At 8/25/10 04:46 PM, omegared wrote:
Tom. What is NG, and what will it eventually become?
I actually have a little list I made to try and sum up the mission of NG... I feel kinda goofy sharing it but it gives the big overview:
Be a catalyst for creativity.
Foster long-term, fruitful relationships amongst talented individuals.
Provide the public with a unique experience they won't find elsewhere.
So to break that down...
Welcome everyone. - In our effort to continue to raise the bar of quality, we need to be sure NG never becomes too elitist or snobby. We can't take ourselves too seriously and we need to remember our roots and know that everyone has room for growth.
Be a catalyst for creativity. - I don't want to just run a content aggregator. From the beginning NG has inspired people to create, and a lot of the content here exists because NG served as a catalyst. NG needs to push this further and further, the end result being better and better creations that would not have existed without the NG system behind them.
Foster long-term, fruitful relationships amongst talented individuals. - More important than any quick cash people make is the skills they gain and the people they meet through time on the site. It happened with me and Dan (Castle Crashers), it's happening with Edmund and Tommunism (Meatboy XBLA) and it's happened with endless other folks who met right here on NG. Put in the time and you will be rewarded with a better life.
Provide the public with a unique experience they won't find elsewhere. - My biggest motivation for NG comes mostly from childhood feelings that become harder and harder to recreate. Like that feeling when you walked into an arcade and they had a new game, and that game did something you didn't even know could be done... Digitized graphics, real voice, 3D, etc... And you just loved knowing that every time you went to the arcade, there was the potential for your mind to be blown.
As for specifics, they have to remain private because we have a tiny team and a pathetic budget compared to similar-sized websites. All I can say is that if people keep supporting NG we will hopefully make it worth their while with a really great site.