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Online Browser Games - An Evolution of Popular Online Gaming

These days we're used to playing some pretty amazing games directly from our web browsers. In the age of Java, Unity, Flash and HTML 5 we are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to online browser gaming; there are browser FPS games coded with Unity that are as good as console varieties, 1000's of puzzle and mind games, retro console games ported over to Flash and for those who enjoy gambling online there's even free and real money online casino games that run in the browser via HTML 5 across all modern mobile devices. Take sites like, here you will find hundreds of real free to play online casino games that come in 3 of these varieties; namely Java, Flash and HTML 5. Games by NetEnt, Playtech and Microgaming all employ the latest in-browser gaming technology to deliver an amazing online casino gaming experience. Whether it'svideo poker, card games like online blackjack and Texas hold'em or even roulette and online video slots, the quality of the browser based casino games are second to none and are far removed from the old school pixelated browser card games of yesteryear.

Browsing for Games Back in the Day...
The history of it all dates back to the 1970's even, when the first 'online' games available were network games. These eventually moved to 'true' online play in the 1980's with online RPG'sand by the 1990's there was a massive expansion into the world of online games with consoles and PC's making the breakthrough with standalone games. At this point browser games were few and far between but in 1996 Java was introduced and following that in 1998 we had Flash come a knocking on the door too. While Java games were always a bit on the basic side, Flash changed the way developers were able to program their games and as a result the standalone app concept could be developed into a browser game, allowing all users of popular modern web browsers to play high quality games at the time without the need for downloading any software. This led the way for 1000's of developers to make amazing browser games in Flash. Some were persistent in that they continued on from where you left off but the majority were mini game style, offering bursts of entertainment when you needed it most. They come in all shapes, sizes and flavors these days, from branded games to retro emulations of classic 8 and 16-bit console games, card and casino games and all the amazing fan made games. It was the spirit of this independent style of games programming that led to the rise of mobile gaming. This is the natural side progression of the browser gaming legacy, players looking for the same kind of fun games often moving to mobile games as a result of playing desktop browser games previously.

Modern Browser Gaming Gave the World Flash, Unity and more recently HTML5
Today HTML5 rules the roost because it give developers the ability to create not only web browser versions of all their games in high quality, but the ability to run the same gaming experience across any device players like without loss of quality. You will find that some of your favourite browser games are still made in Flash, for example popular games like Angry Birds or Farmville still utilize Flash technology. While Java gaming dwindled we saw the rise of other browser plug-ins like Silverlight and Unity, with Unity producing some stunning games that run directly in compatible browsers. Very recently however, major browsers such as Firefox and Chrome discontinued support for the Unity plugin and as such Unity games stopped working in many major internet browsers to the disappointment of players.

So you can see browser gaming is not going to die out in the very near future, many new games are still being made and exciting features are being developed already for the next generation of browser games. What was your all time favourite browser game? Let us know via the comments or social.

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