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Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Comment: Re:Anonymous Threatened Sony (Score 1) 204

by portalcake625 (#38553502) Attached to: EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support
The BSA dropped support for SOPA before the GoDaddy fiasco started, for obvious reasons: MS, Autodesk, Adobe, etc. software are heavily used and pirated around the world. They don't want any drops in their marketshare, because once you start making money with the tools you use, you need to start paying for them or risk the BSA kicking in. And because you used those tools for a very long time before going pro, it's rather difficult to switch to something else.

Comment: Re:Goodbye Nokia, it was nice knowing you. (Score 3, Informative) 234

by portalcake625 (#35637730) Attached to: Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012
As an owner of a N900, and having used an iPhone and Android device once, I find Maemo's UI eye-gougingly horrible. The UI concepts are great (top-left everywhere to multitask, click the empty space to go back, bottom-right for fullscreen toggle, etc.) But the execution of the design is terrible. Nokia really doesn't know how to make advanced features easily accessible. To prove my point: Look at the wireless settings page. It looks like you scaled network-manager to that tiny screen. Now, look at the default file-browser. THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE, NOKIA. On a tiny device, you do NOT have controls that small. Next, look at the Phone application. That's supposed to be integrated with the contacts application! Did I mention how much MicroB sucks (checkerboard loading pattern, nonhildonized addons window) ? Or that ugly ripped off slide to unlock screen? Man, I wish that MeeGo HE was usable enough for daily use. I love how Maemo is open and all, but on a phone, no matter what you do, it sucks, plain and simple.

Comment: Re:They're still around? (Score 1) 135

by portalcake625 (#34171402) Attached to: Nokia Reasserts Control Over Symbian OS

And it doesn't hurt that Android offers far more apps than Maemo.

You do realize that you can run pretty much any and all apps in $LINUXDISTRO repos right? I enjoy my N900, and yes I do run desktop Linux apps on my "minitabletwithaphonestrappedontoit". Anyways, ditto on the screen size. OpenOffice on that thing is a huge PITA.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 336

by portalcake625 (#34006744) Attached to: In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?
Got MyNokia on my N95 after updating to v35. Biggest WTF moment in my life. What you do is press the red "hang up call" button (which is also "pause app and gb2standby" in Symbian), reboot phone. MyNokia will prolly ask you again. There'll be an option "No thanks" (or somethng like that). Still friggin annoying, and stupid. Same on the n900, but I did uninstall it.

Comment: Re:You have a strange definition of open (Score 1) 348

by portalcake625 (#32300744) Attached to: Valve's Newell Thinks PS3 Needs To Be "Open Like a Mac"
Hinthint: MS still does compiles of modern Windows NT (Windows XP, Vista, 7) with Alpha, MIPS and ARM as build targets. (lol sourcecode) If you looked at the Win2k source code leak, you'd see all the build targets. Also, WRK for Server 2003 SP1. MS is just too lazy to release those alternative builds. (or, they're unstable.) Want proof, check out the setup resources in a Win7 disk. It'll list those archs.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory