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Mozilla Announces Game On Competition Winners

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the game-on-apply-directly-to-the-forehead dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has announced the winners of the Game On competition, a contest designed to encourage the development of games based on web technologies. In the various competition categories Far 7 won Best Technology, Sketchout won Best Aesthetics, Favimon won Most Original, Websnooker won Most Polished, and Robots Are People Too won Most Fun. Z-Type won the Community Choice category and Marble Run won Best Web-iness and Best Overall."

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One thing... (1)

RavenousBlack (1003258) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110122)

They all slow my computer down to a halt.

Re:One thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110130)

Well, it's still better than Flash, isn't it?

Re:One thing... (1)

RavenousBlack (1003258) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110142)

With Flash I can play games for a reasonable amount of time, at a reasonable fps, with reasonable load times, and a reasonable quality before my computer slows considerably. With these games it's the contrary.

Re:One thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110144)

Sketchout is definitely using flash. If flashblock is enabled, the game just doesn't work.

So I'm wondering, what's the point?
I thought that the goal was to prove that we could do game in Firefox (and to some extent HTML in general), but if you still need the flash plugin it looks useless to me.
In addition, it doesn't comply with the rules https://gaming.mozillalabs.com/rules .

Re:One thing... (1)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110224)

I think the flash is just for the sound, and this hasn't been standardized yet (html5), so maybe it was overlooked since it's not part of the game play.

Re:One thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110576)

What do you mean by "hasn't been standardized yet"? There is an audio tag in html5, so what is the problem?

Re:One thing... (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110972)

You need an audio API for event based sound.

Re:One thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110392)

Sketchout is definitely using flash. If flashblock is enabled, the game just doesn't work.

I don't have Flash installed and it worked for me with Firefox 4.

Re:One thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110252)

Not for me. Linux user here. Flash games generally ran smoother than any of the winners.

Re:One thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110164)

They all slow my computer down to a halt.

And you run a 386sx? Kinda important detail...

IMHO (2)

hellop2 (1271166) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110178)

All of these HTML5 games lack ambition. None of them seem to have the gameplay, fun-factor, playtime, or cohesiveness of say... original Super Mario Brothers. Apparently Freeciv online [slashdot.org] wasn't submitted, but I think it has a lot more polish and overall completedness than any of these submissions. Personally, I think the future of HTML5 gaming is wide open

Re:IMHO (3)

AlXtreme (223728) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110598)

Give them a try, I don't see how a HTML5 MMORPG (far7) lacks ambition and in my eyes it is more polished (and original) than freeciv.net.

I do agree that HTML5 gaming is wide open. Amazing work, a playable game using only Javascript would have been unheard of a few years ago.

Re:IMHO (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110620)

...aside from the fact that they do server-side user-agent detection and require specific versions of Firefox. Cool concept, but that's neither a web game or an HTML5 game, it's a Firefox game. They might as well have used XUL.

Re:Did you actually try the games? (1)

Cramit (609487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110912)

The only one that doesn't run in chrome is "far7". In fact "Robots are People Too" actually recommends chrome.

Re:Did you actually try the games? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 3 years ago | (#35115802)

Ah, sorry. I was using "they" to be a gender-neutral singular pronoun, which English doesn't really have. I meant specifically that far7 doesn't support Chrome.

Re:Did you actually try the games? (1)

hackel (10452) | more than 3 years ago | (#35116330)

Hello! Today's English Word Of The Day is:

IT

Write that down in your copybook now.

Re:Did you actually try the games? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 3 years ago | (#35120190)

...whoops, I fail English today. I meant it to be a gender-neutral plural pronoun, and one which applies to humans, not things.

Re:IMHO (1)

memco (721915) | more than 3 years ago | (#35112744)

Got a 502 error on far7 and two of the others didn't load. I opened up web snooker only to be told that my Webkit nightly of Safari isn't supported and I need to "update it." The only one that worked for me was z-type–fun, but only for a little while.

Re:IMHO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110604)

"Lack ambition"? And you counter that with Civilization clone #3928902? I'd rather play any of these submissions than something that's been done to death.

Besides, the point was to use some of the shiny new web technologies and make some cool, fun games with them. I feel that goal was definitely achieved. I'm most interested in Far 7 myself. I hope things progress in that direction (that is, massively multi-player games in the browser) since it seems the most appropriate use of the web for gaming. While the other games are neat, it just seems ironic to use a web browser to play a single-player game. It has so much potential for multi-player interaction -- why not use it?

Re:IMHO (1)

hellop2 (1271166) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110700)

Yeah, Far 7 is a good start. But, I saw limited ability for strategy... compare to say, tradewars where you could control sectors, form alliances, and build up a little empire. I'm just saying, I was hoping for more.

Re:IMHO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35111862)

I just got done playing "Favimon," a game where you go around battling the Favimons of various websites and capturing them. Of course, the first favicon Favimon that I battled was "Slashdot.org" which had really high health compared to my Favimon. Regardless, I decided to attack it, maybe as some sick way of trying to release the pent-up anger I have for the /. editors. The Slashdot.org Favimon then used an attack called "Slashdot Effect" on me and killed my Favimon. This is not a lie, lol, the wild creature called Slashdot actually used a move called "Slashdot Effect" on me. No wonder it got "Most Original," it is awesome and apparently the makers have us in their hearts!

Favimon (2)

gringer (252588) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110214)

Favimon, you have my axe. I've got Slashdot with 10 armour and a stolen double click from interface.org.nz.

Re:Favimon (1)

MyCookie (1983480) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110368)

Agreed, I am now addicted.

Epic battles! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110526)

I had fun taking down whitehouse.gov with wikileaks.ch!

Re:Epic battles! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35111794)

slashdot.org used "newbie!" on us.gov; us.gov took 1 damage.

Oh, if only.

Re:Favimon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110726)

Once you get Google on your team you can take down just about anything by not being evil, poor Slashdot was among the first to fall.

Re:Favimon (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#35111210)

I took down Microsoft.com using Slashdot.org's obsolescence. How cool is that.

Re:Favimon (1)

snookiex (1814614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35112696)

Debian rules! It defeated Fedora, Ubuntu and OpenSuse and Microsoft

Favimon most original? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110218)

How is Favimon most original? Isn't it just an internet version of Pokemon or am I missing something here?

Z-Type (1)

MasterPatricko (1414887) | more than 3 years ago | (#35110328)

was oddly addictive ... reminds me of the typing games we used to have at school, but more fun

Re:Z-Type (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110370)

my fav too

Re:Z-Type (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35110430)

was oddly addictive ... reminds me of the typing games we used to have at school, but more fun

My thoughts exactly.

javascript + html5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35111062)

brings the awesome power of commodore 64 to your core i7 2600 system

Re:javascript + html5 (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#35112366)

Now be fair. javascript + html5 has way more colors than a commodore 64, and only marginally less performance.

Hilarity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35111650)

From Favimon: freebsd.org used Defrag, but linux.com was not hurt!

and of course microsoft.net stole System Crash from linux.com

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