The latest stable release of Google Chrome, Chrome 18 includes some change that should make HTML5 Game Developers happy. It enabled GPU-acceleration on Canvas2D on supported Windows and Mac computers.
On the WebGL side of things, Google has included a software shader called SwiftShader which means that the WebGL 3D canvas will be even available on older machines without supported hardware (albeit at a significant performance penalty).
Read the Chromium blog post for more details
Adobe is looking to charge developers who use Adobe's Premium features for Gaming, which means using 3D support with Stage3D and domain memory a percentage fee of 9% on revenue over $50k.
Not sure how well that's going to sit with developers who are already paying $2k per seat for Adobe products.
Read the ZDNet article for more details.
Note: this post originally incorrectly stated that just using Stage 3D could trigger the "premium features" tier, however it's actually only usage of both. So, to be clear, you can us a single "premium feature" for gaming without paying a royalty, but if you want to use "premium features" (plural) you'll need to pay up.
Google is working on a unified gaming platform aiming to unify it's various gaming initiatives under a single umbrella of Google Games.
So says google project manager Punit Soni:
By next year, we will not be here talking about Google+ Games, Chrome Web Store games, Games for Native Client and Android games, we will be talking about Google games.
Itsmy has launched a new HTML5 mobile gaming platform targeted at all mobile devices, including tablets.
MobileMarketingMagazine.com writes: "The itsmy Game Cloud is finally a way to sell HTML5 games directly to the consumer and to bypass app stores or marketplaces,” says itsmy CEO, Antonio Vince Staybl. “Together with our partners, we have now the absolute control to monetize and distribute the games, interact with gamers and scale the game cloud."
Pocketgamer.biz also has a report on the launch.
Pokki's inaugural HTML5 Game Dev Contest ended on March 6th and drew a lot of attention from Indie game developers, with over 60 games submitted in 60 days.
4 Horseman took home first place, coming away with $30k and a trip to GDC 2012 in San Francisco. Pokki was a GDC sponsor and featured the game at the event.
Check out the contest page and play some HTML5 games on your desktop to see what's possible with the Tech
Dominic, the guy behind that small, not-at-all-popular HTML5 Game engine called Impact.js just published a nice rantish post on called Hate IE with a Passion which outlines the reasons why, even though IE9 has made wondrous strides, IE still is holding back the web and HTML5 game development in general with it's slow-as-molasses dev cycle.
Read the post and checkout Dominic's rant about IE from onGameStart in the video below (about 26 minutes in)
As people have long anticipated, while Flash player may not be the future of Adobe's mobile strategy, Adobe is working hard to keep Flash Professional as the tool for animators to use by supporting direct export to HTML5 using the Toolkit for CreateJS.
Read the post on Adobe's Blog for more details and check of the video below.
Devstand has a post on 9 popular iPhone games that were recreated in HTML5, helping demonstrate the HTML5 as a game development platform.
Jussi Kalliokoski has a nice post on his blog titled "HTML5 as a gaming platform" that talks about the HTML5 as a gaming platform in general, put the meat of the post is about bringing games to the browser without developing them in HTML5, using, for example, services like Mandreel, tools like Emscripten, and Google's Native Client (NaCl).
The post provoked some interesting discussion on Hacker News
Mark Surman over at his blog Commonspace has written a great post titled "HTML5 = new world of hackable games" that talks about the one thing that all HTML5 games have the no other environment does: view source.