article article by Scott Henningsen, The Associated Press article BOSTON — It took a bit of detective work, but a team of computer programmers managed to create an HTML5 game for the Internet.
It was the latest in a long line of attempts to make interactive fiction more widely available to the public.
And it was the kind of thing that, in a way, is just what the Internet has been looking for.
“If you’re a fan of video games or video games in general, then you’ve probably come across this kind of content,” said Mike Zagaris, chief technology officer of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization that manages some of the world’s most popular Internet sites.
“The problem with that is that most of the people that are playing those games are probably not the ones that have an interest in watching videos or watching music.”
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit research organization that provides free access to more than 2.7 million video games and movies, including more than 1.4 million from Valve Corp., the maker of Valve Corporation’s popular computer game “Half-Life.”
The archive has also published hundreds of millions of pieces of text and other digital content that can be used for educational purposes, including books, videos, audio books and news articles.
The idea is to make it easy for people to get around the Web.
For instance, if you’re looking to get the most out of a movie, or to get a new gadget, the Archive’s website has a free app that can download and run the video or music file in a few minutes.
“People want to know what it is they’re going to do next and they want to be able to do that,” Zagares said.
“And we’ve done a bunch of research on what people are searching for on the Internet, and we thought, why don’t we just give people a chance to play it and see what they come up with.”
The effort, called Web Games, was funded by the Internet Foundation, a non-profit that helps build the Internet for people in low-income communities and promotes a free and open Web.
The Internet Foundation is part of a global network of Internet groups that together provide $1.5 billion to help people connect online.
Among its projects, the Internet foundation has helped fund several popular educational apps, including WebGames.org, which allows students to play games online.
The games can be designed to be as easy or as hard as the students want, Zagarsis said.
The website allows users to create their own games or use existing ones, and a user can share their own game files with other users.
The team at the Internet archive used a browser called Flash that’s open source.
“It’s not like you need to get to the Flash source code and modify it,” Zogaris said.
It can be built by anyone with the right tools and some coding skills.
“You can write any code that you want,” Zagsis said of Flash.
“We’re not trying to teach anyone how to write code, but if they’ve got some interest in coding, we’ll give them the ability to write their own code.”
The site also includes instructions for building games.
A Flash game for Android is available for free download.
Zagaria said that most users don’t use Flash games at all, but they can use other tools.
The site has an interactive demo video showing a basic version of the game.
It takes about an hour to build the basic version, and Zagari said it can take hours longer to add more features.
But it’s a start.
“There are tons of games that can already be played, and I think Flash games are the next best thing,” he said.
Other online video game creators are already doing the same.
Zogares said the Internet’s growing popularity has given rise to a new generation of games.
“I think that’s a great thing,” Zaggedis said, adding that he expects that interest to increase as more people become aware of the potential of the Web and its potential to help them make better lives for themselves.
“A lot of people are looking for more ways to get things done and interact with the world.”
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