London-based newbie/lurker here!
I was wondering if there might be any interest in a hacking session based around gaming community data exposed through the Steam Web API.
If you haven't heard of it before, Steam is a well-established cloud platform for desktop gamers. You buy games through Steam, then download them to your PC/Mac/Linux machine. Steam records achievements for each game, and exposes your games and achievements through a publicly accessible website.
I've been playing around with the Web API, and think there's potential for some neat visualizations or gamer services such as rankings or comparisons.
I've put together a simple scraper to capture game and achievement data for individual users, and I'm interested to explore what might be possible with it. For example it might be possible to generate basic rankings for groups of friends, comparison services to show how players compare with each other, or full-on game recommendation services.
I thought an informal meetup of interested parties might be a good starting point?
Any thoughts appreciated,
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