Microsoft's IE team creates the Brandon Generator

Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team continues to create some interesting HTML5-based experiences with the help of some talented collaborators. Today, the IE team has launched a new website called The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator, which is a kind of "Choose Your Own Adventure" experience powered by HTML5 programming instead of plug-ins like Adobe's Flash.

Basically the site is an interactive comic book, with sounds and limited animation, that tells the story of (who else?) a frustrated comic book artist. The reader can influence the story based on the choices he or she makes. The site was written by Edgar Wright, the writer-director behind three of the funniest movies of the past decade: Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs The World. The art is provided by Tommy Lee Edwards, who has drawn a number of comics such as Marvel 1985 and most recently Turf.

While Brandon Generator will run on any HTML5-based web browser, you are supposed to get exclusive content if you use IE 9 to view the site. The trailer and first episode are now available. The second and third episode will go live in May and the final episode will launch in June.

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There's not much HTML5 there. An audio tag and a nav, some sections and the video of course..... most of it is scripting and styles.

HTML5 on it's own doesn't really achieve much anyway. People use it as some buzz word hoping to trick people into thinking the whole thing is "HTML5"... when actually you could achieve everything without it.

PS: It's a great looking site. Just that the HTML5 is kind of pointless to mention.

lunamonkey said,
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Exactly. It's ok, nice and such, but all in all it might as well be Vogon poetry - mention HTML5 and it's suddenly woooo, what an awesomeness!

Phouchg said,

Exactly. It's ok, nice and such, but all in all it might as well be Vogon poetry - mention HTML5 and it's suddenly woooo, what an awesomeness!

+1 to reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

s3n4te said,
If it works on other browsers could you please provide a screenshot?

Step 1: Scroll to the top of this page
Step 2: Look at picture
Step 3: Done

'While Brandon Generator will run on any HTML5-based web browser'
Firefox 11 here, web page is blank with a black background and just shows 'SOUND: ON' in the top right, clicking does nothing.

n_K said,
'While Brandon Generator will run on any HTML5-based web browser'
Firefox 11 here, web page is blank with a black background and just shows 'SOUND: ON' in the top right, clicking does nothing.

Firefox! Dont you know you're supposed to be using latest IE build

n_K said,
'While Brandon Generator will run on any HTML5-based web browser'
Firefox 11 here, web page is blank with a black background and just shows 'SOUND: ON' in the top right, clicking does nothing.
Firefox doesn't have H.264 support.

spudtrooper said,

If you view source, i see .ogg videos there..

Oh nice. I just figured Microsoft would give the middle finger to Firefox and Opera users.