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Browser Game Pick – Bastion!?

Admittedly, this isn’t all browsers, merely Google Chrome, but an interesting bit of news anyway. It seems that Supergiant Games have been hobnobbing and rubbing elbows with the powerful and googly, as the latest entry into the Chrome Web Store is Bastion, one of the best indie games of the year. The same demo as the original PC and XBLA versions is available, too, with the full thing being able to unlock on the fly for $15. Kid hit the break, watched the original launch trailer and gave this strange move some thought.

The port seems pretty solid from what I’ve played so far, although it does currently lack gamepad support – a particularly odd omission, considering how the game is designed in favor of the 360 controller. There’s not much to be said about the game that hasn’t already been said – it’s Bastion, after all – but this move to Chrome is possibly indicative of a larger, more interesting trend in gaming. With Flash going 3D, and Unity getting more and more interest from the public, there’s a lot more ways to play games from the comfort of your browser tabs, although having three or more competing standards might cause a bit of friction further down the road.

So, what do you think? There’s a comments box below – we want to hear your thoughts on the rise of ‘high end’ browser gaming, the growing number of standards, and their pros and cons. Any particular personal success or horror stories? What works, and what doesn’t, and who do you think will come out strongest once the dust has settled on this particular industry game of chicken?

[Bastion on Chrome]


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