Why is Flash game (Browser game) Slow and How to Fix It

Flash game is usually the best platform you can play on, especially when it comes to casual gaming. The flash game has an edge over all other alternatives and that is; it can be played on the browser, and that also means you can play the game from anywhere and on different devices. One trade-off you may have to contend with flash games is that these games are not properly optimized like other games on standalone clients. This problem can lead to a drop in the speed even if you are playing games with outdated graphics. The flash itself does not come with most of these problems that cause slow down, the problems are hidden in the browser. Many browsers do have resource hogs. Regardless of the problems you are facing, there are several ways to fix slow down on flash game

#1: Lower the quality of the flash

It is quite easy to lower the quality of the flash in order to increase speed. All you have to do is to right click on the flash platform and then hover to the “Quality” menu. And you will see a drop down of other options. The result of this step will totally depend on the type of game you are playing, and how intense the visuals of the game are. For some games, the change will be extremely obvious and for others the effect can be minimal. You may not have to take this step manually as there are a number of Firefox and Chrome extensions add-ons that can perform the change.

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#2: Choose another browser to play on

Sometimes the best option you may want to consider is to change your browser option. If you are plying on Google Chrome for instance, you may want to consider switching to another browser. Chrome browser has some 6 different tabs and dozens of extensions that can cause slowdown in browser gaming. If you are using chrome browser, you may want to do some research and see which browser performs better than others when it comes to flash gaming. You may want to download different browsers and use them one after the other to test your flash games. You can go through your preferences and then strip them down. You may want to disable non-essential add-ons and options because they may slow down the speed of the game.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_(playground_game)

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#3: Hardware acceleration must be disabled or enabled appropriately

The “Enable” and “Disabled” option are two settings that most flash game players don’t want to toy with. Basically, accelerating your hardware will simply force your gaming PC to optimize its hardware to perform certain functions at a faster rate through the CPU. Depending on the specifications of your PC, accelerating the performance of the hardware may help or hurt your flash gaming experience. You may want to test the enable and disable options to check which option works best for you. You should keep in mind that, you will have to restart your gaming browser after making this change. To access the enable or disable hardware acceleration options, you can simply go to “Settings”, then right click and you will see the option as the only one on the drop down menu. You can read more on using this option of flash game enhancement via this link; http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways-to-improve-the-performance-of-flash-games/.

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#4: Zoom out or resize

This method may be regarded as an unconventional method but it can help when playing certain flash games. The less you see by zooming in, the more information that needs to be processed, or the speedier the gaming becomes, this will definitely result in a better performance. If you are using a web browser like Opera for instance, you can easily zoom in and out, with the use of a “hotkey”. There are many flash games that have containers around them, hence there are restrictions in zooming in or out because their sizes have been embedded, but you may enlarge or reduce the sizes of everything else around such games.

When you zoom a game out, it should look like the image below;

When you zoom a game in, here is what it looks like;

When you zoom your game in, there will be less pressure on your computer’s CPU, and the reason being that the CPU doesn’t have to process as many visuals as it would.

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#5: Un-install and re-install your Flash and Java

For most people, especially those using IOS devices to play flash games, it may be ideal to use adobe flash, though it may not be necessary for all sites but many flash gaming sites will require. You need adobe flash or Java for websites that do not have mobile alternatives, and such sites will require that you need flash to navigate through. If you are gaming on websites that do not require adobe flash or Java, it can provide a smoother experience. Google chrome web browser makes use of flash, however such versions are not always stable until you install the appropriate plugin- this will eventually provide a speedier browsing. If you are still finding it difficult to have a great performance despite installing the adobe flash, you may want to un-install entirely and then re-install the most recent and up-to-date version. When the latest version is re-install, you will not only get the updated version, you will also get a version that has the best security features.

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Just like adobe flash, Java also perform the same effect on your flash game experience. Java may not be disabled and then re-enabled as you want because the software is known to leave many components behind even after you un-install it and such may force your system to crawl, even when you don’t need it.

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#6: Eliminate Browser history cache and all other personal data from the browser

Deleting browser history is an old tip but it remains relevant till this day. Cleaning up the browser cache alone can speed up the performance of flash gaming browser. You need to do this step if you have never perform a browser cleanup on your PC before. If you are using the Firefox browser, you can easily clean up the browser cache from the menu. From Menu, simply click on “Windows” option, or “Preferences” in Mac OS. You can then click on the “Privacy” tab, in order to clear up the cookies, and recent history.

If you are using the Google chrome, you can simply click on the “wrench” located on the toolbar, and then open the menu options. And the click on “Under the hood” where you can find the option to clear your browser data. Once this cleaning has been completed, you may want to reduce the duration between your automatic cleaning options, you may also want to choose the option of dis-allowing your browser from accepting third party cookies.

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#7: Change the servers of your DNS

The DNS performs the basic function of translating web addresses, as well as the URLs that you type inside the menu bar. For most people the DNS server connects with your ISP each time you type a URL, but the problem is that DNS servers are not always the fastest especially when you compare them with free servers from Google, and the OpenDNS. You can also consider third party apps like Namebench that helps you compare different DNS servers and their services, this will help you make a better choice in choosing the most suitable DNS server. With the use of a third party app like Namebench , you will see all DNS servers that your PC has been connected to in recent times, as well as the ones that are most responsive from your location. Your ISP may be the best option you can take in enhancing your flash gaming experience, hence make a switch today.

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#8: Make use of multiple browsers

If all other things have failed, you may want to consider using another web browser for your flash gaming. If you can’t delete your Firefox extensions for instance because you want to keep those add-ons, you may want to consider Google chrome for the flash gaming and the reason being that add-ons on Firefox, such as flash video stutters may disturb your flash gaming. In this case, you can use your Firefox for web-based apps and then use your Google chrome for gaming, by doing this, surfing the web will not slow down your flash gaming.

In conclusion, there is no way you can try all these options and you wouldn’t see a great improvement in your flash gaming experience. There are many flash games that provide much more fun than other forms of PC gaming, you can search thousands of them online and if you are a hardcore gamer, you may want to do everything possible to enhance the performance of your hardware and browser settings to get the most from such gaming.

For more resources on how to enhance your flash gaming experience from your web browser, you can read through these links; http://lifehacker.com/5833074/how-do-i-stop-my-browser-from-slowing-to-a-crawl, http://lifehacker.com/5513669/javara-updates-and-removes-old-and-redundant-java-versions.

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