Adobe Flash Discontinued, Blue Maxima Helps to Preserve Its Memory

Mia Ouyang , Ricky Rojas, and Reya Mehta

   On Feb. 1, 2020, Adobe Flash was discontinued across the Internet and replaced by its superior cousin, HTML5. 

   The change, first announced in 2017, gave web sites three years to convert. Fortunately, many had switched prior to the announcement due to numerous bugs and security flaws that plagued the software. Major browsers including Chrome and Safari had already started blocking Flash by default. However, many older sites didn’t have the manpower to switch and will soon be defunct.

   With this new development, rumors that was shutting down spread like wildfire, leaving stunned kids and teenagers in their wake. It took some time for the rumors to die down, even after a spokesperson confirmed that the site had no plans to close.

  This development concerned game conservationists at Blue Maxima. Game conservation is a field that has been getting more and more relevant as aging technology is leaving popular games in the dust, lost to future generations. Many want to keep old games around, not only for sentimental value, but also for historical record. Flashpoint, a site created by Blue Maxima, is used to preserve games for those purposes.

   Flashpoint has hundreds of thousands of games, and more are continuously being added. There are two launchers to access the games — Infinity and Ultimate. Infinity is for downloading games as you want to, while Ultimate grants you access to the entire library of games in Flashpoint. 

   With well over 40,000 games archived, nearly any classic can be conveniently played. Games like the Papa Louie series, FireBoy and WaterGirl, and any other game you’d want to play are saved.

   As the age of technology progresses, innovations have been left behind while others evolve. Adobe Flash has been discontinued, but with Blue Maxima, its legacy lives on — not only in our memories, but in its online presence as well.