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Doom ported to TI calculator

I'm not ashamed to admit when I was in high school, I spent a great deal of my time in trigonometry class playing tic-tac-toe on my TI-83 graphing calculator. Thank goodness I'm not going to high school now because I'd never get any homework done, as the ultimate timekiller has arrived for the TI platform: an entire port of classic PC shooter Doom, courtesy of people on the Omnimanga forums.

"Finally, after many weeks of development (weekends, rather), the game has reached a state I would consider "fun". Although there is still no menu, difficulty selection, and no extensive testing had been conducted, there are now enough features to approach the original version, released for MS-DOS in 1993. All of you will welcome the addition of savegames, the main new feature of the beta release," wrote forum poster Mrakoplaz.

The game is still in beta form, and Mrakoplaz is working on how to best map out the controls. Nevertheless, it looks pretty good for a friggin' calculator game. Hit the link to see animated GIFs of it in action (no video, alas) and also check out this entire article we wrote about the best TI-83 RPGs - don't knock Texas Instruments!

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Mar 2, 2011