Jan 2024: With great power comes great vizzes

January 15, 2024

Welcome to the #GamesNightViz Season 2 challenge !

I hope you are excited, because we are! As promised, for the first time we are showing you the entire roadmap for the year. We want you to viz what you love, so jump in anytime that topic interests you. After all, the best way to learn is to have fun 🎮

For this month's challenge, we are collaborating with the awesome folks at #DataFamCon ! It's a community project led by Nicole, Christina, Lawrence, Preethi and Michelle that involves all things pop culture! ❤️

With great power comes great vizzes

If you are a fan of Spider-Man (or at least know who he is), you'll love this month's theme. Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics. His real name is Peter Parker, a high school student who gains spider-like abilities after a radioactive spider bite. Spider-Man's popularity stems from his relatable struggles, combining everyday issues with superhero responsibilities. His wit, agility, and iconic costume have resonated with audiences since his debut in 1962, making him one of the most beloved and enduring characters in comic book history.

The Datasets

We have curated some really cool data to get you started on vizzing on Spider-Man. But of course, feel free to viz on ANY superhero you fancy too!

Or choose one of the data sets from the #GamesNightViz Data Archive 💾 ... or even leverage on the current Data+Movies IMDB dataset from Tableau too!

Get started here > https://www.tableau.com/community/movies

And of course, feel free to bring your own data! If you find anything interesting, we'll love to know about it too!

So what should you viz on?

Here's some quick ideas on starting your viz journey 😉

  • Which countries did Spider-Man had the best box office performance?
  • How are each of the Marvel superheroes connected to one another?
  • Who are the most popular superheroes and how do they compare with one another
  • Are the users reviews for Spider-Man mostly positive or negative?

Inspirations from the community

Here are some great vizzes from the Tableau community to give you an idea what can be done.

Where is Spider-Man (Peter Parker) in Marvel Comics Series? by An Tran

Spider-Man Box Office Gross by Abhinav, Cameron, Chris, Vinod, Krishna, Lindsey, Liz and Rochelle

Spider-Man: Across the Marvel-Verse #IronQuest by Ben Norland

Spider-Verse slings into first at the box office by Tina Cove

MCU Screentime Breakdown by Louis Yu

The Marvel Cinematic Network by Tristan Guillevin

Marvel's Universe of Characters by Brian Moore

Bonus Free #GamesNightViz T-Shirt for the best work

Some of you might have gotten one from our free giveaway at #data23 Tableau Conference, but many were still bummed for not getting it. We hear you and we'll be picking our favorite viz and sending a free T-shirt of your choice! And if you wanna collect 'em all, you know what you have to do 😜

And of course, there has to be some judging criterion right? We took a page out of #IronViz and ran it thru ChatGPT. It looks great don't you think? There's 4 categories and this gives us 20 points (5 each) to score the vizzes.

  • Game-Themed Aesthetic: In addition to the general aesthetic appeal, the visualization should incorporate elements of gaming culture, such as game-like graphics, avatars, gaming terminology, or visual references to well-known games.
  • Interactivity: Since games are interactive, the visualization should ideally incorporate some form of interactivity, allowing the viewer to explore the data or the narrative in a more hands-on way, like they would in a game.
  • Usability in Game Context: The visualization should be intuitive and user-friendly, much like a well-designed game interface. The user should be able to understand the visualization without needing complex instructions, similar to how a game should be playable with minimal guidance.

  • Game-Themed Narrative: The story or narrative behind the visualization should incorporate elements of gaming, whether that's using game mechanics as metaphors, drawing parallels to game storylines, or creating a gamified journey for the viewer.
  • Engagement and Immersion: Just as games engage and immerse players, the visualization should draw in viewers and make them feel a part of the data story.

  • Game Data Insight: If the data is specifically about games (player stats, game sales, gaming trends, etc.), the analysis should offer clear and insightful interpretations about the gaming world.
  • Game Mechanics: The analysis could consider incorporating game mechanics into the visualization. For example, if it's about player performance, it could incorporate mechanics like leaderboards or achievement systems.

Game Feel
  • Fun Factor: Regardless of the seriousness of the data or the analysis, a game-themed visualization should have a fun factor. It should be enjoyable to view and interact with, just like playing a game. This could be achieved through humor, surprises, rewards, or other elements of fun.
  • Gameful Experience: The visualization should evoke a sense of gameful experience. This might be through the use of game mechanics, playful design, or a sense of challenge and achievement.

How to Submit

Team GNV

This project focuses a monthly theme that you can participate to challenge either data preparation, data visualization or visual design. Existing datasets on video games will be readily available and comes with difficulty scales to help those newer or with limited time to practice. You can also bring data from your own favorite games too! We love all types of games: card games, board games, video games, party games, game shows, the list goes on!

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