The ninth instalment of the all-new Rawkes Weekly. In it I go over recent events and give you some of my favourite links related to Web development and general geekery.
At the beginning of November I attended New Game Conference, North America's first HTML5 game conference. It was organised by Bocoup and Google and was a resounding success, it even had great WiFi! The only downer to the trip was that I got hit in the head by falling hand luggage on the plane, again…
Links of the week
- Fieldrunners HTML5 & WebGL
- A recent port of the hit iOS game Fieldrunners to HTML5. Unfortunately it doesn't run in Firefox even though Firefox supports all the functionality that the game requires. Still, it's a great example of what kind of games can be made in HTML5.
- I love data visualisation. This little web service creates a radial visualisation of tracks on Soundcloud. So beautiful.
- Sticky Thing
- Totally pointless but utterly addictive HTML5 demo. Bonus points if you can stick it to the top of the window by only throwing it.
- WebGL Inspector
- Debug WebGL using this tool, fantastically useful!
- HTML5 game resources
- A whole selection of resources related to HTML5 games, curated by Andrew Wooldridge.
- Dynamic procedural terrain in three.js
- A beautiful example of what can be achieved with WebGL.
- Facebook documentation on HTML5 games
- Facebook are spending quite a lot of time and effort around HTML5 at the moment. This set of notes and documentation on HTML5 games is full of useful tips and tricks.
- Are we fun yet?
- This is the page that will be updated with the progress of technologies related to open Web games, particularly within Mozilla.
- Let Your Content Do the Talking: Fullscreen API
- Overview and tutorial of the new Full Screen API that lets you expand any HTML element outside of the browser dimensions to fill the entire screen.
- HTML5 games list from Fleeting Fantasy
- List of HTML5 games being worked on by members of the #bbg (browser-based gaming) channel on irc.freenode.net.
- HyperAndroid's coding experiments
Track of the week
Landed (Strings Version) by Ben Folds. I've always been a fan of Ben Folds but it was only recently that I stumbled across his music again. You should definitely check out the rest of his work.