It’s time to soon goodbye to old Flash player games

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The internet revolves around web browsers and with advancements in technology, browsers have improved significantly. While we salute Flash player games for shaping the way we use the web for entertainment, it’s now time to bid adieu to them as HTML5 takes over the scene and you need nothing more than a web browser to play your favorite games.

When you used to play video slots online, you may remember having come across the all too familiar pop up “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player”. That was when video slots were developed and ran on Adobe’s Flash player. However, we don’t see that more often and won’t anymore since the end of 2020 will be the end of Flash player games. For the uninitiated, Adobe Flash Player is a computer software that most websites relied heavily on for streaming audio, video and multimedia content. According to Microsoft, support for Flash will end in December 2020. Adobe will also stop updating and distributing the Flash player by then as well.

But does that mean you will be denied a visually appealing experience? Certainly not, in fact you can look forward to a better experience on your desktop, smart-phone or tablet. This is all thanks to formats like HTML5 and Javascript, which do share a few similarities with Adobe Flash. Even the late Steve Jobs was all for the shift.

Why does Flash have to die out anyway?

If you are trying to figure out the reason for all this, here’s what you need to know. Well to begin with, Flash had some general security issues. One other problem was that it sort of put a load of stress on device resources. This is not the case with HTML5 where no third-party browser plug-ins is required. In addition, there was always the danger of malware lurking. Flash files are pretty time consuming, which leads to low battery life if you play on a mobile device.

Are we ready for HTML5

Online casinos and other iGaming operators have jumped on the bandwagon and now offer native apps and HTML5 web applications where all their content can be loaded in a browser across all platforms. Load any casino in your mobile browser and you will find it adapting automatically to the screen size. This is all thanks to HTML5 technology, so you don’t need to download any app henceforth.

The internet is prepared for the transition with YouTube, Vimeo, and other social media platforms moving to HTLM5. Google Chrome and Firefox too have blocked Flash plug-ins and now mandate users to enable Flash if they require to. However, some are of the opinion that the gaming industry would be among the hardest hit with the demise of Flash. Well, that may be only a part of the video gaming sector but, for the most part, online casinos and many gaming sites have made the transition. So, you can play your favorite video slots online in a flash but without the need for Flash. Facebook is taking measures to help game developers on its platform migrate to open web standards.  Is there much that Flash can do that HTML5 can’t handle? There’s very little indeed, if any.

Still play your favorite games in Flash

If you are still taken up with Flash and kind of have separation anxiety, you may want to try out open-source applications such as BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint. You can use it to play some classic web games and choose from the Ultimate or Infinity packs. The latter allows you to download games on-demand and is a good pick if you have a Mac or Linux operated machine.

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