Open-source Flash game show maker

Posted by Betsy on April 17, 2009 in OpenSource |
Click on the screenshot to check out an example quiz. You'll need the latest Flash player to see it.

Click on the screenshot to check out an example game show. You'll need the latest Flash player to see it.

I finished making my second Flash application for the DCDC! (My first is here.) My goals were as follows:

  1. Create a Jeopardy-style game that instructors could use in a synchronous environment (such as Elluminate, Dimdim, or a face-to-face classroom).
  2. Make the application accessible to instructors. This means that instructors shouldn’t need to know how to use Adobe Flash or even own a copy of Flash to be able to create a quiz and customize its appearance. I achieved this by linking all text and colors to an XML file, which can be edited using any text editor.
  3. Make the application open and freely available. The application is published under the BSD, and the accompanying instructions are published under a Creative Commons license (BY/NC/SA).

All three goals accomplished! And here is the DCDC Game Show Maker as a .zip file. The file includes instructions on how to use it, which I hope are clear. Please comment below on how the application and the instructions could be improved! Or email me, or send me a tweet.

I learned a lot from the first application that I applied to this one, so I think this second one is much more cleanly written. And I know I can do an even better job on my next try. Any suggestions for what to tackle? What kinds of games do you wish you could play in your online classes (as a student, teacher, or whatever)?

A caveat and a request: I tested this, of course, and everything seems to work fine for me. But I am a new programmer, and I probably didn’t anticipate what YOU are about to do with it. Please let me know about the problems you run into so that I can fix them. Or even better, send me a new version that includes the fixes and improvements you’ve made. That’s one of the great things about open source, right? (I will probably be updating the .zip file as my colleagues work with it, too – check back here!)


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