One of my favorite press blurbs about NG came from UK gaming magazine "EDGE":
"YouTube. Flickr. MySpace. Wikipedia. Second Life. Bored yet? Probably. We've had the message of how these web phenomena epitomise the user-generated content revolution excitably rammed down our throats for what seems like years. Yet the sites that really kickstarted the movement hardly get a mention.
Newgrounds.com, the large Flash games and animation site that spawned Alien Hominid, has been accepting user-produced submissions since 1999. That it has been quietly spearheading for eight years what is only now being trumpeted about in the mainstream media is indicative of how overlooked the Flash games scene is."
Sadly, most of the press tends to find the most NEGATIVE things they can on NG, and focus on those instead. They do it with the self-righteous tone of raising awareness, when they're really just exploiting offensive content to gain viewers, just like we do!
The latest controversy has been surrounding The Torture Game 2, a fun little ragdoll physics engine that lets you do all sorts of horrible things to a lifeless dummy. Sensible Erection put together a gallery of all the fancy artwork you can create with TG2 (scroll down on that page to see it), at which point Derek Yu made a post about it on TIGSource and a whole debate erupted.
MSNBC picked up on the TIGSource debate and posted their own article about the game, but the real fun came when FOX News weighed in with a Fair & Balanced video, expressing their disgust while showing real-time footage of the person being tortured. Hey! At least we slapped a MATURE rating on the game and made you click a link to view it... Fox just dumped it into every living room in America!
As a result of their efforts, many more people are now enjoying The Torture Game 2.
Today's $100 winner is chainsawmurderer53!
We will be giving out $100 per day from now until I leave for Comic-Con on July 20th! To participate in the raffle, all you need to do is vote on five submissions while logged in. Every day I run a raffle script based on activity from the previous day, and a winner is declared!
Also, this picture was drawn with blood: