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Void Productions was a programming group for the z80 series of TI graphing calculators (including TI-82, TI-83, TI-83+, and TI-86). While they were active, they created several assembly games and programs, as well as porting several games and programs created by others. Simply put, they were one of the most active and productive programming groups that the TI community has ever known.
They created several high-quality games and demos, most notably Super Mario, Frawgguts (a Frogger clone), SubHunt, Baseball, Punch-Out, Hard Hat Mack, Galaxian, PacMan, and Zelda. They also ported many programs and games written by others in the TI community. Their programming challenges were quite popular, with several of the top assembly programmers in the TI community participating.
- Derrick Ward — founder
- Sam Heald — founder
- Wouter Demuynck
- Ahmed El-Helw
- Harper Maddox
- Kouri Rosenberg
Void Productions has had four site URLs. They first started with http://www.cswnet.com/~ddward/the82/, then moved to http://void.ticalc.org, before switching to http://void.calc.org (and http://hosted.calc.org/~void/ temporarily). When calc.org went offline in 2002, they moved back to ticalc.org for their hosting, and that is where they remain to this day.
Void Productions started out in December 1998 as a two-person programming group called Galaxian & Frawgguts Home (URL: http://www.cswnet.com/~ddward/the82/) with Derrick Ward and Sam Heald being the only members. The site name was chosen because those were two of the premier assembly games that they created for the TI-82, in addition to porting Patrick Davidson's Orzunoid and PacMan 98.
In February 1999, they decided to change the name of the group to Void Productions and took advantage of the hosting provided by ticalc.org; the site URL became http://void.ticalc.org. In 2000, they decided to upgrade their hosting, and switched over to Dimension-TI's ample hosting package with increased memory and services; the site URL became http://void.calc.org. The site remained there until 2002 when calc.org started experiencing major server problems and went offline. Subsequently, they got hosting through ticalc.org again, and moved the site back to http://void.ticalc.org where it has remained to this day.
Unfortunately, the group stopped doing any TI development in 2003, and the members have moved on to other things.
Each of their members has been actively involved in the TI community at various sites, including:
- Harper Maddox and Kouri Rosenberg at TI-Files; in fact, Harper Maddox was one of the founders of TI-Files along with Alex Highsmith.
- Wouter Demuynck created his own suite of TI-82 assembly tutorials that was also hosted through ticalc.org (URL: http://karma.ticalc.org).
- Ahmed El-Helw was a staff member for multiple TI sites and groups: ticalc.org, Dimension-TI, TI-Files, TCPA, and Void Productions.