Newgrounds was founded with the goal of delivering some of the best games on the internet. In the early days when HTML only allowed users to click pictures to load new pages, I created features such as Club a Seal where you could enjoy the limited amount of interactivity in a fun way. I was never an especially good artist or animator, so I worked hard to program and create games that would push the technology of web gaming to new limits.
In 2000, I won the award for Best Flash Games at the Flash Film Festival in NYC. I got to go on stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom and shake hands with Chuck D from Public Enemy! This was in July, just three months after we launched the automated submission system for the Portal and Newgrounds would forever transition from being my personal showcase to being the web's largest showcase of the global Flash community.
Something has happened in the five years since then, however. Newgrounds has become predominantly known for MOVIES! A majority of our submissions are movies and movies generally score on a higher curve than games. Every month, users select five $250 prize winners and a majority of those awards are also for movies.
It's time to take another step forward! Newgrounds has enjoyed growing success in the years following the dot com crash of 2000 and I want to keep giving more back to the artists!
Starting with the June winners, we will now be awarding $250 each to TEN WINNERS PER MONTH in two categories: 5 GAMES and 5 MOVIES. The end-of-month voting will remain the same, but winners will be divided by those categories when prizes are awarded.
So submit those games! There are 17 days left in June to be part of the running! This competition will also continue on a monthly basis for as long as we can afford it!
Winners will also receive an award certificate and NG t-shirt. Speaking of which, I better order more now if I'm gonna be giving out ten of them for June!
To top it all off, we will now be keeping the GAMES section up-to-date under our new content management system. Say goodbye to those outdated GAMES pages, your submissions will be catalogued and showcased from now on!