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Adobe Blocking Flash Games Early Next Year

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Adobe Blocking Flash Games Early Next Year

Bad news, 90s kids - Adobe will be removing all of its Flash games in January next year.

Abode announced it would be removing its Flash Player all the way back in 2017 - giving developers and web designers plenty of notice - with it set to wind down at the end of 2020.

Now, Adobe has revealed the date it plans to block Flash content, including its beloved games.

Earlier this month, Adobe updated its Flash Player End of Life (EOL) information page to confirm that it will block Flash content from playing in the Flash Player after 12 January 2021.

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Flash favourite Skull Kid. Credit: Korded
Flash favourite Skull Kid. Credit: Korded

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

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

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"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."

Announcing its decision to end Flash back in 2017, Adobe said it had 'long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content' adding 'where a format didn't exist, we invented one - such as with Flash Shockwave'.

But it went on to say: "As open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Over time, we've seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards.

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"Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins."

However, some sites are already offering Flash game lovers the chance to download their favourites before they disappear forever.

One such site is Flashpoint, which states: "Internet history is important, and content made on platforms such as Adobe Flash are a significant portion of that culture doomed to obscurity.

"This project is dedicated to preserving as many games and animations from these platforms as possible, so that they aren't lost to time."

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Topics: Technology

Claire Reid
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