With 2010 coming to a close, it's time to reflect on where we've been, where we're going, and what resolutions we want to set for the coming year.
So what DID Newgrounds accomplish this year?
There were all the usual events... Pico Day, Madness Day, Clock Day, Calendar Art Contest, Halloween and the Treasure Hunt.
We had some new events, such as the NG Game Jam, Flixel February and Robot Day.
We dedicated an entire day to Kevin Bacon.
The first floor of the office was turned into an event space in time for Pico Day and the annual awards.
Newgrounds partnered with Clickteam to present The Games Factory 2 Newgrounds edition, free software that lets non-programmers make their own games and post them to NG! Check out that page for examples.
We collectively raised $15k to fund Nathan's documentary about Newgrounds and the evolution of on-line entertainment. Check out the teaser!
The NG Wiki was launched, with the goal of getting all the site documentation into one manageable place and expand on it.
We saved Blizzard the Dog.
Luis travelled all over the world for NG meet-ups.
To top it all off, Time ranked us among the 50 Best Websites of 2010.
Behind the scenes we've had large-scale projects in progress since the summer of 2009, namely the upcoming site redesign and accompanying features. To prepare, we've also been working with a tireless team of icon and genre mods to get over 188,000 games and movies ready for the new layout.
At the moment over 50,000 submissions are ready with 140x90 thumbnails and every submission with more than 80,000 views has genre info in place. With the help of the icon and genre mods, we'll keep pushing those numbers closer to the goal... EVERYTHING. You can help too by updating your old submissions if you haven't already!
Overall 2010 was a quiet year but that quietness will pay off in 2011... Just wait and see!
Not to mention Bryce Milburn's NG Photobook and Nathan's documentary are both slated for release in 2011! And maybe BattleBlock Theater?
How do you feel about this past year on Newgrounds? We can talk about feature requests later - what would you like to see from the COMMUNITY in 2011, in terms of collaboration, events, projects, competitions, themes, etc.? And what are your own personal resolutions?
I'm hoping to see more people step out of their comfort zone with new, untested ideas and platforms. We should all take a step back from what we've been doing and be ready to learn and try new things to advance ourselves and the whole creatively. I would also like to see more people turn to each other for support and assets; more programmer / artist relationships, more integration of music from the Audio Portal, more movies made by multiple artists, musicians, voice actors and writers.
Newgrounds has been the bleeding edge of on-line collaboration since we launched the Audio Portal and Co-Author system in 2003, and while the complete vision continues to take longer than anticipated, we can still keep moving forward as a community while the features continue to evolve.
As for personal resolutions... I need to finish my current game with JohnnyUtah but my first priority is to keep focus on the completion of the redesign and the immediate and future post-redesign steps we will be taking. I also want to solicit community input on some post-redesign features that won't be so top-secret, so expect posts about those in January.
Have a Happy New Year and seeya in 2011!
The second NG Game Jam is just wrapping up so go play some games.