Congratulations to calc.org for getting us back online!
Taking a break from my life and Zelda, I decided to make a page dedicated for the Zelda project. You'll find the old demos, older as well as new, unreleased screenshots, the storyline, and more! A release date has been set for the TI-82 version. The website can be found in the Projects section or you can go to it directly from this link: "The Legend of Zelda: Illusions of the Past" homepage
On a related note, Zelda title screen contest submissions have been moved to the new website. The contest is still open and I strongly encourage submissions. The contest will close on April 15th, 2002.
On a personal note, it seems as of late that Void Productions has come under attack on our messageboards. "Void is dead" the banner cry. Our talent, products, and productivity among other things have come into question. Suggestions have been made that we add additional members to increase productivity, quality, and "news" in general. I am not going to refute claims of Void Productions' ineptitude, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and we encourage free speech on our boards. I just want to take a moment to express a Void Productions state of affairs and why we are not going to add new members.
Void Productions is not a company. We do not get paid by our followers, nor do we expect to. We are merely a group of friends who share or have shared the common hobby of programming Texas Instruments calculators for fun. There are no deadlines to meet, quotas to fill, save those set by ourselves. There is no President, merely active and inactive members. The bonds of friendship were formed years ago when the TI community was smaller and we all wrote on the ticalc.org mailing lists (you check the logs and laugh at how long ago that was and how naive we used to be). Why don't we fired less productive members like Ahmed or Derrick and hire new members in their stead? Because they are or were friends, original members of this website.
We have history together, and we will be history together. We are not in this for the "long-run", we are in this for our run.
Five years from now, I would hate to see a Void Productions website with a different layout, new members, and still active. I don't want to
look back and say "I used to be a part of THAT group". I want to say "I was a part of THE group." I don't mean "the" as in the best, I mean it as THE Void Productions, one and only with Ahmed, Harper, Wouter, Kouri, Derrick, and myself. Each member's personal run in the TI Community might be slowing to an end at different rates, but we are not dead. I hope to live at least into my late 80's; the programmer's interest in TI programming will wane long long before that time, but the person will remain.
As for recent productivity (everything since Super Mario last June), we have not been as idle as some of you may think. Ahmed and Derrick are retired and have been officially for some time, but the rest of us are still with you, our fans. Last summer, Harper, Kouri, and I were under the employ of Texas Instruments to write 16K Flash Applications for the TI-83+ Silver Edition. Kouri's can be found here. We did not publicize these at the time due to our contracts,
and we have not spoken of them since because they really did not matter to us all that much once we were paid.
This reflects are "non-company" demeanor, our primary concern with this site is tell the world about the projects that interest us, not for what has been
demanded of us or paid for. Wouter has been working hard on his Nucleus weblogscript, free of charge. Perhaps we should be publicizing this more, but this is primarily a z80 site and he has a website dedicated to it and its news.
In recent months, Harper and I have been working very hard on our RPG projects, and readers of .plan pages would realize that. I wrote Baseball '99 in a day, SubHunt in less than a week, but RPGs take much more time and effort. We have lives outside of this website, we are all enrolled in higher education instituitions. I still enjoy my hobby, and I hope my hobby still brings enjoyment to some of you.