Gameshow Maker can be seen as an extension of the original Jeopardy Maker
(which you should check out if you want something more basic and preconfigured). The idea is to allow you to create your own questions/answers gameshow, such as Jeopardy
or Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
, with little to no work on your end. Categories, rows, columns, bonuses... Everything is done by the program. At the absolute minimal, all you need to do is type up the questions. For the more tech-savy user, virtually everything can be changed in the settings file including sounds, textures, fonts... Gameshow Maker is but a tool to make your presentation. What you make with it is only limited by your imagination.
=== Improvements Over Jeopardy Maker
- HTML Support: Images and Formatting!
- Loadable presets, changeable layouts!
- Reposition or redesign any aspect, add image backgrounds, etc
- Removable category row, renamable buttons
- Use your own sounds/graphics/fonts, multi-language support
- Right/wrong answer sounds
- Customizable timer/countdown
- Ingame editable text for scoring, etc
- Incrementable question values (increase over course of game)
Now away from the salespitch a bit, the program is indeed extremely customizable and will only continue to be more customizable as more feature requests come in from users like you! At the moment, all settings are located in preset files. Ideally, it would be best to have a user-friendly interface to change all settings in. While I cannot promise a date any time soon, I would like to hope that I might find time in the near future to implement this!
To developers: If you know Flash/Actionscript 3 and want to take up improving Jeopardy Maker or Gameshow Maker, please let me know. I will be willing share the source code on SourceForge
if there is sufficient interest.