I am a doctoral student at a Philadelphia university in need of a game for research purposes. The game is essentially a timed shopping task; players are to purchase sequences of cards using in-game tokens within a limited time frame, with point totals assigned to each sequence. The sequences will be set beforehand, and do not need to be randomly generated. The player's output (behavior on each turn of the game, point totals, and reaction time within each trial) must be recorded and written to a networked computer for statistical analysis. There are three basic components to the game: an early tutorial in order to familiarize the subject with the game mechanics; the game itself; and a questionnaire at the end designed to probe the emotions and cognitions evoked by the game. The flexibility to alter this game in the future (by changing the time frames on each sequence, or by rearranging the trials or the order of the questions asked) is a necessity; it would probably be best to have some sort of back-end interface that a programming-naive researcher could manipulate easily. Customizability and accuracy are the most important considerations at this point. I believe that this game would best be programmed in C++, but if the same effect can be produced in other languages, then I am open to that.
1) Complete and fully-functional working program(s) in executable form as well as complete source code of all work done.
2) Deliverables must be in ready-to-run condition, as follows? (depending on the nature? of the deliverables):
a)? For web sites or? other server-side deliverables intended to only ever exist in one place in the Buyer's environment--Deliverables must be installed by the Seller in ready-to-run condition in the Buyer's environment.
b) For all others including desktop software or software the buyer intends to distribute: A software? installation package that will install the software in ready-to-run condition on the platform(s) specified in this bid request.
3) All deliverables will be considered "work made for hire" under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. (No GPL, GNU, 3rd party components, etc. unless all copyright ramifications are explained AND AGREED TO by the buyer on the site per the coder's Seller Legal Agreement).
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Friday Jan 21, 2005 4:22:02 PM:
First, I would like to thank everyone for their bids and comments. The response is far greater than I anticipated, and I am pleased to have received so much feedback.
Secondly, the proposal that allows me to begin my research was approved earlier than I anticipated it would. This is fortunate, as it means I can start collecting data much earlier than otherwise, something I'm very eager to do. Please place a private response underneath your bids or comments detailing approximately how long it will take you to deliver a completed project; this will aid me greatly in determining whose bid to accept.
Thank you all!
Windows XP, with the capability to write to an Excel database.