InstantAction dies in an instant, future of embedded gaming looks questionable

Well, that was brief. Just a few short months after InstantAction went public with its embedded browser-based gaming platform at GDC 2010, the Oregon-based startup has gone belly-up. If you missed out on what this here outfit was offering, you clearly aren’t alone — but for the historians in attendance, we’d invite you to revisit our hands-on for an overview of what was planned. Unfortunately, the company has yanked all of its Vimeo clips detailing the system’s features, and its website now affirms that the service as a whole is “no longer available.” We’re hearing that it’ll be selling the underlying Torque Game Engine (and presumably that fancy “chunking” tech that enabled games to be played in a browser with just a broadband connection), but based on the tepid response so far, we’re guessing it won’t fetch much. We definitely saw a bit of promise in the concept — after all, browser-based games like Solipskier are all the rage in some circles — but bona fide console / PC games simply don’t fit that mold, or so it seems.

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