Line Rider updated – goodbye Adobe Flash, hello Microsoft Silverlight

July 6, 2008

Line Rider updated - goodbye Adobe Flash, hello Microsoft Silverlight  Line Rider has just been updated, and now uses the new Microsoft Silverlight rather than Adobe Flash. So many things about this game make me ask “why?” and this is no exception.

Adobe Flash has been the market leader in the world of multimedia browser applications for many years now, with many animated, or simple video clips using the technology. But now Microsoft wants in on the action, and has released its Silverlight technology on the Internet masses. It’s basically a clone of Flash, just with less features, and much less market penetration.

That could all change however, due to one silly little game which has been something of a Web phenomenon over the past couple of years switching from Flash to Silverlight. Behold, the next generation of Line Rider.

For those not in the know, Line Rider is a clever, though ultimately pointless, browser based game which sees you drawing a course for a little guy on a sled. There’s nothing complicated involved in the process, just you drawing a single line and then watching the animated little twerp complete the course. It’s fun for maybe five minutes, although some people seem to regard it as worthy of hours of entertainment.

Some of the courses are really well conceived, and a lot better than my pathetic attempts. This one, made especially for someone’s dad on Father’s Day is probably my favourite.

But back to the update, and the fact that a game played by millions of people has now changed allegiance from Adobe Flash to Microsoft Silverlight. I can’t really understand the logic of the move, as almost everyone on the Internet has the Flash plug-in, while Silverlight still needs years to catch up to the same level.

I’d love to be able to tell you that the game looks or plays better with the new technology from Microsoft, but when visiting the Line Rider main page, and trying to install Silverlight on to my PC, the whole thing crashed and shut my browser down. I had no such problems using the old Flash Line Rider, which is thankfully still available on the site.

If anyone does actually get the Silverlight version working, let me know if there are actually any improvements or if this is just change for change’s sake. If so, then the question must be asked whether Microsoft has got anything to do with it?

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8 Responses to “Line Rider updated – goodbye Adobe Flash, hello Microsoft Silverlight”

  1. bob e:

    I was so bored with the clip I couldn’t make it half way through. Nonetheless I am happy to see Microsoft get some additional Silverlight exposure. I for one am fed up with Flash and am happy to see a .NET based alternative~ This coming from a .NET developer.

  2. pradeep:

    yes,i have silverlight installed on my pc and laptop,and its far better than flash in terms of rich content.just install silverlight 2 and visit microsoft.com,you will come to know the effect.

  3. Mike:

    There are a lot of bogus posts popping up from the petrified Adobe Flash folks about Silverlight. The fact is Silverlight smokes Flash and Adobe knows it. There is nothing that can be done to prevent Silverlight from dominating the market. These pathetic little ‘Silvelight blew up my computer’ posts are nothing more than a fly on an elephants arse.

  4. Mike:

    There are a lot of bogus posts popping up from the petrified Adobe Flash folks about Silverlight. The fact is Silverlight smokes Flash and Adobe knows it. There’s nothing that can be done to prevent Silverlight from dominating the market. These pathetic little ‘Silvelight blew up my computer’ posts are nothing more than a fly on an elephants arse.

  5. Charlie Bone:

    The reason why iniXile switched was (for the most part) that you cannot get a standalone/offline version of a silverlight file, because so many people were getting the Standalone for the original (flash) toy, which = less people visiting the site each day. And less people visiting the site each day = less money. And less money = :(

    So, in other words, iniXile is just in it for the money, like most other major gaming companies. I liked it better when it was just fsk creating line rider, because he actually knows something about how to please the public, unlike iniXile.

    :)

  6. litemininyuszika:

    My keyboard seems to be dead when trying to use a key in the Silverlight version. Only not dead when typing a track’s name. Sorrily, there is a “random” limit too in track names, approx. 5-7 letters. :S

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  8. Mac Adobe:

    You could definitely see your skills in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

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