Create A Browser-Based Game Of Your Own

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Ever played an online browser-based video game and wondered how you might go about creating one of your own?  If so, then here's something that might interest you.

PlayCanvas is a complete development system designed for creating browser-based (HTML5) video games.  As a beginner, you can get started just by dragging and dropping items (as well as cameras and lights) onto the page, and then specifying what happens to them.  As you get more advanced, you can program your game from scratch in Javascript, which is the main language that PlayCanvas supports.

Once your game is complete, you can play it online in a browser.  With the help of an add-in or 2, you can even package it and publish it to the Android and Apple app stores.

Amazingly, PlayCanvas itself is completely online.  There's nothing to download or install.  Just sign up at www.playcanvas.com and start creating your game.  A subscription to the system starts at around $20 a month, but if you're willing for all your games (include the source code) to be publicly available rather than private, you can get a free account that allows you unlimited access to the system in order to create up to 5 games.

One of the nice things about publicly accessible games is that, if you see one you like, you can "fork" it.  This copies the game's code into your account, so you now have your own copy that you can alter and experiment with at will.

 

 

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