Next Generation Browser Games: No Plugins, No Flash, No Player
Current browser games mostly make use of plugins, flash or they require a special player. Google plans to improve browser gaming by removing these special requirements. At the GDC 2011 Google demonstrated a first Demo showing Quake II in a common browser just based on GWT and HTML 5.
According to Vincent Scheib, one of Google’s software engineers, all games work without plugins or a certain player:
Most of the techniques and technologies presented in these demos are already available or at least in a beta stage. It is not necessary to use flash.
First of all, Vincent presented a version of Jake 2 in his browser – without plugin, without flash and without a special player. Jake 2 is a Java version of the original Quake II source code by id Software. Technologies used for the game are WebGL 3D graphics, HTML5 audio, HTML5 WebSockets, HTML5 LocalStorage, HTML5 Canvas. The game runs at 60 frames per seconds and there is also multiplayer mode supported. For the moment, the game runs in Chrome and Safari. HTML5 also allows dynamic rendering of bitmap graphics.