Google Chrome team rolls back the update that muted many web games

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For example, sound on many audio apps and other interactive experiences no longer plays, with developers required to update many sites.

Google rolled out Chrome 66 earlier this month and it brought new autoplay blocking functionality to the world's most popular web browser.

Your days of being startled by a video that seems to begin playing out of nowhere on your browser were about to come to an end, until the Chrome team realized that this update impinged upon users' abilities to play games and build art projects.

Pallett said that the change will not affect Chrome's silencing of most autoplaying video and audio on the web. Google has recognized its error and has announced that it will be updating Chrome to temporarily remove the update that broke the games.

The update was rolled out in April with the goal of blocking loud media content that is being played automatically on some websites. Affected developers will have until then to add a few lines to their code, thus re-enabling the auto-muted audio when a user first interacts with the page.

Hence a post to the list from Google product management chap John Pallett, who wrote "We've updated Chrome 66 to temporarily remove the autoplay policy for the Web Audio API". This is because their click-to-play approach generally does not resume a Javascript audio interface - something most games never needed to do until Chrome chose to press the mute button.

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Still, the auto-muting update still appliesto audio and video HTML tags.

Some have pointed out that sound is broken even on sites that are silent until the user hits a play button. However, the more you use Chrome, the better the browser becomes at understanding your personal do's and don't's, and will make adjustments accordingly.

The new policy, introduced in April, was created to "intelligently" block unwanted video from playing unless you had either white-listed the site or previously interacted with it.

Google offered no timeframe on when it might again enable the audio blocking capability of Chrome.

The most recent update, Chrome 66, pauses audio on browser media objects, meant to silence irritating adverts.

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