"This change does not affect most media playback on the web, as the autoplay policy will remain in effect for video and audio ," wrote Google Chrome product manager John Pallett this week, responding to dozens of complaints from developers.
Chrome begins with a list of more than a thousand sites where Google found that the browser's users typically played audio or video with sound. Yet it seems to have accidentally prevented web-based games that rely on the Web Audio API from playing sounds for their Chrome-using players.
Google has rolled back an update for its Chrome browser after concerns from game developers.
Pallet admitted, "We didn't do a good job of communicating the impact of the new autoplay policy to developers using the Web Audio API". "If you are honest in your claim that the side effects of the policy were unintended and unwanted, you should commit-in clear, straightforward language-to finding other alternatives which do not break vast swathes of cultural work that was developed and distributed on the open web".
Still, the auto-muting update still appliesto audio and video HTML tags. Then there's the large bulk of "abandoned" games whose developers may not even be aware that their work is in need of an update or may not have the inclination to make even trivial modifications.
Ultimately, the new policy will block around 50 percent of autoplay videos that you want nothing to do with, which should cut down on the noisiness of your browser quite significantly. You just have to right click on your website tab and select "mute site" in order to never hear anything from that particular page again.