‘HexGL’ is a ‘Wipeout’ clone built with HTML5

Posted: September 04, 2012 Comments

Play this: 'HexGL' is an unabashed 'Wipeout' clone built with HTML5, JavaScript, and WebGL | The Verge.

I know I romanticize a lot about writing games in HTML5 with supporting technologies but with things like this I’m further convinced that we’re at a turning point in gaming here.

At first I thought it was silly to continually push things to the browser. Web apps that mimicked desktop apps in their UI and functionality didn’t make complete sense to me, and to an extent still don’t. But true Web apps absolutely have their place, and while I still struggle to define the line between what I feel is appropriate as a Web app versus a native OS app I do feel that games can totally work in the browser, it’s just a matter of time before technology catches up to support it.

This is arguably the most impressive thing I’ve seen to date, and makes me wonder how long dedicated consoles for gaming will be in the picture. I’m talking serious futurist right now, so please don’t write that off as ridiculous right away. I’m talking 10, 15 years down the line. Do you think with the proliferation of browser technology and the adaptation of hardware itself, our separate devices will continue to congeal into a single, all-serving piece of hardware?

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