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What’s the gin
gin is a Game Interactive eNgine. It’s designed for HTML5 games on modern browser and mobile device.
gin is a light-weight engine. Unlike other engines, it doesn’t require any OOP knowledge and pre-compile work. It is very straight forward.
Gin is also a kind of distilled beverage, but I’ve never tried it.
The major goal is to implement most common features required by HTML5 game developers. It will include animation timeline, graphic layers and mouse/gesture/keyboard input support.
gin, developers should be able to focus on game logic and graphic effects, just like programming in flash. It also implements MovieClip equivalent concept – the layers. Developers can move/resize/render layers independently.
gin caches all keyboard/mouse events. Developers must process these events inside beforerender/render callbacks rather than directly receiving events by adding listerners. It’s a different thinking model comparing to other engines. This model will benefit a lot in long term.
I may add WebGL support in the future.
It will never include
- Canvas scene graph api
- Physical engine
- Hit test
- General purpose algorithms, e.g. Array.each. I don’t want to waste my life.
It’s highly recommended to use
gin with other js frameworks to complete more tasks.
For instance, developers can use jQuery to animate DOM elements. It also means,
gin will not include any DOM element animation support.
I don’t want to reinvent wheel. If I’m doing so, please let me know.
gin is tested on
- Chrome 8/10
- Firefox 3.6/4.0
- Internet Explorer 9.0