With Flash Games On The Chopping Block, One Popular Site Turns To Emulation

With Flash Games On The Chopping Block, One Popular Site Turns To Emulation

Armour Games, one of the largest repositories of Adobe Flash-based games on the internet, is choosing to shift to emulation next year as a way to mitigate Adobe’s planned phasing out of Flash after December 2020.

“Given our large catalogue of Flash games, we would like to continue to offer these games to our players as well as help preserve Flash games in general,” the official Armour Games announcement reads. “Flash is an important medium for game developers and many developers have fond memories and experiences creating and publishing games using its technology.”

While browser-based gaming has largely shifted to using more versatile HTML5 tech, the cessation of official support for Flash could also lead to losing decades of gaming history. Armour Games looked at several preservation solutions — including converting existing Flash games to HTML5, or requiring a desktop application to play Flash games — but ultimately decided to utilise open-source Flash emulator Ruffle instead.

This still won’t be a perfect solution, however. Armour Games doesn’t expect every Flash game to be compatible with Ruffle from day one. Those games will be deactivated on January 12, but the pages themselves will remain live as the team continues to develop solutions that can keep as many games functional as possible .

Flash games were a huge part of my life growing up, and I can remember countless hours browsing through portals like Armour Games on my school’s library computers when I should have probably been studying instead. I’m happy to see steps being taken to preserve this important era in gaming history. Plus, it’ll be good for indulging in some nostalgia from time to time.

Comments

  • Pretty sure that this is less about “steps being taken to preserve this important era in gaming history” and more about a crippled Armor Games using an outdated business model limping wounded and bleeding towards its natural and inevitable end.

    Both Armor and Kongregate have had massive layoffs and downsizing in the last year. Players of what’s left of the more popular options have long since migrated to other platforms, and player counts are a fraction of what they were even 12 months ago.

    Between the end of Flash, few if any new browser game launches in years, and competition from tablets, for better or worse the battle for the attention of casual gamers was lost a long time ago.

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