My Adventures In HTML5 Game Development

Gaming, Continental 5
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HTML5, it’s the 800 lbs gorilla in the developer room. I tried to resist it for as long as I could but in the end I had no choice but to embrace it. So to have a little fun I decided to make a game. But not just any game, I created a crowd sourced RPG built on top of ImpactJS and powered by Wordpress. Crazy right? Well I was happy to find out that it actually wasn’t that hard to do!

In this talk I will cover Impact, which is a HTML5 game framework. I’ll cover my development workflow, how I converted my AS3 code over to HTML5, asset management (sprite sheets generation) and discuss the future of HTML5 gaming. I’ll also cover some basics of Canvas and how I used Wordpress to power my game.

This talk is for anyone interesting in learning more about HTML 5 game development and how to transition over to JS from AS3. Not only will I cover the basics of game design including how to organize your game ideas and build them but I will also go in depth into my own game projects from Flash to HTML 5 and how I am able to use the same skills across each platform. This talk is NOT about converting people from Flash to HTML 5. HTML 5 gaming is still in its infancy but has the potential to explode just like Flash gaming did 10 years ago. This talk attempts to open its viewers up to the future of web gaming as HTML 5 becomes more widely adopted.

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Jesse Freeman


For more than 13 years, Jesse Freeman has been on the cutting edge of interactive development with a focus on the Web and mobile platforms. As an expert in his field, Jesse has worked for VW, Tommy Hilfiger, Heavy, MLB, the New York Jets, HBO, and many more. Jesse was a traditional artist for most of his life until making the transition into interactive art, and he has never looked back.

Jesse is a Technical Architect/Technology Evangelist at Roundarch and is an active leader in New York’s developer community. He is also active in the online community as a writer for several development sites including Adobe Developer Connection, O’Reilly Media, Inc., and Activetuts+. He can be found on twitter at @jessefreeman. Jesse also speaks at conferences and does workshops, which you can find schedules for on his website at


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