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​Flash Games Are Now Being Wiped From The Internet

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​Flash Games Are Now Being Wiped From The Internet

Adobe has now started removing all of its Flash games from the internet, marking the end of an era for 90s kids who spent their youth enjoying the best that the World Wide Web had to offer.

Adobe Flash gave creators the ability to share artwork and independent games freely online, creating a huge community for gamers and content creators that lasted more than 20 years.

In 2017, the computer software giant announced it would be removing all of its Flash games at the end of 2020, giving developers and web designers enough notice as things wound down.

Last month, Adobe then updated its Flash Player End of Life (EOL) information page to confirm the timeframe for the demise, saying it would no longer support Flash Player after 31 December 2020, and would block all Flash content from running in the Flash Player from 12 January.

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Adobe wrote: "Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after 31 December 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning 12 January 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems."

It added: "After the EOL Date, Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches.

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"Therefore, Adobe will continue to prompt users to uninstall Flash Player and strongly recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player.

"To help secure users' systems, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning 12 January 2021.

"Major browser vendors will disable Flash Player from running after the EOL Date."

Many people have been taking a trip down memory lane and paying tribute to the cult status Flash Games managed to achieve - also saying it was one of the first pieces of software to help spark an interest in game development.

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Game developer Askiisoft tweeted: "I didn't own consoles growing up, so Flash is how I learned to love games. Many of my fondest memories from childhood are of Flash games and animations. Thanks for all the memories. May heaven grant you fortune."

Josh Fairhurst, owner of game publisher Limited Run Games, also said: "Flash was one of the last remaining vestiges of my childhood internet experience."

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