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  1. Honestly, I'd love a full size TI 99/8 machine, even if the entire innards are a raspberry pi, but if it looked and acted like a TI 99/8, complete with all external ports, I'd be thrilled and happily fork over cash for that.
  2. I assume everyone has looked over at the Colecovision version of Time Pilot. Given it uses the same video chip as the TI, it shows what could be done.
  3. There are compound reasons why both BASIC and Extended BASIC are slow on the TI. For example, although a bit more involved than what I'm about to say, your program is being interpreted twice before it is actually executed at the machine level. What Extended BASIC does though, is give you access to far more of the machine itself. Prime example is sprites, which can be set into motion and not have to be constantly updated by your program. XB is a must have, it's an essential cartridge.
  4. Well, it wouldn't really be something I'd hook up to my existing TI, since what I have always wanted is a fully functional TI 99/8 with all the hexbus peripherals. I like "real" iron, never been one for emulations. So having a physical /8 setup would be awesome.
  5. Getting a major "Threshold" vibe. This was a game on the Colecovision. So if it can be done on that, it can be done on the TI (given the same video chip used on both machines).
  6. So, completely out-of-left-field question, and given that it sits solely in the video chip socket I suspect the answer is no, but...... For things like switching the sprite limitation, could there be a way to do that via a keyboard combo? Or running a small utility on the TI that could do it when you want to switch? In other words, any way of pushing a change to a setting via the console that would not require adding a physical switch or hooking up to USB?
  7. Which console do you have? If the black and silver one, is the power led coming on? It's right next to the switch at the front right corner of the machine. If the beige console, I don't think it has a power led so it could be harder to tell if the console is actually getting power.
  8. Even just a variation on TOD would be cool. Maybe find a way to implement the "in room" battles in a 3D way? It could still be turn based, but just a switch-up on the visuals.
  9. Bosconian! I have this cartridge for my MSX machines, but always wanted it on the TI. And the TI voice synthesizer would be a natural for the in-game speech as well.
  10. For "utility": Extended BASIC For "game": Tunnels Of Doom
  11. PLA is cheap and cheerful. It's also easy to use and is more than sufficient for most purposes. If you tweak your printer settings really well, you can get impressive results. A bit of filler and sanding can also give a decent surface for painting over. I have not gone down the route of using other filaments since some, such as ABS, need a controlled environment that usually entails enclosing your printer to prevent drafts and heat variations.
  12. An actual TI 99/8 with matching hexbus peripherals. It can be using modern hardware inside to emulate a full TI 99/8 experience, but I would want it to externally look and behave like the machine TI intended to produce in 1983. Perhaps as a bonus it could include enhanced features that could optionally be used, such as F18a type video, internal emulation of disks, etc., but I'd love the ability to have it default configured as the original intent. I know, things can be had by emulation on modern machines, but I love the look and feel of old "iron". When I program on my TI, I still do it on the machine. There's something I love about that, the feel of the TI keyboard, the jet engine fan of the PEB, all of it!
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  14. Surprised there has been no non-love for Hunt The Wumpus. How could a fairly basic computer game (and literally able to do in BASIC), become a full-fledged cartridge game?
  15. Many of us grew up with the PEB sitting behind the TI with a monitor on top. That config worked, but it was cramped since there was often not much space between the console and the PEB, especially with cables coming out the backof the console. Just having a shelf about 2 or 3 inches up on which you could place the PEB would free up the back of the TI itself.
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