Merry Christmas to all the Cemetechians who celebrate the day, and happy holidays to everyone else! Final exams have finally drawn to a close for most of us in North America, so with a slightly less stifling sense of impending deadlines, I'd like to briefly glance forward at upcoming projects and milestones planned for the next few months, and leave you with the first public beta of Tetrizm, my Prizm Tetris game. Closer to the new year, I'd also like to post an overview of the year in review; unfortunately, my previous draft of the review was lost in technological failure. Real life is suddenly taking an even larger portion of my time, thanks to a very happy addition to my life on top of my existing academic and professional commitments. However, we at Cemetech still have plenty of surprises and not-so-surprises in store for you; among them:
:: With beta-testing feedback from the fine folks of Cemetech, a full 1.0 release of Tetrizm should be forthcoming
:: In a piece of news to be expanded on in a later news article, I have been working with a publisher for the past few months, and you will hopefully see a calculator-related book from me in stores late this year
:: Cemetech Contest 8 draws to a close on January 22, 2012. That means you have just under a month to finish your entries. To date we have about sixteen confirmed entries in the three categories, TI programs, Prizm programs, and computer programs. If you haven't already thought up an Arcade game to submit to the contest, please consider doing so! You get a chance at prestige and recognition, and regardless of your final ranking, you'll have a great game to share with the community.
:: With the end of TI-Forge's zContest, Sandpaper 0.8 was released, an FTP client for CALCnet capable of transferring programs between calculators locally or across the world. It has most of the framework to transfer any type of file, including groups, pictures, lists, strings, and much more, but several key chunks of code need to be added to complete these features. In addition, the ticalc.org gCn bridge currently lets calculators running Sandpaper browse the ticalc.org archives, but not yet download files directly. Once that is complete, the bridge will be expanded to work with the Cemetech archives as well.
And finally, the long-awaited beta of Tetrizm for the Prizm. You love the game of Tetris on every platform, from your computer to your GameBoy to your TI calculator, so why not enjoy it in brilliant color on your Casio Prizm calculator? Featuring fast-paced gameplay, four play modes, high score tracking, and much more, this game is sure to be a permanent addition to your Prizm. In Marathon mode, try to complete lines for as long as possible as your score and the speed increase. High Speed mode ups the ante with faster drops at lower levels. If you want to start out in a bad situation, try Touchdown mode. And to really torture yourself, see how long you can last with no line pieces in Sadistic mode. Please post feedback and bug reports in the attached topic; apologies for the hurried and very poor screenshots.