In a way, HTML5 has been reduced to a buzzword. You hear a lot of noise about how great it is for video, and how the web standard is an alternative to Flash content, but you don't see a whole lot of examples of that. We thought we'd take a moment and round up some of the cooler, more exciting instances of HTML5 online -- sites and experiments that go way beyond just playing someone's home movies. We're talking 8-bit gaming, some really crazy video effects, and a handful of incredibly interesting ways designers are maximizing the potential of the everyone's favorite new toy. Check out the links below, and prepare to readjust your expectations of HTML5.
Note: Your best experiences for the links below will be in Chrome or Safari. You can get some of this working in Firefox, but as Chris Ziegler just remarked, "It's mega slow."
Here's a roundup of experiments from Ben Joffe, including a rudimentary 3D shooter, a 3D functions plotter, and an HTML5 color picker.
Some of my personal favorites, KesieV's Akihabara game room. The Legend of Sadness is where it's at.
WPilot -- a multiplayer shooter. Like Asteroids meets Quake.
A giant, color-cycling canvas. Weirdly addictive to play with.
3D molecules. 'Nuff said.
Mega Man intro. In HTML5.
If you guys have suggestions or examples you'd like to show off, let us know in comments!