A salute to Flash loading screens. Fellow blogger Tom Armitage, who spotted it, didn’t quite know what to say, but I strangely like it. It goes to show how much creativity can go into what was the online equivalent of standing on a platform waiting for a train to come – sometimes the train arrives immediately, sometimes you have ads to look at, sometimes the train never comes.
Yet, as Flash loading screens are so throw-away, they’re the sort of thing that can get lost over time. When archiologists delve back into what’s left of what we currently understand as the internet in years to come you know they’ll find chunks of Wikipedia, and remnants of blogs but Flash loading pages and microsites…?
The creators describe the site as “a tribute to a vanishing art form amid a constant changing digital world.” Let’s hope that the site itself doesn’t also vanish, as history shouldn’t always be made up of the things that didn’t wear out.
This ‘museum’ also reminds me of a fantastic project that friend Iain Simons is involved with, Save the Videogame. Together with the National Media Museum and Nottingham Trent University are building a National Videogame Archive and are raising awareness across the UK that videogames are disappearing. More below: