Hey guys, I saw the link-picture at the top-corner there that said "Don't Let Me Down" with a picture of Tom's face crying. At first I thought it was funny and dismissed it, but every time I saw it something sat weird with me.
And then I got it. He really believes in us, doesn't he? As a community, a culture, as artists, developers, and flash fanatics. I have to wonder how much those servers cost to let everyone upload everything and keep it forever. I sense there is something bad on the horizon for newgrounds, and I get it now.
Tom Fulp believes in us. When it says "Don't let me down", and he's crying...dude, I wanna cry too. I mean, yeah, it's sort of a funny picture. But he is so passionate about newgrounds.com....I mean the mission statement is in the title, right? New grounds. New horizons with guns a blazin'. That's what the tankman thing is all about, right?
I don't know what to do. I feel so bad for everyone that takes advantage of Newgrounds without giving anything back, and I feel such respect and love for all of you ((stfu) that give as much as you can. I used to be all like "yeah, fuck newgrounds, they be rollin' in that green", but I checked out some stat trends over time and actually Newgrounds is being crushed in terms of site views. And as we all know, more views = more ad clicks.
I frankly don't know how they do it, here. It's incredible. If there was ever a cause I believed in, this is it. It's not like solving aids in africa or housing the homeless. This is something that can be changed, before it can't be reversed. I wish that the U.S. government recognized things like NG as being national treasures and protected them as such by unloading a dump truck full of money into their headquarters.
I wish I knew what more to do than buy a Supporter pack, merchandise, and work on cool projects in the hopes that they'll bring in more users to NG. Fuck Kongregate.com and Armorgames, they're out for a profit more than anything. I don't think they really believe in the flash community like Tom and his crew do.
Sorry to ramble on, but I feel really bad about my past attitude towards Newgrounds and I understand now. Maybe I'm being oversensitive due to my long stint of apathy, but I'm just so worried for Newgrounds and the dreams we've all shared through it. How to do more?
Dude, fuck this, I am crying. Call me a fag or whatever, but fuck you, I don't want to see Newgrounds die. Is that going to happen if we as a community don't do something? And Don't feed me shit about "mysterious forces" keeping Newgrounds alive to make me feel better, unless those "mysterious forces" are private billionaires and you can cite some sources on that shit.