If you didn't know, the majority of web browsers will cease the usage of any flash players in the end of 2020, which means the death of browser games we used to play for hours on end during our childhood. One of the most popular sites, Nitrome, decided to save their library of flash games. They managed to team up with Poki, another online gaming site offering players the ability to play games on almost any device, to emulate Nitrome's library through HTML 5.
Nitrome's latest blog post went into detail on how the process is taking place, and the benefits and drawbacks of utilizing HTML 5. Bad Ice Cream, the first title to receive the treatment is currently available for trial. The developer had to sacrifice a slight performance difference, which players might notice while playing the flash titles available. This is due to the limits of software emulation, which invariably creates some extra time needed in program to run its emulation code. However, the team are using the exact code of the original games pulled directly from the original flash files. and promised to improve as time goes by.
There are benefits to the situation as well, since the usage of HTML 5 will allow you to play the flash games library on your mobile phones and tablet devices. With HTML 5 being a universal standard, and Poki's experience with delivering HTML 5 games across all platforms, this became a natural feature. Not only that, the team made sure to design virtual control overlays that can be configured on a per game basis.
In other news, Nitrome gave their fans an update on the state of the new site being built they discussed in previous blogs. The studio's initial intent at the time was to make a new website that focused on games outside of the browser. The decision was reverted, mainly as a result of shifting the focus to accommodate the newly available HTML 5 games on the newly refreshed site that they currently have. Nonetheless, Nitrome plans on making a new site that will be more responsive and suited for use on mobile devices, with no timeline given as to when we should expect it to go live.
How many browser games did you play growing up? Which Nitrome title are you most excited to try out after it gets the HTML 5 treatment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.