Google ports Quake 2 to HTML5

Written by Joe Martin

April 5, 2010 // 8:57 a.m.

Tags: #browser-game #chrome #free #google #google-ports-quake-2-to-html5 #html-5 #html5 #id-software #quake-2

In order to showcase the potential of HTML5 over HTML 4.0.1, Google has made a multiplayer port of Quake 2 that will run in Chrome and Safari browsers.

Quake 2 was made open-source by id Software a while back as part of a habit of turning older games over to modding communities once newer titles are released.

The HTML5 version of Quake 2 (via Shacknews) shows off a number of new features, such as WebGL and Canvas API, and is based on the Jake2 Java port of Quake 2.

On the downside, the framerate perhaps isn't as high as it should be to properly enjoy Quake 2 and it's hard to be all that impressed when id Software has already released a multiplayer version of the technologically superior Quake 3: Arena which also runs in browsers; Quake Live.

If you want to have a go at running Google's Quake 2 port yourself then you'll need to head over to the official site, otherwise you can check out the video below and let us know your thoughts in the forums.


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