After Adobe’s first announcement three years ago, the end is officially near—we’re saying goodbye to Flash Player on Dec. 31, 2020. Cue the tears of every millennial slash Gen-Zer who not-so-slyly switched windows to Y8.com in computer class.
The computer software company released a general information notice, which details their EOL (end-of-life) plan of action. Adobe mentioned that they have consulted with Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla on what Flash Player’s demise will mean for developers and users. While Flash will fade away from internet existence, HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly will continue to run as viable alternatives.
After this year, Flash Player will no longer be available for download. Adobe recommends to completely uninstall the program, warning users not to install Flash Player dupes from third parties since they may contain malware and viruses.
While we’re holding our eulogies to the great Flash, internet archivists have preserved this tiny bit of cyberspace history by saving over 36,000 Flash games. And just as we’re drying our tears, some of our favorite childhood games are still sticking around for the long run—we’re looking at you, Club Penguin.
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Flash Player is going extinct, so this website is preserving over 36,000 games
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