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Shiny Video Game Wins RStudio Shiny Contest Grand Prize

Yes, You Can Win a Shiny Contest by Building a Video Game

RStudio has released the results of the 2nd Annual Shiny Contest, and we are pleased to announce that Appsilon engineer Pedro Silva has been named a Grand Prize Winner. Pedro’s entry is a video game created in Shiny called Shiny Decisions. Here’s how RStudio described Pedro’s app:

“A game about making the best of terrible choices. In Shiny Decisions your goal is to last as long as possible while making decisions that affect the wealth, population and environment quality in the world. The app is quite complex, and hard to describe with words. We strongly recommend giving the game a try to get a sense of it! The code for the app is equally complex, but very well organised.”

Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, RStudio

Pedro intended Shiny Decisions as a Shiny experiment, mostly to see if it was possible to achieve his swiping card video game vision with R Shiny:

“Honestly, no one should actually use Shiny for video game production. Shiny Decisions is more of a funky way of presenting different concepts and ideas about what’s possible with R Shiny. I do think it speaks to the flexibly of Shiny as a framework. It was easy to reuse existing JS and CSS libraries, as well as iterate though different ideas efficiently. Overall, the project came together surprisingly quickly given the speed of Shiny as a development tool.”

Pedro Silva, Appsilon

If you’re curious, you can play Shiny Decisions here. Learn how Pedro used Shiny, CSS, JavaScript, and R6 classes to create Shiny Decisions here.

You can see the other Grand Prize Winners of the 2nd Annual Shiny Contest here. Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up!

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