We just updated playlists to premier our new video player! Updates include 4k, frame by frame stepping and auto-play for lists of videos. Try it with my Short Shorts 2020 playlist by clicking a movie thumbnail to launch in-page. You can also use the < and > keys to frame step and left and right arrow keys to change videos.
Monthly Cash Prizes for Games
It was announced this month that Kongregate will no longer be accepting new games, which also means the end of their monthly cash prizes, a welcome mainstay in the web game scene.
Back in the day, NG also awarded cash prizes to the top five games each month. I’d like to get back into this but need your help! If you have the means and would like cash prizes for games to be a thing, please use the donation option on our Supporter page and PM me a heads up that you donated towards the monthly game prize.
Based on how much money we raise in the short term, I’ll follow up with a plan for how we could best distribute it. For example if we raise a small amount, we might distribute it over 1-3 months, whereas if we raise more we could distribute it over 6-12 months.
Update: At the moment we're ready to commit $200 per month for the next four months, starting with the Best of July. Thinking we'll give $100 each to the top two games, to spread the love around a bit. This will increase / extend based on ongoing support!
We’re making a system where donors get sponsor badges for individual events and initiatives, so when this launches you’ll retroactively get the Monthly Game Prize sponsor badge - similar to how Supporters get an annual support badge. I’m thinking when the games hub gets updated, it could promote the monthly prizes alongside a donation link to keep the fund growing long-term.
Neo Geo Animation Jam Prizes
It feels weird to announce a jam ahead of announcing a jam but we'll soon be announcing a Neo Geo-themed animation jam. I’d like to kick it off with a big prize pool, which is why I’m making the rounds now. So far we’ve raised $720 but a few thousand would of course be cool. If you’re down to help, use the donation option on our Supporter page and PM me a heads up that you donated towards the Neo Geo Jam.
We’re also gonna have prize categories for Neo Geo-like music, so musicians can make original music for peoples’ animations and be eligible for additional prizes! Maybe an fan art contest too?
When the sponsor badges go live, you’ll retroactively get a Neo Geo Jam badge. We’ll also be listing event sponsors in upcoming jam posts.
Flash Emulation Update
This weekend Mike pushed an update that fixed a lot of broken preloaders. When we first launched Ruffle on NG, I made a list of almost 1,000 movies that didn't work. That list has been shrinking ever since and is now down to less than 250 items. You can sponsor ongoing Ruffle development to help!