Making Flash games on the Internet for multiple users has come a long way over the years. While no multi-player Flash game has reached the gigantic number of die-hard users that Massive multi-player online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) like World of Warcraft have, it does have some games with substantial user bases. The poster child of the Flash multi-player games would be Club Penguin which has well over 10 million users and was purchased by Disney. It aims its game at children by having safe content and a full-time staff of moderators.
Multi-player Flash technology has come a long way as well. Much software has been made to help developers speed and ease the creation of one of these games. The most notable is SmartFox Server. This technology is what Club Penguin and many other notable Flash multiplayer games have been with and still use. Anyone looking to make one of these games should look into SmartFox because it will save tons of development time. It also has a great forum and support available for anyone who partakes.
The future of Flash multi-player games looks very promising and I can see it continuing to evolve. Eventually it may be competing with the World of Warcraft juggernaut. Though I don’t see this happening until the Flash games implement 3D into their multi-player games since World of Warcraft is in 3D, which is always a possibility.