If you were alive and using the Internet regularly in the 00’s, there’s one thing that you probably remember messing around with- Flash games.
At least in some capacity, everyone you knew 2008 was probably playing these games non-stop. It was a seemingly monolithic and unifying force on the web. Regardless of age, Flash games were played by almost everybody who was online. Kids in school were covertly logging on Flash sites to play just as much as office workers in their thirties. Many of the sites that hosted them were shared around and became incredibly popular- and many of the games became recognizable.
These days, it’s pretty clear to see that Flash games aren’t the same cultural force that they were before. It almost feels like these games are fading away into memory. And in a way, they are. As technology moves forward, many don’t really see a need to revisit the somewhat ramshackle and almost punk-rock nature of Flash. A lot of the main appeal was that it was free to play. These days, however, even top-tier, AAA games can be free to play. Large releases like Fortnite being free to play is drawing in far more players than Flash ever could. In the wake of that, Flash is an art form that is slowly fading into the distance.
If you also consider the fact that Adobe has stated that development on Flash will cease in 2020. This means that all support for it will be pulled and Adobe will stop distributing it. Not only is it slowly fading into the distance, but it may hit a brick wall in 2020. So, play these relics while you can. These games may not even be possible to play soon, and many of these games will be lost to time.