- The browser is everywhere
- WebGL is in Firefox / Chrome / Opera – GPU access in the browser
- Browser API are increasingly covering games needs: full-screen, mouse capture
Of course it helps that the conference is in my home town, in the funky Duke of York cinema and has a reputation for being world-class event.
I enjoyed all the talks, but I’m only going to talk about the ones that resonated the most strongly with me:
Phil Hawksworth’s talk resonated with me. On one level it was a plea to remember the user experience when adding fancy ‘shizzle’ to the web. The whole thing reminded me of front-ends for games. In games often the front-end is often completely bespoke, built on homegrown technology or possibly flash with a bunch of 3D thrown in for good measure. I’ve seen beautiful, logical, fun front-ends in video games, but they’re the exception, not the rule. We need to learn from the web!
Beyond The Planet Of The Geeks
I wish I could bottle Brendan Dawes’ charisma, enthusiasm and wittyness, and keep it on tap for grey horrible days like today! It was great to see someone enthuse and obsess about tools and quality: “whoever said a bad workman blames his tools was a moron and I want to smash his head in with a beautifully made hammer”. There isn’t a single, simple takeaway from this talk. My notes at the time say “explore serendipity, question everything, do more of this every day”. A nice thought!
You gotta do what you gotta do
In his 20% time at Google Marcin Wichary helps out on the Google doodles. He’s got unreasonable enthusiasm and set of smarts to back it up. “Nothing is impossible” he says – you can see that from his work. His presentation setup alone was:
- presentation running in Safari on a Mac
- Chrome sending accelerometer information from the Mac to Safari
- his iPhone connecting to the same site as Safari and remote controlling the slides
I remember him talking about at least these doodles:
His final thought was if you’re not doing something which feels hacky you’re certainly not pushing the state of the art!
More than that
What I liked most of all was the warmth of everyone that I met. It’s a friendly community, make no mistake It was great to see Max Williams again who took the time to introduce me to people.
My only disappointment was that I couldn’t stay at the after-party for very long. Big mistake! Not only did I miss a lot of free beer, but I missed the chance to meet and share with a lot of interesting people. Judging by the tweets from the following morning I also missed a killer hangover. Next year I’ll make sure I have no plans for the next day, and painkillers at the ready.