The majority of people on our planet (possibly exceeding a billion) have turned to the world wide web for a variety of reasons: to learn, to communicate, to buy or sell, and of course, to be entertained. One of the more common uses of the Internet is to indulge in playing games. And this is why HTML5 game development has become increasingly popular.
What is HTML5?
First, for a few definitions. HTML5 stands for HyperText Markup Language. HTML5 is the Internet’s markup language used to present content. The 5 after HTML indicates that this is a later version of HTML. It is the current standard adopted by the web’s standards governing body, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
In adopting HTML5 for the web, the W3C deemed that the language was easy enough to use, was a cinch to read, and understandable and supported by various computers and other devices on which the Internet could be accessed.
Because HTML5 is versatile (running as it does on browsers of computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices), HTML5 games have become omnipresent to all who want to play.
Consequently, providers are investing in HTML5 game development to satisfy the ravenous demand for online HTML5 games. HTML5 game development is challenging and exciting because the attractive feature of the actual game is in the multimedia and graphic content executed on the web without plugins. For example, Warimals, an HTML5 game, was recently introduced through the social media behemoth Facebook. It is new, but already has taken off.
Both consumers and developers are interested in HTML5 game development. Consumers because they can play these games anywhere. Developers because HTML5 has matured as a game development platform, which has possibly overtaken Flash-based browser gaming’s popularity. HTML5 game developers like building apps on it as they can add features such as streaming high definition (HD) video and accelerated game graphics.
Creative HTML5 game development is aimed toward making certain games compelling, interactive, competitive (whether to top your own score or someone else’s) and even addicting!
Here’s a really cool infographic about the history of HTML5 created by WIX.