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Flashpoint is rescuing all your old favorites

Adobe Flash is dying, and with it, hundreds of thousands of old-school Flash games. You know the ones: the simple, often amateur-built games that students would sneakily play on the classroom PCs when the teacher wasn't looking. Sites like Newgrounds and Kongregate were where many players and developers experienced their first forays into gaming. Now that the Adobe Flash software is being steadily phased out, these nostalgic titles are in danger of going extinct, never to be played again.

Cue the Flashpoint project. BlueMaxima is compiling a huge collection of these games so that they won't be lost, effectively preserving gaming history, before Flash blinks out of existence on December 31, 2020. This might not seem like a lot of time, but Flashpoint has already managed to catalog a staggering 38,000-plus titles in a list that is only growing.

Saving the old internet, one Flash game at a time

Oldies but goodies like Stick RPG, Bowman, Helicopter Game, and Redline Rumble have been rescued and forever preserved. You can suggest games, and if you just so happen to be the creator of one of these games, Flashpoint will gladly take down the game– it claims no copyright on any of these titles. The goal of the project isn't to make money, but rather to preserve "as many games and animations from these platforms as possible, so that they aren't lost to time."

Want to take a trip down memory lane? You can download the great, growing collection directly to your PC — if you have a spare 300GB, that is. An easier option might be downloading a much smaller version that only nabs the games you're currently playing. It's all free, of course; despite their bombastic popularity, many of these games never made a penny back in their heyday. They were posted for the sheer fun of it. 

You can enjoy these nostalgic web games — for the sheer fun of it — over at BlueMaxima's Flashpoint.