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A little assistance being pointed in the right direction for browser based games

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I'm looking to start a simple web browser based MUD genre game. I have a highly rudimentary knowledge of coding, however I have never worked on anything for browsers. I was hoping some more knowledgeable members could assist in pointing me in the right direction for any reading materials I should be looking for. Something to give me a foundation on which to start from would be a huge boon. Thank you in advance and thank you for your time.


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Programming for the web is similar enough to programming stand-alone applications, with a few twists.

As with anything you're going to want to pick a language, get the fundamentals down and then start with a few *small* projects to get your feet wet.


I'm not much of a web-developer, but html5 would be my choice for a beginner:


step 1)

[url=http://www.w3schools.com/html/html5_intro.asp] learn html5[/url]


step 2)

[url=http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande91si/www-spr04/readings/week1/InternetWhitepaper.htm] know how the web works[/url]


step 3)

[url=http://www.html5gamedevelopment.com/]make games[/url]


step 4)



step 5)


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Try HTML5 + JavaScript + WebGL

HTML5 as your container (the canvas element in particular), JavaScript as a language, WebGL as an API.


I have been working with this combination for a little while (link for it below). The example below looks 2D but it's technically 3D...just no depth to it right now. You are welcome to look at/tear it apart. It is a proof of concept for drawing quads, manipulating geometry on interval, texture handling, rendering on interval and picking...



It is kind of a bastard of ideas from these sources...




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