Goo Technologies creates HTML 5 high-end graphics for games and interactive visualizations on the Web and is the company behind the Goo Engine. The findings of their 2013 State of Browser Gaming Index are out, and guess what, over half of americans play browser based games. This bodes well for WebGL. Goo Technologies is a web technology company whose aim is to make all digital experiences instantly available on all devices, everywhere using HTML5 and WebGL.
Artillery gaming company is made up of former Google and Facebook engineers and Sean "Day" Plott--host of StarCraft strategy webshow The Day Daily--as lead game designer, plans to use WebGL and HTML5 to create console-quality games for browsers. While little is known about the game, Artillery's mission statement is "dragging core gaming kicking and screaming into the browser using the latest HTML5 and WebGL technology".
AMD today announced its collaboration with Mixamo on the launch of Face Plus, an advanced real-time motion capture and 3D facial animation technology for the Unity game engine. Face Plus was developed for devices that support OpenCL™ 1.1 or newer versions.
Khronos would like to thank Pragmatic for donating five OpenGL eBooks to the Khronos All-Day BOF Blitz™ and After-Party™. As well, Khronos would like to thank Vivante, the PC Gaming Alliance, Imagination Technologies and more others for their generous donations. Learn more about the upcoming Khronos BOF Blitz™ and After-Party™.
World Wide Maze is a pretty basic ball-rolling game, but at it's core is something quite interesting. The first is a link to the mobile version of Chrome that turns your smartphone into a PC game controller. The second is of course that World Wide Maze works off the WebGL standard, and it requires pretty decent system specs for a browser game, including 1GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card for hardware acceleration.
NME 3.5.5 has been released with WebGL support. NME is a framework for building games and applications for mobile, desktop and web platforms. OpenGLView was introduced in NME 3.5, and support for HTML5, using WebGL has now been added. The new “HerokuShaders” sample is a great cross-platform illustration of GLSL shaders at work. The sample will run on Windows, Mac, Linux, BlackBerry and HTML5, and will run on other mobile platforms once GLES2 support is official.
The free WebGL 3D engine CopperLicht has just been released by Ambiera in version 1.6. CopperLicht now supports Particle Systems (a technique for rendering effects like fire, smoke, rain and snow), and includes improvements like 600% faster Billboard rendering. The 3D engine is now fully compatible to the also recently released WebGL editor CopperCube 4. The CopperLicht SDK can be downloaded and used freely.
Valve Software has updated their Linux blog to report that the OpenGL version of Left 4 Dead 2 is now running fastest on Linux (315 fps). Surprisingly, given all the attention Valve has paid to Direct3D tuning over the years, even on Windows, the OpenGL version of the game now runs faster than Direct3D (304 fps vs. 270 fps) due to "overhead per batch in Direct3D which does not affect OpenGL on Windows".
We are excited that Jon Peddie and Kathleen Maher both from Jon Peddie Research, will be traveling with us and will be in our booth to help us meet and greet the Chinese game development community. Additional details of this event will be posted on our official Khronos Group China Joy event page.