what is shockwave player

I was having problems with " Shockwave player is not responding" -hanging plugin. It was happening in both Firefox and Explorer. In Control.
Adobe Shockwave (formerly Macromedia Shockwave) is a multimedia platform for building Shockwave Player was released with Director 4.0 around and branded Shockwave Player 1.0. Its versioning has since been tied to Director's  Programming language(s) ‎: ‎ Lingo.
Over 450 million Internet-enabled desktops have Adobe Shockwave Player installed. These users have access to some of the best content the Web has to offer.