This project saves thousands of Flash games from death

As you probably know, Flash is on the verge of extinction. The multimedia format was one of the most iconic parts of the internet early on, especially when it comes to games, but creator Adobe is pulling it back in 2020 – meaning thousands of games are going to be completely obsolete at the end of the year.

But now an emulator is looking to save the day (or save our ability to play classic Frogger, anyway). Flashpoint is a downloadcapable tool that lets you play nearly forty thousand Flash games – including real old classics.

And it works whether you’re looking to recreate the joy of a particular game or you’re more of a purist – yYou can either download games as you go, or grab the entire archive if you want to keep them all.

It is perhaps fairly obvious that commercial products are not part of the archives. But with forty thousand games to choose from, it’s hopefully not too much of a waste.

It also leads to some interesting questions about internet archiving and we stand to lose a lot if projects like this don’t take place. We once thought – and we were told over and over again – that anything that ever got online would stay there forever. But as technology develops it doesn’t, which makes projects like this even more important.

The list of games is here – and if you want to download the emulator, you can do so here.

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