I ran across this article recently. In it, the author describes how he implemented a simple “platformer”-style game in Javascript. You can play the game, and do “view source” to look at the implementation. 

http://codeincomplete.com/projects/tiny-platformer/index.html

If you’re like me and live your life pulling stuff out of databases and shoving it onto screens, it might be fun to fiddle around with game programming, and this is a very easy entry point. Have fun.

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