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(A Global Red Hot Best Seller) Android Netrunner: The Card Game.

61qefx9qBCL._SL1000_Best customizable game around,

I’m beyond thrilled at the revival of such a great game (in the wonderful living card game format, to boot!). Having played a ton of customizable games, (especially ccgs and lcgs), I’d say that Richard Garfield’s Netrunner is easily the best designed and most skill testing game in the genre — hands down better designed than the still excellent Magic: The Gathering (Richard Garfield’s first take in the genre).

One reason the game is so skill-testing is the sheer volume of little decisions one can make. In Magic, one has to draw a card at the beginning of one’s turn. In Netrunner, the runner can choose to draw cards, or instead gain credits to pay for stuff, or instead perform actions. This flexibility greatly reduces the variance arising from the random distribution of cards in the deck. Whereas in Magic you can easily not draw lands and die, or in Vs System not draw the right characters and just flat die, in Netrunner you have far more control over the tradeoff between resources. Furthermore, there is an incredible amount of bluffing and mind gaming, so that just as in poker, quite often you’re playing the cards and the other player more than the cards are playing you.

The game is so skill-testing that you can take any two decks that are in the remote ballpark of equal power level, and a significantly better player will win virtually every game, no matter which side they play. This is not true of a game like Magic, where the higher variance lets weaker players win sometimes (It really isn’t bad, of course).

The minor changes introduced in the Android version are mostly reasonable. The introduction of factions adds some interesting texture to game play and deck-building. On the whole I like the new art more than the old, though they’ve unfortunately added some of the female objectification so predominant in fantasy art. The changes in terminology are superficial, though weird in terms of flavor. For example, how can a hacker accrue roughly the same amount of “credits” as a huge mega-corporation? It made more sense to me when they were called “bits”. But again, that’s flavor that doesn’t affect game mechanics, so for many people the terminology is unimportant. The only change I really don’t like (or perhaps just haven’t got used to) is the reworking of the trace mechanic, insofar as the blind-bidding of old added some interesting strategy. Furthermore, the fact that trace and link can be arbitrarily increased seems (at least in the games I’ve played) to reduce the game-impact of resources and hardware that increase the runner’s link. In the context of the current rules, why would you even play a card that does nothing but give you +1 link? It seems so weak that it it’s not worth a card. Though perhaps I just haven’t adjusted my thinking to the new mechanic properly. These are minor changes though — the game is largely identical to the older version.

If you like very skill-testing strategy games with a touch of variance and a lot of mind-games, incomplete information, and bluffing, then there’s a good chance you’ll love this game.
Android Netrunner: The Card Game

Cards Against Humanity (A Global #1 Red Hot Best Seller)

51RD-Lha01L._SL1023_Great game for people who usually don’t play card games, for situations when you are more in the mood for conversation,

“Cards Against Humanity” is a funny card game that is basically about judging whether to choose black question or give the blank white card. Each player has ten cards at the start of each round and gives them to the card master. The card master will decide which of the cards is funniest considering the question or fill-in-the-blank white card as well.

The player who submitted the chosen card would receive the question card that represents one “Awesome Point”. When each round finish, the card master will become next player and game can continue as long as the players want it.

Besides that game offers a gambling option to win additional point in a way if a question is played which one player believes she/he has two possible winning answers she/he can gamble with one Awesome Point and in case of winning besides retaining gambled point get additional Awesome Point. If lost ore there some “Pick 2” question cards that require each player to submit two cards in order to complete their answer.

This deceptively simple game provides many interesting and funny situations, and it is extremely fun to play, especially in the larger group of friends or family.

What is certain is that you will endlessly laugh and it’s also great for people who usually don’t play card games and for situations when you are more in the mood for conversation, and less for the playing games.
Fully recommended…

You Should Purchase This Immediately,

My wife and I had a few people over last evening for game night. We started the night with Scattergories and a liberal dosing of alcohol. When we were sufficiently lubricated we turned our attention to C.A.H. Unfortunately I had the make-it-yourself version, which involved $7, Kinkos and an hour with a pair of scissors.

I don’t know if it was the booze, the cards, or the fact that I was playing with a bunch of great people with minds just as twisted as mine, but I have never laughed that much before in my life. Ever. Honest to goodness pounding the table, falling on the floor laughing. (I did indeed fall over on the floor. But just once.) We spent probably two hours working our way through the entire deck.

The only downside that I see is that while I’m sure future playings will be fun, some of the hilarity is the shock value of seeing things for the first time. Many times one of us would peek at a new card just drawn and collapse into a laughing fit for thirty seconds or so. While “Jerking off into a pool of childrens’ tears” and “A Gassy Antelope” will always be amusing, I don’t know if anything could top last night.

I will definitely be playing again, and when I do so, I would love to have an actual production deck to play with. While the make-at-home version totally works, the cards are small and a little rough around the edges from shoddy scissorwork. Do yourself a favor and buy the real thing.
Cards Against Humanity
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PS4 controller Dual Shock 4.


The product descriptions

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Joystick DUALSHOCK ® wireless 4
Joystick DualShock ® 4 offers innovations designed to ensure still more immersive game experiences, through such a system of six-axis motion detection and a touch pad located at the top of the handle all new ways to play and interact with your games. Thanks to the new key Share, sharing and dissemination of video streaming is within finger reach.

Wireless controller: DUALSHOCK 4

With its two most accurate joysticks, its built-in motion sensors, but also its touch controls and its key SHARE, the DUALSHOCK 4 is designed to inspire new ways to play.

Instant distribution

The SHARE button

Hear every detail

Built-in mono speaker more output headphone and headset with microphone

No detail will escape you. Get high-fidelity sound effects via the joystick and chat online with your friends thanks to the headset with microphone.

Feel the action

Vibration optimized

Not only you can see and hear to the last detail, but the sensations will be strengthened by more intense vibration motors.

Precision of the design

Unpublished form

Take things in hand the best comfort thanks to a unique shape, the analog sticks and more precise buttons.

New ideas

Touch pad

Drive, make gestures or draw using the touch pad. Located at the front of the handle, it will free your how to play.

Custom games

Light bar

Four LEDs in different colors to identify players and to see at a glance the information useful to the game, as the character with the most suffered.

Technical description

Wireless communications: Ver2.1 + EDR Bluetooth

Weight: Approximately 210 g

Battery type: Rechargeable lithium-ion

Voltage: 3 .7V DC

Capacity: 1000mAh

External dimensions are approximately 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth)

Touch pad: 2 points, per click, capacitive type mechanism

Buttons: Button PS button SHARE, key OPTIONS, directional (up/down/right/left), hold button (Triangle, circle, cross, square), right joystick, left joystick, touch pad key.

Ports: USB (Micro B), expansion port, stereo headphone output

Other features:vibration, light bar, built-in mono speaker

Motion detection: motion detection systems six axes (3 axis accelerometer and 3 axis gyroscope,)
Manette PS4 Dual Shock 4

Watch Dogs.


The product descriptions

Play as Aiden Pearce, genius hacker and former gangster, which uses Chicago to get revenge on those who attacked his family.

Piracy is your weapon.

In our hyper-connected modern world, Chicago has CtOS, the most sophisticated computer system of the USA. And in the skin of Aiden Pearce, seeking revenge, you have full access. Monitor and piratez all those who surround you while manipulating the computer systems of the city.

Grab more 65 cry last vehicles. Track and shoot down your enemies. You have control.

Exclusive PlayStation: 60 minutes of exclusive gameplay.
Watch Dogs

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag


The product descriptions

1715, Pirates reign on the Caribbean and come from their own Republic where corruption, avarice and cruelty are now commonplace.

Among these outlaws, a Brash young captain by the name of Edward Kenway begins to forge a flattering reputation. But if his fight for the fame and fortune made him earn the respect of legendary pirates such as Blackbeard, he also finds himself immersed in the heart of the millennial war that engage Assassins and Templars, a war that could destroy all that hackers have built…

Welcome to the golden age of piracy!

Key features: -.

AN ASSASSIN rebel and IMPETUOUS – play as Edward Kenway, a Pirate Captain charismatic but brutal, formed by the Assassins. Edward passes without penalty of the blade secret of Assassins to a whole new arsenal including 4 Flintlock pistols and 2 swords of collision.

EXPLORE a world filled with opportunities – Discover the world bigger and varied ever created for an Assassin’s Creed game. From Kingston to Nassau, explore 50 unique places where you will live the life of a real pirate:

Search wrecks in the depths
Slay Templar in booming economic coastal cities
Hunt rare animals in the wild jungles
Discover treasures in the forgotten ruins
Escape of the continental troops hiding in the hidden coves

BECOME the most feared PIRATE of the Caribbean – Direct your boat, the Jackdaw, and inspire fear in everyone’s eyes. Plunder enemy ships to improve your Galleon with the weapons and equipment needed to triumph in memorable naval battles. Recruit sailors to call your crew, go to the collision of huge Galleons, and stroll along the seas without any loading time to live a dark and epic adventure!

Discover the dark reality behind the life of hackers – melt an anarchistic Republic in the Bahamas, hug the most legendary pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack and Benjamin Hornigold and relive the highlights of the golden age of piracy.

EXPERIENCE MULTIPLAYER refined – battle your friends or cooperate with them in multiplayer modes. Choose your character from an eclectic cast, and fight to death on new maps.
Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Flag

BioShock: Infinite (uncut)


Product descriptions
Platform: PlayStation three | Version: Standard
Product description

We write the year 1912.

While the United States rise to a world power, the floating city Columbia as a powerful symbol of the American ideals of the public with great jubilation is considered. But what originally began as a sign of hope, becomes a huge disaster at the same time, as the city is suddenly without a trace disappears in the clouds. The greatest achievement of American history – with a stroke away.

You assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, who was sent to Columbia, to save the young Elizabeth, that there will be held prisoner since her childhood. DeWitt developed a relationship with Elizabeth and can be combined with their abilities, to escape from Columbia, which falls in the truest sense of the word from the sky. You fight in the airy heights indoors as well as outdoors against deadly opponents and it deploys dozens of new weapons and abilities.

Features:

The city in the clouds – leave the depths of Rapture to float in the clouds by Columbia. Built as a technical marvel, Columbia is a stunningly beautiful city of full of life, which, however, holds a dark secret.
A delicate mission – save Elizabeth from the Cloud City Columbia while threatening to bring down the flying city in the chaos of an epic conflict from the sky.
Breathtaking action – use the sky-lines of the city like a roller coaster to fight your enemies from a distance or to descend in a fatal melee attacking them.
Cracks open cracks in the time – space time around the battlefield according to your wishes and to your advantage to change. Influence the battle by to make weapons, turrets, or other helpful items literally out of nowhere.
Superhuman strength – throw explosive fireballs, shoot with Flash, or unleash a deadly swarm of crows, while the devastating strong vigor forces through your veins pulsate.
A tailor-made combat experience – stomp your way through enemies. With deadly weapons in one hand, all-powerful in the other hand and the ability to produce cracks in the space and time it applies to free themselves from the flying city Columbia with Elizabeth.
1999 Mode – after playing through BioShock infinite switch 1999 mode free of you any professional players a taste looked like game design and degree of difficulty in the last century. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
BioShock Infinite [Download]

Total war: Rome 2


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Platform: PC | Version: Standard

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Product descriptions
Platform: PC | Version: Standard
Product description

Experience the official successor to the award-winning strategy game total war: Rome, from the Creative Assembly, into his completely unique gaming experience of real-time and turn-based strategy with optimized performance regardless of your system configuration.

Planning the conquest of the known world in a comprehensive, turn-based campaign, including cooperative and competitive two player mode. Create mighty armies together and experience through new camera angles up close breathtaking battles in real time.

Your ascent to the super power!
Total war: Rome II spans one of the most famous periods of world history and combined a comprehensive, turn-based campaign with the largest and cineastischsten real time battles, you’ve ever seen in a strategy game.

You strangle you in the political intrigues of the Roman Senate, fight with family matters and put the loyalty of “Friends” and ally in question. So only a challenge on the way to the first superpower is to lead the largest ever seen army into battle. To command the hugest and most incredible war machines of the old world. Dominate the enemies of the glorious Empire through economic,military and political power.

Your followers will admire you for your Ascension, but greed and jealousy is fueled, even from your closest allies.

You will be slain by treachery, or be bitter enemies as new allies turn out? How much are you willing to sacrifice for your vision of Rome? Will you fight for a Democratic Republic or a rubber-stamp dictatorship. What will be next conquered? Who will betray, who sacrificed?

How far would you go for Rome?
The developers of the award-winning “total war” series set new standards in terms of quality and depth in strategy games and raise their unmistakable mixture was real-time and turn-based gameplay with total: Rome 2 to a new level.

Become the world’s biggest superpower and command the most incredible and most army of ancient times. Rule over your enemies using military, economic and political means. Your rise will bring the admiration of your followers, but attract also greed and envy, even from your closest confidants. You will suffer from the betrayal of others or you’re the one who first directed against old friends? Will you fight to save the Republic, or do you plan to rule the Empire as Emperor alone?

Planning the conquest of the known world in a comprehensive turn-based campaign (including competitive and cooperative 2-player mode). Conspiracies, politics, intrigue, revolts, loyalty, honor, ambitions, betrayal: Your decisions determine the history of Rome.

Fight as one of the three families for the glory of Rome, or take one of the numerous rival peoples – each unique to play and with hundreds of different units, siege weapons and heavy cavalry and legionaries in plate armor and barbarous zealots.

Put your tactical skills to the test and command tens of thousands of soldiers in epic real-time battles on land and at sea. Exotic and ancient cities and colossal armies with an incredible level of detail, draw you in breathtaking battles under their spell. The new unit camera allows you to keep track of the fighting from every perspective. Experience, as your soldiers in the frenzy of victory cheer or scream in pain, while a new perspective of tactics allows the top view of the battle, which assists you in your strategic decisions.

Features:

Sequel to the award-winning strategy game total war: Rome
Unique real-time and turn-based strategy game experience
Optimized performance; regardless of system configuration
Comprehensive, turn-based campaigns
Competitive and cooperative 2-player mode
Create and command enormous armies of the bravest Warriors of ancient times
New unit camera allows for a first-hand perspective in the battles

Total War: Rome II

PlayStation 3.


Experience incredibly realistic graphics, physics, and animations powered by the PlayStation three system and Ubisoft’s new Anvil Next engine.
participate in Assassin’s Creed III’s endlessly thrilling on-line multiplayer modes for complimentary on the PlayStation Network
transfer updates and new content with the PlayStation three system’s large 500GB drive that holds up to 3750 games, 297 movies, 198,437 songs, and 80,000 photos.
PlayStation three Exclusive – four distinctive single player missions!
Gamers who purchase each Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed III Liberation for PlayStation Vita can receive exclusive in-game content for Assassin’s Creed III Liberation.

The american Colonies, 1775. it is a time of civil unrest and political upheaval within the Americas. As a Native american assassin fights to safeguard his land and his individuals, he can ignite the flames of a young nation’s revolution.
Assassins Creed III
Stunning new technology
Stunning new technology
Takes you to the
Takes you to the
American Revolutionary War
Lifelike animations
Lifelike animations
Synopsis

Assassin’s Creed III takes you back to the american Revolutionary War, however not the one you have examine in history books. Assassin’s Creed III invitations players to expertise the much story of the American War of Independence through the eyes of a brand new Assassin, Connor.
Designed from the bottom up over over 2 years, Assassin’s Creed III takes one in all gaming’s most beloved franchises to new heights.
The year is 1775. The american colonies area unit getting ready to revolt. you’re Connor, an assassin who has sworn to secure liberty for his individuals and his nation. To do so, you’ll hunt your enemies across a enormously massive, open, and realistic world. you’ll unleash your deadly skills in an exceedingly violent quest that may take you from chaotic town streets to blood-soaked battlefields within the hostile american geographical region and on the far side. you’ll meet legendary heroes of american history, and along you’ll conspire to decimate people who threaten Liberty itself.
Whether you employ your predatory instincts to kill mutely, or your terrible arsenal to kill brazenly, one factor is clear: the planet that the Assassins board has become much more deadly. then have you ever.

Key Features:

As a Native american assassin, eliminate your enemies with guns, bows, tomahawks, and more
From active town streets to the chaotic battlefields, play a essential role within the most legendary events of the American War of Independence together with the Battle of Bunker Hill and nice fire of latest dynasty
expertise the reality behind the foremost ugly war in history: the American Revolution
Introducing the Anvil Next game engine, the beautiful new technology that may revolutionize gaming with powerful graphics, lifelike animations, immersive combat, and advanced physics

Product Description
In Assassin’s Creed III, use your coaching as a Master Assassin to survive in an epic story spanning the birth of a nation. Stalk your enemies in beautiful high-definition, with exciting graphics and realistic physics powered by the PlayStation three and Ubisoft’s new Anvil Next engine. Take the fight on-line with endlessly thrilling multiplayer modes on the PlayStation Network. Prepare to create history with the new Assassin’s Creed III PlayStation three Bundle.

Good Deal
This is a extremely bargain. The new PS3 is nice, it’s therefore small. I purchased this bundle to switch my 60gb PS3 that recently failed on me. This new console is quiet, tiny and works similar to the other playstation. There are not any new options therefore i do not see a requirement to upgrade your recent PS3 however if you’re within the marketplace for a brand new PS3 it’s nice.

Assassin’s Creed three is superb, I even have compete it for some hours currently and every one I will say is wow. This game extremely is worth of the three moniker. Brotherhood and Revelations felt like enlargement packs for AC2, however this game is that the true evolution of the series.

I selected this bundle since I required a replacement Playstation and that i was coming up with on obtaining AC3 and that i saved $10 off the value of AC3 this manner and that i managed to urge a bigger hard drive still. The 500gb ought to be nice, my 60gb was full and that i had to perpetually delete and re-download a number of my games to manage house.
This is a extremely good buy. The new PS3 is nice, it’s therefore small. I purchased this bundle to switch my 60gb PS3 that recently failing on me. This new console is quiet, tiny and works similar to the other playstation. There are not any new options therefore i do not see a requirement to upgrade your recent PS3 however if you’re within the marketplace for a replacement PS3 it’s nice.

Assassin’s Creed three is superb, I even have played it for some hours currently and every one I will say is wow. This game extremely is worth of the three appellative. Brotherhood and Revelations felt like enlargement packs for AC2, however this game is that the true evolution of the series.

I selected this bundle since I required a replacement Playstation and that i was coming up with on obtaining AC3 and that i saved $10 off the value of AC3 this manner and that i managed to urge a bigger drive still. The 500gb ought to be nice, my 60gb was full and that i had to perpetually delete and re-download a number of my games to manage space.
PlayStation 3 500GB Assassin’s Creed III Bundle

Earthbound.(World Class Super Hot Best Seller Games)


Product Description

The Earth is under attack by a strange group of aliens known as Giygas, and only a young boy and his friends have the power to save the planet. Unlike more traditional RPGs, EARTHBOUND actually takes place in a modern-day suburb featuring all kinds of wacky twists and turns. You’re Ness, and along with your pals Paula, Jeff, and Poo you’ve got to hunt down the aliens sending them back to where they came. Armed with a baseball bat and psychic powers, your party must hit the road in search of the extraterrestrial scum. Along the way, you’ll encounter all kinds of weird characters who will give you high-tech gadgets, time machines, and other items you’ll need to prevail. The fate of the world is in your hands!
Earthbound
Product Review 1.

This is perhaps one of the most legendary RPG games to ever grace a system and one of the rarest games to buy or possess. You have to try this game atleast once if you are an RPG fan or even if you are a fan of games in general. It’s storyline is very unique and at times is never afraid to make fun of itself as an RPG in dialogue. What also is a special treat above all else is the battle system in it’s time redifined most games, instead of walking 5 steps and you are in a battle(like Final Fantasy etc etc) the enemy tries to run and touch you to initiate battle, once battle is commenced the background is different and morphs itself every 3 seconds which i can safely say has not been done in most games and sometimes during attacks can be funny due to the fact that some enemies either are afraid to attack, or just grin instead of attacking which creates witty dialogue.
Earthbound
In my personal opinion Earthbound is a timeless game, that has slipped into obscurity and has gathered a huge fanbase in America along with the United Kingdom in recent years due to this fact. There is an Earthbound 2 over in Japan, but sadly the release appears to be doubtful overseas in America or United Kingdom, as for a re-release on VC or SNES it has been doubted that there will not be a re-release due to copyright claims that Nintendo would receive in the U.S. or overseas. I truly hope that Nintendo can find a way just even if it was for one day only, to get the whole Earthbound series out around the world. For the fans like me, or others who are just playing this game for the first time with awe, this is more than a game, it is everything an RPG fan dreams of at night.
Earthbound
Product Review 2.

I’ve consistently played video games for decades now and I can’t think of a single game quite like this one. It is epic in size and scope, pokes fun at itself from time to time, and is just a ton of fun to play. I sold all my games awhile back but letting this one go was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. I’m hoping they’ll re-release it as a download on wii or something, but if that doesn’t happen in a few years I may consider buying it (as much as it sounds crazy to buy a system from the 90’s and a 16 for over $100).
Earthbound

HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL.


Product Description

Discover new opportunities for building 2D and 3D games with HTML5

The newest iteration of HTML, HTML5 can be used with JavaScript, CSS3, and WebGL to create beautiful, unique, engaging games that can be played on the web or mobile devices like the iPad or Android phones. Gone are the days where games were only possible with plugin technologies such as Flash and this cutting-edge book shows you how to utilize the latest open web technologies to create a game from scratch using Canvas, HTML5 Audio, WebGL, and WebSockets. You’ll discover how to build a framework on which you will create your HTML5 game. Then each successive chapter covers a new aspect of the game, including user input, sound, multiplayer functionality, 2D and 3D graphics, and more.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

Aims directly at a new way to develop games for the web through the use of HTML5
Demonstrates how to make iOS and Android web apps
Explains how to capture player input; create 3D graphics; and incorporate textures, lighting, and sound
Guides you through the process of creating a game from scratch using Canvas, HTML5 Audio, WebGL, and WebSockets
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

By the end of this invaluable book, you will have created a fully functional game that can be played in any compatible browser or on any mobile device that supports HTML5.
About the Author
JACOB SEIDELIN (COPENHAGEN) is a freelance web developer with 10 years of experience working withbackend programming, graphics design, and front-end technology. When not working with clients he enjoys JavaScript and HTML5, web game development, and generally pushing the limit of what is possible in the browser. The results of his adventures in web development can be witnessed at his website at www.nihilogic.dk/.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

Product Review 1.

pre-order buyer

I pre-ordered this book and had high hopes for it. My hopes were realized. My major desire was to find a good book that I can use in a course
where we will build a game engine using webgl technologies. I would have liked perhaps an additional chapter about webgl, but am quite pleased
with the chapter that is present. Also, the other chapters are informative and helpful, e.g. those describing web sockets, local storage, etc. I
downloaded the software from the publisher website and ran many of the samples. In one case, I had to make a change to the code to accept 0 (zero)
from an xmlhttprequest where the code was only accepting a 200 as a valid return code. Otherwise, things that I tried ran unchanged. At one point I
was confused by a reference to “BC” in the Index. A quick email to the author got an almost immediate reply in which he told me that the acronym
referred to Bonus Content, and that the content would be added to the downloads at the website. He emailed me later when the content was available.
While I will probably provide some websites as supplements to be visited by my students, I am completely satisfied with the book and am currently
planning to use it in my course this summer.
Thanks.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

Product Review 2.

Must-read discussion for experienced web/game devs

I’ve now read five titles on HTML5 game development, and while each has their redeeming qualities and high points, Jacob Seidelin’s fine work is an absolute must-have. This isn’t for the novice or beginning dev looking to add a new arrow to their web programming quill – this is a healthy discussion that tackles specific challenges in creating rich, engaging games for the browser environment. Seidelin greatly emphasizes the web’s key advantage of being accessible via browsers on the desktop, smartphones, tablets, and hopefully soon, interactive TVs.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

The book doesn’t spend time discussing game theory and doesn’t go into exhaustive detail with APIs for canvas and multimedia, it states the objective in building a puzzle game and then attacks the problem by building-out each of the components and subsystems. Each chapter is very logically-organized and well-written, neither too short nor not overly verbose. It leverages techniques for multiplayer games like Web Sockets and Web Workers and uses slick techniques to take advantage of local storage for a real console feel. The animation and WebGL chapters are very much appreciated, too.

But the book’s finest hour is its hearty chapter dealing with the nuances of mobile games for iOS and Android. This chapter is essential reading, featuring material not found in wide distribution with most titles out there at the moment.

While I’m not a big fan of books using third-party libraries in their examples ([…]), Seidelin does leverage Modernizr and Sizzle, the DOM access library that’s not as top-heavy as jQuery. In so doing is uses clever JavaScript programming idioms and patterns that are very worth considering for your next project.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

This book is so good, I’d recommend owning it AS A BOOK. With maybe an electronic
copy as a backup.

Product Review 3.

The one we’ve all been waiting for!

Beyond this point is my original review of “HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL.” Please note that the content below was written prior to completing “Chapter 10: Creating Audio for Games.” I will complete this review once I have gone through the rest of the book.)
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

When I first heard Jacob Seidelin (the mastermind behind the NihiLogic Web site and the famous “HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet”) was working on a book that was to cover game development using HTML5, I got excited. The current crop of HTML5 game programming books is, to put it bluntly, quite underwhelming. However, I knew if the book Mr. Seidelin was working on is near the caliber of the content on his Web site — I’d be in for a real treat.

The book, “HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL,” meets my expectations.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

In Part 1 of the book, you start out by learning a bit about the history of HTML5, and gaining some ideas about how HTML5 can be used for gaming. In Chapter 2, after a primer on the game you will be building (a puzzle game along the lines of “Jewel Quest”), you get to the nitty-gritty and start the HTML/CSS files (along with a few scripts) necessary for the game — including coverage of Web Fonts.

Part 1 concludes with a chapter on techniques to help your project translate well on mobile devices. This chapter is a gold-mine of tips and tricks that will get you going if you want your games to work well on Apple mobile devices and Android systems.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

Then, in “Part 2”, you get into the thick of it. Chapter 4 has you build the game-board module, including move-validation (so that one cannot make illegal moves), finding sets-of-three, and clearing/refilling the game board. Chapter 5 covers Web Workers, and does so well — Mr. Seidelin does a good job of explaining why workers can be helpful, and in what situations they perform (or don’t perform) well.

In Chapter 6, you will be introduced to Canvas — the scriptable graphics element introduced in HTML5. Everything is covered — shapes/paths, transformation/scaling/rotation, rendering text and images, and real-time rendering (such as shadows, and my personal favorite — compositing). Chapter 7 extends the game by showing you how to pre-load game assets (and display a progress bar in the meantime), and adding a “fallback” rendering method using CSS sprites and the DOM to control the game view.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

Chapter 8 covers input. In addition to mouse and keyboard input, Jacob will explain to you how touch events work on devices with touch screens, and how to interpret them in the game. Chapter 9 covers animating the game, and includes a handy “fallback” script that imitates the functionality of requestAnimationFrame() for browsers without support for the function built-in.

Part 3 (which I have not delved into — yet) covers the Audio element in Chapter 10, whereas Chapter 11 will guide you through adding WebGL rendering to the game project.

Part 4 covers more of the advanced functions introduced in HTML5, such as Local Storage and WebSockets. The book winds down in Chapter 14 with a list of resources — everything from external libraries (Box2D, Impact, and Three are covered), to app deployment/sales (for both desktop and mobile devices), and so on.
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL

In summary, this book is pretty much going to take you from 0 to 60 in about 430 pages. Jacob has a really great writing style, in that he explains things very well without being overly verbose — he says a lot by saying a little. This makes it much ea
sier to grasp even difficult concepts. His use of modules such as Modernizr and Sizzle is, in my opinion, a good thing (jQuery is more popular, but would add a bit of unnecessary bloat, unfortunately). I’m really impressed with the editing — I have only come across one instance of mangled code, and it is minor. (I had the error marked and planned to point it out; unfortunately, the marker I used fell out of the book…)

One caveat — there is some serious JavaScript-Fu going on in this book. If you are not at least somewhat comfortable with JavaScript and how it works under the hood, prepare to be schooled.

“HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL” by Jacob Seidelin gets five well-deserved stars from me.

HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL