90’s Quiz Game
Kiana Romeo -3159835
In today’s modern age, mobile games are everywhere on everyone’s handheld device. Platform games, puzzles are among some of the most popular but its quiz games that are beginning to take the world by storm. One popular game called HQ is growing increasingly popular. The game works by connecting millions of players worldwide into one huge quiz game where 12 questions are asked and a process of elimination takes place where players get booted from the game once answering a question incorrectly. Although the biggest incentive to play is the huge cash prize that can be won if reaching the final question successfully, the extreme randomness of the game is incredibly entertaining as well. The questions begin with simple knowledge tests like “what colour does red and blue make?” but ends with extremely complicated ones that no one with an average knowledge of the world would know. The thrill of racing against a clock to win a prize is an addictive experience and I therefore wanted to create a game that would provide that, but also follow a theme.
The original project featured non timed questions about the 80s which was fun, but didn’t have the competitive edge that great quiz games do. The era I resonate with most is the 90s- the style, the shows and the toys and games are all so intriguing to me. As well most of my classmates were either born in the 90s, or grew up in them so the nostalgia factor would be enticing as well.
Answer button, buzzer, name input
The players log onto the game server by opening one of the four buzzer html pages. Each has a different button design to create a more personalized experience. Once there, the players can enter their name into a box and claim their spot in the game.
Their points will automatically be set to 0 and will only be able to increase if the host sees it fit to award them with any. When the game begins, the first question will pop up. If the player knows the answer, they “smash” their buzzer. A sound will play and the player will be able to answer the question verbally.
Timer, points, changing question slides, resetting the game
The host controls almost everything in the game. When a player answers a question correctly, they award a point. They also control the timer when a player buzzes in and controls the slides as well.
The question slides simply had the questions on them, and when the host is ready to move on, they simply press “Next” on their side and the slide changes.
While the code worked perfectly separately, it was when I tried to tie it all together with PubNub that things started to go awry. I faced many challenges, most of them still unfixed. Some challenges I experienced with the code for the player controls included being able to control the game based on who voted first. It was difficult to make it so that the first button hit locked the others so I fixed it by making it so that the when a button is hit by a player it sends a message to the console of the host telling them who hit it first.
Another challenge I had was being able to control the timer from the player’s side. I wanted it to be so that when the player buzzed in, the 30 second timer would start counting down but I found that to be a difficult task. I instead opted to add it to the host controls and while I still don’t have it working properly, I believe it would be better for the host of the game to have control over that instead.
The last issue I had was getting the slides to work. This issue also took place in the original project where pressing next did not change the slide and in fact the slides did not even show. The “loading” message stayed on the screen the entire time without changing and the question slides would never appear. I therefore had to resort to using PowerPoint to present the slides as I wouldn’t be able to use P5 and PubNub to control them.
Illustrator and Photoshop
The first thing I did was create the slides and button jpegs. When I work, I often like to have my visual components done first, and then worry about the technical side as the aesthetics and theme inspire me. At first, I wanted to create the jpegs on illustrator but soon realized it would be harder than I thought to create good images and that it would be much easier to stick with Photoshop. For the buttons I was inspired by the ones used in game shows to buzz in answers. Large buttons on square stands and slamming them down to activate them. I drew one button and came up with as many 90’s like colour schemes as possible switching them up for each button. this was a huge upgrade from the controllers of the old game as it wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing and did not so much go with the theme. As well, as these buttons were created based on feedback I got from the other project, I believe they are as well made and user friendly as they can be.
For the slides, I basically copied the format I used for the first version of the game. The feedback I received on that game was that my colour schemes and aesthetic choices were mostly 90’s centric instead of 80’s. I was therefore able to just use my old slides and change the questions.
Research/ PubNub/ P5
Unfortunately on the day of presentations I came down with a stomach sickness and could not attend. Based on the critique I got from the first project though, I changed a lot of things to improve it. For the most part I am proud of how it turned out in the end and hope to somewhat get it working during the summer.