During college I played college bowl (quiz bowl) with my school. The usual setup was two teams of 4 players. A reader asks questions and at any time the players can buzz in and attempt an answer. When you buzz in it locks out the others players. If you get the answer correct you get 10 points. If you get them wrong you lose 5 points - a "neg." Each round consists of 20 questions. If you answer the question correctly you go into a bonus round, with a variety of of questions in various formats.
There are of course different standards of questions, but this is not what this program is. This program is the buzzer system. It consists of 4 buzzers for each side.
After the titlescreen there are two sets of 4 buzzers. In the middle of the screen there will be a letter. The default is "J" for joysticks. Each direction of the joystick would account for a buzzer (left, right, up, down). Player 1 would be on the left and player 2 on the right.
Using the Game Select switch the letter would change to a "Q". This is for QuadTari compatibility. With this you can plug in a QuadTari and 4 sets of paddles for each of the 8 players to have their own paddle. The button on the paddle would buzz in. Press Game Select again to go back to joystick mode.
I have also considered making a buzzer controller, which would basically be 4 one button buzzers plugged into a single controller port on the Atari, or a 4-way splitter to allow for 8 joysticks (but each joystick would essentially be the same).
To reset the buzzers and lockout, simply press the reset switch.
I am considering coming up with question packs or decks of cards to accompany this game as a kind of hybrid Atari/tabletop game similar to the Magnavox Odyssey 2 games or modern games like Scene It. Or if a team were to want to do so, they could use this in place of their current buzzer system!
I am not sure what more I can add. I am considering offering different buzzer sounds for each side using the difficulty switches and had considered using the score for something should I make an accompanying tabletop portion.
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy this. I will probably do some minor tweaking here and there but for now this is the basic functionality.
Here is a link for a video demonstrating gameplay.