t the end of the day I think it comes down to vision.
What is the vision for Newgrounds in one year, two years, five years? What's the long-term goal? Flash games/movies site obv. won't do. Audio and art? I don't think those are enough either, at least not without major investments.
We've come to a time where larger websites are sucking up areas that people want. Facebook for "internet home/socializing", youtube for casual amusement, there are quite a few larger games-sites out there as well... not to mention the larger games-companies have their own "communities" going on like Steam, Origin etc.
What is Newgrounds place on the internet, and what place does it have in peoples hearts?
I personally think "soul" is a keyword here, but how to use it, I don't know. It's a lot about "staying true" and being conservative the way a "true" metal-head is conservative. Metal has a very specifically shaped "soul", Newgrounds soul is a little all over the place, but still mainly underground.
At the end of the day I think Newgrounds need to find new grounds, or at least heavily iterate on what's present on the site now. This will change it's soul too, but if done with VC I fear the soul might leave NG forever, even if it becomes even more successful in the future.
Newgrounds is a web site. Does it have to be that? Can Newgrounds be a Real Life concept of something? I think the NG-meetups have been something in the right direction, but I tihink that we would've had seen more patting back on NG's back if they would have actually had had some kind of creating purpose to them, apart from socializing and beer and stuff.
I'm just rambling really, but as I'm typing this I just realized that the below add was staring me in the face the whole time...
"Play on KONGREGATE"
eh... there's just something about it that makes it feel like Newgrounds, being underground, may not have been good enough at promoting itself on the web. But whoring out is something NG hasn't done. Yet. :)
I still remain uncertain... when it comes down to it, if VC can help NG become something that's envisioned, then maybe that's a good idea. Maybe a few years of being able to help sponsor people out will be worth it, and really giving the opposition a rough time, instead of slowly fading out...
Meeeh, I dunno... :)