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From Dust Now Playable From Browsers

Turns out, the beginning of the world looks a lot like the end of the world.

Yesterday, I noted that I haven’t played many god games lately, so I suppose it only makes sense that some RPS-reading deity would start flinging the things at me. “Know my burden,” it seemingly bellows from on high. “With great power… you know the rest.” And hey, remember that neato whizz-bang pow space streaming technology that allowed Bastion to run in your browser – as if by teleporter from Mars and also the future? Well, it’s back to from said future, this time with Ubisoft’s once-DRMed, still poorly ported From Dust in tow. So maybe it could’ve brought a better god game, but still, I can’t entirely knock something of this fidelity when it’s playable in my browser almost instantly.

Plus, there’s a free demo, which definitely makes this sort of tech appealing. And really, I think that’s where this stuff stands to majorly change the way things operate in the near future. Full fidelity insta-demos are both doable on modern Internet connections and incredibly appealing. Meanwhile, Bastion was impressive, but From Dust is a beast of a more graphically intense nature. Even if you’d prefer the game itself gets the “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” treatment, it serves as an impressive proof-of-concept.

At any rate, give the Chrome app a go and see what you think. Do note, however, that this isn’t Gaikai or OnLive. Your machine’s still running the game. So if it couldn’t handle From Dust in the Beforetimes of yore, it’s still going to sputter, choke, and silently tell the other robots you abuse it now.

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