While most use the TI-83 for rigorous math problems, some opt to have fun with it instead. Besides calculations, the TI-83 is capable of loading custom designed games. Games can be created with programming languages, which are languages that a computer understands and converts into usable code to execute software. If you know the BASIC programming language, you can make simple games for the TI-83, such as variations of the popular game Snake.
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Things you need
- TI-83 Graphing Calculator Link
- Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express
Open up Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express, and select "New Project" to open a new file.
Enter BASIC code, utilise the rules that apply to Snake games, such as levels, lives and scoring rules.
Click "Start Debugging" at the top of your screen to test your code for errors.
Select "File" from the top menu and "Save As." Name and save your compiled game to your desktop.
Upload your created game to your calculator, by connecting it with the TI-83 Graphing Calculator Link and following the upload instructions.
Tips and warnings
- BASIC is a simple programming language but the software it creates tends to run slow. Keep this in mind when creating your games.
- Designing malicious software can cause permanent damage to your TI-83 calculator.
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