Mozilla wants devs to get their game on

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.

Game On highlights how rapidly open web technology is evolving, and this could signal a shift during 2013 regarding games development. Matt Thompson, chief storyteller and communications director at the Mozilla Foundation, told .net that "it's now absolutely possible to create high-quality games on the web platform," adding: "Technologies like WebGL, big improvements in JavaScript performance, and robust competition between browsers, is making things possible on the web today that we couldn't even imagine a few years ago." Of those aspects of the open web considered weak from a gaming standpoint, Thompson said there's also plenty of ongoing work: "For example, there's been a lot of recent emphasis on high-quality audio functionality on the web. Features like 3D positional audio and effects are being solved by the Web Audio standard, which Mozilla is working on in conjunction with other browser vendors."

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