Is the future of gaming HTML5?

Is the future of gaming HTML5?

Summary: Disney picks up Rocket Pack and shows the world the power of HTML5 gaming

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Earlier this week TechCrunch reported that Disney had picked up the HTML5 gaming engine company, Rocket Pack. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, it's clear that Disney believes in the future of this company, given that it's going to be a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Before I formed an opinion I figured I'd give the company's games some playtime, especially since my company has dabbled in HTML5 gaming.

So, I launch the site, click on the game link, then I'm forced to login to Facebook. After that I'm treated to the game play. Unfortunately, I wasn't blown away, but I can see how others would like this style of game play. See below for a screenshot.

With the above in mind, though, I have to say that our own experience in HTML5 game development went a bit further, not to mention that Google's What Is The Internet? e-book has impressive page turns, and its own PacMan is fully interactive, and playable, and undistinguishable from a client-based game.

Is the future HTML5 gaming? I wouldn't say that it's going to replace the native apps anytime soon, but as HTML5 advances, and Flash exports to HTML5 with relative ease, I think we'll start to see some serious competition coming from web-based game developers. Also, the really nice part about this is the promise to write it once, and have it run everywhere. I say 'the promise", since we continue to hold out hope that one day we'll find a solution that really does deliver on that promise.

Topics: Software Development, Mobility

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

    I really hope the Appification of the internet stops and we adopt HTML5 standard for both video and apps.
    tatiGmail
    • Hope all you want...

      @tatiGmail

      The addition of a canvas to html won't change the fact that its a horrific POS. So much hype for nothing. Only clueless dweebs believe HTML 5 is revolutionary.
      jackbond
      • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

        @jackbond
        "Only clueless dweebs believe HTML 5 is revolutionary."

        Which is why we are all so lucky to have insightful and knowledgeable people like you provided such professional and detailed commentary.
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

      @tatiGmail
      Woohoo, we could get malware in HTML5 that can be written in HTML5 so easily.
      Ram U
  • A JVM for the 21st century

    At root, HTML is just another pseudo-code interpreter, this time executed by something we call a "web browser" instead of something we call a P-machine or a JVM or a Flash runtime. All these things have their place, but heavy-duty gaming has never been one of them.
    Robert Hahn
    • Good you used past tense. Because in the future, there will be heavy-duty

      gaming in the browser. Just like the people that said you would never be able to do any heavy-duty programming in a high level language - assembly would always dominate.
      DonnieBoy
      • Depends on how small the transistors get

        @DonnieBoy One of the reasons that SWMBO uses her iPad as much as she does is that she hates that 3/4-inch thick USB-powered fan-thing that she has to put under the VAIO to keep it from broiling her knees.

        I agree that at some level of processor power, pseudo-code gets to be "fast enough," but I don't think the processors are there yet to do that AND stay cool AND keep today's battery technology happy for ten hours. All engineering decisions are tradeoffs; I think the sales success of the iPad tells us that people will trade CPU juice for longer battery life and less heat. Were it otherwise, the Windows Tablet market would have been roaring along by now, because there are plenty of those and have been for years.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

        @DonnieBoy

        We've established you aren't a developer and now it appears you don't play games.
        tonymcs@...
  • Don't forget Google's native client as an option.

    NT.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

      @DonnieBoy

      Why not? Everyone else has ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

      @DonnieBoy
      For what, to develop virus and malware?
      Ram U
  • It's Disney

    I'm sure they know what we could guess. They are getting massive hits by kids with portable devices that don't use Flash.
    oncall
  • RE: Is the future of gaming HTML5?

    Makes good sense since the whole world and it's pony's going to mobile devices that would thrive in this environment.
    bay1
  • HTML5 game development

    HTML5 game development is one of the fastest growing among all mobile games development because of cross platform nature, cutting edge graphic capabilities.

    http://www.mobileapptelligence.com/html5-game-development.html
    vidya.provab