While much of what made 2020 such an absolute nightmare will still be with us on January 1 (sorry!), We’ll be really, really leaving Adobe Flash. and FarmVille behind as we step into the New Year.
The end of Flash was long in coming. The plugin, which was first released in 1996 and once supported a wide range of online content, has become increasingly unnecessary in a smartphone-centric world: iPhones have never supported Flash loads, and it’s been just over 10 years since then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs published an open letter outlining the technology’s shortcomings.
Adobe predicted the end, announcing in 2017 that it would be phasing out Flash by the end of this year. Most web browsers have already stopped supporting Flash, and today is the official end date, with the end of Adobe support itself – although there is still one final “death” milestone. of Flash ”on January 12, when the company begins blocking Flash content from playing.
In related news, Zynga recently announced that the end of Flash will also mean the end of FarmVille, since the game is based on the Flash plugin.
Like Flash, FarmVille looks like a holdover from a bygone internet age (a fact that makes me feel incredibly old, as I wrote a lot of words about both early in my career). Launched in 2009, the popularity of FarmVille paved the way for the rise of Zynga and gaming on Facebook, but Zynga and gaming have evolved a lot.
The co-founder and former CEO of the company Mark Pincus commemorated the occasion with a series of tweets describing the early development of the game (stimulated by the acquisition of the start-up CompressLife).
“FarmVille has demonstrated that a game can be a lively, ongoing service that can provide daily surprise and enjoyment, like in a favorite television series,” Pincus wrote. “Games could also connect groups of people and bring them closer together.”
And just in case any FarmVille fans read 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 only the last day of the original game.