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Data Games, and Data Stories

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A presentation discussing some of the types of, and use cases for, data games as a way of sharing data

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Data Games, and Data Stories

  1. 1. Data Games, and Data Stories Tom Blount @tom_blount
  2. 2. Data Games, and Data Stories Data Games ● Data Games are games that use real-world data to drive their mechanics ● This game be simple - using a dataset to generate a playing field that the user can then explore ● Or complex - exploring the data is a key part of the mechanics
  3. 3. Data Games, and Data Stories FreeCiv Maps http://julian.togelius.com/Barros2015Balanced.pdf
  4. 4. Data Games, and Data Stories FreeCiv Maps ● Real-world data used to generate maps for strategy games ● Data is used to generate the play space ● Challenge: how to make “real” data fair and balanced?
  5. 5. Data Games, and Data Stories Brexit Bus https://advisa.se/en/research/brexit-bus/
  6. 6. Data Games, and Data Stories Brexit Bus ● Player controls a (familiar) red bus ● “Road” is actually a graph of the value of the Pound (£) ● Player can explore how certain events affected the value
  7. 7. Data Games, and Data Stories Kimono Colors http://www.digra.org/digital-library/publications/dataplay-mapping-game-mechanics-to-traditional-data-visualization/
  8. 8. Data Games, and Data Stories Kimono Colors ● A “fishing” game - player has to collect different colours ● More parts of the dataset (and more combinations of colours) are unlocked as the player progresses ● Incremental learning and exploration of the available data
  9. 9. Data Games, and Data Stories Bar Chart Ball http://julian.togelius.com/Togelius2013Bar.pdf
  10. 10. Data Games, and Data Stories Bar Chart Ball ● Player has to get a ball from left to right ● Player can change the shape of the graph by choosing what attribute to represent ● Data can be made up of any numerical datafile
  11. 11. Data Games, and Data Stories Generative Adventure Games http://julian.togelius.com/Barros2016Playing.pdf
  12. 12. Data Games, and Data Stories Generative Adventure Games ● Using OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia, generate the locations, NPCs, and (crucially) the plot of a mystery/adventure game ● Player follows a trail of clues and interacts with real-world historical figures

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