Best of November 2017! 2017-12-07 16:19:52
Last weekend was Ludum Dare 40 and we're showcasing a bunch of web game entries here on NG. I'm excited every time Ludum Dare rolls around because NG gets treated to a ton of cool little games. For me personally, I wish every day in the games hub looked like Ludum Dare but not everyone shares my tastes; one person even asked us to create a filter to remove LD entries from the listing! I feel like NG needs more small experimental games by passionate devs, not less.
Most people already get this but I'll still say it: when reviewing entries from game jams such as Ludum Dare, keep in mind they are made in under 48-72 hours. It's totally fine to give advice and suggestions for how the games could be improved but do it from a position of understanding the idea was executed quickly. A lot of these games and developers show great promise and I'd hate for them to have a bad experience on NG.
In a story that feels kind of related, I reached out to an artist this week about an animation I thought would be enjoyed here on NG. The artist took a look around and felt their work was too "artsy" and that NG felt more geared towards comedy and parody. It was a reasonable observation. I just want anyone out there listening to know that a lot of people here are big fans of animation in general and we would love to see fresh new styles, original stories and experimentation. Newgrounds at its best should feel like a creative explosion every day and I don't want anyone to be able to pigeonhole it.
All that being said, we did have some damn good video game parodies last month.
Your votes are in and here are the Best of November!
Top Five Movies
64 Bits - Cupsoulsby 64bitsanimationDark Souls but in the style of Cuphead!
GET OUT OF MY CARby psychicpebblesa reasonable request
/v/rage 2017 remake.by NCHan animation about the /v/ board on 4chan.
Bowser's Big Dayby k7vinBowser is finally getting married OR IS HE??
The Mario Manspiracyby LyleRathIs Mario into MEN???
Top Five Games
Revenge of The Kidby danishgoelDispose of bandits & duel with your enemies in this western adventure!
ZS Dead Detective - Brain Drainby MujaA point & click detective adventure... in a zombie world
Short and Sweetby sour-apple-studiosI'll bake you a cupcake so sweet...
The Zombie Food Truckby team-tzftEat People. Get Money.
Crypt Shyfter: Exileby kungfuspacebarbarianAliens, evil wizards, space vampires, & Shyfters! Just another day in the life of a badass
6. I lie to myself
7. Newgrounds Redux: Metal Gear Awesome 3
8. Etiquette Class : Foamy The Squirrel
9. Angry Video Game Nerd Anime: Part 2 (feat. Nostalgia Critic, Pat Contri & MatPat)
10. Sublo & Tangy Mustard #8 - Roommate
11. Emperor Palpamean
12. "IS IT OKAY IF I CHANGE MY ORDER?"
13. "Swift & Loose": Episode 1
14. Game Devs : Foamy The Squirrel
15. Harmless Guest: No Evil 028
16. Wash It
18. Marth is OP
19. A Samurai Story
20. Attack of the Mothman
6. Witch N' Wiz
7. Tower of Tune
8. CORPORATE SALMON
13. Cave Legacy
14. Invader Overload
15. Brick Breaker Intergalactic!
16. Arc Shield
17. Bouncing Balls
18. Maze Dog
20. Upside Down Asylum
Thank you everyone who participated in November!
Be sure to stop by Sunday, when we find out if the community revived Robot Day has legs. As usual I regret not pushing it harder, the internet should be able to come together around robots.
For Pixel Day we've commissioned this cool logo by @puppiesandanime to build social media buzz. This event should attract every pixel and chiptune artist on the web and it isn't living up to its potential until that happens. Spread the word to your favorite artists and developers in the 8 & 16-bit realm!
We're gearing up to launch a bunch of updates before Christmas. Expect the new audio and art pages first, followed by new user pages with a new site header. IT'S HAPPENING!
After Christmas we'll be working on the new game and animation pages. Ideally I'd like to remove the banner ad that appears above animations and the skin ads that appear alongside games. NG can't actually afford to remove ads but I'm sick of ugly pages. We've had ugly ads on pages for our entire existence and I want to see what happens if they go away. Will more people become supporters or will we drive right off a cliff? We're already off the cliff so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I won't sugar coat it, NG needed to pass 3,000 supporters by the end of this year and has fallen way short. We DO have more than we had at the end of last year, which alone is a big achievement because most people buy one-time upgrades that expire. It would mean the world to us if many many more of you came aboard, especially for monthly recurring subscriptions. It's just $3 a month and you get cool perks!
We just need to convert a fraction of a percent of you. Be part of that 0.1%! Bug your friends to be part of the 0.1%!
I don't even know how many people read this much of a news post which is probably part of our problem too.