There are two big events this weekend, Pixel Day here on NG and the Global Game Jam, happening worldwide! Oh and I think there's a new president or something starting this weekend too.
If you make something for Pixel Day (pixel art, animation, game or chiptune), upload it on Saturday the 21st, tagging it with "pixelday2017" so we find it.
If you make a web game for the Global Game Jam, upload and tag it with "ggj2017" to be included in our collection.
Newgrounds accepts both Flash and HTML5 games. If you make a game with GameMaker or Unity, you can export an HTML5 version and upload a ZIP with your game files to NG. If you have GameMaker but not the HTML5 extension, PM me with a link to your game - I have a few licenses on-hand for the most promising looking games!
If you live in Richmond, Virginia, I'll be giving a GGJ keynote Friday night at 7pm, at the Commonwealth University Arts Depot. My talk is open to the public but if you are under 18 you must attend with a parent or guardian. If you would like to participate and make a game at that location, you must register.
Ad rates are notoriously low this time of year so we've been testing increased promotion of MMO games we've partnered with here on NG. If you check out one of our redesigned pages (front page or the game / movie / audio / art / community hubs) and aren't logged in, you will see a 970x90 banner promoting such games. If you ARE logged in, you'll see a promo for the latest supporter. The MMOs require an NG account to play so my hope is they result in more sign-ups, which then result in more supporters down the road.
The nice thing about both ads is they are static (no CPU drain) and hosted by NG, so they don't hang the page or do any weird user tracking. If this model has enough success during the low ad season, maybe it could go site-wide and continue year-round! I'm looking to make more partnerships with web-based MMOs, so if you have a favorite PLEASE share it with me and I'll reach out to them.
You can also skip the foreplay and go straight to being a supporter, with no ads and a bunch of perks for just $2.99 per month or $25 for the whole year. We have 1,665 active supporters and it would be great to hit 2,000 before the end of Q1. Your help meeting this goal would be greatly appreciated!
Hope everyone has a great and productive weekend, we have a lot of pixely goodness and new games to look forward to in the coming days!