In the event you’re an grownup of a sure age, you would possibly bear in mind Homestar Runner. Or extra doubtless, Sturdy Dangerous’s emails. Homestar Runner was among the best authentic internet animation websites within the early 2000s, however alas ran on Flash. When Flash died, so did Homestar Runner. Besides no, it didn’t! You possibly can nonetheless watch Homestar Runner today, because of the Ruffle Project!
The Ruffle Project is an open-source Flash emulator that works in any modern-day browser. It really works as an alternative to Flash so that everybody concerned, from the web site proprietor to the customer, doesn’t must do any actual work. You possibly can set up browser extensions to make any Flash website work. Higher but, a web site proprietor can set up Ruffle to the positioning to do this be just right for you. And for probably the most half, it ought to simply work—as soon as the web site proprietor installs Ruffle, that’s it. And that’s the case with Homestar Runner, you’ll be able to simply go to the positioning and it work work, principally.
“Principally” is the important thing phrase, although. Ruffle Challenge emulates Flash, however not completely, and it actually exhibits with Homestar Runner. For loads of folks, the beginning and of Homestar Runner is Sturdy Dangerous emails. That’s all they cared about and all they watched. The excellent news is, most Sturdy Dangerous emails are already on YouTube.
The dangerous information is, not all of them are, and Homestar Runner isn’t your typical Flash website. Go to the newest Sturdy Dangerous e mail, The Subsequent April Fools Factor, and your solely choice is to make use of the Ruffle Emulator. Once you click on on that, you’ll get a warning that this specific e mail might not play proper.
The largest problem is emails with video components, which received’t work correctly. As a substitute of a Puppet Jam or loss of life metallic video, you’ll get a white box. Not less than for now. The excellent news is, Easter Eggs nonetheless work. The creators of Homestar Runner and Sturdy Dangerous (collectively generally known as The Brother Chaps) loved placing easter eggs into movies on the positioning, together with Sturdy Dangerous emails. Click on on the appropriate phrase or picture, and a particular video would possibly pop up.
Issues break much more once you need to play video games. The Homestar Runner has loads of Flash video games to choose from, many impressed by the Sturdy Dangerous emails. However click on on some, like Peasant’s Quest, and also you’ll get a fast greeting to let you understand the sport doesn’t work proper. Positive, you’ll be able to transfer round, however you’ll be able to’t enter a constructing or decide something up. Bummer.
The excellent news is, The Brothers Chaps are engaged on it. The purpose is to get every thing working because it ought to. The even higher information is, the Homestar Runner website seems higher than it has in years. Bear in mind, Homestar Runner has been round because the early 2000s, with few updates in over a decade. In the event you visited it these days, all of the graphics and movies appeared actually small. Now they’re a lot bigger. It’s like an HD improve!
So in the event you’re feeling nostalgic, make a journey down Homestar Runner lane. Don’t miss Teen Girl Squad! Possibly take a look at the Homestarloween party. And in the event you’ve by no means heard of Homestar Runner earlier than, effectively, right here’s an introduction for you. Go on, watch some emails.
Supply: The Brothers Chaps