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These are simple graphic design examples. They are wallpapers (backgrounds, desktops) for your computer. All 640x480, 720x480, 768x576, 1280x720, 1280x768, 1280x800, 1280x854, 1280x1024, 1360x768, 1400x1050, 1440x900, 1600x900, 1600x1024, 1680x1050, 1792x1344, 1800x1440, 1900x1200, 1920x1440, 2048x1536, and 2048x1600 wallpapers were removed due to unpopularity and/or high bandwidth costs.

Visit my brother's page for more wallpapers / backgrounds / desktops. He has created sports car collages and a lot of Mandelbrot set fractals. Check it out: Jason Doucette's Wallpapers.


TI-99/4A Title Screen (Unfiltered)


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TI-99/4A Title Screen (Unfiltered)

The (Texas Instruments) TI-99/4A Home Computer was my first computer. It was on this computer that I learned how to program, optimize code, and how computer graphics worked. I designed and programmed lots of incomplete games on it as a kid. I fully completed my first game when I was in grade 4; It was called, "Treasure Hunt". Some of the code still exists somewhere on a cassette tape. A few of my favorite Cartridge games on the TI-99/4A were Parsec (with the speech synthesizer), TI Invaders, Munch-Man, and Car Wars.

I have more information on our TI-99/4A page on Xona.com.


Some cool facts about Parsec:

1) My brother, Jason Doucette, and I discovered that if you press the joystick button and the corresponding "fire" button on the keyboard simultaneously, the laser never overheats and leaves trails of itself all over the screen which you can crash into sometimes. In fact, you do not crash into the laser trails, but some unknown invisible thing that is created when you leave laser trails.

2) Also, when you paused the game (by pressing "P") it said, "Time Warp Activated", which was very original and cool at the time.

3) A special enemy, the Killer Satellites, would only come out at the beginning of the 4th Level (some people, including the manual to the game, though it was the end of the 3rd, but the color change, which indicated a new level, occurred before they came out.) Also, Killer Satellites set off no alarms, unlike all other enemies.

4) Another cheat is holding up allows you to pass through the screen forwards and backwards. This allows you to gradually speed up more and more, if you wish, as you can continually go through the screen. The cheat is, if you time it right, you can get "stuck" on the left side of the screen with only your nose sticking out making you unreachable by enemy shots. Watch out for the Saucers though, as they come from behind and will still collide with your ship.

5) We stopped playing Parsec when my brother, Jason Doucette, mastered it. He played it past level 16 (level 16 repeats forever), wrapped the score (past 1,000,000), and was accumulating lives faster than he was losing them. Level 16 would have to be played approximately 40 times to acheive 1,000,000 points. Jason died on purpose multiple times, over and over agin, until the screen showed that he only had a few lives left. He then continued to play and was able to accumulate many lives again. He repeated the dying procedure over and over. It became apparent that the game was "beat". All of this was done without any cheats and he eventually just gave up due to boredom. (Do not take this the wrong way, this is not a common occurance with the game: "When I was finished for the night, I found I had come close to beating my old score from back then. My top tonight was 35,800. My old score was in the low to mid 40K range. I can't remember exactly." - Otter.)

6) Dramites and Urbites were named after Parsec's programmers, Jim Dramis and Paul Urbanus. (Jim Dramis also programmed Car Wars, his first TI video game project, and Munchman.)

7) Jim Dramis and Paul Urbanus also put references to their names in the Parsec ground. The letters JED and URB both appear. Thanks to Tunnels of Doom: An Interview with Kevin Kenney for reminding me of this. "JED stands for programmer James E. Dramis, while URB is the nickname of Paul Urbanus who helped Jim Dramis program the game as a college intern at TI." - Videogame House.

8) Althought I did not recall it on my own, larsoncc's Parsec review, at fatmangames.com, reminded me that you can level warp if you crash into the ground before you "press fire to begin". The ships larsoncc refers too, that "look almost square", are killer satellites.

9) If you move into the ground objects that were one pixel thick vertical lines you will not crash sometimes. It helps to move your ship backwards at the exact speed that the ground is scrolling.

10) If you enter the refueling tunnels by placing your ship as far right as possible, you can then back out of the refueling tunnel, after refueling, without having to travel through the rest of the refueling tunnel. Seeing that all three refueling tunnels have the exact same entrance, this trick made the more difficult refueling tunnels as easy as the first. The third and most difficult refueling tunnel was so long, that when you did this trick, the rest of it would be abruptly cut off (a bug) and continues to normal ground graphics.

11) Visit our Parsec page on Xona.com for more rare facts with screenshots.


A cool fact about TI Invaders is we (Jason and I) both reached level 14 with two rows of the second, blue, "Flashers". We never were able to reach level 15 with the once rumored (since proven) third wave of, orange, "Flashers". Incidentally, from level 7 on, there is always at least one row that contains "Flashers". We were also able to get the mid-level saucer value up to at least 250.

I used to own ti994a.com, too. I donated it to mobygames.com.


Lamborghini Diablo


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Lamborghini Diablo

Another awesome Lamborghini Diablo in the showroom.



Cadillac Cien


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Cadillac Cien

The Cadillac Cien, a celebration for Cadillac's 100th birthday.



Lamborghini Countach 1984 5000s


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Lamborghini Countach 1984 5000s

The Lamborghini Countach was the fastest sports car in the world in its time. (The Ferrari Testarossa was a close second.) The Countach practically coined the term exotic.



Lamborghini Diablo


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Lamborghini Diablo

Another awesome Lamborghini Diablo in the showroom.



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More Wallpapers / Backgrounds / Desktops

Visit Jason Doucette's page for more wallpapers / backgrounds / desktops. He's my brother and has the same interests as me. He has done car collages and a lot of Mandelbrot set fractals. The fractals are all produced with his own program that has real anti-aliasing. He fully describes fractals and how they work. Check it out. Jason Doucette's Wallpapers.


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