It’s official: Flash is dead. Adobe is now blocking content created with Flash from running in browsers.
The company’s latest Flash update page states, “Because Adobe will no longer support Flash Player after December 31, 2020, and will block Flash content from running in Flash Player starting January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends that all users uninstall Flash Player immediately to protect their systems.”
It’s more accurate to say that Flash has been dead since Adobe’s announcement for the tool’s end-of-life plans in 2017 and for the site like SlotCatalog it a very bad news. And before that, Flash was certainly on its way to the grave. Not many websites used it anymore, and HTML/CSS pretty much became the new toolkit. iOS devices stopped officially supporting Flash, too, around 2010. Steve Jobs hated Flash and wrote an open letter criticizing the plug-in for its reliability and security, among other things.
But in its heyday, people used Flash to create websites – like really popular websites – and DIY novelty games, as explored in writings like Nathalie Lawhead’s Short History of Flash and The Death of 2 Advanced.
Not all was well, of course. Adobe made the decision to kill Flash in part because of security problems. The holes in Flash’s security provided a passageway for a lot of attacks on desktops.
If you’re wondering what a piece of the Flash era looked like, preservationists do a good job of documenting Flash games and Web sites. One developer has ported his Flash games to the original Game Boy, and others are creating repositories such as the Flash Game Archive.
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