OMG Mozilla BrowserQuest

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Post » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:28 pm

HTML5 just got a big boost with Mozilla releasing BrowserQuest, which is a massively multiplayer game written in HTML5.

http://browserquest.mozilla.org/

What HTML5 does it use?

Web Workers - initializing the world without you knowing it.

Web Sockets - fast communication between client and server.

Canvas - simple 2D graphics.

HTML5 Audio - sound effects are necessary for a game.

Local Storage - better than .ini files or cookies

CSS3 Media Queries - resizing and adapt to different devices

If anyone doubted HTML5, this is a better proof than any I've seen, even Angry Birds!

Quiz: which of these technologies does Construct 2? Which will be coming down the pike?
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Post » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:31 pm

I've seen it yesterday, and it is awesome!

...and the coolest thing is that, with some effort you should be able to do something like that with C2!
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Post » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:48 pm

To quote an obviously handsome and intelligent man on another post:

"I just played it, and am posting this, on a (borrowed) iPad. The browser really is the OS now, most of us just havent quite caught up yet."
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Post » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:26 pm

Yea, it's definitely awesome
A nice concept of what can be done in HTML5
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Post » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:46 pm

See here, too: http://www.scirra.com/forum/browserquest-a-massively-multiplayer-html5_topic50600.html

Do sounds actually work for you guys? On my system, and with Firefox 11, the game's muted. I did finish it, though, and it's very well done. Love all the pop culture references! :)
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Post » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:21 am

I could not play it at the office yesterday due to some policy restrictions, just tried it this morning and it was lovely. I'm pretty sure there's more to HTML5 than meets the eye.
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Post » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:41 am

[QUOTE=Mivo] See here, too: http://www.scirra.com/forum/browserquest-a-massively-multiplayer-html5_topic50600.html

Do sounds actually work for you guys? On my system, and with Firefox 11, the game's muted. I did finish it, though, and it's very well done. Love all the pop culture references! :)[/QUOTE]

Oddly enough, I couldn't get sound out of any of the combinations of browser and platform. There's a sound on/off button at the lower right, but it doesn't seem to work either way.

Anyone having any luck with sound?

I'm fascinated that Mozilla's giving away the source code for this as well!
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Post » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:59 am

And in a related development, Adobe announced that they're going to charge developers who use Flash 9% of their app revenue if their app sells more than $50,000.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/74741.html

Flash really is dead!
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Post » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:19 am

Just sifted a bit through the files, and there are sound files -- so that explains we didn't get any audio.
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Post » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:49 am

I tried to see if this would run in IE10 on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but I couldn't even enter a name on the loading screen. This is a bit puzzling because IE10 does support Web Workers, Web Sockets, Canvas, etc.

I fiddled with the F12 Developer Tools and got this message:



In keeping with the spirit of the game, they should have displayed this:

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