10 Years of Xbox LIVE Infographic

Love them or hate them, there’s no escaping infographics these days.  They are EVERYWHERE.  Personally, I’m a fan.  I’ve always been interested in visualisation techniques and better ways to represent data visually.  After all, the human brain can process images and patterns much faster than it can text.  The best visualisations are the ones that need no explanation, while the worst are the ones that basically just overlay some text or numbers on some graphics and still make you read the content to understand what’s going on.  Even then though, I’m a sucker for a nice infographic (yes, event the overly textual ones).

Anyway, the point of this post was to show off a little infographic that I received from Xbox LIVE Rewards the other day to celebrate 10 years of Xbox LIVE, and illustrate my contribution to that:

Infographic showing statistics from 10 years of Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE celebrates its 10th birthday in style!

There’s nothing like a little bit of data mining to get the brain going, and when that brings gaming into the whole data-sphere, there was no way I could avoid being interested.  Being the data visualisation geek that I am, I couldn’t help but smile at this.  Nice touch Microsoft!

Data Solutions Architect at Indicia. More years than I care to remember wrangling SQL Server and .NET. Data geek, football fan, and Xbox gamer. Check out my other blog Press B To Parent if you're a gamer.

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  1. Hi Graham,
    I purchased xbox recently and seriouly it amazed me !!!
    One suggestion for you – write an article on Warcraft 3 game (DOTA 2). Its world’s largest online players game and i am a fan of this strategic game.

    Thanks,
    Chander

    • Hi Chander, thanks for commenting. I’m not a Warcraft player unfortunately, but I know there’s a lot of homebrew stuff built around it in terms of APIs etc, so I might take a look and see if there’s something I can come up with combining it with some BI tools. I’ll add it to the list, thanks!

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