There’s a whole lot of scary stuff happening in the world so before we get to the Best of December I want to address a few things.
Australia has been getting brutalized by wildfires and it’s hard to even know where to start with providing help for something so massive. The NSW Rural Fire Services lets you donate to individual brigades (made largely of volunteers) but it’s hard for an outsider to know which brigades to donate to. The Bushfire Appeal website appears to be AU residents only. The best option may be this Google Donation Box.
More horrible news is that Puerto Rico was hit by a 6.4 earthquake this morning and some areas are still recovering from Hurricane Maria. I found some links in this Philly Inquirer article that I’ll quote here:
Hispanic Federation: Unidos program. After Hurricane Maria, the Hispanic federation launched the Unidos program for disaster relief, reaching 78 municipalities in PR by transporting first responders and providing food and water. The group is one of the biggest contributors to the ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.
World Central Kitchen. Run by Chef José Andrés, WCF prepares meals for people affected by disasters, and is already gearing up to support people in PR after the earthquake.
American Red Cross. The Red Cross is currently assessing needs to help people affected by the earthquake. The group collects donations for disaster relief that goes into a central pool for all disasters. Besides blood, the group was active in PR recovery efforts after Maria by installing solar networks for power, access to clean water, and supporting local community health organizations.
It can feel overwhelming when so much bad stuff is happening and it can feel weird to keep carrying on with trying to entertain people but it’s important to keep a light shining even during dark times. With that, here is the Best of December!
Top Five Movies
Seth's Data Extraction (SFV)by Speedo(∗´꒳`)
GWYNEVERE, QUEEN OF SUNLIGHTby BrokenMOJOAmazing Chest Ahead
Merry Christmas 2019by DiivesMerry Christmas!!
Peach and Daisy's Christmas Nightby PringusMcDingusmerry christmas ya'll
Sonic Meets Marioby MugiMikeyMario gets cucced
The top ranked animation based on original material and winner of $250 is Merry Christmas 2019 by @diives.
Yes, December was a bit horny. Must be the cold weather, right?
Top Five Games
Christmas ADVENTure 2019by GeoKureliOpen a new gift every day in this spirited Newgrounds Advent Calendar!
The Warrior with the cursed swordby JunjoSolve the dungeon puzzles, and let your sword do the rest... or maybe not.
Forgotten Hill Disillusion: The Libraryby FM-StudioWelcome to Forgotten Hill Museum, never believe your eyes…
Arcandiesby DiemorthHelp this little witch make candy with potions!
Bunny Hopby gamehoundgamesBunny Hop is a 2D puzzle platformer that puts your hopping skills to the test!
Thank you everyone who turned up to make Christmas ADVENTure a success!
9. Kick la Kick
10. The Gift
13. Punks & Thugs!
14. EASY DOWN BEN
27. Duncan & Jones 2
8. Rum & Gun
11. Up Left Out
13. Block Toggle
15. every wall
If you aren’t already a Supporter you will have noticed we’re running a Support drive this month, where all E-M ads have been removed and replaced with a single Supporter promo. Thank you everyone who has come aboard! If we maintain the current momentum, we’re on track to hitting our January goal of 3,000 active supporters - a new record. We’ll be setting new goals each month with the intent of not turning back to traditional advertising. It would be a great way to start the decade and it will happen if those with the means to do so continue to support NG!
Also thank you everyone who participated in December with your animation, art, audio, games, reviews and votes. A lot of new animators gave NG a try after YouTube’s COPPA scare and we hope to keep attracting more in the year to come! It shouldn’t take a scare to make people choose NG; we want NG to be the clear choice, always.
If you missed it, we updated our project and publishing system last week! If you’ve been sitting on some content you want to share, now would be a great time to share it.
With new artists coming aboard, it’s a good time to remind everyone that NG can’t host unlicensed commercial music. This means you can’t upload covers and remixes to the Audio Portal if the source material doesn’t provide a license for such - examples include any song you would hear on the radio, or any song represented by a record label or licensing agency.
This also means you can’t upload movies or games that contain unlicensed commercial audio. We maintain a Royalty Free Music resource here on NG and the Audio Portal is a great place to find music (each song has licensing terms in the lower left corner, many are free to use for web games and animation). Newgrounds is at its best when everyone is working together; it’s like an indie utopia.
2020 is off to a crazy start but we’re gonna do our best to make life a little more tolerable in our corner of the web!