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HTML5 vs Flash? Pick a side with 'Pong'

Doug Gross
Online "Pong" game was designed to compare HTML5 and Flash as tools for creating Web content.
Online "Pong" game was designed to compare HTML5 and Flash as tools for creating Web content.
  • HTML5 takes on Flash in a new version of the classic game "Pong"
  • Coders created game to compare two ways of making Web content
  • Some predict latest version of coding language will cut into Adobe's animation tool

(CNN) -- Remember "Pong?"

Well, now you can play the seminal video game and help determine the future of the internet while you're at it.

The folks at Code Computerlove, a digital communications agency, have recreated the ultra-simple game using two different systems -- the emerging HTML5 and Adobe's established Flash.

Coders created one side of the digital tennis court (for lack of a better term) with HTML5 and the other with Flash, letting users compare and contrast the two. Tech observers predict the two languages will be vying for dominance in the coming months and years.

"The Flash vs HTML5 debate has caused much discussion over the recent months and it certainly got us thinking here at Code," the creators wrotein a blog post. "We believe the two technologies are not in competition and each have their purpose, but thought it might be amusing to actually put them in direct competition."

Play Code Computerlove's Flash vs. HTML5 game of "Pong"

HTML5, which is currently still being refined, is the latest version of HTML, the most popular coding language used to create Web pages.

Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) read the code and turn it into the Web pages you see.

Adobe's Flash is used mainly to create online animation and to run videos.

Some code-savvy observers are predicting that HTML5, with its new functions, could largely replace Flash, while other say Adobe's product will hold its own.

One of the earliest and most primitive arcade games, "Pong" was first released by Atari in 1972, with a home version that followed in 1975.

Comments on the Code Compterlove page were split, much like the internet itself.

"Cool experiment -- I can hardly tell the difference. In fact, I actually think the right side (HTML5 game) runs better. Awesome idea!" one user wrote.

"i don't get why the flash part is so laggy, i could make [Flash look better than] html5 anytime," said another.

Users were reporting differing results based on the Web browsers they were using.

For us, running Firefox and Internet Explorer, the two sides looked and performed virtually the same, although Flash may have run slightly more smoothly. Some older versions of Web browsers can't run HTML5 unless they're updated.

Have you had a chance to take a look yet? Which looked better to you? Or is this just a good excuse to play "Pong?"


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