Open source flash emulator hopes to preserve a generation of Flash games • Eurogamer.net
In an effort to preserve the value of a generation of Flash games, a new open source project hopes to create and share a Flash emulator.
The project – which comes just weeks after Adobe announced its intention to “end-of-life Flash” – hopes to secure a way to play Flash games in your browser via emulation. Mike Welsh, who previously worked on the Swivel for Newgrounds Flash-to-HD video converter, is currently leading the project.
“Over the past few months Mike has been working on a way to play Flash in the browser via emulation,” said an announcement on Newgrounds (thanks, PC Gamer). “We were going to surprise everyone this fall by suddenly supporting the classic content here on NG, but it leaked early and the cat is out of the bag. You can see the progress on Ruffle.rs!”
Written in the Rust programming language, the emulator, called Ruffle, is an open source project that also hopes to create a browser extension that “detects old Flash embed code and swaps it with Ruffle, which means you can visit any old website and Flash will (eventually) just work “.
Newgrounds itself – a community of artists, game developers, musicians, voice actors and writers who create and share user-generated content such as games, shoots, video audio and art composition – goes so far as to incorporate the technology into its own website so that it natively runs Flash projects whether or not the user has the plug-in.
“We add a true / false attribute to every Flash project to see if it’s running in emulation,” said TomFulp, Newgrounds staff member and game developer. “The initial rollout will cover animated content and then gradually expand to cover more and more games. We will also be monitoring which Flash games are touchscreen compatible as they will run on mobile for the very first time.”
As Edwin put it when news of Adobe Flash’s impending demise was first announced, “For many gamers today, of course, Flash is trash – a rickety plug-in for advergames. and obnoxious video pop-ups that has been regularly sidelined by major browser companies. […] [but i]It’s worth getting a quick update on what Flash has meant and stands for.
“Flash also meant FarmVille, Facebook’s biggest bucolic, and Candy Crush Saga, which debuted on King.com in 2010. In fact, there was a period when Flash supposedly meant” rich “- c ‘is for say, animated and / or interactive – the browser experiences the endpoint. “