Jun 28 2011
One of my favorite hobbies is playing online flash games. These short goofy games are a fun way to spend hours of time on the web. Never mind the fact that you could have been doing something productive, it’s fun to play them. Some are five minute games, others might go on for days. They may be built by individuals or by full production teams. They come and go quickly with new ones coming out every day.
Not wanting to miss out on the fun I fired up the demo game, for testing purposes only of course. This is an easy game where you press space to talk to people or open chests. Eventually you’ll find a weapon, defeat a few bad guys, solve a few puzzles, and rescue the princess. It only takes a few minutes to play through but proves the point- quality games can be built utilizing HTML5. Perhaps this demo game will be to HTML5 as Fly Guy was to flash. Sometimes it takes an iconic symbol to help a new technology to take hold.
RPG JS opens the doors to HTML5 role playing game development. It’s paving the way for the good things to come. It’s currently in alpha release and will undoubtedly go through multiple iterations of improvements and enhancements. Its framework will allow developers to start applying their creativity to HTML5 based games. This is great news for coders and gaming enthusiasts alike. Flash has had its day. It’s both memory and CPU intensive. The time has come for a new way to develop interactive animations online. HTML5 is poised to be the next big platform for online game development, and RPG JS is leading the charge.