gameloop module for crtrdg – canvas-based animation.

crtrdg gameloop

canvas animation using requestAnimationFrame

  • Initialize 2d canvas and animate using requestAnimationFrame.
  • Create a gameloop that emits update and draw events.
  • Emit pause and resume events.
  • node.js
  • browserify / beefy

Try it out on requirebin:

npm install -g browserify beefy
<!DOCTYPE html>
  <title>crtrdg gameloop test</title>
<canvas id="game"></canvas>
<script src="./bundle.js"></script>
var Game = require('crtrdg-gameloop');
// initialize the game with the canvas id of your game
// the width, height, and default background color of the canvas
var game = new Game({
  canvasId: 'game',
  width: '800',
  height: '400',
  backgroundColor: '#ff1f1f'
// every time through the loop, the `update` event will be emitted,
// interval is the amount of time between each loop
// listen for the `update` event like this:
game.on('update', function(interval){
  console.log('update', interval);
// every time through the loop, the `draw` event will be emitted.
// context is the canvas context, and you can use it to draw on the canvas like usual.
// listen for the `draw` event like this:
game.on('draw', function(context){
  console.log('draw', context);
  context.fillStyle = '#fff';
  context.fillRect(10, 10, 10, 10);
// if game.pause() is called somewhere in your code,
// a `pause` event will be emitted
// listen for it like this:
game.on('pause', function(){
// if game.resume() is called somewhere in your code,
// a `resume` event will be emitted
// listen for it like this:
game.on('resume', function(){

Almost every javascript game / animation library I've found bundles things like requestAnimationFrame polyfill, gameloop, entities, abstract drawing methods, keyboard/mouse input, vector math, and more into one entangled library. If I don't like how the library handles just one of those

With inspiration from voxel.js, crtrdg is a collection of javascript modules used for developing 2d games.

As I learned more about node.js, the core events module, and browserify, I realized the ideal api for making simple 2d games could be based on node's events module.

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