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There are a growing number of accounts that frequently submit games... I won't call them shitty games but they are cookie cutter games that appear to just keep rolling off an assembly line. The creators are either opportunists who employ third world labor, or developers who are swapping out some graphics and exerting minimal effort to submit as many games as possible.
Now, we've always been pretty lax about SPAM and we let you guys attempt to BLAM or PROTECT it... A lot of these games manage to make it through with reasonable scores in the 2.5-3.0 range and I guess some people are enjoying them. Many of them are somewhat decent, they just happen to be re-used over and over with new themes.
Do you think games like this should just continue to exist and pile up on NG? Or should we some day face a COOKIE CUTTER GAME APOCALYPSE where they all get mass-blammed?
I also am weary of the growing trend of games where you don't know who really made it. We don't allow you to submit a "stolen" game that someone else made, but we do let companies submit games that were produced by their staff, or developers they sponsored. Stuff like this likely won't be deleted, but as the amount of submissions on NG grows, I will continue to tighten the focus on games that were made by recognizable individuals. So keep that in mind when it comes to assigning credits.
We've waited years to be given the "Newgrounds" account name on YouTube but that might never happen, so I went ahead and uploaded this under our current account name.
UPDATE: We finally got the name on YouTube! I had to start over from scratch. New page:
I'm not sure how I get on the lists but I receive daily emails with news from the realm of social networking / social media, with reports on the latest happenings with Facebook, Twitter, etc. Today there was an article titled "Rules for Social Media Designers to Live By", and one rule in particular made me curious:
"Create a party, not a museum. Great social products are clean, simple, and fast. The successful ones have little design flare, so that the people, photos, videos, text, and comments are front and center. The more design you add from colors to treatments, non-web-fonts, and graphics, the less your social application will feel like a party and the more it will feel like a museum. Or a magazine. Neither are a great goal. You want your social product to feel like it is a living and breathing party, not expensive furniture you're not supposed to sit on."
First off, I have always considered Newgrounds to be a 24/7 party and I believe it is MORE of a party than other social sites, which are more like pockets of people along the walls vs the free-for-all "everybody knows your name" spirit of NG... or at least I try to know every ones' names... and I'm probably seeing it all through rose-colored glasses.
Regardless, the way this article says you have to get there is by having a site that is clean and simple, with little design flare. This plays up to an insecurity of ours, where we wonder if the aesthetic design of NG has a tendency to overpower the content and make NG less welcoming for contributors and visitors.
Our upcoming redesign is the most visually impressive NG layout yet and I like to think it will prove people like this wrong... but I am curious... WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? Does our graphically robust layout make the site less welcoming? I'm especially curious to hear the thoughts from anyone passing through who doesn't consider themselves a die-hard NG fan.
When we give you a spot on our FRONT PAGE to promote your work and activity, and you only use it to link to your page on another site.
I just got banned from the NG Stickam room for 1 hour. :(
Update: I think my account was completely de-activated. Bye stickam. :(
Some songs really help me zone out when I'm programming and Castles in the Snow by Twin Shadow has been stuck in my head this week. That link goes to a different version than the official album release, although I can't find a credit for where it came from. The intro has that Sega Master System vibe that I love, sorta like "Vanished" by Crystal Castles.
DO YOU LIKE IT TOO?
JohnnyUtah and I are working on a new game for you to enjoy some day.
I was fighting off something the entire week I was in Japan, was lucky enough to make it through Madness Day (anyone watching the webcast may remember the deafening cough), but crashed HARD the next day... For the past four days I wasn't even able to sit up and open a laptop. The worst part is, I've been sleeping during the day so I'm still on Tokyo Time now. Anyway my backlog is extra bad so just a heads up... I'm hoping to catch up on PMs by the end of the week.
Also the Madness Day winners probably won't be announced until next week. I would like to organize some Audio regs, Art Regs and Writing Forum regs to help judge those categories - if you consider yourself "known" in one of those areas and are interested in giving feedback you can bone up on the entries and PM me with your opinions to help along the process of narrowing things down! I'll be trying to do some invites once my head clears up.