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The Internet Archive have added a WebAssembly-based Flash emulator to their emulation suite, and are preserving 2000s-vintage Flash games, playable in a modern HTML5-capable browser:

blog.archive.org/2020/11/19/fl

@emma @acb more likely it's derived from the Linux Flash player that became the basis of Chrome's built-in flash player.

@acb This makes me happy, can't wait for stuff like this to make into browser extensions!

@acb I wonder if archiving old Shockwave games is next...

@acb Oh my god, this is amazing. I've just gone down the most wonderful memory lane of getting drunk and doing the caramelldansen at far too many social gatherings

@acb ooh, i wonder if Homestuck could use this to preserve its flash animations.

@acb AAUUUUGGHHHHH, NOOOOOOOOOOOO.

(makes the sign of the Cross with his fingers)

DIE, FLASH, DIE.

@flugennock @acb this is the best outcome - preservation of flash for the future, for archival purposes

@lunchgirl @acb Yeah — as a warning.

I was just making the jump from print to Web design around 1995 or '96, when Macromedia first rolled out Flash — it was called "Shockwave" at the time — and at the initial product demos we heard all kinds of hype about interactive instruction and real-time data display, but my first thought was "oh, christ, here come the Banner Ads From Hell".

...and, sure enough...

@acb I've just take a look at ruffle.rs and this article came up in my feed. 😬

@acb what do you mean vintage. :ablobcatknitsweats:

Army of Ages can't be that old right?

@acb also talking about flash dying check flashpoint, they are doing an amazing work to offer a giant amount of flash games

@acb Does it also emulate all of Flash's monumental unfixable bugs and security holes?

@ewhac Not sure, but it is written in Rust and running in the WebAssembly sandbox

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