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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Will WebGL change everything?

Right now, Gribble Games dedicates itself to producing the best downloadable games for Mac and PC. However, a new technology being developed by the Khronos Group might make downloadable games a thing of the past.

The Khronos Group announced this past august that they were going to bring Opengl to the Web in a product they call WebGL. When complete, developers will be able to harness the power of opengl for use in web browsers natively without the use of plugins.

But what does this mean for Gribble Games and downloadable games? Right now, we offer our games as standalone downloads, but think, why download the game, when you could just play it in your web browser? Could this mean the end of downloadable games as we know it?

Personally, I think not. Sure, WebGL has the potential to bring a lot to the web, but honestly, people will always feel the need to have a hardcopy of the game on their hard disk. Plus, how would modding work with browser based games? The Quake games by Id, are some of the most modded games of all time. But lets look at Id's latest Quake game: Quake Live. Sure, Quake Live is cool, but you can't mod it. Modding is one of PC gaming's biggest strengths and it's what's kept Quake fresh for all these years.

But then again, who knows what will happen. It looks like we'll just have to sit back and find out.