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#1 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:53 AM

I'm not sure where to put this, since it's not really "classic computing" but Flash is dead and I suspect browsers will drop support before long. This is an important part of the early web but doesn't get the same level of attention as old consoles and arcade games. 

 

https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/

 

Gigs and gigs of Flash (and similar tech like Silverlight and Shockwave) games, zipped into one giant standalone download. I'm tempted to grab it now, just in case it disappears, because it's chock full of licensed characters, ripoffs, pornography, and everything else you remember from places like Newgrounds. Full list of contents



#2 pacman000 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:14 PM

Flash used to let developers export to .exe files, but I think the newest versions dropped that. If they'd kept that feature it might've had a 2nd life. Then again, I think it's still semi-popular as an animation package, under a new name.

I remember playing Flash games at school; I'd love to play some of them again, particularly Save the Sheriff.

Edited by pacman000, Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:23 PM.


#3 Newsdee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:16 PM

I used to make Flash games... it was a neat little tech that reminded me of Hypercard in terms of ease of use. It's actually harder, but it did hit that sweet spot for me between ease of development and distribution (Newgrounds, Kongregate) vs. the learning curve.

#4 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:55 PM

Flash used to let developers export to .exe files, but I think the newest versions dropped that. If they'd kept that feature it might've had a 2nd life. Then again, I think it's still semi-popular as an animation package, under a new name.

I remember playing Flash games at school; I'd love to play some of them again, particularly Save the Sheriff.


.exe files are dangerous to trust, .swf less so -- and the .swf is just as portable. I haven't downloaded this heap of stuff yet but when I do, I think I'll run them in a virtual box just to be extra careful.

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Posted Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:21 PM

Back around 2000, I remember downloading several remakes of classic arcade games in Flash -- they are long gone, but I fondly recall playing them. Titles included Missile Command and Frogger.






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