I received an email today from BroGames.space asking for my permission to post a youtube video of Space Frigates and also embed the game in an iFrame tag on the site.
Before I replied I checked out the site and they had already done both. 🙂
As far as I can tell this is a good thing. It helps get the game out there and exposed to more potential gamers. In return, I suppose having games indexed helps drive traffic their site and their youtube channel.
This site seems to be similar to Kongregate and other sites and a fairly common practice that dates back to flash games.
The video that they posted is probably not a good example of the best possible game play but it does give a good idea of what the game is about. They also added some techno style music to the video. Maybe to make it more exciting? Or cover up my really bad sound effects? 😉
One cool thing they do is provide instructions for each game. Which, honestly, are better than what I provide right now. So that is cool!
I do have some concerns about the security of the application running in an iFrame like that. Nothing that concerns me right now but I’ll ask some of my security friends at work about any potential issues. I think, down the road, when I have users logging in and such there could be concerns about stealing keystrokes and maybe XSS vulnerabilities.
I emailed them to ask a coupe of questions:
- Is there any reason that I wouldn’t want to be embedded in an iFrame?
- How did they hear about Space Frigates?
- Do they have any recommendations regarding the game play?
Overall, I think this is a good development. I’m hoping that getting on some of these portals will keep a flow of users coming to the game.