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Touchdown Television has offices in London, Los Angeles and New Zealand. Their primary business is producing Game Shows for New Zealand and Overseas Audiences.
Their latest Game show, which is currently in production (called 'Total Recall') is a game that requires contestants to operate a Touch-screen Console, to answer questions that are put to them by the Game Host.
Touchdown Television required a software application to drive, control and report on the show results during the ½ hour duration of the show. The game software:
Touchdown approached Computer Craft and they discussed how all this could be done.
Microsoft .NET was now a technology that had been around for a year, and Computer Craft had already successfully developed an application using the remoting services available in the .NET Framework.
The software consisted of two applications which shared a common library. The first application (Game Controller) was able to push instructions down to the second application which resided on the Contestants computer. These instructions controlled when a game loaded/unloaded and when to start/stop a game.
The Contestants Computers where also able to push information back to the Game Controller and this happened at every keystroke from the contestant, or after the time may have elapsed to finish the game. The Game Controller application was able to use this information to score the answers.
The Total Recall software was developed in Microsoft .Net using C# and Remoting services. The Computers where linked together on a small TCP/IP LAN.
The Contestants had touchpad Consoles and the second console on the contestant machine connected to the television Camera's