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[–][deleted] 130 points131 points  (14 children)

Everyone had Tetris on it, I remember that.

[–]Rsardinia 75 points76 points  (9 children)

That and drug wars

[–]ChaosOnTheIsland 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Everybody at my school had some penguin mario style game.....and drug wars

[–]Aurabolt 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Block Dude?

[–]-_--__---___----____ 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Block dude!

[–]ChaosOnTheIsland -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Nope. I just checked and apparently it's called penguins. Who'd have guessed

[–]gregbo24 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fall up was another big one.

[–]Kuj000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Drug wars was rampant at my high school

[–]LazzarussurazzaL 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I met a guy who had Link to the past on his, he learnt nothing that year.

[–]WakaWaka_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tetris with the link cable, multiplayer was unreal to have on calculators.

[–]greyowlak -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I had Harvest moon on mine

[–]Aurabolt 46 points47 points  (5 children)

  • Phoenix for Ion, save up for weapon 6 every time

  • Set your game programs to Archive so when the teacher clears the calculator memory it doesn't delete the games but it still says "cleared"

  • Program your own text-based football game during class, using basic menus and randInt() and switch statements to launch your IT career

Good times

[–]Buzzed_Lite-beer 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Oh shit dude. I completely forgot about Phoenix. That game was the shit!

[–]RixirF 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That game needs to come out for android. I loved it.

[–]jokes_on_you3 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Our math teachers would clear our memories before exams. We had to re-download Phoenix every few months.

[–]igiverealygoodadvice 2 points3 points  (0 children)

nah just archive it first

[–]glass_bottles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tangent 5 was a cheat code for phoenix. Not that I used it or anything.

[–]slothscantswim 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Lol and “Super Mario Bros.”

But seriously: beerwars and drug wars were sick ti-83 games

[–]Yousunkmyredditship1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Drug wars... man that takes me back.

[–]JerryRiceDidntFumble 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a mobile app, now. Fun for like 20-30 minutes before the nostalgia wears off.

[–]RedAngellion 199 points200 points  (0 children)

Okay yeah it can't "run DOOM," it can run a version of DOOM built for the TI-83.

[–]futureabnormal 35 points36 points  (6 children)

My high school had an underground black market for installing games on your calculator. Fond memories.

[–]Pretzeloid 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I made some very good programs and passed them out for free. There was a group of kids at my school who made programs and sold them to students. They confronted me at one point and asked me stop giving them away for free because they were loosing business. The best program I wrote mimicked an erase of the calculator that was mandatory before some math tests. Teachers would come around and erase everyone’s ti-82.

Sidenote: I made a killing selling Carmel Apple pops out of my locker. $.50 each and I was buying 20 for $3 at Sams Club. I was so successful that the principal had me searched because he assumed I was selling drugs. He tried enroll me in business classes after that.

[–]redditchao999 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was the leader, parents hated me

[–]Shippoyasha 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Texas Instruments must make a killing practically having a monopoly on public schools. It was mandatory for me to buy one

[–]AirborneMiniDirt 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Pretty much. The hardware is 30 years old and the profit margins are insane given their still very expensive price

[–]TistedLogic 8 points9 points  (0 children)

In college, one math teacher made me.go out and buy the ti-83+, because she couldn't be bothered to remember how to get matrices in the ti-82 properly.

[–]Cetun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Say what you will I actually like the TI30XA

[–]TSVDL 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'm sad for you that you just learned this :(

[–]willlangford 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I had a TI-89 in high school and had Monopoly on it.

http://www.ticalc.org/ - Best resource for games .. circa 2002.

[–]Flaxmoore2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

God, I was on there for years. Lost my password in about 03, but 97-02 I wrote so many. Favorites were a trig solver and a periodic table program. All by hand on the calc- the trig was about 11Kb.

[–]WalkerBRiley 7 points8 points  (1 child)

And they still cost 100 dollars.

[–]TistedLogic 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just like algebra textbooks cost $300. Monopolistic deals.

[–]VTFC 6 points7 points  (1 child)

but can it run Crysis?

[–]Yabadababoobs 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It did on my mechanics of materials exam.

[–]crimxxx 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Seriously can’t believe they require this expensive ass calculator for school now. That 100 bucks could be used for a locked down android tablet (school managed OS) and have all the require functions installed plus more.

[–]AirborneMiniDirt 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's insane because this calculator is 20+ years old in terms of hardware and is still the same price. You know these things are probably made for under a dollar now

[–]Doobie_34959 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Putting limitations into hardware forces students to learn to work around it.

[–]Bong_McPuffin 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Can confirm, made a good bit of money back in school programming these games into kids phones.

Had the first Mario, Falldown, Chess, Checkers, Doom, Tetris, Go, and a few others that I'd install on other kids calculators for ten bucks or whatever I could get off of them, like CD players or batteries or whatever.

The best part was I programmed in a panic button that closed the game and threw up a random Sin wave on the grid to make it look like you were doing work in case the teacher came over. It worked great for a while until some kids took it too far and got caught and squealed on me. They made me erase all the games from the calculators and gave me detention for a month. It was worth it though.

This was way back in 2001, so thanks for the nostalgia boost!

[–]oxenmeat 9 points10 points  (3 children)

looks like Wolfenstein.

[–]mandobaxter 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Yup, can confirm. Source: Spent all of 1993 playing Wolf 3D.

[–]oxenmeat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Eva, auf wiedersehen!

[–]Pretzeloid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ski racer for me.

[–]lzzlxxlzzlxxlzzl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You mean I wasted all that time in high school doing math?

[–]MonsuirJenkins 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I always wondered if it was possible to refresh the screen faster if you made simple enough code. I know the screen has terrible response time so you aren't playing street fighter on it. But i would like to see what it is capable of

[–]Karmic_Backlash 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I do not know where, but someone did actually make a street fighter clone on a calculator. it didn't run quickly, but it existed.

[–]exelion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Coming soon: Skyrim.

[–]sixbanger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had asteroids on mine, a card game, and maybe something else... But the memory has faded as that was 25 years ago...I recently dug it out hoping to try them again but all the batteries were dead and I had lost whatever I had in there. I still have the cable, may try re programming it, I don't even remember the setup to do it now.

[–]CarbonFiberFootprint 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It ran much better on over-clocked TI-85 calculators.

[–]Sergeant__Slash 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went overkill and bought the TI-Nspire CX. Find the right version and you could run a jailbreaking program called NDless on it. Download some more stuff and you could get a full GBA emulator. My last three years of High School were spent playing Pokémon Fire Red in full color, that thing is the best. It cost me a LOT of minimum wage work, but I don't regret a moment of it.

[–]slothscantswim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I bet Phoenix is still totally playable tho

[–]boxueyu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And Phoenix!

[–]Rarity_Rara 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is exactly how I got started collecting calculators.

[–]smegmamegabulge 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Makes sense, DOOM is actually a 2d game.

[–]RadoxReps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Time for a new calculator!

[–]slothscantswim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Having to buy a cable and trade ganesitwasso great

[–]deluxejoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To be fair, Tetris isn't exactly a demanding game.

[–]cool2000m 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Golden phoenix and the asteroids port with the upgrade store were AMAZING games

[–]TheBissin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dang, knew about Tetris but not Doom. Looks kinda sick too.

[–]Fap_Left_Surf_Right 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fast forward 8 minutes to actually see the game.

[–]rigorousbarley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And Super Smash Bros.

[–]TheDroidUrLookin4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never had Doom, but I had Zelda on mine. Also, a great high school version of Mega Man. Wish I could remember more about it, but they had one baddy called zit man

Oh yeah, we also had a version of Bomberman where we could use the link cable and play 4- man free for alls, with two people to a calculator

[–]checking-in 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bomberman was also on it. We used to link up the calculators and play multiplayer

[–]darkhorse21980 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lunar Lander was the shit!

[–]saltywench 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I printed the code on my home computer and manually put it into my TI-83+ to make my own custom Magic 8 Ball program. I also remember programing one really silly program based on those keychains that said, "how do you keep an idiot entertained for hours? Flip me over..." Instead of flipping, the instructions were to press a button and then the screen's text would redisplay... I actually knew one guy who didn't get it after the second button press.

[–]DanishWonder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had this calculator in HS and college. Only had Drug Wars on it.

[–]Equinsu-0cha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

and the legend of zelda links awakening... or at least right up to the end of the first dungeon.

[–]7DollarsOfHoobastanq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I was in high school back in the 90s some friends and I figured out how to get Tetris onto our school owned Ti-82s. Back then of course there were no smartphones in everyone’s pockets so being able to stealthily play video games in class was pretty groundbreaking. Within a week or two you’d be walking down the halls and half the kids were staring down at their calculators while they walked to class.

[–]SquirrelBrains 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holy nutts

[–]cspaced 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can also put all your test answers in it.

[–]Kotama 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And Quake.

[–]MayorQuimBee90 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And get you detention for typing out dirty messages

[–]Ibanezman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

YES! Love LGR!

[–]ash_274 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So could the TI-86, 20 years ago. Had Drug Wars, Tetris, a Mario-like game, a wired text/chat program, and a few BASIC games and things I programmed