What do you guys think are the best TI-Basic games for the TI-83 calculators and the TI-68k calculators respectively? Looking at the TI-83 TI-Basic archives at ticalc.org, it's just a big mess — you can't find anything, and it takes forever for the pages to load. I don't have a TI-68k calculator so I haven't played any of the TI-Basic games for those calculators, but some of them look really good.
Is this considering whether or not libraries are used? If not:
I only play assembly 68k games (and man they're good :D), but I have tried one BASIC RPG:
It's huge, but I thought it was good … Too bad there were a few bugs. (I also edited the save file to give me slightly unfair stats)
I guess I didn't think about the libraries consideration, but that would be a natural way to break up the best TI-Basic games: libless (without libraries) and libfull (uses libraries). Personally, I like libless games more than libfull games, and some of the best libless TI-Basic games are Contra, Donut Quest, Nibbles Arcade, and Xsnake.
Why did you say based on popular opinion for the Reuben Quest Series? That makes it sound like you aren't a big fan of the game, you just listed it so people wouldn't get mad :D
Do you think we should store a copy of the best TI-Basic games here? Space isn't a consideration at this point (we have 300MB total and we've only used about 35MB), and I think it would be one more thing to make this wiki better. We also don't have to worry about the authors updating the games, since almost all of the best games are done being developed.
Oops, totally forgot about Contra. >_<
Based on popular opinion because I've never played it, but everyone likes it and gives good reviews, so I assume it's good.
It doesn't really matter to me, but if old download links go down, I guess it would be better to keep copies here.
Speaking of links going down, if ticalc.org was going to disappear (and turn into a mirror for Super Soakers :P), do you think people would organize a download-fest to try to save the files? :P
"working", yes. The idea is to wait until the file archive system is updated to a working one. Since that doesn't seem to be happening soon, the archives are just burning a hole in my hard drive (metaphorically).
@DarkerLine: So, do you think we should store a copy of the best TI-Basic games here? We could organize them similar to the routines page, giving each program its own page. My thinking is that we already pretty much provide all of the other things related to TI-Basic, but don't have much content for games. Is there anything else that would make sense to add?
We could, say, vote for the top (some number) TI-Basic games of all time (maybe put a link up to a voting page on different TI forums) and then make a list of those games on a page, with links (copies are maybe not necessary, and I feel like the author ought to give permission in such cases. Even though it's not like people ever asked me about the copies of DQ floating around. Um.)
Well, you get into the issue of dependency. I personally think it's better for a site to stand on its own, and not be tied to another site. Attribution is definitely important, since it is other people who wrote the games, but at the same time, what happens if the person has left the community? The other argument you can make is that we would be promoting the games by providing free publicity, and considering this site is one of the top TI-Basic sites, that would be a good incentive.
Not all people like all publicity (for example: it bothers me that as a result of the No-Lib Guide to Maps and Sprites being put up on http://www.geocities.com/suipsysof/, an image search for my name, in addition to giving photos with me in it, gives lots of images from a site called Suicidal Psycho Software. Not exactly a pleasant association)
I suppose we're a relatively pleasant site to be getting publicity at, though. But I can imagine an author that wanted to be distanced from TI-related websites being unhappy.
I know it's hard to visualize what I am saying, so I just created a sample game page with Nibbles Arcade as the game. What do you guys think of it? Is there anything else that should go in the sidebar?
You seemed to have forgoten Dark Link Quest :P