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For some people, figuring out how a calculator functions can be as frustrating as an airplane flying backwards. Thousands of students worldwide are required to use a “TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator,” but did you know that you can play video games on the calculator? If you can program a device, it is likely you can create you own version of entertainment. Try to mansplain or womansplain playing video games on a calculator to your teacher, especially after your cell phone cannot be used as a calculator. 

Maybe mathematics was a complete snooze fest, but just wait until you no longer want to cram your brain with numbers, just to be a nerdy programmer. You can be nerdy converting a compatible ROM (Read-only memory) to a calculator file, all to play video games like “Pac-Man,” “Mario,” “Flappy Bird,” “Kirby,” “Donkey Kong,” “Space Invaders,” “Tetris,” “Doom,” “Resident Evil,” and more. While you play the video games, sappy songs that you cannot get out of your head, may return.

How to Run Games on a TI-84 Plus CE Calculator

5. Sonic Up

On the “TI-83/TI-84 Plus Silver Edition,” you can get your hands on everyone’s likely favorite hedgehog with “”Sonic Up.” Rely on your speed by racing your way through the game. It is a basic version of a a classic “Sonic” video game and in order to play “Sonic Up,” it is highly recommended to either run “Omnicale” or “Celtic 3.” 

4. Mario

The 2-dimensional “Mario” game, where you can feel temporarily invincible by running into a mushroom, transport to various locations with “Warp Pipes” and launch from “Pipe Cannons,” and fight off the evil “Bowser.” When you think about it, “Mario” is a story about a plumber risking everything for a beautiful princess. It is a story about passionate love, acceptance, bravery, but in real life, even if you metaphorically save the princess, the princess can still reject you. Rejection can be a sign of unrequited love, but “Mario” should cheer you up.

3. Grand Theft Auto

Who needs a bulky console when you have a calculator that makes you look educated. Have as much fun as you want in the open world game “Grand Theft Auto,” where nearly anything is possible. Shoot at people, date women, get money, buy items, etc, 

2. Prince of Persia

Rewind time as much as you prefer to escape the depth of death. Every mistake can be the perfect mistake to learning how to be a better player. 

How to Play Pacman on the TI-84 Plus CE

1. Pac-Man

The yellow ghost eating Pac-Man could never be played on a device with a better disguise. In an enclosed maze, eat all of the yellow dots in order to get to the next level, but avoid the ghostly enemies: Shadow (Blinky), Speedy (Pinky), Bashful (Inky), and Pokey (Clyde). Eat large flashing dots called “Power Pellets,” then the antagonists become vulnerable (turning blue). 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.