Challenges devs to showcase what’s possible with gaming on the web
The web is the platform, or so says the Game On website, a Mozilla competition that wants to "show what's possible using the web as an open gaming platform for the world". According to a press release, Mozilla "believes that the web has the potential to be a powerful open gaming platform […] where game players seamlessly become game creators and games can work on any device, anytime, anywhere". If you want to enter, the deadline for a prototype is February 24, 2013.
The goal of Game On, according to Thompson, is to push boundaries and show what's possible. Mozilla's hoping to see playable prototypes in 'hackable' games that "enable players to remix game mechanics, fork code or weave assets from the web right into gameplay," multi-device games that "explore concepts like asymmetric gaming, alternate reality games, and companion apps," and web-only games, "inspired by web mechanics like sharing links and data, finding clues online that help you advance".
Thompson added for people still unsure about a possible shift of gaming to the web, there are plenty of potential benefits. "Games fuel our imagination in unique ways and often involve exploring and creating new worlds. In recent years, hit games like Little Big Planet and Minecraft have explicitly embraced open-ended, creative world-building as a core gameplay concept. We see the web as an ideal canvas for these types of experiences. By opening the web as a place for creative gameplay, we can invite more people to make and remix games on the web, and help democratise and diversify gaming for everyone," he said. "And in addition to those more aspirational goals, there are other obvious immediate benefits: instant access, with no downloads or installs, and users discovering and experiencing new games the same way they experience YouTube videos."