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Questions tagged [browser-based-games]

A game that runs in an internet browser, either using core browser features (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript) or plugins including Flash, Java, Silverlight or the Unity Web player. Add the relevant tags for the plugin or language you're using.

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What criteria should I have met before releasing a game?

I am working on a hobby game that is played in the browser (not flash). It is a sort of civilization simulator. It is a pretty substantial sized game that I hope one day has many players. My question ...
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How relevant is PHP today for browser games?

I was the lead developer of 2 moderately successful browser games quite a few years back, and plan on working on a new game soon. At the time, I wrote them in pure PHP (no template engine or anything ...
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Is knowledge of hacking mechanisms required for an MMO?

Say I was planning on, in the future (not now! There is alot I need to learn first) looking to participating in a group project that was going to make a massively multiplayer online game (mmo), and my ...
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Why PHP over C# for PBBG? [closed]

I am a C# developer and wanted to start a hobby project building a persistent browser based game (PBBG). I work with C#, MSSQL and Angular and thought I would use those techniques for my hobby project ...
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How often to update a Game Client about the World?

Using socket.io, I have a communication similar to that of other MMORPGs, a steady connection with messages. In my design so far, the client sends the player's position and animation frame with every ...
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How much memory usage is too much in a Flash game?

I'm developing a Flash game, and I can appreciate that the memory usage is a little high for a Flash game (I think). Let's say 100+ MB. So how much is too much when talking about memory usage in ...
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Good technological solutions to build an ascii map and moving characters in a browser (like dwarf fortress)? [closed]

I'd like to build a webapp for my game website that involves using text characters to represent animals and people, and have them move around on map squares with independent (server driven) AI. So ...
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How to implement mouselook in the browser?

I am currently creating a 3D first-person shooter game in the browser using WebGL. How would I implement mouselook/free look for such a game?
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HTML5 or Javascript game engine to develop a browser game [closed]

I would like to start developing a MMO browser game, like Travian or Ogame, probably involving also a bit of more sophisticated graphical features such as players interacting in real time with a 2d ...
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How do you make Direct3D work in a browser?

I've come across games that are 3D that are playable in a browser. They require a plugin to be installed to work. I guess the plugin creates a D3D window inside the browser. How would I go about ...
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Turning a board game idea into a browser based, slow paced gameplay

Suppose I want to create a strategy game with global mutable state shared between all players (think game board). But unlike a board game, I don't want it to be real time action and/or turn-based. ...
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How often to save player's state in persistent online games?

In online games, people prefer to log on and off whenever they want. Usually, their game achievements are seamlessly saved, on the server. That is not that difficult to achieve, but I am wondering how ...
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How should I handle sprite creation for customizable 2D characters?

I'm want to create avatar animations (sprites) for a browser-based MMORPG. The player is able to customize the character, and the content changes often (new weapons, armors, and so on). How can I ...
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What implications does JIT (javascript/canvas) vs. AOT (Flash) have in terms of browser based game performance?

In my experience, even till this day, I still see more of a visual lag in entity movement / animation in JavaScript (Canvas) based games than I do in Flash based games. Why is this - what exactly is ...
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Are there any web frameworks used primarily to produce games? [closed]

Basically, the title says it all. I've seen and worked with Django, Rails and a bit with Cake PHP. I'd like to know if there is a framework that is excellent for supporting casual, 2d, browser based ...
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Adapting pen & paper RPG rule system for use in a video game [closed]

I want to make a browser based RPG. I am considering to use an existing pen & paper rule system (like FATE or GURPS) instead of developing my own rule system from scratch. What pitfalls should I ...
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Flash, Java, Unity plugin install penetration?

Is there data on how many users have Flash, Java, or Unity plugins installed?
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What is realism?

Beyond the obvious something that seams real, realism in games is a hard feature to hit. In some cases, things that are completely impossible in real life are seen as realistic by gamers. For ...
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Web-based interactive fiction engine? [closed]

Are there any web-based interactive fiction engine that allow you to script a game and have it run from a website?
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What is the standard way of delivering HTML5 games to portals and such?

Let me explain what I mean by "standard way of delivering"... Think about Flash games sites. Flash games can be delivered as a single file, either hosted by the site, or, I guess, provided by someone ...
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What to do with old data?

I have a game - virtual soccer manager. It is browser based game. It is split into 'seasons' each of them takes around a half of a real year. The central game element is a soccer match, each team ...
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SVG—rendering performance

I have created a jump'n'run browser-game based on SVG. The »World« grew large (~80px * ~20000px, before scaled to viewport height) and rendering went slow. In consequence I included a range searching ...
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Browser RPG fight calculation formula

I am making a simple browser rpg game, similar to battleknight. To keep the game simple, I have just Strength, Constitution, and Luck. But as luck is random based, I'm struggling with fight ...
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PHP Browser Game Question - Pretty General Language Suitability and Approach Question

I'm developing a browser game, using PHP, but I'm unsure if the way I'm going about doing it is to be encouraged anymore. It's basically one of those MMOs where you level up various buildings and ...
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What language to use to create a browser-MMO? [closed]

I have a game ready to be implemented (Class Diagrams and other UML stuff are good). Here are some characteristics: MMO. Browser game and download-game. Multiplatform. With 2D graphics. Real time. ...
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How to protect source code when game is developed in HTML5/Javascript [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you prevent your JavaScript / HTML5 web game from being copied or altered? If a game client is developed in Javascript, the source code can be found in browser. It's ...
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Is there a centralized achievement system for browserbased onlinegames

I plan to implement missions with achievements (or rewards/badges) in my online space browser game spacetrace. I want somehow connect that to an existing online achievement platform for browser-based ...
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What languages are required for an mmo browser game? [closed]

What 'Things' are required for this sort of game? I understand java, c++, javascript, and objective c (iphone programming) fairly well, however I know nothing about networking programming, but I do ...
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Web-based micro-transaction API

I am currently making a browser-based game and I would like to integrate micro-transactions. However I would prefer not to have to implement my own storefront. Does anyone know of an available ...
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Are browser games still profitable?

Back in middle school I would play games like bowman, kitten cannon, sniper assassin, etc. On sites like addictinggames.com, or crazymonkeygames.com. I know these games would have ads run on them, ...
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Calculate resources real-time. Sockets or not?

I'm currenly developing a game in Javascript. It's a Single Page Application so every change should be pulled from the server without page refresh. I'm currently wondering how I should handle the '...
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How to implment the database for event conditions and item bonuses for a browser based game?

I am currently creating a browser based game, and was wondering what was the standard approach in making diverse conditions and status bonuses database wise. Currently considering two cases. Event ...
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Techniques for creating sound effects in a browser based game?

The <audio> tag and the <object> tag are (somewhat hard to use) ways to embed audio on a page... ...but what about ...
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Porting a SFML game to the browser? [closed]

I've been messing around with SFML, it's my first experience with C++ and I'm enjoying it. But I'm wondering how to publish my game onto anything other than a native platform. Noting that this is my ...
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resources on creating world editor / game IDE

The craftyjs javascript game engine is in the process of creating a game builder that will assist the developer in map design, sprites, animations and that kind of stuff. Are there any good resources ...
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Should I refer to browser-based games as HTML5 games or Javascript games?

First of all, I know that there are alternatives to both HTML5 and Javascript, but I worded the question so generally ("browser-based") because if I had said "HTML5" or "Javascript" games that would ...
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Is it possible to design a multiplayer game which can be played from different devices?

I want to design a online multiplayer game for all gaming devices e.g. Desktop PC, Internet browser, Android phones, Android tablets, iPhone, iPad, XBOX 360 etc. Now my main requirement is that, I ...
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Which free HTML5-based game engine meets these requirements? [closed]

I am experienced with traditional JS and HTML but new to HTML5. I want to develop games in HTML5 so that it can work on all devices and browsers, including IE. Additionally, I require the following ...
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Is running cron jobs every minute a good practice for browser-based games?

I'm trying to create a browser-based game (made in PHP, MySQL, Js, HTML, and CSS) that is heavily dependent on user's actions being carried out after a certain amount of time passed whether online or ...
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What 3D engine should I use for the browser, iPhone, and Android platforms? [closed]

I have a C++ game that has a 3D engine that works only in Windows. I'm wondering which engine I should use so that it can be used in a browser or in iPad (iPhone) and Android environments? Does anyone ...
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Where can I get people to test my game?

I've just finished making the core aspects of my HTML5 game. I have a server and all that, but is there a site where I can find people that would test my game? I figured that getting my friends to do ...
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Working together on a game as a project over the internet [closed]

I'm looking for someone who would be willing to work on a project that would potentially become something similar to the game evony/tribal wars, but the project won't be primarily for actually making ...
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Success checks for client-side javascript mini-game embedded within a server-side browser game

Disclaimer: I know that client-side is always to be held with suspicion, but I'm trying to conceive of a way to verify the success or failure of javascript-based mini-games. Mini-games to add fun to ...
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Implementing a build queue in a browser based game

I need to be able to execute certain events at a given time in my game, for example, say the player "Builds a building" this building should take 15mins to process. Implementing this seems ...
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Passive skills and items

I'm making a small text browser RPG game using PHP, MySQL and Java Script (and jQuery). All the items are saved in the MySQL database. Every now and then a character have to make a skill roll (Talk, ...
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legal disclaimers and lisence type for a free multiplayer browser game

I have created a multiplayer browser game. The game is completely free (donations are welcome) but I would like: (a) to protect my concept in some way. (b) to provide legal notes that the user ...
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Ways to make my game world bigger without slowing users CPU

I've been developing my first game for a little while now, but I've found that I want to make the game world MUCH bigger. It's currently about 300*300 tiles, but has creatures and bad guys running ...
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Why wouldn't one use Canvas for HTML 5 game development? [closed]

I'm just getting into the HTML 5 game development. I've discovered that some games seem to be created using just JS/CSS/HTML instead of the canvas. Since canvas seems to enjoy good browser ...
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“Play Now” via website vs. download & install

I've spent some time looking over the various threads here on GDSE and also on the regular Stackoverflow site, and while I saw a lot of posts and threads regarding various engines that could be used ...
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Can browser based games be developed without JS/Flash? [closed]

I have absolutely no knowledge about game development, and for 2 years I have been a web application developer (in PHP & JS). I'd like to learn game development, and I'd also like to free myself ...