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Goodbye Flash, goodbye FarmVille


#While much of what made 2020 such an absolute nightmare will still be with us on #January 1 (sorry!), we will really, truly be leaving #Adobe #Flash and #FarmVille behind as we enter the new year.

The end of #Flash has been a long time coming. The plugin, which was first released in 1996 and once supported a broad swath online content, has become increasingly irrelevant in a smartphone-centric world: iPhones never supported #Flash, and it’s been just over 10 years since #Apple’s then-CEO #Steve #Jobs published an open letter outlining the technology’s shortcomings.

#Adobe has been planning for the end, announcing in 2017 that it would phase out #Flash by the end of this year. #Most web browsers have already stopped supporting #Flash, and today is the official end date, with #Adobe ending support itself — although there’s still one last “death of #Flash” milestone on #January 12, when the company will begin to block #Flash content from playing.

#In related news, #Zynga announced recently that the end of #Flash would also mean the end of #FarmVille, since the game relies on the #Flash plugin.

#Like #Flash, #FarmVille feels like a remnant of a bygone internet era (a fact that makes me feel incredibly old, since I wrote plenty of words about both of them at the beginning of my career). #Launched in 2009, #FarmVille’s popularity paved the way for the ascendance of #Zynga and of #Facebook gaming, but both #Zynga and gaming have largely moved on.

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The company’s co-founder and former CEO #Mark #Pincus commemorated the occasion with a series of tweets outlining the game’s early development (spurred by the acquisition of startup #MyMiniLife).

“#FarmVille demonstrated that a game could be a living, always-on service that could deliver daily surprise and delight, similar to a favorite TV series,” #Pincus wrote. “#Games could also connect groups of people and bring them closer together.”

#And just in case there are any #FarmVille fans reading this story, don’t worry: you can still play #FarmVille 2: #Tropic #Escape, #FarmVille 2: #Country #Escape right now, and #FarmVille 3 is still coming to mobile. #Today is just the final day for the original game.





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##Goodbye ##Flash #goodbye ##FarmVille

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