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22 October 2021

Playing Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Video Games on a FlashROM99

by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
tags: ti994a - flashrom99 - retro computing

After receiving and then creating a video/blog post about the FlashROM99 from The Brewing Academy, I went online to show how to play games from the device and experience, for the first time, these Texas Instruments TI-99/4A versions of popular 1980s video games.

Before you read the rest of this post, look at my companion video below and then continue reading to learn more about the FlashROM99 and watch me reminisce with video games from the 1980s.

YouTube Video: ‌Playing TI-99/4A 1980s video games from a FlashROM99 | Livestream edit with captions

In the video below, I play several 1980s video games using a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A FlashROM99.

Video Errata

Jamie informed me that when playing Burger Time, you don’t throw salt, but pepper, as shown on the screen!

Below are the links I mention in the video. All Amazon links are affiliate links. Thanks for supporting the blog and the YouTube channel!

  1. FlashROM99
  2. FinalGROM99
  3. Hyperkin Trooper Joystick
  4. The Brewing Academy
  5. My TI-99/4A Purchase
  6. 32 Kb Memory Side Car Expansion
  7. Inexpensive 4 Gb SD Cards
  8. Blackmagic ATEM Mini

List of Games and Time codes

If you want to jump to your favorite game(s), below are the time codes which are embedded in the YT video scrubber:

Additional Thoughts

  1. If you want more information about the FlashROM99, including instructions to prepare and use the device, check out my previous post.
  2. Since my collection of Texas Instruments TI-99/4A related content is growing, I’ve created a TI-99/4A resource page to highlight that content and share my journey with this recent addition to my retro computing collection.
  3. Two stalwarts joined me for this livestream (with about 6 more popping in and out):

  4. I used the Blackmagic ATEM Mini for the first time during this livestream. I have much to learn about this powerful switching device and there’s a bunch of features packed in, via the Mac application, that I’ve yet to explore. I made a mistake and should have purchased the ATEM Mini Pro for $100 more or the Pro ISO for $400 more. Each includes streaming directly from the box and recording. I’ve listed the ISO as a Buy Me A Coffee goal. If I reach $1000, I’ll upgrade. If you want to help reach that goal, click the Buy Me A Coffee icon on the lower-right of this page.

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