• Gaming the Web: creating experiences for the browser

    Digital Hack Session 1 – 9:15am-12:00pm
    John Murray, Expressive Intelligence Studio at the University of California, Santa Cruz

    HTML has long been regarded as a technology with both a low barrier for entry and a high degree of accessibility. You can view the source of any web page, and even render any textfile with HTML in your browser. By adding a server, you can access an even wider audience. Web games came into popularity with the advent of Flash, a system which made creating graphics and interactivity accessible to most web browsers. HTML5 introduces many of the features necessary to creating games that were before only possible using Flash. In this workshop, we’ll start by examining the most successful web games that have a purpose before learning how to create a simple game using libraries. The games and libraries referenced will be provided ahead of time. By the end of the session, you’ll be able to alter key game rules, write new functions and add graphics to an HTML5 game, as well as how to teach students to use HTML5 and gaming libraries in their own projects.

    John Murray is a graduate student at the Expressive Intelligence Studio at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His current research includes crowd sourced gaming to solve hard problems, augmented reality and collaborative interactive storytelling. His teaching experience includes game design for the Kinect, artificial intelligence and computer graphics. He developed and taught courses on basic programming, web services, and mobile applications for the Web and New Media department at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He can be found on twitter as @LucidBard and on the web at lucidbard.com

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