As Adobe killed its famous Flash plug-in, hope arose for the preservation of Internet history: the Internet Archive foundation announced the deployment of a plug-in emulation system. Called Ruffle, this emulator uses the WebAssembly standard to run low-level code and run old animations of yesteryear on sites that have become obsolete.
While Flash games are enjoying an excellent record with our colleagues at Canard PC (online or in print), the future of an entire section of the history of the Web has just been saved.
At a time when browsers were less capable than they are today, Adobe’s plug-in allowed for real feats (video playback, full game development, etc.).
Boštjan Čadež aka fšk. – Line Rider is one of the very popular Flash games.
But closed, subject to the goodwill of Adobe and suffering from its porting to different platforms, Flash ended up being ousted against a background of poor performance, opacity and security holes.
Promised to disappear, the 100,000 games developed with this technology will therefore be able to continue to be played (or at least consulted!), Even if initially the Internet Archive will start with a fleet of 1,000 titles.
In addition to games, millions of animations and other video clips have been developed in Flash, like the magical Badger that we can, fortunately, continue to enjoy on YouTube.
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All modern browsers (Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) support the WebAssembly language, just make sure you have your browser up to date.
Sources : Internet Archive via The Register