See http://bl.ocks.org/monfera/10527804 for the motivation. This example uses transitions with, or among projections.
It is preferred that a transformation is carried out by changing the parameters of a projection (translate, rotation, parallels etc.). For example, the small multiple line chart, the spiral chart and the transition between them is using the same conic projection, with edge cases of secant parallels and their tweening. Note: cartographic projections are less than ideal for regular charts, but d3.js has a well developed set of geo functions, enabling rapid experiments in line with the motivation linked above - moreover, cartographic projections are themselves necessary for visualizing the often present geographic dimensions.
If it is not possible to stay within one projection, then we need to interpolate between two projections that have an identical edge case, to preserve a continuous visual flow.
It is therefore possible to have a smooth transitioning among views that are traditionally in very different ‘chart’ pigeonholes, such as maps, map overlays, bubble charts, scatterplots, line charts, radial charts.
The real potential may be beyond the ‘gamification’ aspect and the reduction of the cognitive load inherent in switching views - we may come up with new ways of presenting information, outside the boxes of traditional chart types and their transitions with object constancy.