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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 06:37:46 Reply

You know this post was being sarcastic over the years of newgrounds people have been telling tom that the site is a goldmine but tom would NEVER go VC it is against the way he works as he knows what would happen if we had VC i the site it would fuck it up they would stop allowing certain flash get rid of art and music and god know what else this post was a joke and many of you are taking it serious :)


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 07:58:40 Reply

Alright, so I haven't been on here for a couple of years now, and in a random moment typed in newgrounds.com/bbs like I used to.

Then I came across this thread, and when I read the first fifteen replys I got to say I was shocked with how many people said 'take the money'.
I loved Newgrounds in the years, and I still have respect for it because it gives young people space to be creative, complete with an awesome community at that.
If you go for the Venture Capital it would kill newgrounds at what it is. It would become a money making machine, capitalistic at that. I see newgrounds as an idealistic organization. Idealistic doesn't mean profit is not an option. However it does mean you won't go selling your soul for money and take the risk everything that Newgrounds is goes to shame.

Don't do it. Keep it as it is, sure it may stay obscure, it might not be as big as it could have been. But it will be Newgrounds, through and through.

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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 10:28:52 Reply

Definitely the money, your always giving back to the community of NG and would be awesome if you had more money to sponsor my games :P Venture capital is a great opportunity for you just try to keep high control over it (:


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 11:04:20 Reply

How about, "no"?


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 11:10:40 Reply

Tom, to keep it very, very short, the only way you'd get a bucket-load of cash would be for you to be able to have some plan that would allow you to generate high revenue in the future and the only way to do that would be for you to radically change NG.

No, simply sponsoring everything on earth won't be enough; building a reputation is nice and helps, but the internet is fickle and people can easily change from site to site (remember how Yahoo once dominated searching?). So sure, it'd help build a reputation and all, but then what? How would you generate returns on the investment? And how would you stop someone else from copying what you just did?

I.e., what would the money allow NG to do that won't be easily copied? And how would this change allow for NG to make more money?

Furthermore, NG's reputation has always been 'edgy', so to speak, and about being free from corporate influence and whatnot, and you'd most certainly lose that by taking the VC openly. Finally, many, many old timers would probably be insulted by this move and may even give up on the site completely, although obviously they're a minority.

If you really want to cash in on NG, please do so; in a sense, you and everyone else that's worked here for so long deserve to reap the rewards of creating NG. Just realize that it's hard to do so without losing what NG is all about.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 11:22:45 Reply

Stay solo NG!

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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:05:46 Reply

The debate's over guys. Tom decided not to take the money, read his other post after this one.

Now stop posting. Continuing this debate is like beating a dead horse, it's pointless.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:08:01 Reply

What makes Newgrounds cool. Well, it allows relative unknowns find a platform for their animations, music or whatever and find a fanbase, or be ridiculed for their shoddy artwork. But, they have a chance to improve. Which was unique. I mean, Newgrounds as you can see has been going on for 17 years. Course, the Newgrounds we know didn't really pick up till 1999 when the account system was first introduced. I guess at a certain point when the entrepreneur becomes a business-man, a full blown CEO of a company not just a fun idea you threw together for your and a few friend amusement. Its now Everything, By Everyone and everyone is entertained in some way and it's not just you contributing.

Which seperates Newgrounds from a lot of other sites. THere are flashes that are horrible, they get blammed and removed from the system, the ones that do are usually the result of mass 5 fives from say the Kitty Crew or Clock Crew of the old, some of which do get removed because Newgrounds isn't stupid. The other ones that make it through despite it's content are the workings of illwillpress. Seriously, he blows. Hell, his shit has gotten blammed, some based on hate, but mmost on the merit of his work being stale, old, garbage and ran into the fucking ground. Course, the cases where he has had his Foamy stuff blammed someone steps in and says "hey we liked that flash, trolls mass blammed it" THen his works get restored. But, otherwise, it's a "oh your work is lame? tough shit, stop being bad"

Of course that's not how Tom would word it.

If you're going to support every artist, do not lose sight of what makes Newgrounds different from Youtube. Ensuring quality stands paramount to quanity. So even a well established artist can be held up to scrutiny for making a subpar animation. Course, if being a horrible writer and a loud and obnoxius and unfunny character counted for something, Egoraptor would not have many flashes here. Just saying.

Enough raving. Newgrounds isn't EbaumsWorld. Tom would never sell this site at all, but this isn't selling the site, this is trying to get his money makers more money and help him make more money. Capitalism, feeding the system. But, yes, on Newgrounds, the artist comes first, the site is just that, the place to host and spread the word about the artist. This is the age of social media and Tom Fulp never became a dick that saw a flash and said "yeah, this is my flash, see there's a watermark on it that proves it!" No. As much as I hate a lot of artists here, their work is theirs.

Would VC take that away? Will selling out force your artists to sell out to companies they're not comfortable with? A choice should always be an option for people

Other than that, I say go for it, just remember Newgrounds can never be bought, it has a niche that is too big to any organization to buy. Start making money Tom. But do it your way, free of bullshit.

tl;dr long ass post when I am tired and yeah I guess it's not bad just as long as this doesn't go totalitarian, IE IGN/Gamespot and silences critics it's fine. MONEY!

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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:30:37 Reply

At 4/15/12 12:08 PM, MattTheParanoidKat wrote: What makes Newgrounds cool. Well, it allows relative unknowns find a platform for their animations, music or whatever and find a fanbase, or be ridiculed for their shoddy artwork. But, they have a chance to improve. Which was unique. I mean, Newgrounds as you can see has been going on for 17 years. Course, the Newgrounds we know didn't really pick up till 1999 when the account system was first introduced. I guess at a certain point when the entrepreneur becomes a business-man, a full blown CEO of a company not just a fun idea you threw together for your and a few friend amusement. Its now Everything, By Everyone and everyone is entertained in some way and it's not just you contributing.

Which seperates Newgrounds from a lot of other sites. THere are flashes that are horrible, they get blammed and removed from the system, the ones that do are usually the result of mass 5 fives from say the Kitty Crew or Clock Crew of the old, some of which do get removed because Newgrounds isn't stupid. The other ones that make it through despite it's content are the workings of illwillpress. Seriously, he blows. Hell, his shit has gotten blammed, some based on hate, but mmost on the merit of his work being stale, old, garbage and ran into the fucking ground. Course, the cases where he has had his Foamy stuff blammed someone steps in and says "hey we liked that flash, trolls mass blammed it" THen his works get restored. But, otherwise, it's a "oh your work is lame? tough shit, stop being bad"

Of course that's not how Tom would word it.

If you're going to support every artist, do not lose sight of what makes Newgrounds different from Youtube. Ensuring quality stands paramount to quanity. So even a well established artist can be held up to scrutiny for making a subpar animation. Course, if being a horrible writer and a loud and obnoxius and unfunny character counted for something, Egoraptor would not have many flashes here. Just saying.

Enough raving. Newgrounds isn't EbaumsWorld. Tom would never sell this site at all, but this isn't selling the site, this is trying to get his money makers more money and help him make more money. Capitalism, feeding the system. But, yes, on Newgrounds, the artist comes first, the site is just that, the place to host and spread the word about the artist. This is the age of social media and Tom Fulp never became a dick that saw a flash and said "yeah, this is my flash, see there's a watermark on it that proves it!" No. As much as I hate a lot of artists here, their work is theirs.

Would VC take that away? Will selling out force your artists to sell out to companies they're not comfortable with? A choice should always be an option for people

Other than that, I say go for it, just remember Newgrounds can never be bought, it has a niche that is too big to any organization to buy. Start making money Tom. But do it your way, free of bullshit.

tl;dr long ass post when I am tired and yeah I guess it's not bad just as long as this doesn't go totalitarian, IE IGN/Gamespot and silences critics it's fine. MONEY!

Nobody's reading the other news thread, how pathetic... You instead continue what's already been concluded in the next topic.

It's been resolved, move on. Tom isn't going for VC, read the other fucking topics after this one. This thread is outdated.

And there's nothing good about losing our speech/criticism, that's terrible. VC has way more cons than pros.
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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:33:22 Reply

Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:41:12 Reply

At 4/15/12 12:33 PM, Steff wrote: Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.

money is just a means for trade, which is a good thing.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:43:42 Reply

At 4/15/12 12:33 PM, Steff wrote: Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.

The debate's over. Read his newer post, he's not going for VC.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:45:28 Reply

At 4/15/12 12:41 PM, dante224 wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:33 PM, Steff wrote: Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.
money is just a means for trade, which is a good thing.

That's besides the point. When money becomes priority, it no longer gives relevance to quality, which is a bad thing.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:49:52 Reply

At 4/13/12 04:00 PM, NitWitt wrote: Yes, good.

you do what ever you think will take your thing in the direction you want.
either way, we'll all keep coming back, ive been coming back for 6 years.
you're selling your own merch, making awesome movies AND games.
what about making a feature length movie with top newgrounders and having it played in cinemas.
it would be good to see less adds.
but it would be sad to see newgrounds change in any little way to suit a VC (april fools 2006 and 2009 lol)


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:51:28 Reply

At 4/13/12 04:00 PM, NitWitt wrote:
Yes, good.

lol can someone lock this thread now :P


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 12:53:19 Reply

At 4/15/12 12:51 PM, dooseyboy wrote:
At 4/13/12 04:00 PM, NitWitt wrote:
Yes, good.
lol can someone lock this thread now :P

YES, LOCK THIS OUTDATED THREAD!


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 13:15:54 Reply

At 4/15/12 12:45 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:41 PM, dante224 wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:33 PM, Steff wrote: Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.
money is just a means for trade, which is a good thing.
That's besides the point. When money becomes priority, it no longer gives relevance to quality, which is a bad thing.

money is a value we personally give it. when you become overly prioritized by ANY object your in the wrong. money is not at fault.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 13:26:28 Reply

At 4/15/12 01:15 PM, dante224 wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:45 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:41 PM, dante224 wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:33 PM, Steff wrote: Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.
money is just a means for trade, which is a good thing.
That's besides the point. When money becomes priority, it no longer gives relevance to quality, which is a bad thing.
money is a value we personally give it. when you become overly prioritized by ANY object your in the wrong. money is not at fault.

What you don't understand is there are other things more valuable than money. If you take money as priority, you will hurt quality and effort. You either putt your effort in making quality, or give importance to money so you end up producing garbage while smaller people suffer.

Money is just a flawed trading system, not a dream builder.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 13:34:52 Reply

At 4/15/12 01:26 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:
At 4/15/12 01:15 PM, dante224 wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:45 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:41 PM, dante224 wrote:
At 4/15/12 12:33 PM, Steff wrote: Money is a horrible thing. But you should keep ng no matter what.
money is just a means for trade, which is a good thing.
That's besides the point. When money becomes priority, it no longer gives relevance to quality, which is a bad thing.
money is a value we personally give it. when you become overly prioritized by ANY object your in the wrong. money is not at fault.
What you don't understand is there are other things more valuable than money. If you take money as priority, you will hurt quality and effort. You either putt your effort in making quality, or give importance to money so you end up producing garbage while smaller people suffer.

Money is just a flawed trading system, not a dream builder.

you missed my point. i'm saying that money is a means by which we give value to objects so we dont have to trade wanted objects directly. its a very good trading system, and i dont see your problem with it. making objects cheaper does just that: lowers the dollar worth of the object. thats why people either search for quality or quantity of lesser quality objects.

its the same idea of trade that has been around since bartering was outshined by international trade.

and no. money IS a value, its not VALUABLE. currency is a label of what something is worth in that medium.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 13:43:12 Reply

Well, I mean you gotta get your bread homie. Ima roll with it either doe naw mean.

So for a choice I guess hmmmm

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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 14:33:12 Reply

MONEY! TAKE IT!

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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 14:53:15 Reply

I bet Tom Fulp already made his decision. He just plays around you dummies only.

You can't leave NG behind right Tom? I remember your talks on interview at PAX.

You said we can't be like Youtube. Can't betray your own statement right?


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 15:32:40 Reply

keep as you are

once you start taking corporate bank you get compromised


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 16:18:29 Reply

Please don't sell out. I like NG being a self-sufficient pile of shit.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 17:24:55 Reply

I don't know


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 17:45:40 Reply

At 4/13/12 03:56 PM, TomFulp wrote: An increasing number of people tell me that Newgrounds should consider venture capital.

Newgrounds is special because it is what it is. Newgrounds is a webiste build from scratch, the BBS was build from scratch and you have a community that really cares about this site. And really Tom, do you really want to sell the website that made you what you are today and a website that you build the way you wanted it to be to some moron that doesn't know shit about flash games and flash movies? I don't think so... :P


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 17:50:09 Reply

Everything by everyone right? How much could this place change if you went with the money? I find it too unreliable, Personally I enjoy the way NG is now.


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 17:50:24 Reply

At the same time, others like myself may consider you a sell out. I have been coming on this site for years and years now. It was fine before, it's fine now. I don't really see a need to branch out other than to make yourself more rich than you already are.

Don't be one of those who seek out more and more, be content with what you have (which is a great site, full of loyal users).

My two cents.

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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 18:33:56 Reply

Stay the course. NG is known for not selling out... and it just feels downright shameful that damn near everyone in this topic is screaming "SELL OUT!!!!" I mean, is this not the type of attitude that unleashed artists like Lil Wayne upon the world? Come on guys...


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Response to MONEY 2012-04-15 18:35:36 Reply

At 4/15/12 06:33 PM, ThisIsAnEmergency wrote: Stay the course. NG is known for not selling out... and it just feels downright shameful that damn near everyone in this topic is screaming "SELL OUT!!!!" I mean, is this not the type of attitude that unleashed artists like Lil Wayne upon the world? Come on guys...

Sorry for the double post.

But also Tom, why don't you all start worry about improving the site and fixing the bugs instead of whether or not you want to sell out?


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