM the engine copyright is 2000/2001. Apparently this writer has never heard of ticalc.org.

People have been making ASM games for TI82/83/89's for forever (which is what this is), and the 83+/89's had a C compiler to ASM that was created by some nerds somewhere, so you could write a C program and convert it.

The new calculators have color screens and much more punch behind them. 

tiplanet.org
 
2014-02-27 11:19:01 AM  

DigitalCoffee: No model numbers and no screen shots, just the authors vague say so. Pics or it didn't happen.

/and even if it's all true, it was a very shiatty article


THIS and Subby, your blog sucks

/TI-81 and TI-82 programmer in high school
//Blackjack, Guess the Number, Pong, Football
///Every formula or equation turned into a program - plug in X, Y, Z and it spit out the answers and showed my "work"
////Programming with a maximum of 26 variables was a biatch and a half
 
2014-02-27 11:19:03 AM  
I can?

www.ikea.com

/Off my lawn?
 
2014-02-27 11:20:05 AM  
This doesn't work on my calculator app on my phone.
 
2014-02-27 11:23:52 AM  
i havnt seen one of those things in a koons age
 
2014-02-27 11:24:02 AM  

lewismarktwo: Tetris, snake, drug wars..


I had entirely forgotten about Drug Wars.  That was a good time sink during class.

Loved my TI-86 in high school.  Upgrading to the 89 in college is probably why my ability to do unit conversions and calculus by hand sucks, though.

/Looks at Amazon.  Holy shiat!  TI-89's still cost that much?!
 
2014-02-27 11:24:22 AM  
all I got out of this was COOKIES!  ARGH!  YOU MUST ACCEPT OUR COOKIES!

Fark that site.
 
2014-02-27 11:26:17 AM  

NeoCortex42: /Looks at Amazon. Holy shiat! TI-89's still cost that much?!


Obligatory XKCD comic.
 
2014-02-27 11:27:57 AM  

Guelph35: DigitalCoffee: No model numbers and no screen shots, just the authors vague say so. Pics or it didn't happen.

/and even if it's all true, it was a very shiatty article

THIS and Subby, your blog sucks

/TI-81 and TI-82 programmer in high school
//Blackjack, Guess the Number, Pong, Football
///Every formula or equation turned into a program - plug in X, Y, Z and it spit out the answers and showed my "work"
////Programming with a maximum of 26 variables was a biatch and a half


I was a Ti-83 BASIC programmer, made my own version of DrugWars and several blackjack/poker games, as well as a Word Scramble game. The best thing I ever made was an AP physics program that was a library of equations with the option to show work. 

You can use lists to get around the   26 27 variable (θ is a variable) limit, or even matrices for more advanced stuff.
 
2014-02-27 11:28:23 AM  

Ivo Shandor: NeoCortex42: /Looks at Amazon. Holy shiat! TI-89's still cost that much?!

Obligatory XKCD comic.


The only reasoning I can think of is price-fixing on the scale of college textbooks.
 
2014-02-27 11:34:33 AM  
Old news. As many have already said, I was playing games on my Casio 9850 in the late 90's. I'd entertain myself in physics class playing a port of Arkanoid, or Tetris, or whatever. I didn't have a computer at the time, so instead of downloading games through the link cable, I'd just print the actual code off in the library and manually type each line in.

Had an old text-based RPG that I hand-coded...about 40 pages worth of text, printed out DOT-Matrix style. Good times back then.
 
2014-02-27 11:35:14 AM  

NeoCortex42: lewismarktwo: Tetris, snake, drug wars..

I had entirely forgotten about Drug Wars.  That was a good time sink during class.

Loved my TI-86 in high school.  Upgrading to the 89 in college is probably why my ability to do unit conversions and calculus by hand sucks, though.

/Looks at Amazon.  Holy shiat!  TI-89's still cost that much?!


Drug Wars was an awesome game. Tetris and Hang Man also helped pass the time. Doom would have been pretty sweet though. Unfortunately I didn't get as much time with those games as I wanted. I actually had to pay attention if I wanted to do remotely well in those classes, not so much in my other classes.
 
2014-02-27 11:41:42 AM  

NeoCortex42: Ivo Shandor: NeoCortex42: /Looks at Amazon. Holy shiat! TI-89's still cost that much?!

Obligatory XKCD comic.

The only reasoning I can think of is price-fixing on the scale of college textbooks.


That's exactly what it is - a supply and demand issue in a cramped market.  Hundreds of thousands of college freshman still have to buy one, and the standard required by most colleges is the TI line.  They keep prices up, and people keep paying them.  HP and a few other companies have equivalents out there, but the college requirement is generally to have the TI model (as they know its limitations).

It's a pretty cornered market that won't go away until the colleges drop the demand.
 
2014-02-27 11:54:43 AM  
Yeah. I was doing Tetris on my TI-86 in '98. So very not news.
 
2014-02-27 11:57:23 AM  

Ivo Shandor: NeoCortex42: /Looks at Amazon. Holy shiat! TI-89's still cost that much?!

Obligatory XKCD comic.


They can get away with it because they've got the most exploitable consumer base ever: engineers.
 
2014-02-27 11:58:50 AM  

Ugly Baby Judges You: I didn't have a computer at the time, so instead of downloading games through the link cable, I'd just print the actual code off in the library and manually type each line in.


Now that's some farking dedication.

:: Internet fist bump ::
 
2014-02-27 12:03:11 PM  

I Like Bread: Ivo Shandor: NeoCortex42: /Looks at Amazon. Holy shiat! TI-89's still cost that much?!

Obligatory XKCD comic.

They can get away with it because they've got the most exploitable consumer base ever: engineers.


I'm an engineer and my calculator consists of clicking an empty cell and hitting the '=' key in excel.
 
2014-02-27 12:04:13 PM  

Zombalupagus: Ugly Baby Judges You: I didn't have a computer at the time, so instead of downloading games through the link cable, I'd just print the actual code off in the library and manually type each line in.

Now that's some farking dedication.

:: Internet fist bump ::


I.....didn't have many friends.

:: fist bump returned ::
 
2014-02-27 12:19:53 PM  

phimuskapsi: Last Man on Earth: Tetris is old news, I did that 4/5 years ago.  Doom, though?  Nice.

The video for DOOM the engine copyright is 2000/2001. Apparently this writer has never heard of ticalc.org.

People have been making ASM games for TI82/83/89's for forever (which is what this is), and the 83+/89's had a C compiler to ASM that was created by some nerds somewhere, so you could write a C program and convert it.

The new calculators have color screens and much more punch behind them. 


Ticalc.org. Damn, it's been forever since I was over there. I did a large amount of programming for the 83 family back in the late 90s, early 2000s. Drugwars, Tetris, pacman killed lots of time for me from 96 to about 04.

Tetris on the 83/85 wasn't new then, I don't think. I first saw it in fall of 96.
 
2014-02-27 12:21:33 PM  
My friend was doing this stuff on his TI-83 and TI-86 circa 2000. My favorite was his hooking up a Richochet modem to it to link up his calculator to his home internet. He had IRC running on it before he got bored with it.
 
2014-02-27 12:24:07 PM  

phimuskapsi: Last Man on Earth: Tetris is old news, I did that 4/5 years ago.  Doom, though?  Nice.

The video for DOOM the engine copyright is 2000/2001. Apparently this writer has never heard of ticalc.org.

People have been making ASM games for TI82/83/89's for forever (which is what this is), and the 83+/89's had a C compiler to ASM that was created by some nerds somewhere, so you could write a C program and convert it.

The new calculators have color screens and much more punch behind them. 

[tiplanet.org image 470x383]


Holy balls.  Color screens now?  Clearly, they know people are doing this and want to make it better for them.  Will calculators start coming with speakers soon?
 
2014-02-27 12:26:39 PM  
phimuskapsi:
The video for DOOM the engine copyright is 2000/2001. Apparently this writer has never heard of ticalc.org.

People have been making ASM games for TI82/83/89's for forever (which is what this is), and the 83+/89's had a C compiler to ASM that was created by some nerds somewhere, so you could write a C program and convert it.

The new calculators have color screens and much more punch behind them. 

[tiplanet.org image 470x383]


Information, a link, and a pic. You did more in that one post then the author did in TFA. They should fire him and hire you.
 
2014-02-27 12:44:00 PM  

I Like Bread: They can get away with it because they've got the most exploitable consumer base ever: engineers.


I'm married to an engineer and I've seen him drop $70 on a flashlight and $150 on a multitool. They really can be like that.

Conversely, he gets his work shirts from Goodwill because "when they are $5, it doesn't matter if you burn holes in them," which, given what many other gentlemen are paying for the identical shirts from Target or the mall, seems to even out the cost of the occasional NiteCore flashlight or ultra-rare discontinued Spyderco Byrdrench multi-tool, budget-wise.

...oh, who am I kidding? I got him a $90 NiteCore he likes even better because it would make him smile.
 
2014-02-27 12:48:43 PM  
My HP 48 GX (and earlier SX) had tons of games for them including Tetris and Joust.  They also had a IR ports and a universal RF program you could use to screw with teachers and their AV equipment.
 
2014-02-27 01:11:43 PM  
We did this in High School. That was 1992....22 years ago. You needed one of the HPs to do anything really good. My TI85 still works fine, and I use it almost every day...alas, my college physics prof. wiped out all my programs.
 
2014-02-27 01:14:13 PM  
 
2014-02-27 01:33:01 PM  

MadMonk: all I got out of this was COOKIES!  ARGH!  YOU MUST ACCEPT OUR COOKIES!

Fark that site.


The only difference between that place and the other million places you went today was it telling you.
 
2014-02-27 01:45:28 PM  
We programmed space invaders in our TIs.
 
2014-02-27 03:41:52 PM  
Yes, it takes a special kind of hacker to master downloading a program to a calculator and running it.
 
2014-02-27 04:10:04 PM  

MadMonk: all I got out of this was COOKIES!  ARGH!  YOU MUST ACCEPT OUR COOKIES!

Fark that site.


I didn't accept, and because the notice stayed where it was on the page, I was still able to scroll down, leaving it behind, and read the article.  Neener-neener, dumb site!
 
2014-02-27 04:22:30 PM  

Githerax: Tetris in Minecraft


After all that he still never learned to play.
 
2014-02-27 06:44:18 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: This is very old news. I used to do this in high school 10 years ago.


The guy that programmed tetris, doom episode one (cause part two and three of doom one weren't out yet) space invaders, and more, into his ti 83 at my high school back in '96 would like you to get off his greyscale lawn.
 
2014-02-27 08:18:31 PM  
I'm reading this on my HP48GX so I'm really getting a kick out of...
 
2014-02-27 09:17:23 PM  

Last Man on Earth: phimuskapsi: Last Man on Earth: Tetris is old news, I did that 4/5 years ago.  Doom, though?  Nice.

The video for DOOM the engine copyright is 2000/2001. Apparently this writer has never heard of ticalc.org.

People have been making ASM games for TI82/83/89's for forever (which is what this is), and the 83+/89's had a C compiler to ASM that was created by some nerds somewhere, so you could write a C program and convert it.

The new calculators have color screens and much more punch behind them. 

[tiplanet.org image 470x383]

Holy balls.  Color screens now?  Clearly, they know people are doing this and want to make it better for them.  Will calculators start coming with speakers soon?


And then they'll add touch screens, and have the ability to communicate with other calculators with text, voice and video.... what a wonderful world that will be.
 
2014-02-27 09:51:07 PM  
"now"
"hack"

I do not think those words mean what you think they mean...
 
2014-02-28 08:27:38 AM  

AgonistAlex: To The Escape Zeppelin!: This is very old news. I used to do this in high school 10 years ago.

The guy that programmed tetris, doom episode one (cause part two and three of doom one weren't out yet) space invaders, and more, into his ti 83 at my high school back in '96 would like you to get off his greyscale lawn.


No problem. By the time I got a TI, around 2000 all those games could just be downloaded from the internet. I used to play Mario in math class. The biggest limitation was the calculator's stupidly small memory, not the programing.
 
2014-02-28 09:09:40 AM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: This is very old news. I used to do this in high school 10 years ago.


I graduated college over 25 years ago, and I used to program games into my HP15C calcy back then.  Mastermind was a favorite.
 
2014-02-28 12:00:18 PM  
Kids these days probably don't even know how to appreciate games like Doom and Tetris.
 
2014-02-28 12:56:50 PM  
I loaded Doom on a borrowed Kodak DC260 digital camera. :D  That camera was the dog's balls... it's a shame Kodak screwed up so bad because that thing was awesome.  It had a scripting language and a generic input port so you could connect things like GPS sensors to it or write your own code for time-lapses, etc.
 
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