Retro flash games are plentiful. You can find them on the Internet by the hundreds. Some are merely new games made with a retro style, while other sites use Adobe Flash to emulate classic titles such as 8-bit, 16-bit, and arcade games.
The second category is the most popular, although it raises concerns about piracy. The first category often raises questions of quality, since flash games usually lack the gameplay standards of true retro games.
In fact, the success of these games has dropped due to the sheer number of them available, as well as their presentation. Sites that simply throw hundreds of flash games at viewers have become less appealing, while other sites that emphasize community have risen in popularity.
We might soon see a different change, though—as developers turn to HTML5 instead of Flash.
There has been a gradual shift toward HTML5 over the past few years. Apple does not allow Flash to run on its devices. In 2012, Adobe dropped Linux support for Flash for all browsers except Google Chrome. And this year, Adobe changed the animation-creation software Flash Professional to Adobe Animate CC, which now supports numerous formats, including HTML5.
While Flash Player is still around, this suggests it might slowly be diminished. Already, it’s used for increasingly little. Flash games are one of the primary ways it has remained around, and even then, other formats are becoming more popular. More and more retro games are now available in HTML5.
From the perspective of developers, this is a tricky situation. Flash was easier to use in a lot of cases, but HTML5 has improved. Security concerns with Flash have led to diminished community support. Both are still around, but HTML5 seems here to stay while Flash is not.
For players, this probably won’t mean a whole lot from a gameplay perspective. If you’re looking for a retro flash game to play, it probably doesn’t matter to you if it’s Flash or HTML5 (unless you’re using a system that doesn’t support one or the other). However, when Adobe eventually stops being supported, it could make certain games unplayable until they’re ported elsewhere.
Do you play these sorts of browser games? Do you have a preference between Flash and HTML5? Are you concerned about the future of Adobe Flash Player? Let us know in the comments.
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