Chapter 1

Playing on the Web

In This Chapter

arrow Introducing HTML5

arrow Building a basic game with only HTML

arrow Designing an adventure game

arrow Incorporating media into your pages

Two particular flavors of programming have always appealed to me: game development and web programming. These have historically been very different kinds of programming, with vastly different tools and techniques.

With the advent of HTML5 and its related technologies, these two formerly different forms of programming are finally one. In this book, I show you how to build basic video games entirely with free web technologies.

Soon enough you’ll be building games with moving elements, animated characters, and realistic physics. You’ll discover a number of interesting web technologies as the book progresses, but they all build on two basic and related technologies: HTML and CSS. Web-based games are web pages first, so you need to have a basic grasp of web development before you move on to the more elaborate game development.

HTML has been around for a long time. Although the latest version (HTML5) has a lot of new features, ...

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