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Basicoderz Software was a short-lived TI-Basic programming group that programmed for the TI-83 and TI-83+ graphing calculators. The group was started by ex-members of SiCoDe Software, who had left the group after internal disputes about the direction and focus of the group. Basicoderz was frequently lambasted by PsychoCorp, a parody TI site created by SiCoDe co-founder David Hall.
Basicoderz created a few quality TI-Basic games while they were active including Invaders, Ice Climb, Minesweeper, Tank Duel, Lights Out, and Mario. In addition, they also re-released some of the games that their members had released while part of SiCoDe, including Connect 4 and War.
- List of their programs and games
- Include a screenshot for some of their best games/programs
- Tim Parkin — founder
- Jeff Ruud — founder
- Douglas O'Brien
- Brandon Green
- Jonathon Capps
- Simon Flannery
- Martin Johansson
- Chris Hamilton
- Julian Rosenberg
- List of their important milestones (founding, important programs, etc.)
The history of Basicoderz Software started with SiCoDe Software, which was a programming group that existed from Summer 1998 to February 2001, and specialized in creating high-quality advanced Basic programs and games for the TI-83 calculators. There were some internal disputes within SiCoDe about its direction and focus, and in August 2000 Tim Parkin decided to start his own programming group called Basicoderz with friend Jeff Ruud. He recruited fellow SiCoDe members to join the group, including Brandon Green, Douglas O'Brien, Jonathon Capps, and Simon Flannery.
There was a rather bitter feud between both groups, as the Basicoderz members owned the rights to the respective games and tutorials that they had created while members of SiCoDe. In fact, some of their games were later re-released under the Basicoderz banner. The Basicoderz name was short-lived, however, and in September 2000 the group name was changed to xCoderz Software. The group members decided that they didn't want to limit themselves to just TI-Basic and the TI graphing calculators, but be open to programming in many different languages and for multiple platforms. Although the group name was changed, the Basicoderz and xCoderz names were often used interchangeably.
Unfortunately, xCoderz suffered a similar fate as SiCoDe and eventually was disbanded due to member disputes and just general inactivity. Jonathon Capps then joined Cahal Technologies, while Martin Johansson started his own programming group called MaxCoderz Software with Steve Riekeberg, a fellow TI-Basic programmer that he became friends with through their shared affiliation to BASIC Guru Online. It should be noted that another member (perhaps Brandon Green or Jeff Ruud?) continued to use the xCoderz name for his own personal computer and web development company until 2008.
Basicoderz was frequently lambasted by PsychoCorp, a parody TI site created by SiCoDe co-founder David Hall. He liked to point out that Basicoderz was basically a rip-off of SiCoDe, including taking their games and even their name (i.e., Basicoderz is spelled 'Ba' + 'SiCoDe' + 'rz').