The End of Flash Day 2 2021-01-13 12:47:29
Yesterday was the true End of Flash day, where Flash was officially removed from browsers.
There was a surprise where Windows itself started blocking Flash as well, resulting in Newgrounds Player not working.
Sonucais has now made a post with instructions to get Flash working with Newgrounds Player, via a config file edit. We’re looking into making that part of the install process.
Newgrounds has also been using Ruffle to emulate Flash in the browser. We made a bulk change yesterday where ALL Flash movies were set to run with Ruffle along with ALL Flash games from before July 2006. We chose that date because Ruffle supports most AS2 games but not AS3 games, which started arriving that month.
If you find anything that is trying to run with Ruffle but doesn’t work, please note it in the Ruffle Testing / Flash Preservation Crew thread.
You can also test Ruffle on content where it isn’t enabled by adding “/format/flash?emulate=flash” to the end of the URL. If you find something that works, let us know in the testing thread! A good example would be AS2 games released after July, 2006.
If you’re wondering where to start, our hubs let you browse by specific date ranges. For example here are the games from July 1st, 2006 to January 1st, 2008, ranked by views. Choose “Custom” in the Range dropdown to set parameters like this - if you want to commit to checking a specific date range, you could note it in the testing thread so other users are encouraged to pursue a different range.
We also have a thumbnail crew thread if you’d like to help update thumbnails with higher resolution source images.
Any help with this stuff is greatly appreciated; it’s a lot of material to sort through!
More About Ruffle and Flash Preservation
Most of the content shared on NG nowadays isn’t Flash; you can share your HTML5 games and any sort of original animation you’ve made in video format, as well as art, music, voice reels and podcasts. As the original Flash Portal we continue to host both old and new Flash content.
Newgrounds sponsors the development of Ruffle.rs, to run Flash content in the browser without Flash. Flash will be removed from browsers at the end of the year but thanks to Ruffle, we can enjoy Flash forever! Ruffle doesn’t support everything yet, which is why we have Newgrounds Player as a desktop fallback until it does.
Ruffle was created by @Mike as an open-source alternative to the Flash plug-in, free of all the legacy problems associated with Flash. Lots of smart people have gotten involved with the project and you can sponsor it with money or help as a Rust developer.
The Best of December were announced last week. $900 in prizes were awarded and the Tankmas ADVENTure team donated theirs to our Drawing Tablet Giveaway. If you know an artist who is in need of a tablet, let them know applications are still open.
The top animation based on original material in January will win $250 and the top three games based on original material will each win $100.
Pixel Day, January 23rd, with almost $1,200 in prizes!
NG is hosting a Flash Forward Jam. We’re gonna surprise people with a bunch of new interactive Flash creations, running in browsers this January thanks to Ruffle, after Flash has been officially removed. Over $2,600 in prizes!
Read this week’s edition of The Tank Tribune!