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Procedural dungeons in R

Matt Dray is developing a package in R that runs a text-based game. Part of that game requires procedural dungeons that are different each time you play. Tags: game, Matt Dray, R

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A game to gerrymander your party to power

Ella Koeze, Denise Lu, and Charlie Smart for The New York Times made a game to help you understand gerrymandering better. They created a fake territory called Hexapolis, and your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to gerrymander your party into power. Good luck. See also the miniature golf game from The Washington Post. We. Will. Understand. Gerrymandering. Tags: game, gerrymandering, New York Times

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Optimized Wordle solver

In case you’re not so good with the words, but feel the social pressure to play Wordle bearing down on you, Jonathan Olson made an optimized solver: The game Wordle has a lot of speculation online about what is the “best” first word. If we are exploring optimal strategies to solve the original game in the least number of guesses, most of it is wrong. For humans, almost all of...

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Play miniature golf, learn about congressional redistricting

Congressional redistricting and gerrymandering are important topics, because they can directly change election results. However, gerrymandering is called gerrymandering, so it’s too easy to get lost in the details. Well, fret no more. Dylan Moriarty and Joe Fox for The Washington Post made a miniature golf game to teach what’s currently at stake. It’s a ten-hole course where each putting green is in the shape of a district. The shapes...

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Steer through the Suez Canal

To better understand the challenge of steering a giant container ship through the Suez Canal, CNN made an interactive that lets you do just that. Control the power and point a silhouette of the Ever Given in the right direction without crashing. It is of course a simplification that doesn’t account for things like water depth and passing boats, but it does leave you wondering how giant ships don’t get...

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Seeing CO2 is a playable data visualization

Seeing CO2, by design studio Extraordinary Facility, is a playable data visualization that imagines if carbon dioxide were visible. You drive a car around collecting bits of information about carbon dioxide in our environment, and along the way, you’ll see volumes of CO2 compared against well-known structures. Pretty great. Tags: carbon, environment, Extraordinary Facility, game, scale

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Data visualization crossword puzzle

This is fun. Lisa Charlotte Rost made a data visualization crossword puzzle. Print the PDF and win all eternal glory of your household. Tags: crosswords, game, Lisa Charlotte Rost

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A game where you get to be a faceworker and mess with an AI system

Kyle McDonald, in collaboration with Greg Borenstein, Evelyn Masso, and Fei Lui, made Facework. It’s a game that imagines a platform where people use their faces in a gig economy and you’re encouraged to trick the AI that you’re something you’re not — with your face. Tags: AI, face detection, game, Kyle McDonald

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Colour Controversy is a game of perception and labeling

Colour Controversy is a simple game that shows you a shade and asks you what color it is. The fun part is that the shades are usually in between two colors, say blue and green, and you can only choose one. A running tally is kept so that you can see the “most controversial” colors. Tags: color, game, perception

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People of the Pandemic, a game that simulates social distancing in your ZIP Code

People of the Pandemic is a game that lets you choose how many times you leave the house to get food or go for a walk. Using data for population and hospital beds in your ZIP code, the game then simulates infection, death, and recovery for a hypothetical virus, based on your choices and 19 others’ choices who played before you. The infection rate felt aggressive no matter what choices...

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