Why the end of Flash animation marks the end of an era for creativity on the web

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, Dec 28, 2020
An installation view of “Your Bright Future: Twelve Contemporary Artists From Korea” at LACMA. A Flash-based work by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries is seen above the door
An installation view of “Your Bright Future: Twelve Contemporary Artists From Korea” at LACMA. A Flash-based work by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries is seen above the door. Credit: Museum Associates/ LACMA

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In 1998, programmer and animator Tom Fulp released an online video game titled “Teletubby Fun Land” that featured the characters from the British children’s television program getting drunk and stoned and engaged in acts of devil worship. One of the game’s narratives showed a version of Po (the red one) getting it on with a sheep. [...] On Dec. 31, Adobe will no longer support Flash, the animation plug-in that allows the game to function. Unless it is recoded using another program, it will become impossible for most web users to access it.

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