by Menka Dimitrovska, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 19th March, 2018
Playing flash games while on your break at work, or at school can be a good way to pass the time. Or at least it was in the past. Now, a lot more schools and companies have blocked all flash game websites, in order to cut down on your procrastination time, and make it easier for you to focus on what you're there to do. That's why they've made it impossible for you to play games at your school or on your work computer.
Now if we're being honest, there's no such thing as impossible, not when it comes to computers at least. And even though in this article you'll be able to read about a lot of game sites you can use without getting blocked, or worse - punished, we want to make sure that we do not want to encourage procrastination and slacking. Your education or your work should always come first, so be sure to play these games only in your spare time.
With all that said, it's time we got a little bit more into detail, and the best way to start off is by explaining what blocked and unblocked games are.
In an attempt to have people concentrate more in class, or in the office, many schools and companies use Internet filters, and blacklist some sites which they think are unsuitable for children or employees to view at school. These filters usually block all game sites. This can be a long and exhausting process, and can still miss some sites, since it is impossible to cover the whole Internet. In addition, people have learned a few tricks in order to get around it, and negate such blacklists using Internet proxy websites, and visit websites without being detected.
Whitelists are a more restrictive option used to block game sites, and other web sites which are considered unsuitable for work or school. Whitelisting works by filtering through websites, and adding those that are allowed on the whitelist. Although this method is more effective than blacklisting is, it has a lot of downsides, since in the process of filtering through websites, you might actually avoid to add genuinely useful and educational websites to the whitelist. Furthermore, users will still be able to access games and other undesirable content using proxy servers.
If you're reading this article it probably means that the school you go to, or your work office has prevented you from playing video games on your computer. A lot of schools and businesses have adapted this model of work, so that they can improve their employee's or student's concentration, and increase their productivity. If, however you still want to be able to play games in your spare time, on your break, or when you simply need to relax there are a few ways that you can do that.
Unblocked games are games which cannot be blocked, and are used as an alternative for when you cannot reach some of the games you usually play. They are usually totally safe for school and work. Your boss might be less than impressed though, if he finds you playing pink pony makeup games, instead of burying your head in a spreadsheet!
There are a lot of sites on the Internet which allow you to play games in your work place or in school. The basic rule is to use https:// and not http:// sites. 95% of the https:// sites should be unblocked. Google sites, weebly and a few more that we'll mention below are unblocked and safe to play at school or at work.
Note that not all sites which use https:// are immune to blocking, since your school or your company could still filter through individual sites, and block them one by one. What you can do is try out a few of the websites we'll provide today, see if they work on your school or work computer, and hopefully you'll stumble upon some that you really like.
One way that games are blocked is by preventing Flash Player from being installed altogether. That blocks a lot of media-rich content, including some games. These days though Flash is becoming obselete and you'll find a wide range of newer unblocked HTML5 games that don't require any plugins like Flash to be installed whatsoever.
That's the great thing about HTML5 technology, it's build directly into your web browser, so cannot be blocked! Not only that, but the quality of games you'll be able to play with HTML5 will be much higher too. That being said, it will take some time for the HTML5 game developer community to fully mature.
Adobe have made the decision to stop supporting the Flash plugin by 2020. This means that many schools and companies will soon start uninstalling the software that most unblocked games currently depend on.
HTML5 games will be there to replace them. However, there will be thousands of old sites, full of Flash games that no longer work. It's going to become much more frustrating, trying to find free games to play from the office or classroom.
Just like Google sites, Weebly also has a lot of sites with an unblocked games list of titles you can safely play. One of those sites is iUnblock Games. It offers a huge selection of games placed in alphabetical order right on the homepage. One thing you need to have enabled on the browser you're using, in order to play their games, is Adobe flash player.
Unblocked games pod offer a variety of free unlocked games, safe to play on your work or school computer. They have a lot of attractive and interactive games in a lot of categories, such as: adventure & action, driving, defense, fighting, sports, puzzle and a few more. Each of the games come with a short description and instructions on how to play them. If you want, you can also check out a video walkthrough that's embedded next to the game information.
Unblocked Games 666 provides games available to play on all computers. They have a large database of more than a 100 popular unblocked games, which you can choose from. They have a lot of categories, like: arcade, action, adventure, driving, shooting, strategy, zombie and so on.
Unblocked Games 24h is a Google site where you can find a lot of free unblocked games. You can find a lot of popular games on the site, such as Bonk.io, Happy wheels, Minecraft, Pokemon, Run 3 and many more. Don't forget to enable the Adobe flash player in order to play their games.
One more Google site which has a lot of popular unblocked games is Unblocked Games 333. You can find multiple games on the site, all displayed on the left side on the home page in alphabetical order. Some of the most popular games you can find on Unblocked Games 333 include Happy Wheels, Minecraft, Basketball Legends, Run 2 and 3 and Halo.