About a month ago, we reported on the start of ticalc.org's 2013 POTY voting. POTY, or program of the year, has been a ticalc.org tradition for many years. The community votes on the best programs released in the past twelve months, choosing from among the projects that earned Featured Program status on ticalc.org. This year, there were five categories, five weeks of voting, and five winners. Notably, every category required voting, and there were no default winners. The categories were TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, TI-89/TI-92 Plus, TI-Nspire, and PC.
Due to a strong push by the ticalc.org staff this year, there were many contenders for the two z80 categories and the TI-Nspire category. The results are here, and here's how everything shaped up:
:: TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus:Portal Prelude by Alex "BuilderBoy" Marcolina. This exciting 2D platform/puzzle game even gained notoriety outside the community from the Portal name and dual-portal mechanics, and was a landslide winner.
:: TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition:Doors CSE 8 by Christopher "Kerm Martian" Mitchell earned the popular vote for being a powerful shell for the new color-screen calculators and for providing TI-BASIC and ASM libraries to make future fun games and useful programs possible.
:: TI-89/TI-92 Plus:Desgolf by Ralf Willenbacher, a fancy 3D FPS for the 68k calculators. Like the FAT Engine-powered games of yesteryear, it offers smooth, exciting grayscale FPS gameplay.
:: TI-Nspire:Minecraft 2D by Jens Kolbinger, a 2D homage to everyone's favorite cube sandbox game. Written in Lua, Jen's game has instantly familiar graphics and mechanics.
:: PC:TokenIDE by Cemetech administrator Shaun "Merthsoft" McFall. This complete offline TI-BASIC IDE is peerless and packed with features like an editor, sprite editor, GUI creator, and more.
Congratulations to all the winners and candidates, and we look forward to another exciting POTY in 2014.