The idea behind “Name! That! Gate!” is too make learning computing fundamentals fun by turning it into a game. The goal of the game is to infer the logic gates used to convert the inputs (A, B, and/or C) into the output (Y). A logic gate is a binary conditional switch used to control the flow of Boolean algebra. The AND gate, for example, outputs TRUE if both of the inputs are TRUE — but not if one or both inputs are FALSE. This game includes all of the common logic gates: AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, and XNOR.
Three LEDs represent the state of the input and one LED represents the state of the output, so the player can deduce which gates exist between the two. If those were static, then several different logic gate combinations could be valid. So there are push buttons that let the player toggle the states of the inputs to observe the results. Gameplay goes through ten stages, starting with a single logic gate at stage one and moving to the full ten. Players start with 140 points and lose a point every time they toggle an input. Push buttons let the user select the type of gate they believe represents each stage. Selecting the wrong gates results in a total loss of the available 14 points for that stage. After the last stage, players receive a total score.
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