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Should I get a TI-84+?
« on: August 22, 2005, 07:07:00 am »
I was thinking about buying a TI-84+. I found a really good deal at Costco ($130CAD).

I already have a half-broken/rugged TI-86 that I use for school work, and an 89T for programming and gaming.

I'm really not sure if an 83/4+ is worth it just for the games - thousands of free games  :woot:woot.gif I know that there is 80% chance I won't learn how to program its BASIC language, simply b/c I like the speed of C for the 68k's. There are lots of great ASM tutorials for the 83/4+ though, so perhaps sometime later on I could experiment a tiny bit with assembly.

I was also thinking about buying an old Gameboy advance - I found a GBA SP Platinum at Costco for $99CAD (it also comes with some shitty Pokemon pinball game...), but I was put off by the fact that each game costs $40, and there's no way for an average Joe to get to program for it  :dang:banghead.gif But then again, there are some cool NFS games available for it...

I need help.

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Should I get a TI-84+?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2005, 07:40:00 am »
Well, that is a tough one. Taking into consideration:

84+ = $130.00,never buy any games ever, build your own, etc.

GBSP = $99.00, wait for games to be on the shelf for 6 or so months so they are around $20, and there not be too many good ones... (Personally, I don't mind the PokeMon game (not pinball) since it fits all the requirements to make it an RPG. I also love Golden Sun, Final Fantasy Dawn of souls, and the MegaMan Battle Network series...

Honestly speaking, if you find many games that you want to play that aren't on the 89, then it would be worth it. If you would like to make a game for the 83/83+/84+/86/89 calcs, then it would be recommended to get it. It is just something you will have to decide what is more valuable...

Me, I got both...  >Dgni.gif
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Should I get a TI-84+?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2005, 01:12:00 pm »
if u can find a 83+SE with a serial link cable (black), get this, that way you'll be able to play old BASIC games which the author sent to their comp using grpsah link :)smile.gif


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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2005, 01:33:00 pm »
If you're going to get an 83 series, go with one of the silver editions. Especially if you're getting it for gaming.But let me just tell you what I went through:
83+SE-learned BASIC and memorized keycodes for nearly everything.
83 series-tried to learn ASM (failed/gave up within a month)
Got an 89Ti
The 83+SE just doesn't feel...right...anymore...I can't remember where the keys are that much either...I do have to finish MathStuf z80 for all those calcs though anyway at some point...

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2005, 02:02:00 pm »
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Wow I just found this on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...ogames&n=507846
and a great game for a greta price
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...ce&s=videogames

Should I get it?

Zelda 1 is great, maybe if u ahve a Gamecube get the zelda collector package, Zelda 1 is included with it :)smile.gif . Dont buy the GBA Mario Bros though, you can get the NES version for $1 CAN


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tried to learn ASM (failed/gave up within a month)

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005, 02:10:00 pm »
 :laugh:evillaugh.gif Plus that the resolution isn't any good after looking at 68k for a while...

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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2005, 02:13:00 pm »
yeah, still, the 83+SE is very great for the incredible amount of RPG avaliable for it, see, on Omnimaga there is like 40+ 83+ RPGs and only 19 TI-89 RPGs and 70% of 89 RPGs are in french

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005, 02:36:00 pm »
hrm... GBA SP has games like Shining Force, FF1/2, Golden Sun, Fire Emblem...

the 83+SE has RoL3, RQ, RQ2, RoL2, FF:TOM, FF:TOM 2, maybe FF:TOM 3, so on and so forth... hrm...

83+ SE WINS!!!

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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005, 03:04:00 pm »
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Wow I just found this on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00007CWJ0/qid=1124756065/sr=8-3/ref=pd_bbs_3/102-5524761-3880132?v=glance&s=videogames&n=507846
and a great game for a greta price
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001ZZNME/qid=1124756464/sr=1-61/ref=sr_1_61/102-5524761-3880132?v=glance&s=videogames

Should I get it?  

 Of course, it doesn't ship outside the US. Oh goody :)smile.gif

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Thanks for the advice MathStuf, I was afraid of the 83/4+ not feeling right after getting used to a 68k.

As for ASM, you must be a very dedicated programmer to advance in that medium - maybe too dedicated for your own good. :wacko:triso2.gif That's the nice thing about the 68k's, you don't need to know ASM to make ASM-like games :)smile.gif

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Since I can't get a GBA for a price I'm willing to pay (man Amazon pisses me off, with like $75CAD I would've had a GBA+Zelda...) and now I have second thoughts about the 83/4, I'll just stick to my 89T. I guess it's a good thing after all, it'll keep me focused on learning C. :)smile.gif

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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2005, 03:14:00 am »
Plus that calcs aren't banned in schools...GameBoys generally are. And with Pok

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2005, 03:19:00 am »
yeah, it you have money to spare its always good to have a 83/84+ too if u want 40+ RPGs and other games, also I think 89 is banned in most school out here

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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2005, 07:38:00 am »
Hehe I chose the best of 2 worlds:
http://www.gbax.com/gp32pics.html

I'm really exicted about this, there are compilers for it in GNU C (same as TIGCC), so I can take my existing skills over to an even more fun platform full of SNES, GBA, Atari, genesis etc. emulators :Dbiggrin.gif

Its ARM processor runs at 133Mhz+ and it's got a 320x240 65000 colours screen!  :woot:woot.gif

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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2005, 08:03:00 am »
So it's basically a handheld DreamCast?

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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2005, 01:57:00 pm »
how hard would it be to get games though...also, i noticed that it uses batteries instead of recharges.  ive nvr seen these b4.