Adobe Flash Player Ending Sparks Wave of Jokes, Memes and Tributes

In 2020, December 31 is not only being celebrated as New Year's Eve. For many internet users it marks another milestone: the death of Adobe Flash.

Yes, following years of complaints and frustrations, the software that created a multitude of nostalgic animated video games will no longer be supported after Thursday, with Adobe blocking Flash content from running in Flash Player from January 12, 2021.

The software—which was designed as a way to make internet apps that can play audio and video content from a browser or plug-in—has long been despised in some corners of the internet due to a bevy of security vulnerabilities, incompatibility with the Apple ecosystem, excessive power consumption and a general vibe of outdatedness.

But its long-awaited demise still sparked a wave of tributes on Twitter over the past 24 hours, fueling jokes and memes as users mentally prepared for the end.

"I didn't own consoles growing up, so Flash is how I learned to love games. Many of my fondest memories from childhood are of Flash games and animations. Thanks for all the memories. May heaven grant you fortune," tweeted game developer Askiisoft.

On December 31st, Adobe Flash will no longer be supported. I didn't own consoles growing up, so Flash is how I learned to love games. Many of my fondest memories from childhood are of Flash games and animations.

Thanks for all the memories. May heaven grant you fortune. pic.twitter.com/ljoWtd8rii

— Justin (@askiisoft) December 29, 2020

The sentiment that Flash was the among first pieces of software to spark an interest in game development or content creation became a more common sight this week, while others reminisced about a childhood spent playing old Flash-based games.

"Flash was one of the last remaining vestiges of my childhood internet experience" Josh Fairhurst, owner of game publisher Limited Run Games, tweeted on Monday.

However, it was Twitter, so it was memes that mostly prevailed among users. Here are some of the best quips about the death of Adobe Flash as its end-date draws near.

Adobe Flash Player is deprecated computer software for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia contents, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming audio and video.

Let's give our last goodbye to Adobe.
1996 - 2020 pic.twitter.com/Q1Bn9ej9Yh

— herculino3 (@herculinoVEVO3) December 30, 2020

Adobe Flash? Why are you here in your dying moments? pic.twitter.com/LxfJeSjjK4

— Characters visiting Peter Griffin (@petervisit) December 31, 2020

Today is the day, that Adobe Flash dies... pic.twitter.com/FLOJ8io3DL

— ⭐️📼Tape 📼⭐️ (ART RAFFLE!) (@TapeCassetteGuy) December 31, 2020

Adobe Flash... 😔 pic.twitter.com/xsNjAyCRgV

— raviole (@ravioIe) December 31, 2020

my last mayo burger before Adobe flash leaves pic.twitter.com/TDeSplzT7O

— soniciscool (@soniciscool5) December 31, 2020

Rest in peace adobe flash. My childhood thanks you. pic.twitter.com/lgQ1rMRray

— Chowder908 (@LazyGenGamers) December 31, 2020

me uninstalling adobe flash player from my laptop pic.twitter.com/jEQ59InbTM

— eatah dique (@ZRedd5) December 25, 2020

Adobe announced in 2017 that Flash was officially on the way out, confirming that the software's end-of-life date would be December 31, 2020. It said it was doing so as open standards, including HTML5, were now viable alternatives for Flash content.

"Also, major browser vendors are integrating these open standards into their browsers and deprecating most other plug-ins (like Flash Player)," Adobe noted at the time.

Adobe has warned that Flash Player may remain on your computer unless you uninstall it, which is advised as it will not receive security updates after its end-of-life. To do so, it has provided some manual uninstall instructions for Windows and Mac users.

But there is some good news for fans of Flash games, as the Internet Archive created a library of classic titles that will be digitally preserved for the years to come.

Archivist Jason Scott wrote in a blog (via Rock Paper Shotgun): "It's not like an image or sound file where a more modern player could still make the content accessible in the modern era. If there's no Flash Player, there's nothing like Flash, which is a tragedy."

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A window on the Mozilla Firefox browser shows the browser has blocked the Adobe Flash plugin from activating due to a security issue on July 14, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Adobe is blocking all Flash content from running in Flash Player from January 12, 2021, following its end-of-life on December 31, 2020. Sean Gallup/Getty