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Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« on: February 08, 2013, 12:20:47 pm »
A redditor called Ameobea is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE.

Reddit thread:
http://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/183u2g/i_made_minecraft_for_graphing_calculator/

Direct video link:
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Re: Some dude is making minecraft for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 12:34:53 pm »
First thought that comes to mind: that is not Minecraft. It irks me quite a bit when people name their projects after well-known and well-received games that they strive to emulate, but (no offense to the author) are so incredibly far from doing. Perhaps what irks me even more is that this usually results in artificially boosted popularity and games like this become more sought after than a game that's legitimately detailed and polished and fun.

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Re: Some dude is making minecraft for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 12:46:38 pm »
Exacty. It does not deserve the attention it gets if you look at all those other awesome( also basic) games out there.
I'm not really a z80 basic programmer, but I'm pretty sure I can have the same result on my 89 after an hour programming(probably less).
It reminds me on the "Skyrim" thing. Got famous undeserved.


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Re: Some dude is making minecraft for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 12:49:40 pm »
I remember the "Skyrim" one lol. Yeah, that "minecraft" one doesn't look very well compared to the other ports I've been seeing. (Yo Stefan, how about dat progress of yours? :P)
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Re: Some dude is making minecraft for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 01:23:03 pm »
Someone should tell him to come here to see how he reacts in front of true coders :P
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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013, 01:35:38 pm »
OK ok ok. Clam down guys. I renamed it. Sorry. It only has 122 "upvotes" it's not like it's internationally famous. I saw this and wanted to share.

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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 02:15:34 pm »
OK ok ok. Clam down guys. I renamed it. Sorry. It only has 122 "upvotes" it's not like it's internationally famous. I saw this and wanted to share.
122 O.O

It's okay Augs. :P But did you see the other 2D ports? If you search "Minecraft" on ticalc.org several results come up, including ones with an animated screenshot.

Also Yeong, that's kinda on pause for now. And I think that when I pick it back up, I'll probably create a more RPG-ish something of it using the same engine(perhaps even minicraft?).
People would know that if they read my blog. :P


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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 04:17:42 pm »
Well, it’s relatively good code anyway.
You all sound like he claimed portal as his own.

Anyway, I hate it when people get fame off of dumb programs.
I never knew why skyrim would show up early when I googled for programs

Lol, it was funny at school when people would brag that they made a program that could generate random values between 1 and 6 to simulate dice

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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2013, 04:26:50 pm »
Yeah it would be nice if we invited him here. Maybe he might be interested in doing further calc programming and learn new stuff :)

As far as his game go I agree that games should not be named after popular games just to inflate your download count, unless it lives up to the original game name, although seeing this guy isn't part of a calc site he might not be aware of this mentality in the community. There were better Terraria/Minecraft releases in the past on ticalc.org, although his game doesn't really look that bad compared to a lot of junk I have seen. It can just be annoying when big calc games get like 1000 views on Youtube, while a Skyrim menu-based game with very few graphics get 800000 just because it's called Skyrim. In the guy's Terraria clone, graphics could be improved, but in TI-BASIC it would be slow, so he might have to use an hook-based sprite lib or an alternate language. Hopefully if someone invite him he doesn't just stick to Reddit and come here :)

Of course I rather prefer that we remain respectful to new coders, though, especially considering many of us have named games after a big franchise in the past and they weren't necessarily all that great. If he comes here we could show him examples of what he can do on a calculator such as SolidFrame 3D and Serenity (a pure BASIC example of what kind of graphics you can have)
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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2013, 04:33:40 pm »
Invited him to come via PM.

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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2013, 04:46:28 pm »
I actually posted in his thread, not bashing the game but mostly saying that a lot more can be done on the calc and I hope he updates his game with more stuff and graphics.

I posted a link to http://ourl.ca/6869 as an example of what he could do. Also when I wrote my post above I totally forgot about how fast dual layer ASCII sprites could be in BASIC using no assembly code inside the game! O.O



But again, this was made by Builderboy, and he managed to get 45 years of TI-BASIC experience in 3 hours. <_<
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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2013, 05:01:14 pm »
So this is just letters inside each other? right?

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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2013, 05:25:31 pm »
Two letters combined together, except that in his game, the 2nd letter is shifted right by 1 pixel and each row of text are shown at 7 pixels intervals instead of 8. :)
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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013, 05:28:07 pm »
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LOL - I didn't expect it to be popular or anything. I'm NOT trying to compete with minecraft or anything stupid like that - its just that me and my friends all enjoy the game and I've been playing around with programming on the graphing calculator so decided to share what I've made. It's neither advanced nor revolutionary. After all, it's a one-bit pixel-based terrain generator. However, I understand their sentiments completely. Upon reading their posts, I agree with their opinions and see where they're coming from. Maybe I will stop by and talk, but all my "programming" has ever been is, as I said, stuff to do during math class :p

I have another program I'm working on that generates caves; I was thinking about adding it on. I've made several other programs in the past, for the sole reason of distributing to my classmates and for the fun and accomplishment of writing them like minesweeper, tic-tac-toe against AI, memory match, etc. I really like pixel-by-pixel graphics, and that seems to stretch the limits of BASIC as I know it.

Anyway, if you wanted to relay this to the people on the forum, I'd be very thankful!

I appreciate the time, Ameobea

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Re: Some dude is making a terraria like game for the TI-84 Plus SE
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 05:30:39 pm »
This is Ameobea, creator of the game and reddit post that has become such a hot debate so suddenly :p

I didn't expect it to be popular or anything. I'm NOT trying to compete with minecraft or anything stupid like that - its just that me and my friends all enjoy the game and I've been playing around with programming on the graphing calculator so decided to share what I've made. It's neither advanced nor revolutionary. After all, it's a one-bit pixel-based terrain generator, made by a highschool student with no formal instruction in programming. However, I understand your sentiments completely. Upon reading your posts, I can get your opinions and see where they're coming from.

I have another program I'm working on that generates caves; I was thinking about adding it on. I've made several other programs in the past, for the sole reason of distributing to my classmates and for the fun and accomplishment of writing them like minesweeper, tic-tac-toe against AI, memory match, etc. I really like pixel-by-pixel graphics, and that seems to stretch the limits of BASIC as I know it.

Anyway, this attention was unexpected and I honestly NEVER meant to cause conflict.  I'd name it something else, but mimecraft was what it was based on so... why not name it minecraft?  And it isn't even a full-scaled game!