BlueMaxima's Flashpoint is a webgame preservation project created by BlueMaxima and The Flashpoint Project. This project is dedicated to preserve content made on web platforms using Adobe Flash (primarily) as well as other plugins so that such content isn't lost with the closure of such programs. Since early 2018, Flashpoint has saved more than 90,000 games and 10,000 animations running on 33 different platforms. This project is and will always be entirely non-profit, to preserve the sense of community and sharing that came with Flash and its ilk.
With the exception of the source files of the supported plugins (Which can't be released for legal reasons), all of Flashpoint's code is freely available on GitHub.
History[edit | edit source]
Flashpoint was started in January 2018 by BlueMaxima in an attempt to outrun the disappearance of content prior to the death of Adobe Flash. It has since evolved into an international project involving over 100 community contributors, encompassing both webgames and animations created using numerous internet plugins, frameworks, and standards.
Technicalities[edit | edit source]
Flashpoint utilizes a strong selection of open-source software. By combining the power of Apache, a custom-built launcher, and their own application called the "Flashpoint Secure Player", they can play web-based media in a quick, user-friendly environment without leaving permanent changes or security holes on a user's computer.
Software Versions[edit | edit source]
Two versions of the software are offered; Ultimate, which contains every piece of media in an offline ready format, and Infinity, a smaller distribution that allows the user to download and play content at will. Both versions are unaffected by the end of support for Flash and other plugins.
Supported Plugins and Formats[edit | edit source]
- 3D Groove GX
- 3DVIA Player
- ActiveX Controls
- Axel Player
- Atmorsphere Web Player
- Authorware Web Player
- Cult3D Player
- Flash Player
- GoBit Games Plugin
- Octree View
- PopCap Plugin
- Pulse Player
- TCL Plugin
- Unity Web Player
- Xara Plugin