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Playing Around with the Gamepad API

Andrzej Mazur, HTML5 Games Developer, Founder, Enclave Games

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There is a great focus on making HTML5 games for mobile devices, which is good, of course, but core pro gamers are usually visualized as having a gamepad in their hands. So why not use it and deliver the full experience of a game using the Full Screen, Mouse Lock, and Gamepad APIs? The last API provides the ability to use a console's controller to play HTML5 games—how cool is that? With the W3C specification presently being written, we will have an API that is easy to implement, does not require any plug-ins to run in your browser, and is as simple as just plugging in your device and playing the game right away.

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McAnlis, C. et al. (2014). Playing Around with the Gamepad API. In: HTML5 Game Development Insights. Apress, Berkeley, CA.

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