DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that browser-based flash games were first developed during 1996? The year before, in a bid to upstage Macromedia's Shockwave program, FutureWave Software upgraded their SmartSketch software. This improvement brought about the possibility of adding frame-by-frame animation tools. Although these tools were made available for the PC, FutureWave had been acquired by Macromedia. One of the changes done by the takeover was the renaming of the editor into the Macromedia Flash. This editor was one of the first ways in which game developers released titles for internet browsers.
One of these developers is a man named Tom Fulp, who released two games onto his site called "New Ground". A year after, he produced a separate website called "Neo Geo Atomix" which was focused with hosting games for browsers. Both websites were then combined, producing the site we know as Newgrounds. Before the start of 2000, Newgrounds have garnered considerable traffic, which resulted in Fulp adding a forum and chat room for discussions. This addition was followed by "The Portal", a feature which enabled users to share their own flash projects, making Newgrounds one of the best sites to host new and fun flash games.
Despite the rise of console and PC games, browser-based flash games still continue to be popular. Their renown is especially famous among gamers with no access to strong and powerful gaming systems. Today, good browser games still continue to be released and be played by a large player base all over the world.