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GBIC >> Freeware >> gbStreet Help

gbStreet - Online Help

This page provides the latest online Help information for gbStreet. gbStreet is a fun and educational freeware game of trading stocks to achieve financial success. Use it for just the fun of building your own fortune, or use it to learn or teach the fundamentals of stock trading. gbStreet allows the user to track five different "stocks", buying and selling stock to amass a fortune - the goal being to reach $1,000,000. You'll spend hours trying to figure out a winning strategy and then wish it was for real when you reach the million dollars!

Overview     Toolbar     Menu Selections     Trading Options    



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Overview

gbStreet allows the user to buy and sell five different stocks. Just press the stock icon in the toolbar to play that stock. A timer is used to simulate the passing of time, generating stock prices for each day. Game lengths may be set from 1 to 10 years. The games may be paused and the timer speeds may be varied.

At any time a game may be discarded and a new game begun. At the end of the specified game lenght, the net worth is displayed and a new game is started.

Multiple copies of gbStreet may be run, allowing the user to monitor all five stocks simulataneiously.

In addition to the menu and toolbar features listed below, the graph may be right-mouse clicked for additional menu options.

The main window may be resized and the graph will size appropriately.

The primary Buy/Sell orders are given through the Trading Options window, as discussed below.

Settings made while a stock is being played (speed, length, ...) are saved and restored when the stock is next selected. Each game can have its own settings.

When a stock is selected, all other stockes are paused. All games are saved automatically when gbStreet is closed.

Images
Set Picture
Set Icon
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Clear Picture
Clear Icon
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Clear All Games
Settings
Set Name
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Show Grid
Show Comments
Show Game Name in Title
Line Thickness
Game Length
Auto Zoom (10 Years)
1 Year Fixed
5 Years Fixed
10 Years Fixed
Colors
Background
Price Graph
Net Worth Graph
Grid
Web Site
Web Site
Online Help
Online Update
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About


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Toolbar Options


The following functions are available on the toolbar:
  • Game 1
    Switch to Game 1 (stops all other games)
  • Game 2
    Switch to Game 1 (stops all other games)
  • Game 3
    Switch to Game 1 (stops all other games)
  • Game 4
    Switch to Game 1 (stops all other games)
  • Game 5
    Switch to Game 1 (stops all other games)
  • Play
    Continues the current game (after a pause)
  • Pause
    Pauses the current game
  • Speed
    Offers the user 5 different game speeds
  • New
    Erases all data in the current game
  • Trading Options
    Opens a second window from which trading options are available
  • Email
    Opens the default email program with an email to the author of gbStreet


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Menu Options

gbStreet provides File, Edit, Option, and Help menu selections.

The Images menu selections include:

  • Set Picture
    Sets the background image to be used under the price/net worth graph. gbStreet does not stretch the image to fit the picturebox
  • Set Icon
    Sets the icon to be used in the toolbar
  • Clear Picture
    Removes the picture from the picturebox
  • Clear Icon
    Removes the user-define icon from the toolbar (a default icon will then be used)
  • Clear All Games
    Clears all price/share/net worth results in all five games

The Settings menu offers the following selections.

  • Set Name
    Allows the user to set a name for each stock (in additional to the ability to set a toolbar icon and a picturebox background image.
  • Show Grid
    Enables display of the grid lines in the graph
  • Show Comments
    Generates random, sometimes humorous, comments that are randomly placed in the graph
  • Show Game Name in Title
    Places the Game Name in the gbStreet window caption
  • Line Thickness
    Sets the line thicknesses (of the graphs and grid lines). Value is in pixels.

The Game Length menu offers the following selections.

  • Auto Zoom (10 Years)
    Sets the game for 10 years, but zooms in on the graph during year 1 and again on the graph during years 1-5
  • 1 Year Fixed
    Sets the game for exactly 1 year, at which time the game is ended and cash/stock values are reset.
  • 5 Years Fixed
    Sets the game for exactly 5 years, at which time the game is ended and cash/stock values are reset.
  • 10 Years Fixed
    Sets the game for exactly 10 years, at which time the game is ended and cash/stock values are reset.

The Colors menu offers the following selections.

  • Background
    Sets the background color of the picturebox where the graph is displayed. If a picture is used that fills the picturebox, the background color is not seen.
  • Price Graph
    Sets the color of the line that gives the stock price
  • Net Worth Graph
    Sets the color of the line that shows the users Net Worth
  • Grid
    Sets the color of the grid lines

The Help menu offers the following selections.

  • Web Site
    Opens the default browser at Gary Beene's Freeware Information Center
  • Online Help
    Opens the default browser at the gbStreet Online Help page.
  • Online Updates
    Opens a dialog window from which the latest version of gbStreet can be downloaded.
  • About
    Shows the revision level of the installed version of gbStreet


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Trading Options

Instructions for stock trading are placed in this window. Stocks can be bought/sold immediately, or an order can be placed to buy/sell stocks when stock prices reach a specific value.

If a "Buy All" order is placed, shares of stock will be purchased to the maximum quantity that cash allows.