Found this site today; lots of games written in BASIC and Extended BASIC for the TI-99/4A. Many have the visual appeal of a typical typed-from-magazine game, but *some* have some *really* spectacular graphics, considering the limitations of the VDP.
Just look at the start-up screen for Royal Game of Ur for example. WOW!
@vertigo that was my second ever computer, after the t/s 1000 and before the kaypro ii - it was a fun machine and some of the game cartridges were top notch. I never did get the speech synthesizer expansion I wanted tho (but ended up with a 300 baud modem with the kaypro, so ended up ahead really)
@djsundog Playing Parsec without the speech synthesizer leaves one slightly underwhelmed, but it was still a fun game.
A friend of mine did have the speech synth cart, and playing Parsec felt like you had a copilot.
@djsundog Looking at these games makes me want to finish the VDC-II project all the more.
I also have plans to enhance the VDC (hence the -II suffix) with new features that should make it more appealing for writing simple games. E.g., a different attribute format that grants 16 foreground *and* background colors, basic sprite support, etc.
I’ve been reading Zaks assembler book which has taught me a lot about basic interfacing but I need to know more, more! 😂
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.