Friends, as this Guardian writer points out, Flash – that annoying browser plugin that enables tiresome overblown ads in the tram lines of the Independent website – is dying. This is a good thing, but made me nostalgic for some lovely Flash crap. Flash was the first time the web got properly interactive, and it was very exciting. Here are some things from circa 2003 you might enjoy – but not for long…
Homestar Runner – a lovely, silly, and inexplicably expansive comic about some strange friends
Slime Volleyball – thank goodness someone has actually saved this for HTML 5 yayyy!
Denise Lewis Heptathlon – flash game that destroyed my knuckles, made for the Commonwealth Games in 2002
Defend Your Castle – someone got annoyed at me for reminding them of this game back in 2009 because it’s very very addictive. But fun too 🙂
Samorost 1. This game is gorgeous.
Boohbah – someone actually made a mirror of this site which ITV obviously stopped paying the bill for. Obviously. Because it’s extraordinarily weird. I think it was intended to promote a TV show. Instead it fills me with existential dread.
In the naughties a snazzy website was considered crucial for promoting a new TV show. Time Trumpet and Nathan Barley TV were awesome examples with lots of original content. To me they appear to have stopped working, but they were such a joy I’m leaving it here in case someone else can get them to work
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