My question was born from the idea that the first stage in 3d evolution was done in 2d, basically representing 3d objects using the existing 2d ways.
Of course I came across my first answer: a 3d shooter game directly in the browser, done by Ben Joffe!
It is at least impressive!
Before HTML5 the speed of displaying elements in the browser was a very big issue. Is well know that one of the slowest components of the browser is the DOM, especially in Internet Explorer. When it comes to the canvas a huge difference is visible in the good way, the multitude of the objects on the stage are not coordinated using the DOM but rather just displayed in a true graphical element.
While I was opening my computer today I was thinking why doesn’t anyone make a game at least like Duke Nukem 3D? Of course the browser will not become just yet a platform that can compete with XBOX for games ant that’s normal… I don’t even know how did I come across this, but it was just like something in my universe drown me to something truly impressive:
At the beginning I thought that they cheated, they’ve used WebGL, not just the 2d popular canvas. But the result is truly impressive, and this standard will probably be available as an HTML5 specification, which means it will be available on at least a part of the browsers.
Where did the hole idea of 3d in browsers came from? I’ve read about 2 years ago about some efforts in this direction, and they ware based on VRML. But VRML exists as a standard since 1994 and I haven’t seen anything impressive yet. I even have a VRML book that is full of dust in a shelf. The biggest issue was that there was no native support for it.
The new perspective is absolutely innovative, because is a bridge between the browser and the 3d hardware. So if one day we will have 3d in our browsers it will be done this way!