Hi Folks,
Here is a how to create a game item from Fred's Head:
Play An Audio Version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire At Your Next Party
or Convention

Posted: 04 Mar 2009 01:04 PM PST

It won't be long before the Kentucky School for the Blind's Alumni
Association meets for another year of fun and memories.  We have a reunion
on campus every year, usually close to graduation. This gives us a chance
to reconnect with old friends, and to make some new ones.

This year I thought of doing a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire trivia game
night.  I really like doing these kinds of events, especially with the game
show theme.  I want to make the experience as real as possible, even using
the music if I can find it.

The first place I went to start putting the event together was Google.
Every search starts with Google it seems.  I was looking for three things,
a basic guide and instructions for the game, audio files, and some way to
play those files in the same way the TV show does.

It wasn't too long before I came across Brendan Harris' website and
discovered his "How to make your own Who Wants to be a Millionaire TV show"
page.  This is great, but a little too complicated for me.  I don't need
cameras and lighting and all that fancy stuff.  I was able to find the Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire sound effect files from his site. I bookmarked
this page and continued my Google search.

My search soon turned up James J. Cochran's paper on Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire: The Classroom Edition.  This gave me some great ideas of how
to modify the original gameplay so the maximum number of people could play
the game.  I wasn't interested in using his Power Point presentation, but
it did look cool.

Now, I have the rules and the sounds.  All I need to complete this little
project is some way to play the sounds.  One thing that I love about the TV
show is that the music is almost constant, and very coordinated with the
gameplay.  How could I pull this off?

I sat around for most of an evening trying to figure this out.  I soon
remembered some very basic games for preschool children.  I specifically
remember a program that allowed the keyboard to play audio files with the
press of a key.  That's all it did.  If I could find a program like that,
I'd be in business.  Well, it's back to Google again.

This time, my search found something rather quickly from the Freeware World
Team website.  Scroll down the page and you'll find a program called
Baseball Audio File Player.  "This program allows you to create banks of
sound effects you can play by pressing a button with your mouse or just
pressing one of the keys on your keyboard. Pressing a number key (0-9) will
switch the soundbank, pressing a letter key (a-z) will play a sound. The
program uses a config file in which the key-to-sound mapping is specified."

I immediately downloaded this program, and loaded the audio files I had
previously downloaded for the game.  It worked great.  Now, we will have
the correct sound for whatever is going on.  Now all I have to do is find
some trivia questions, not a difficult job with all the websites out there
that specialize in trivia.  Wouldn't this be cool for playing Family Feud
or Greed?

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