DARWIN BAKER

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Game Developer

Graphic Designer


DarwinFreelance@gmail

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J! Speed Trainer

J! Speed Trainer

PHP + Javascript
Sep 2017

Tool for practicing for the Jeopardy! gameshow.


OVERVIEW

Both of my parents have been contestants on the show, one of which is a seven time returning champion. We realized that although there are hundreds of apps, websites, and programs designed specifically to help you cram as much info into your brain as physically possible, there was another aspect of the game that had no tool for practicing: Actually reading the clues. As a contestant, or someone who'd like to become one, it's important to realize that the only time available for you to figure out your answer is while the clue is being read aloud. You can't afford to follow along at the same pace, as this will leave you with no time whatsoever to figure out the answer, let alone put "What is" in front of it.

I originally wrote this program as a standalone executable, and have now adapted it into a web app. Both the original program, as well as this new web-based one, pull data from actual games, through the use of the J! Archive. They have just about every game ever played, as well as all the statistics to go with them.


HOW TO PLAY

To start, click the blue clue window, or press the spacebar. If you're on a device with a touch-screen, you can simply tap with your finger. A random clue will be selected, and the category it belongs to will be shown. When you're ready, click the mouse or press the spacebar again and the clue will be shown.

The clue text will highlight letter by letter from start to end, simulating the clue being read. The goal is to finish reading the clue before the highlighting reaches the end. The speed of the text is based off an approximation of the actual reading speed, and even accounts for natural pauses in human speaking due to things like commas, colons, and the like.

As soon as you've finished reading the clue, click or press the spacebar again. The text will freeze, allowing you to see how far ahead (or behind) you were. When you're ready to try another just click again and the next clue's category will be shown.


TRY IT OUT

Category Clue Answer