i take it this is some kind of inside joke from the years before me?
Indeed. It started in July 2000 as a parody of the crappy TI-BASIC games that flooded ticalc.org archives back then and made it hard to find the good ones. It was a very popular joke and there were some revival attempts (although sometimes a bit overdone by some community members in 2010-11 or so so it kinda died down afterward). Other long-lasting community running gags were the Omnimaga peanuts and Hays Games.
There is a similar prank that came up in 2006 when someone released a grayscale xLIB quadratic solver.