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Posted: May 5th 2009 11:11AM (Unverified) said

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When Free Realms launched fullscreen mode out of my browser, I literally shat a brick.

Posted: May 5th 2009 12:51PM (Unverified) said

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Ermm...
C:\Program Files\Sony Online Entertainment\Installed Games\Free Realms\FreeRealms.exe
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Posted: May 5th 2009 10:39PM karnisov said

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the free realms client is not browser based, it is simply launched by the browser.
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Posted: May 5th 2009 11:42AM (Unverified) said

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Thats a foolish thing to think MMO's will be limited to such minimal system requirements. As if children of parents will have access to good computers.
Sure after the next generation of people who are computer literate will all have noteworthy systems they wont have enough to be playing games unless you dumb down new mmo's to simple flash games.

No, no not really, people still want to use their consoles, their controllers, the nearly non-destructable gaming platforms complete with better hardware than their own computers for cheep.

What an ego spin this is.

Posted: May 5th 2009 11:55AM TheJackman said

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Web Browsers need to be use for Internet page viewing only games need come with there own software to run them!

Posted: May 5th 2009 12:10PM (Unverified) said

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You wrote:

With no limitations on hardware, the browser is one of the next logical steps in casual gaming for the masses;


I don't quite understand this statement. If the game uses Flash, Shockwave, Java or other plugins (like Unity, for instance), there certainly are limitations on hardware. They may be low, but being in a browser doesn't magically make your game run on any platform much less run well on any platform.

You can stick Crysis into a browser, for instance, but it's not going to help it run on hardware it wasn't designed to run on.

Posted: May 5th 2009 12:44PM Pingles said

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I'm not familiar with the other "browser-based" games but I think Free Realms doesn't belong in this group.

Free Realms launches form a browser but does not play in one.

Posted: May 5th 2009 6:02PM (Unverified) said

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Agreed, while I think there's a definite place for browser based games, I can't actually include Free Realms in this. It is browser based effectively as much as Warcraft is... the account management screen. Otherwise it is a separate executable and certainly doesn't fulfill any kind of cross platform role as a game.

Posted: May 5th 2009 1:42PM Mr A said

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As has already been pointed out, there needs to be a differentiation between truly browser-based games like the various Legend of the Red Dragon clones, and games that simply download a client and play inside your browser, like FusionFall, RuneScape, etc.

A truly browser-based game can play on almost any system and on any OS, as long as the JavaScript capabilities of the browser being used are enough to play the game. With games where a client is simply downloaded inside the browser, hardware requirements become more of an issue and the OS you're using certainly becomes more of an issue. In games like that, the client software has to be made specifically to work on whatever OS you're using.

Posted: May 5th 2009 4:44PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah ... turns out, a lot of people who write about computer games don't actually know all that much about computers.

Posted: May 7th 2009 10:16AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah ... turns out, a lot of people [ie complainy high school losers] who make comments on blogs don't actually know that much about reading.

The article says:
'Recent additions like FusionFall and Free Realms are opening up entirely new possibilities with browser-based game mechanics.'
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Posted: May 5th 2009 11:09PM (Unverified) said

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It kind of concerns me that this article writer is misleaded into believing FreeRealms is a browser game.

Launched by the browser yes, but it is a standalone executable program just like any other.

Posted: May 5th 2009 9:25PM (Unverified) said

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One of the other things we could point out here is Quake Live - it's an FPS, sure, but take a look at it - friends lists, server searching and changing options are all done in the browser, with the game launching to fullscreen when you click "join game"

It's a brilliant system, but at this point it's failing slightly due to the Australian local servers not communicating properly with the central "login / server list" servers.

Posted: May 5th 2009 10:49PM (Unverified) said

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No where does this article say that Free Realms is browser-based. It says that games like Free Realms are "opening up entirely new possibilities with browser-based game mechanics". This is because it uses the browser to launch the program.

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Posted: May 5th 2009 11:54PM hami83 said

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Browser based MMOs have the advantage of being runnable on both PC and Mac... Since mac is a game starved market, it could be a very good thing for some companies (Which is why I assume Fusion Fall got so many players)

However Free Realms is NOT browser based. I wish it was.

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