Especially for a game like this, it's so easy to surpass flash by adding proper OpenGL support (the game being based on jPCT and all) that I really don't understand why the option of OpenGL is deliberately omitted. I think players would be glad to be able to click a security box when that gives them a gameplay experience that is 100x better than the software-only version
sure, but in the same idea if I wanted to play an highend game I would be happy to donwload and run a setup program. also lot of people doesn't have admin right and have increased security browser managed by an admin at work, university, and in some other case... also using recent JVM => 1.4 (requiered for OGL) is sometime impossible, and also basically "what can do the less can do the most". if your program run 1.1 it will run mostly everywhere and lot of time program requiere higher version for very few things that can be done in a lower version, IMHO this is a big error that sun made by increasing so much the JRE size and releasing so much version when they could have add external/optinal libraries, thinking that everybody is constantly upgrading with a high bandwith, also there is a lot of countries/place where internet is slower and where you cannot always download more than maybe 20Mo jre. also you can do a lot of thing faster with opengl but there is also a lot of thing you cannot do (you are less free in programming) or that requiere special opengl extension, and there are a lot of difference between configuration and lot of more bugs that can popup with opengl. so you are right that some people will enjoy the security popup for a better experience but think about this :
- using Java 1.1 with low memory and low bandwith your game run on maybe 99%
- using above 1.1 you loose n%
- using more memory (more than the standard setting) you loose n%
- using a signed applet you loose n%
- using more bandwith you loose n%
- using opengl extension (ARB or stuff like that) you loose n%
one case is at my work I am admin of my computer and can install java, but we are only a cupple able to do that maybe 20/2000 and other 2000 people cant istall the jre update and have security increased on theire browsers. same for other guy I know in other compagny.
If I was planning to use lastest jre wth opengl I would certainly make a program downloadable with a full featured setup.
IMHO, web game target a totally difference audience. really when I play web game I play simple one running in a second as flash game or ben librio games
and for those games I only request that they have a good gameplay and decent(not perfect) grapics and when I want to play highend game I download and install 1GB games.