Discontinuation of Adobe Flash Player

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After 25 years, Adobe has killed their Flash Player for good.

Adobe Flash Player is a discontinued computer software used for a lot of animations and games. Flash Player, alongside a programming language called ActionScript, was used for games such as Papa's Pizzeria, Club Penguin, Nitrome games, and many more. On April 29, 2010, an open letter from Steve Jobs was published criticizing Adobe Flash Player not being supported on Apple's iOS operating systems like the iPhone and iPad due to poor performances on mobile devices and battery consumption. Apple didn't want their devices to be on a third-party company and because of that Adobe ended up ending Flash Player on mobile web browsers in November 2011.

On October 28th, 2014, HTML5 started functioning very similar to Flash Player but without installing a plug in, and it was also used for animations and games just like Flash. It was also the time that Adobe rebranded Adobe Flash Professional to Adobe Animate after the short-lived Edge Suite (lasted for 3 years) which was a HTML5 developmental kit. Because of HTML5, Flash has started to decline, and in July 2017, Adobe announced that they will end support for Flash for good by the end of 2020. The announcement was then coordinated with major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.

The last version of Flash Player is 32.0.0.465, which was released by Adobe on December 8, 2020.

Why The Discontinuation Sucks

  1. It caused many great Flash games to become unplayable.
  2. It also caused MMO Flash games such as Neopets, Marapets and Club Penguin Private Servers to be shut down. Though some game have downloadable versions due to this.
  3. There are still many game portal websites that still have their games in Flash and are unable to migrate them to HTML5. For example, Facebook's FarmVille had shut down after 10 years due to Flash.
  4. You can't use a different web browser to play Flash games since all browsers ended support for Flash, unless your browser is REALLY old (like the older versions of Internet Explorer).
  5. Due to Flash's shutdown, the popular site Pogo.com has retired great games like Pogo Bowl.
  6. Adobe refused to keep it supported after 2020 because they keep insisting people to transfer over to HTML5.
  7. There is no way to play Flash games after 2020 due to many of them being too old to migrate.
  8. It's impossible to directly port Flash games to HTML5, so most games must be re-created from scratch.
  9. Adobe had the guts to actually include a timebomb on recent versions of Flash Player, which locks up usage of Flash content past January 12, 2021. The timebomb also affects using Flash Player offline, making it impossible to even use Flash past that date. Thankfully, there is a way to stop Flash Player from updating automatically, but it is too late now.
  10. On January 12, 2021, all Flash content has become unplayable, and you are now greeted with an icon that tells you about Flash's end of life.
    • It also made the Newgrounds Player unable to play Flash games, since it was still using Flash to run them, though someone seems to have found a work-around.
    • Thankfully though, Flashpoint still works and has not been affected.
    • The Chrome OS version of Chrome still allowed you to use Flash Player until in February 2021 that Chrome disabled it.
    • Even if there is a game website that uses Ruffle, some of them are broken since Ruffle doesn't support Action Script 2.0, and some of the games suffer from bugs and glitches. In Raft Wars for example, some versions of the game crash in the first level. But in some versions of the game, it is mostly playable (despite the enemies transforming to others, and the viking shield on some enemies randomly appear) until it randomly crashes and the tennis balls you shoot end up in the up-left corner on the screen.
  11. This even caused some older printers to be rendered unusable due to their interface being created in Flash.
    • This also caused a Chinese railroad station to shutdown because they were operated with Flash.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. BlueMaxima's Flashpoint project is working to preserve many Flash games and animations so that people can play and view Flash content after 2020. Plus, The Internet Archive is doing a similar goal.
  2. You can in theory use older versions of Internet Explorer or other old browsers and use an old version of Windows like Windows XP to play Flash games after 2020, though it is recommended you use a virtual machine for these and not on an actual computer as old browsers and operating systems tend to have security holes.
  3. Some games are getting non-flash remakes via being ported to JavaScript or external applications, such as Happy Wheels, Pogo Bowl, and the entirety of Ninja Kiwi's game library (which has been ported to Steam under the name "Ninja Kiwi Archive").
  4. The removal of Flash Player is at the very least justified for security and performance reasons, as the usage of Flash plugins prompts the generation of a shared library file (for example, .dll), which can be exploited by hackers to inject malware or initiate malicious activities. However, others have pointed out that most of these security issues were actually fixed years ago, rendering this reason nearly mood.
  5. Some game portal sites are able to port some flash games to HTML5 like Poki.
  6. You can also use alternative software other than Flash Player after 2020, Ruffle and Lightspark for example. Even better, both are open-source and can be played offline on your computer AND your mobile device. The caveat however, is that they might not be 100% compatible.
  7. An app called Flash Patcher allows you to remove the time bomb on Flash Player, combined with Waterfox, one of the few regularly updated browsers that still supports Flash, and you can now play any Flash game in 2021.
  8. Browsers like Basilisk and Puffin retained support for Flash.

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Grust

12 months ago
Score 1
Will this affect Newgrounds?
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BlueReacts

4 days ago
Score 0
Nope, Ruffle just saved the website from Flash discontinuation.
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Grust

12 months ago
Score 0
Nevermind, they got a brwoser thing for their games. I'm good.
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Masson Thief

10 months ago
Score 0
Right, their content is yours to play forever.
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Masson Thief

9 months ago
Score 0
Which flash games do you play there?
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Masson Thief

10 months ago
Score 3
I plan on participating on the Flashpoint project.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

7 months ago
Score 0
It will be good if you help to make a port of Super Mario 63 and Arisen's Adobe from pawn community before will be discontinued.
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Grammar guy

7 months ago
Score 0
I just want an emulator, because if you download all of it, that's a chunky ass file, and the online version might lose games because of legal issues.
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JDM4678

10 months ago
Score 6
Stupid adobe, they are cancelling flash, cant they get that will strongly affect websites like Kongregate or Newgrounds?
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DmitriLeon2000

9 months ago
Score 4
What about heavy processor usage?
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Master Chief

5 months ago
Score 0
I freaking hate Adobe, I will never forgive them for this!
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LuigiMan050-5

3 months ago
Score 0
It's like saying the PS4 is better than the PS3 all because it's more powerful.
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Fortdicted

one month ago
Score 1
That's also like saying that the Xbox One is better than the Xbox 360 all because it's more powerful.
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Nihirichan

9 months ago
Score 3
Coolmath is planning on transitioning their games from Flash to HTML5.
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JDM4678

6 months ago
Score 3
I hope they do a good job at it, I dont really like HTML5
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Black Knight Animation Studios

8 months ago
Score 9
The worst decision ever, Adobe.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

8 months ago
Score 2
My Adobe, the room creator from Dragon's Dogma Pawn Community by CAPCOM, many Flash games like Super Mario 63, many flash sonic games, many great animations will be gone forever. this is one of the worst moments in gaming history and my gaming life. R.I.P Adobe Flash Player 1996-2020 :(
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JDM4678

6 months ago
Score 3
I passed my time playing Henry Stickmin, Sift Heads, Strike Force Heroes, Thing Thing and more, why Adobe, why?
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

7 months ago
Score 3
I wait for god to release an Adobe Flash Player Emulator so people can play again the Masterpieces or the shitty low quality ones.
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NoveltyMan

6 months ago
Score 2
I remember playing these games on an offline software, that could open adobe flash files, so I think that something like this already exists.
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Heraz

7 months ago
Score 2
it's sad that !?%$#* HTML is GARBAGE because of its sound & 3D support is SUPER EXTREMELY LIMITED!!!!!!!!!!!!! and website designs look a lot better in flash compared to the boring HTML5, just compare the old PBS Kids flash games with PBS Kids HTML5 games! you can see which one is more powerful than the other (spoiler alert: its flash)
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Heraz

7 months ago
Score 2
and I think we should have a page of HTML5 on crappy video games wiki to show the downsides of it
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 1
The discontinuation of Adobe Flash might also mean a few of the surviving Sky Games games (in the Internet) will also become unplayable
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PG201

6 months ago
Score 2

All versions of Adobe Flash Player newer than 32.0.0.371 contain a time-bomb, that will make it unusable after January 2021. Here is how to use it in browsers after 2021.

First off, Disable windows update completely. You can search how to do that. 1. Download Pale Moon browser. 2. Download Flash Player (NPAPI) 32.0.0.330 3. Install Pale Moon 4. Install Flash (and turn off updates)

5. Set date to February 2021. If flash works, job done.
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ThePCGamer

6 months ago
Score 4
I played many flash games as a kid.
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Jaredmbrooks

6 months ago
Score 3
I don't care what people say about Flash it will always be the best to me. R.I.P Adobe Flash. I've never encountered a security issue with Flash.
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JDM4678

6 months ago
Score 0

Adobe be like

No, we are not returning flash in favor of HTML5, have fun playing shit games and not games people used to enjoy
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Xavior 0.10

5 months ago
Score 1
I wonder how Stephenwolf2001 would react....since MLP: FiM is flash animated....
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Allistayrian

5 months ago
Score 1
The animators will always change the program, so no problem here
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

5 months ago
Score 1
59 days left until the disaster. (︶ʌ︶)
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SpazJR61

5 months ago
Score 1

Well, but I have tons of memories with Adobe Flash and Shockwave. But I miss even more the Macromedia name.

We gonna miss you little toy, like windows xp, you're gonna a retro gaming thingy.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

5 months ago
Score 0
My favorite Microsoft OSes were Windows XP & Windows 7.
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Master Chief

5 months ago
Score 0
I still have it on my computer, I'm doing everything I can so that I can still do flash by 2021, I even stopped Chrome from updating.
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VinnyRocchio

5 months ago
Score 3

Guy who likes Adobe Flash: If we don't stop Adobe from shutting down Adobe Flash Player, all of our childhood Flash stuff will be gone forever! WHAT’LL WE DO?!

Me: I don't know!
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SuperJaleo245

3 months ago
Score 1
Me: Maybe Move On And Play HTML5 Games.
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Gilby1385

5 months ago
Score 3
Who wants an add-on for Chrome or some other browser than enables Flash after 2020?
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Master Chief

4 months ago
Score 1
I do, but I don't think Google will allow it, because they're supporting the removal of Flash by having it off by default.
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Stomps

5 months ago
Score 1
R.I.P HoodaMathGames. You always had the good versions of the Vehicles Games
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FightFireWithFire

4 months ago
Score 3
It's great that HTML5 is getting better and better, but Flash would've stil been here if it wasn't for hackers exploiting it. :(
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Jaredmbrooks

4 months ago
Score 1

If you guys really wanna put BlueMaxima's Flashpoint to good use, then do what I do. Use this downloader to copy Flash games and use one of the many projectors that comes with the Flashpoint download.

https://chro...hcohocmpmimg
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

4 months ago
Score 1
Great, very cool program, but the negative reviews?
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Jaredmbrooks

4 months ago
Score 1

When downloading a Flash game you will have to click keep anyway during download because your computer will read them as unsafe, just ignore that. You will also need to turn the extension off after your done using it.

Also it may not download certain games.
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Jaredmbrooks

4 months ago
Score 1
The second issue with the Flash Downloader extension is that it changes your default search engine while it is turned on. Turn it off after using it and the problem will be fixed. It's still a great downloader.
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Markochan

4 months ago
Score 2

Me: Wants to check out oldest websites that are run on Flash or go through Wayback Machine which is also run on Flash.

December: "I don't think so."
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Mr. Dready

4 months ago
Score 2
Steve Jobs and Homestar Runner we're right: Flash is Dead.
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

4 months ago
Score 1
Just a question, will it affect SWF files?
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ZacyboiM8

4 months ago
Score 1
I think VLC will do the job of playing those/
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Jaredmbrooks

4 months ago
Score 1

Bluemaxima's Flashpoint comes with tons of flash games built into the launcher. Download Flashpoint and play some old games today. Also, SWF files are in no way affected by the death of Flash.

https://blue.../flashpoint/
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TheMan

4 months ago
Score 1
R.I.P. The Binding of Isaac
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Allistayrian

4 months ago
Score 1
Don't worry, it will be still playable on Steam.
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Master Chief

4 months ago
Score 1
Me talking to Adobe after they try put a time bomb on their new update on Flash: https://yout...h7sGMag?t=72
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87edward

4 months ago
Score 1
Marapets is basically a rip-off of Neopets and Club Penguin.
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Zhuguli232

4 months ago
Score 3
Too sad, My Childhood (this) is Disappearing
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Arctic01

3 months ago
Score 2
It's sad that Adobe Flash is disappearing since I grew up playing Flash games.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

3 months ago
Score 1
Only 9 days left until Super Mario 63, Ultimate Flash Sonic, Arisen's Adobe, Pokemon Tower Defense Trilogy, Papa's Gameria, Henry Stickmin Legacy Series and many great flash games will disappear forever, goodbye Adobe Flash Player. ( ◡_◡ )
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EdEddandEddyFan

3 months ago
Score 1
Better start archiving them!
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Master Chief

3 months ago
Score 1
No, I stopped my Flash Player from updating a long time ago, so I won't be affected.
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EdEddandEddyFan

3 months ago
Score 1
And now, today's the undignified execution day for Adobe Flash.
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Collaterale1

3 months ago
Score 1
This is it guys. Tommorrow, Flash will be going to the grave forever.
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EdEddandEddyFan

3 months ago
Score 1
Shit, you're right!
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LuigiMan050-5

3 months ago
Score 1
HTML, the successor to Adobe Flash.
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SpazJR61

3 months ago
Score 2

Looks like people love to downvote my comments.

So, I don't tell the truth anymore. But, I still miss this thing.
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SpazJR61

3 months ago
Score 2
I want to explain something, the comments above I've made are just experiment, to see how people gonna react.
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LuigiMan050-5

3 months ago
Score 1
Ah. Alright.
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Nonstopmaximum

3 months ago
Score 1
Uh huh
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

3 months ago
Score 1
Like Jaredmbrooks mentioned that we can download those Flash Games using Flash Downloader extension. I have a better extension than this one, it is called Flash and Video Download, which is exclusive only for Mozilla Firefox. It's safe to use, it does not change your search engine and also works in incognito mode. I recommend so much this extension, as it detects any flash video or game easily, but you need to download Adobe Flash before using it and playing, i downloaded so many games and archiving them like this one.
MyAdobeFirefox.png
Don't forget to download JPEXS Decompiler, which is a Adobe Flash emulator and SWF editor/decompiler.
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Glitchedblood

3 months ago
Score 1
Please stop worrying about it going away. Archive sites are being made
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

3 months ago
Score 1
Except this image shown above of a very underrated AAA website (there's only 15 active users nowadays in this website), nearly no one never archived this flash game until me starting to archive this game and the assets before it shut down! I'm a Pawn Community user since February 2020. I'm have to worry about, i finally unlocked the final room (40000TPs) after grinding so much on 500TPs quests.
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LuigiMan050-5

3 months ago
Score 3

"Adobe had the guts to actually include a timebomb on recent versions of Flash Player, which locks up usage of Flash Player past January 14th, 2021. The timebomb also affects using Flash Player offline, making it impossible to even use Flash past that date. Luckily, there is a way to stop Flash Player from updating automatically, but it might be too late now."

Looks like a massive "screw you!" to people who still want to play Flash games even after it's discontinued.
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Master Chief

3 months ago
Score 2
I don't get why they did that, flash is already disabled by default on new versions of Chrome, so they can only play flash if they really want to, so putting a timebomb is just disrespectful to people who want to play it.
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Chilly5000

3 months ago
Score 1

Basically this is what December 31st looks like

400px
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Master Chief

3 months ago
Score 1
good thing I stopped my flash player from updating and my Chrome from updating back before it was too late!
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

3 months ago
Score 1
Too bad that me and many people will not able to play anymore Adobe Flash games on browser or JPEXS, at least i archived the Adobe Flash installer (2019/2.0.0.553/latest version), but be careful, the Adobe Flash installer will auto-delete after opening it, always make a copy before using this file.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

3 months ago
Score 1
Oh, i forgot something, it does not auto-delete if you activate "Read-only" attribute in the file properties.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

3 months ago
Score 2

The End Of Adobe Flash Player: You Can (Not) Grow Up

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MarioMario456

21 days ago
Score 0
        • copyright, the video got blocked.
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87edward

3 months ago
Score 2
I played many Flash games when I was little.
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87edward

3 months ago
Score 1
It will be disappeared in six minutes.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

3 months ago
Score 2
Adobe Flash Player: Goodbye forever...
>Vanishes from existence<
AlvaroNovaes-BR: (◡_◡、)
Many people: (ToT )
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MineGuy13

3 months ago
Score 4
Well this year is already off to a bad start.
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Caulipower

3 months ago
Score 1
Get Ruffle, It's what I got so I can play Flash past January 14th.
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FightFireWithFire

3 months ago
Score 3
It flashed away.
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Jclem05

3 months ago
Score 1
I can still play flash games!

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