Richard-Kurt Jr. Bieg
(thesis advisor)Loretta Wolozin
Live data games explores how to develop core mechanics for games using real world digital streams of data. These games use real time data provided by websites and incorporates aspects of that data into the game. In a broader sense, this thesis uses games as a platform to experiment with new ways we can interact with large real time bodies of data and to understand what we can learn from them.
At their core, these live data games engage players by setting the goal of the game such that the goal can only be achieved by successfully interacting with the data stream. As players continue to achieve their goals over time they learn more about the live data: its patterns, its trends, and its overall relationship to the world. It is my hope that some of these experiments will also help us to better understand real time data streams.
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