After watching Jesse Schell’s presentation on the future of gaming, I came to thinking about the future of the web.
I’ll summarize from memory in case you don’t have time to watch it:
- Farm Ville, Guitar Hero, Wii, Wii Fit.. etc all made TONS of money. They seem to hit the gaming industry out of nowhere.
- They have one thing in common – they bring gaming to the real world.
- When technology gets better, more types of devices emerge. “all in one” is a fallacy.
- Companies are using points systems to get consumers to buy certain products.
- He says point systems gaming should be brought into all areas of reality.
So, this video in combined with my presentations on HTML5 has really got me thinking. What is the future of the web?
More Devices and Faster Internet
The two things we can count: more devices and faster internet. I’m sure iPad is just the start of new types of devices and innovation in that space. Google is gearing up to release 1GB internet, 100 times what most people have in their homes now.
So how are all these devices connected? The internet.
What is the language of the internet? HTML. (xml and json too for data transfer)
New Interpretations of HTML
Apple did a smart move by open sourcing webkit. Now as more and more browsers use their rendering engine, apple (and whomever works on webkit) can set the standards, forcing other browsers to start implementing what they are. We’ve seen some of this taken place. HTML is a world where people basically make up new words and the whole world will eventually learn how to interpret that word.
The Brave New Internet
What I’m really looking forward to is 3D and sensor APIs.
3D is certainly the area I’m most excited for. A world where today’s games like Half Life 2 can download streaming into your web browser in real time. Gigabit internet will provide that ability. O3D and WebGL are starting to pave the way for 3D in the browser. And I fully intend to leverage browser’s new 3D abilities when it comes out.
If you haven’t seen it, check out Google’s O3D beach demo. O3D is a plugin, but we know that plugins are trailblazers to new browser functionality.
Safari and Firefox are implementing WebGL and this can be seen in their nightly builds. Pay attention to the Learning WebGL blog to see what has been happening in the world of WebGL.
I can’t wait to start using it. Web + 3D is the world I pictured and wanted to be a part of since back in 2001 when I went to DigiPen, Nintendo’s school, for 3D Animation.
So, more ways to input information and 3D are two directions I think the web is going.