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Intro to HTML5 Game Development

Description: This workshop will be an introduction to the world of HTML5 Game Development! While Flash support decreases with each passing month, browsers are stepping up to become more capable of powering highly complex games using nothing more than some HTML and JavaScript. As a bonus, if your game is built and designed right it will work on nearly any device!

We'll take you through the whole process starting with thinking up a game idea, to picking the right engine and creating assets, and finally to building a brand new game itself. By the end of the night you'll have a fully working game to play and show your friends, enemies, and anyone in between. Additionally, you will have a good starting point for your next game (and a few ideas on what you can do with it once you've built it).

What we'll cover:

- What we mean by "HTML5 Game" (hint: it's pretty broad...)
- Canvas vs. DOM games.
- A little bit of game design theory (getting the idea from your head to a .js file)
- Overview of just a few of the many many game engines available to you.
- Building your first HTML5 Game from the ground up.
- All kinds of inputs! (mouse, touch, and even gamepad)
- Game Sound
- The FUTURE of HTML5 Games

About the Presenter:
Alex Porter (@streetalchemist) is an Interactive Developer at BaM (, working on highly interactive experiences for some of the largest companies in the world. Some of these projects include building HTML5 games for Microsoft to show off the power of the newest versions of Internet Explorer (including among others).


Link to presentation:

Workshop files are under More > Files for the group.

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  • Alex P.

    Hey everyone, just as a quick note, the link to the final game source code is:

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Kevin D.

    is the video up for the last meetup?

    May 5, 2013

  • Corey C.

    Good and balanced meetup - I felt I got some good things out of it, but it didn't seem so complex as to melt the brains of newcomers.

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Taha K.

    Great job Alex, always exciting to learn something new !!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Allen B.

    Loved the meetup! Thanks Alex for a great presentation!

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Alex P.

    Here's the link to the presentation itself if you'd like to follow along so you can click the links, etc.

    May 1, 2013

  • David P.

    Rats - Hope this is covered again soon!

    May 1, 2013

  • Don

    I hope to be able to attend.

    April 26, 2013

  • Randy Oest I.

    I have to miss ... because Wednesdays. I have to try and get that evening clear on my schedule. The best Meetups fall on that night.

    April 24, 2013

    • Todd S.

      Sorry Randy. Hope to see you soon

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think this is a conspiracy! Another great workshop I'll miss... could you move it to London ;)

    1 · April 19, 2013

    • Alex P.

      Fly me to London and I'll be happy to give a talk there ;)

      April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have a flat with WIFI... Book your tickets!

      April 24, 2013

  • Corey C.

    Looking forward to what's sure to be yet another great workshop!

    April 23, 2013

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