Edge magazine on the world of Flash gaming

Edge magazine recently ran a series of articles on their website about the state of Flash gaming. They interviewed people like Tom Fulp of Newgrounds, Chris Hughes of Flash Game License, and .. err .. me! It’s a really interesting read covering both the perception of Flash in this post-Apple/Jobs HTML5 tainted world, and where things might be heading. The article is split into 5 parts:

Meet the developers

Show us the money

Doing deals with Chris Hughes (about Flash game sponsorship)

Trouble ahead? (the HTML5 influence)

The Future (Stage3D, Unity, etc)

Posted on October 24th 2011 at 2:34 pm by .
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  • TestSubject06
    October 24th 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Good read, there’s a ton of good info here for little noobies like me.

  • October 24th 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Hey, why didn’t they interview me? :/
    LoL, tnx for the update.

  • Morgan
    October 25th 2011 at 10:15 am

    Some great talking points. Not sure about your comment “that no one makes websites with flash anymore”. I think flash still has legs in this area too, although many things that people used to do in flash, slideshows etc are better off done natively in browser.

  • October 25th 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Morgan – I didn’t say it quite as precisely as that! But that’s the trouble with phone based interviews that jump all over the place. I would still say that edge-cases aside, no-one in their right mind ought to be building 100% Flash based web sites any more though. There are exceptions to this (sites that require really high levels of accessibility for example) but they are few and far between.

  • Morgan
    October 26th 2011 at 12:11 am

    Could you briefly if you have time, elaborate on why you think that people shouldnt be building 100% flash sites? i work with graphic design students who simply love creating portfolios in flash. maybe that is an edge case as you say, but maybe you are right and its becoming irrelevant to teach students to make flash websites… interesting thoughts.

  • October 26th 2011 at 1:05 am

    I think it’s about using the right tool for the job. There is very little you cannot do in JavaScript or CSS3 these days, especially for something like a portfolio site. Degrade nicely and you hit virtually every browser going, including iOS devices. Smooth transitions, colour effects, rotation, 3D, decent fonts, it’s all possible with html5. I’m not saying don’t use Flash in a web site, I’m just saying use it in the right place – and that is rarely “the whole thing” any more imho. For games it’s an entirely different matter though. But for a web site, when the information is everything, you should cast a wider net.

  • March 20th 2015 at 5:08 pm

    The links are broken! :-(

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