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How HTML5 Revolutionized the World of Mobile Gaming

 

How HTML5 Revolutionized the World of Mobile Gaming

We have come a long, long way when it comes to online gaming. As the sophistication, speed, and reliability of broadband connections improved, online game developers turned their attention to JavaScript to build software users could play instantly within web browsers, without the need for downloading apps or installing software.

What followed was the dawn of Adobe Flash, which also provided consistent in-browser online gaming experiences. The problem with Flash was that it relied heavily on pre-installed browser plugins. These plugins were resource-hungry and would slow down most budget and mid-range devices. As smartphones entered the mainstream, manufacturers veered further away from JavaScript, given that not every device was capable of using the same version of JavaScript to play the same mobile game. These compatibility issues posed a major issue for mobile gaming platforms. They didn’t want to have to design and build multiple iterations of the same game for different JavaScript versions.

The Disruptive Impact of HTML5 for Responsive Gaming

How HTML5 Revolutionized the World of Mobile Gaming

Enter Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5) technology. The fifth iteration of HTML is the programming code developers use to describe and layout web pages. HTML5 is the most advanced markup language in the history of the internet. It’s a three-pronged approach to designing and building consistent cross-platform gaming experiences. First and foremost, it utilizes HTML to create the required structure to a webpage or game. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) handle the presentation of the end product. Third, JavaScript has returned to the fold, but only as part of HTML5 technology, used to power the webpage or game and its commands.

Some have moved to label HTML5 the “Swiss army knife” of game design and programming, particularly now that casual mobile gaming is so prevalent. According to a Tech Crunch report, mobile gaming is now a global business worth approximately $68.5 billion. HTML5’s existence helped to usher in major changes to the mobile gaming ecosystem, making it possible to design and build just one version of a game playable on any popular web browser, regardless of a user’s operating system or screen size. Even classic, old-school video games have been successfully ported into HTML5 format. For instance, Atari Arcade is an HTML5 portal is home to eight of the original Atari 2600 games in a modernized style.

The newest casual mobile games have also gone on to generate seven and even ten-figure revenues. Pokemon GO, for instance, has yielded a staggering $2.3 billion alone. The hyper-casual mobile gaming craze has lent itself well to the online casino industry, too. Several iGaming developers have sought to create responsive slot titles capable of being played on any touchscreen mobile device. According to the Vegas Slots homepage, mobile slots designed by the likes of Microgaming and NetEnt and powered by HTML5 usually offer no loss of gameplay, whether you play on an 8” tablet or a 5” smartphone device. HTML5 has even laid the foundations for other mobile casino gaming formats, including live-streamed gameplay from live casino studios too.

Console-like Gaming Experiences on Any Device

The truth is there is no limit to the visual and audio authenticity of mobile games powered by HTML5. High-definition (HD) visuals and audio are now the norm; they offer immersive graphics and environments that look and play like console games rather than casual games on your smartphone.

Will there be an HTML6 to knock HTML5 off its perch in the years ahead? An updated version of HTML is bound to arrive at some point. But it’s unlikely there will be a release of technology that has as disruptive an impact as HTML5. That’s because the way web standards are updated has changed radically in recent years. Updates to HTML5 standards are therefore likely to be more modest and regular. This will ensure a more agile environment for mobile gaming to carry on innovating through iterations such as HTML5.1, ES7, and ES8.


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