Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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The Tour

by KevinWorkman - Jam Entry

This isn't really a game. It's more of a data visualization.

This is a visualization of all of the people buried at Arlington Cemetery. It uses google maps to show a top-down view of the cemetery, and cross-references that with data from the Arlington Cemetery API (yes, apparently that's a thing) to show information about people buried near you.

You control the red pointer. Use the buttons (or your arrow keys) to walk around Arlington Cemetery. Information about the people buried near you will display on the right.

Take your time. All of those little white dots were people.

Bandwidth warning: This downloads about 250 MB of data (in the background).

As for a connection to the theme, I purposely left that up to the "player" to decide for themselves. I'm not making a political statement or anything, but I will say that walking through Arlington in real life leaves me with a feeling of... complicity... that I can't quite explain in words, and this "game" was my attempt at capturing that emotion.

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Ratings

#132Innovation(Jam)3.62
#901Mood(Jam)2.56
#1039Overall(Jam)2.50
#1078Theme(Jam)2.08
#1415Coolness45%

Comments

iossif says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:52pm

this seems like a nice web project but i don't really see the connection to the theme.

KevinWorkman says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:24pm

@iossif: Thanks. I purposely left that up to the "player" to decide for themselves. I'm not making a political statement or anything, but I will say that walking through Arlington in real life leaves me with a feeling of... complicity... that I can't quite explain in words, and this "game" was my attempt at capturing that emotion.

OxyOxspring says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:24pm

Interesting... I don't really see the connection to the theme - but I do love data visualizations!

Lukbebalduke says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:24pm

Oh, this was creepy! Interesting work, but just like iossif I did not see a connection to the theme.

Feetsalot says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:24pm

I love the idea it seems very usefull for cemeteries. However I fail to see the connection to theme, could be just me though. Keep on doing great things ;D

crucknuk says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:28pm

Does not really look like a game at all! (like you said...) Put aside, it is a nice project

defacid says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:08pm

This is awesome. Doesn't fit the theme at ALL, but overall this is such a good idea... very depressing, yet sobering to life and it's brevity.

Quij says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:31pm

This is great. Chilling and pointed interpretation of the theme.

I like it as a proof of concept, and I think there's lots to explore here. I hope you continue with this project.

bouletmarc says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:56pm

good web google overview, but it's not very reffering to the jam, the theme or any other else

KevinWorkman says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:11pm

Thanks Quij! I think you're the first person to really understand what I was going for with the theme!

(That's my fault, maybe I should have made it more obvious, but I wanted to leave it up to the "player" to decide for themselves.)

Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:27pm

Really interesting idea, it made me feel creepy.

Gigaraptor says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:45pm

This is really powerful. I can't say I enjoy it, but it really nailed the theme.

Pantoufle says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:28pm

An interesting and original idea.
I'm not so much into data visualization but I think bringing this to the jam is amazing and surprising.
5* for innovation :-)
I wonder if it would be possible to add a background music or some other stuff to spice things up.

MintArcade says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:23pm

King a interesting experience.
P.S. If you go North and then follow the road East you will see smile.

merrak says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:21am

Leaving the theme up to the "player" was the right thing to do.

There's a lot to take from this if you give yourself some time to think it over. I'd expect anyone who did so would likely find something different than the next person.

tGiant says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 6:19am

Interesting

bodsey says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 5:24pm

It's interesting. It's a good starting point, but as it's a Game Jam, I wish this was just a bit more game-ish and not just a dataviz app...

mubox says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 8:43pm

It's not a game. But that idea of using a data visualization could be used for a game.

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