Browser MMORPGs are the Future

As the online gaming industry as a whole continues to grow, I predict that more and more games will run within a web browser. Games like Fusion Fall and Quake Live have already proven that running visually impressive 3D games from a browser is indeed possible, so it’s just a matter of time before games that have to be downloaded become extinct, or at least shrink to a minority. I mean, think about it. Downloading and installing games are huge inconvenience for bother consumers and game developers. Game developers today have to make sure their games run smoothly on every single processor, operating system and graphics card, which is both costly and really an enormous waste of time as it’s a tedious process while developing for web browsers would be infinitely simpler, as there are only a handful of major browsers out there. Browser games today are as popular as they are because they’re really ‘easy’ to get into. No need to download or install anything, the game is only a few clicks away. Browser games are also a lot more accessible than traditional client based MMORPGs, as even if you don’t have access to your home computer, you can access your favorite browser games on any PC that has an active internet connection no matter where you are, without having to download enormous game clients [Think Atlantica Online and Perfect World].

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Fusion Fall Screenshot

Imagine being able to play an immersive 3D MMORPG like World of Warcraft on a browser without having to download and install that massive 8GB+  file. I’m sure a lot more people would play World of Warcraft if the game was only a click away, heck I think a lot more people would play games in general if they were only a click away. Personally, I’m tired of having to download and install a dozen or so games every month just to ‘try them out’. I’m telling you, browser based games are the future. Sure, it may take another 5-10 years for truly 3D ‘graphic intensive’ MMORPGs like Runes of Magic and Shaiya to make it to a web browser near you, but it’ll happen. When more and more games become accessible through a web browser,  it’ll be so much easier to start playing new games.

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Shaiya Screenshot

The only real ‘problem’ with this sort of system is that for a platform like this to exist people would need faster internet connections, as graphic files would have to be streamed through the internet and graphically intensive games would require faster connections. Even with today’s limited technologies,  3D Browser games like RuneScape and Fusion Fall are ridiculously popular. RuneScape today boasts over 130+ million accounts worldwide while Fusion Fall, a much newer game, reached 3 million users  within 30 days after being released. So no matter which way you look at it, people enjoy playing games right from their browsers and when this particular technology improves, more and more game developers will offer their games exclusively through web browsers.

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Quake Live Screenshot

By, Omer Altay

 
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