InstantAction debuts browser-game embedding platform

Studio teams with LucasArts to launch online gaming service that allows sharing of titles between Web sites; Secret of Monkey Island: SE available now.

For the past couple of years, independent game maker InstantAction has pioneered the idea of high-quality gaming delivered directly through a Web browser. Today, the developer announced an extension of that technology, saying that developers can now add an element of portability to their products, thanks to its new online distribution service that allows for embedding games nearly anywhere on the Internet, including blogs and social networking sites.

Embedding The Secret of Monkey Island is as easy as embedding this picture.

According to InstantAction, the technology works in much the same way as embedding a YouTube video, as it incorporates "in-browser, thin-client, and progressive downloading technologies." As with streaming video, users can jump into a game instantly, instead of spending time downloading the software. However, games still must meet case-by-case minimum hardware specifications.

The studio has launched its service with LucasArts's The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which is currently embedded into Facebook. An embed code is associated with the game and is available in three different sizes. Gamers can then transport the title to "most Web sites that allow users to embed objects via iframes," as well as "any webpage that allows HTML editing, and supports Javascript and iframes" (GameSpot, for example).

Currently, the embed functionality is only available to PC users. However, InstantAction plans to launch Mac and mobile support on a title-by-title basis in the future.

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19 comments
Zacharei
Zacharei

Actually I know this is old, but you can actually skip the introduction by pressing backspace. Sadly, someone forgot to mention it.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Sounds promising, the quality of games will be the deciding factor of its' success.

wetTOAD
wetTOAD

Agree with Bloodmist that it'd be great for old school games, and it does work well with Monkey Island, but it would be even better with a bunch of fresh games designed with browsers in mind. I can waste my time on decent games now, rather than some bubble shooting flash crud!

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I agree with anti-facebook comments. I think facebook became a monster. privacy invader. Facebook knows everything about you. and some people worried about the government.

OverlordEX
OverlordEX

AI YI YI the dang thing doesn't work with Opera >:-(

pogswarts
pogswarts

@hahamanin I just think of Facebook as a waste of time and grossly overused. I mean c'mon it's everywhere! And I have no plans of replacing it either.

tekken220
tekken220

I find that image disturbing for some reason o_O

Evilnator
Evilnator

Yeah i rather have them working on a new tribes, I know they got a new one, but it just just isnt the same, not as fun, not as satisfying...

hahamanin
hahamanin

@pogswarts why u thinking of replacing facebook?

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Very nice! lol, just played the demo. though the 3 minutes introduction that I can't skip is annoying, and ate from the demo limit. but very smooth and works like magic.

ipikisis
ipikisis

I think that's very interesting

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

First Quake II in HTML5 and now this? Soon our browsers will be able to handle anything!

Haloexpert
Haloexpert

You don't need to play it on Facebook. Play it anywhere it's embedded, like IA's mainpage or blog.

pogswarts
pogswarts

I would try it if I could stand *looks disgusted* Facebook.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Wow, what a neat little idea.Could be a great way to play more old school games, especially.

Awfultruth
Awfultruth

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fire2box
fire2box

kind of sucks that I bought Monkey Island: Special Edition on Steam and I can't use it to play it off facebook. Hopefully Tales of Monkey Island will be ported this way.. I own the full season of that too and bought it off telltale's website... I love me some Monkey's and Islands.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Cool! Hopefully the specs are not high to get this done and playable on the PC.