We just completed a change to the Favorites system!
How it worked for the past decade: Someone could favorite you while viewing your content. You were then added to a list of "Favorite Flash Artists", "Favorite Musicians" or more recently "Favorite Art Creators."
Why it sucked: Favoriting an artist was context-sensitive; you could never just favorite someone from their user page.
How it works now: You can favorite an artist from anywhere and they will appear on a single list of people you have favorited. We will likely change the terminology to something like "Follow", since you are really choosing to follow that person and receive updates about what they are doing.
Right now you can click the little star icon in your header (next to the logout button) and view recent activity by people you have favorited. We'll be making that info more prominent down the road.
Go favorite these guys to kick things off:
You can click the pink heart in their userpage navbar. You can also click the fan count to view users who have favorited that artist.
We've officially updated our submission guidelines to ban the submission of shovelware. Shovelware is a somewhat nebulous area on NG but if you've ever submitted a game based on an out-of-the-box physics engine where you stuck Mario, SpongeBob or Ben 10 on an ATV, chances are all your submissions will be / have been deleted. The same goes for generic ad nauseam "Spot the Difference" and "Dress Up" games. We can spot the difference between a developer who put care into his game and some sweatshop slapping ads on the same shit twice a day.
Pico Day is this Saturday! Be sure to check in and see what tributes people have made to classic characters from the site. We also have a stunning skin by Ephyse that will be on display over the weekend.
If you are making a game or movie for Pico Day, please POP THIS LOGO somewhere and make it link to the Pico Day 2012 page.
We originally were going to NOT do the annual awards on Pico Day, then decided we WOULD do the awards on Pico Day, but we have now reverted to NOT doing the annual awards on Pico Day. They will be announced at a later day so everyone has something else to look forward to.
Please do what you can to fund Newgrounds: The Forsaken City on Kickstarter!