Yesterday was Madness Day, an annual celebration of the iconic series by @Krinkels! This felt like the biggest turnout since the early years of Madness Day in 2007-2008, be sure to take some time this week to check out the entries.
Tomorrow will also be day one of a six day site takeover ad campaign, something we’ve had to do a few times this year to keep things afloat while we gradually grow our Supporter count.
I’m grateful we can land occasional sponsors but I prefer how NG feels without ads and would like everyone to experience it that way all the time. I get self-conscious that people who may have fallen in love with NG will come here during a big ad takeover and not get the best experience possible.
Shortly after this campaign ends, we’ll be introducing our new video player. This player has options to function like the existing player but will default to fill the available screen space, for a larger viewing experience. We’ll be doing away with site skins on these pages and this also likely means no ad skins on these pages in the future.
It’s what we want but it’s also limiting our alternatives to Supporter revenue. When we reduce ads while running a deficit, it’s like we’re accelerating towards a cliff with the hope more people will be motivated to build a bridge across the chasm. We hope you enjoy the update enough to consider becoming a Supporter, if you aren’t already. If you are, thanks!
(UPDATE: The site takeover campaign has been postponed one week, so we've decided to cancel it rather than have it happen around our cool Halloween site skin and new video player launch.)
The top THREE games this month will each receive $100, with the best animation based on original material taking home $250.
This week we’ve also started processing more movie and game thumbnail sizes, for upcoming layout updates. This process fixes existing thumbnails that didn’t scale down well via the current system; expect them to improve as they get re-processed.
That's it for now, feel welcome to share some of your favorite things from this month, or what you have in the works!