Gone in a Flash
As the world still deals with the Coronavirus pandemic, political turmoil, and the uncertainty of the future, we did come into the year knowing that a major change was coming to the fandom, which has since been overshadowed by these other events. Flash is going the way of the dodo, due to Adobe dropping support for their Flash Player plugin and browsers withdrawing support in turn; and with it a substantial piece of furry history will no longer function in most browsers as of 2021.
Luckily, some of the most famous, or infamous, pieces of Flash history are preserved as videos. Remember Foxy Fluffs are Everything? Someone did “port” it to YouTube (adult language/situations warning in case you haven’t seen it). But despite the animation being saved in video format, foxy fluffs being motion tweens may not amount for much in a post-Flash world.
Time is running out for those animations that are only playable with Flash on their original sites. They can however be downloaded as an SWF file to run on software that supports them. On SoFurry, Flash files already download directly as a file instead of playing in the browser itself. Soon enough it will probably be the only way to enjoy many classic pieces of furry animation from the earlier days of the fandom in their original format – if you can find a working player.
Monster Mind is one game not yet emulated by Ruffle
Fur Affinity and Inkbunny have noted that they wish to implement a solution being utilized and backed by the site Newgrounds. This emulator, called Ruffle, may be a solution that furry sites choose to implement to maintain their old works. This would certainly be needed for Flash games, such as the not-yet-fully-working High Tail Hall and Corruption of Champions (both NSFW), that could not be ported to a video playback format.
As with most things on the Internet, if people desire them and have the will to preserve, they will reanimate them. Games can be rewritten for HTML5. But for pieces that were special to a smaller circle of people, their chance of being discovered or maintained may be coming to a swift close.