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Tide Hunter is an original metagame by Patrick LeMieux and Stephanie Boluk that visualizes a famous Dota 2 play, "Turn of the Tide," as an aqueous landscape for the Tidehunter to explore.
Tide Hunter is a data visualization application designed to process statistical output from Bruno “Statsman” Carlucci’s Dota 2 (2013) replay parser. To produce Tide Hunter, data was collected during “The Turn of the Tide,” a 17-second upset that has since been regarded as the most important play in the history of Dota 2. Within the visualization this information is repurposed to drive alternative representations of e-sports and dive beneath the spectacular surface of Valve’s software. Set within an aqueous landscape in which the eponymous Tidehunter’s abilities were famously turned against him in just 17 seconds, the game offers players a navigable interface for exploring the microtemporal operations that took place during the match between Natus Vincere and Invictus gaming at The International in 2012.
To play the game, first download and extract the files from the .DMG for (for Mac) or .ZIP (for PC). Then double click the .APP or .EXE to launch the Tide Hunter’s preference panel. Select your preferred resolution, quality, and input options then press "Play!"
Press Space to Begin
Press Esc to Exit
WASD to Move