Flash Games 2020, Obituary: Newgrounds Creates Emulator To Preserve All Online Flash Games In The Corridors Of Internet History
In 2020, support for Flash is discontinued on all major Internet browsers by its creator, Adobe. For those who spent hours of their youth browsing gaming websites like coolmathgames.com and Miniclip, this is a blow to future nostalgic journeys into the dark depths of internet history.
Fortunately, Newgrounds has finally (and officially) announced that there will be an emulator built into the Rust engine to convert the original flash games into a playable format. They’ve thought of everything: Flash’s growing security concerns are being addressed by modern security measures inside its emulator and there will even be mobile touchscreen optimization.
We will stop updating and distributing Flash Player by the end of 2020. More information on our plans and next step: https://t.co/P925Dozz6k pic.twitter.com/4Ss82ZfdeI
-Adobe (@Adobe) July 25, 2017
When it was announced that Flash was no longer going to be supported, it took a while for the news to spread. Flash is hardly used anymore, whereas before, almost everything on the web worked from its platform. While many websites have adapted to the changes, one thing has remained the same and that is the hundreds of thousands of browser-based games encoded and shared online on the Flash platform.
These games formed the backbone of the first steps in the world of video games for children born in the 1990s and early 2000s. Websites like Miniclip, coolmathgames and Newgrounds offered video games and flash animations that were originally the birthplace of memes and internet culture itself.
Popular games include the addictive Neopets – a kind of Gacha game that predates the modern obsession with mobile gaming – and Penguin Club, a penguin-based MMO that offered a lot of premium content for a low fee of $ 2.99 per month. While Neopets did a mix of activities – you can still play it online now – Club Penguin is now its own standalone platform operated by Disney.
While both of these games made headlines, there were also thousands of games that in hindsight resemble early internet art. Bloons Tower Defense is still one of the most compelling tower defense games I’ve ever played, and thousands of people probably agree.
That these games won’t be forgotten in 2020 when Flash is discontinued by Adobe is a miracle, although it does make sense: Online browser game websites still attract millions of traffic every month, usually from around the world. countries like Brazil, China and Indonesia where many children cannot afford tablets and cellphones.
Newgrounds isn’t the first to try to keep Flash games alive – Operation Flashpoint is a database of Flash game fans that has grown to thousands of games. For those who haven’t dived into a Flash game since 2004, give it a try – it won’t be long before you need an emulator.