Homage to Atari, Bushfire Aid and Flashpoint save Flash
Over 36,000 Flash games have been saved offline and are now downloadable
At the end of this year major web browsers will remove Flash support, however Flashpoint a project which has saved over 36,000 Flash games from disappearing forever. In 2017 Adobe announced that it would cease funding Flash by the end of 2020. Over the last 3 years Adobe have been working with companies such as; Facebook and Apple to help make the end of Flash as seamless as possible. So many games are now developed with HTML5 or Unity as the technology for game development has gotten better. Flashpoint uses open-source technology to allow people to download the full list of games and animations. Flashpoint has also stated that the games will be pulled if the copyright holder or original creator requests that. However, the combined size of all the games are over 290GB so make sure you’ve got the hard drive space. If you liked to look at the full list of games click here.
A book titled Atari 2600/7800 will showcase a visual compendium of Atari gaming history
The book will feature cover art of all Atari game consoles as well as the highs and lows of the company’s history. Bitmap Books the publisher who has also released Metal Slug: The Ultimate History and SNES Pixel Book is gearing up to release a massive 528-page volume of Atari history. There will be hardcover and softcover options for buyers as well as limited edition copies. Be expected to see the likes of Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. With over 200 classic games and articles featuring third party development, interviews with leading industry veterans and of course prototypes of games and consoles. Prices depending on what you like will vary from $48 to $97 which seems like a fair price for an over 500-page book paying homage to a company that filled arcades and homes around the world with joy. If you are interested in purchasing the book click here.
Sony Foundation have pledged support streams to help the Australian bushfire efforts
Starting on the 1st of February until the 23rd you will see many PlayStation studios and teams from around the world taking part in supporting the effort. Sony Foundation Australia has kicked things off by pledging $200,000 to Gaming4Life charity streams on Twitch. Sony Foundation Australia has previously provided support back in 2009 Black Saturday Fires as well as the 2011 Queensland floods.
If you’d like to show your support and spare some coin check out the stream schedule for the SIE Worldwide Studios:
- 15th February – Media Molecule from 3am – 5am AEDT (14th February, 4pm – 6pm GMT) and the Dreams Community through the day
- 20th February – Naughty Dog from 5:30am – 7:30am AEDT (19th February 6:30pm – 8:30pm GMT)
- 21st February – Insomniac Games’ President and Founder, Ted Price, from 8:00am – 9:30am AEDT (20th February 9pm – 10:30pm GMT)
- 22nd February – Sid Shuman and Shuhei Yoshida team up for a joint stream