Online gaming to move to web standards

In a blog post, Mozilla technical evangelist Rob Hawkes has predicted a future for online gaming that will be based solely on utilising web standards, and he hopes that 2012 will be a game-changer in transitioning to this technology. His post ties into Mozilla's overall mission to free apps from closed systems, instead enabling them to be used across all devices and distributed via multiple stores and systems.

The post explores dealing with identifying players, going full-screen for more immersive gameplay, "taming mouse input", using gamepads, adding real-time multiplayer gameplay, and working with local storage. All these things were recently seen as barriers for web-standards-based games, but the technology is now moving fast. We spoke to Hawkes about his post and also how he hopes web gaming's going to change over the coming year.

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