For people like myself, a huge part of my childhood was spent playing Flash games on the web. Sites like Kongregate and Newgrounds were often a huge part of my school lunch times, and just about every other moment in the day. These simple and often very meaningless games could be considered to have set the foundations for the Smartphone and Tablet games of today. However, are Flash games a thing of the past?
Some indie game legends were born through the form of Flash, heard of the legendary Super Meat Boy? It’s foundations were set by it’s flash predecessor, Meat Boy. Although, times are changing, with the recent coming of HTML 5, there has been less and less of a need for the now ageing Flash.
The PC and the web for that matter are becoming less of a place for gaming, with the rising popularity in Smartphone and Tablet devices. The App Store and Google Play Store are absolutely full of games that can be considered as worthy alternatives to the games you once played on your PC/Web Browser.
Another huge issue that has knocked Flash games sideways is Facebook. Aside from offering you the ultimate tool to connect with your friends, Facebook also has a variety of apps and games to waste your time with. Whilst alot of these games may be made with Flash, it still gives the classic Flash gaming site a good run for it’s money. Gaming on Facebook is extremely affordable, very fast and quite conveniently portable.
Furthermore, some people often blame our increasingly busy lifestyles for the lack of time dedicated to gaming and Browser based gaming often feels the full brunt of this. It’s quite fair to say that people are running out of “spare” time to spend on Flash gaming sites.
It’s difficult to deny that Flash games are becoming a thing of the past, we often don’t have time for them in the modern lifestyle, but some truly great games came out of the Flash era.