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Among Us, Flash, COVID etc.

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Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 12:40:03


Among Us Jam Update: Judging is still in progress for the Among Us Jam! We’ll try to have the winners announced within the next week - we’ve wanted to be sure everyone involved has a chance to watch the entries and think about their favorites. We watched all 200 entries on a @TheNewgroundsPodcast group chat the other week and it took over five hours!


@PhantomArcade assembled a jam compilation for the NG YouTube, which is bringing a lot of new eyeballs to the event. Thank you everyone involved who gave Phantom your blessing to be included and thank you again everyone who participated in the jam!


SNES Music Contest


The SNES Music Contest winners will be announced at 1PM EST today, in 20 minutes!


Halloween Spooktacular


We’re hosting a Halloween Spooktacular this month, with over $1,500 in prizes for the best Animation, Games, Art, Music, Writing and Voice Acting


Site Updates


We’re deep in a trophy system overhaul that will allow us to assign trophies for events that didn’t traditionally log trophies to accounts. This will also allow us to sell event sponsor badges on our Supporter page, so sponsors can get badges for helping us increase various prize pools. Your contributions have increased prize payouts this year by over $14,000!


Reminder: The three best games this month will win $100 each and the best animation based on original material will win $250!


The API portion of game projects is getting updated to modernize the layout, bring cloud saves to our Newgrounds.io API and default to that instead of the old Flash API. 


Speaking of Flash!


Flash Preservation Update


Before I get into Flash preservation, I’d like to remind everyone that if you’ve been active on NG this past half-decade, the majority of what you’ve been doing here hasn’t required Flash. 


Our video player doesn’t require Flash, our audio player doesn’t require Flash and most of the games uploaded nowadays are HTML5. I need to repeat this a lot because a week doesn’t go by without me seeing people lament how Newgrounds will have to shut down at the end of the year because Adobe is ending support for the Flash player. Newgrounds will be fine!


We are, however, working to make sure Flash content continues to exist and function on the site. Newgrounds sponsors the development of Ruffle.rs, to run Flash content in the browser without Flash. 


Ruffle was created by @Mike as an open-source alternative to the Flash plug-in, free of all the legacy problems associated with Flash. Lots of smart people have gotten involved with the project and you can sponsor it with money or help as a developer if you’re smart, too!


Ruffle is a work in progress; it has come a long way with AS2 support and is in the early stages of support for AS3. If you aren’t familiar, AS2 is the scripting language used in early Flash content, while AS3 is what most of the later games use.


This week’s update to Ruffle brought it the point where it now supports our AS2 API for medals and high scores. This means you can earn medals in games like Castle Crashing the Beard or log a high score in Video Falconry.


There was a performance regression in this week’s update which is currently being addressed. Ruffle is also falling back to canvas mode on iOS rather than WebGL because Safari updated to WebGL2; an update is coming for that as well.


I recently read a quote by German poet Durs Grünbein; “The non-artists of the world are always terribly busy, and then one day they disappear without a trace.” We’ll be sure none of you disappear without a trace! Well maybe a few of you. But not most of you!


Other News


If you missed it, check out the Best of September!


I’ve been making a Spooky Animation Playlist if you want to get into the spirit of the season.


@TheInterviewer posted an Interview with littlbox and Karlestonchew!


Also a reminder regarding COVID: Even if you’ve been fortunate compared to many during this time, remember that none of this is normal and it’s ok if you’re going through some crazy emotions. I feel like even people who enjoy isolation still have limits that are being tested this year. Hope everyone is staying safe, wearing masks and making positive connections on-line!



Working on Nightmare Cops!

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 12:51:28


Oh man, Castle Crashing the Beard... I played that on my old old old PC back in the day. I think I beat it, but only because that thing was so slow. I tried again when I got a new laptop and it didn't end well...

Glad to hear that stuff about Flash, I knew NG would be prepared! Thanks for the updates, Mr. Fulp!


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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 12:56:27


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote: I feel like even people who enjoy isolation still have limits that are being tested this year.


Ain't that the fucking truth! Holy shit this year has really pushed me to my limits of sanity.


Thanks for addressing this side of the pandemic, I know I'm not alone here.

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 13:25:45


With my personal reservoir i do what i can to continue flash as a technology in todays time.

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 14:41:43


Whoa Supporter badges? I’m deffo into that!


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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 15:01:37


thank you tom! i hope you're well

stay safe during these tough times. thanks for being here for us and we are all here for you,too!


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote:


Also a reminder regarding COVID: Even if you’ve been fortunate compared to many during this time, remember that none of this is normal and it’s ok if you’re going through some crazy emotions. I feel like even people who enjoy isolation still have limits that are being tested this year. Hope everyone is staying safe, wearing masks and making positive connections on-line!


Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 15:06:07


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote: Also a reminder regarding COVID: Even if you’ve been fortunate compared to many during this time, remember that none of this is normal and it’s ok if you’re going through some crazy emotions. I feel like even people who enjoy isolation still have limits that are being tested this year. Hope everyone is staying safe, wearing masks and making positive connections on-line!


<3


Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 16:43:12


It's awesome to see the great love that is put in Newgrounds, and how it comes back to all of us.


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote:
Ruffle is a work in progress; it has come a long way with AS2 support and is in the early stages of support for AS3. If you aren’t familiar, AS2 is the scripting language used in early Flash content, while AS3 is what most of the later games use.


I'm always Excited to hear the progress that Ruffle is making. Flash is not the only platform I games for but I feel it would be ashame never be able to publish a game for it again. There are certain project that flash is just perfect for. If I made more action games and less... let's just call them adult romance games, flash going away as a platform would be no skin off my nose, But since flash is so integrated with animation it's like peanut butter and jelly.


I've been using UE4 a lot lately, so if flash ever did just completely go away, I'd still have something to make games with but like I said flash just works better for what I do. And frankly I'm just glad there is a hope that I can just keep using the tool that works best for me in the future...


PS: I'm using a really old version of flash and simply can't afford creative cloud subscription at the moment. So being able to keep using it would be great.

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 16:59:59


There’s been a lot of updates for the site, it all looks very nice

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 17:09:45


I don't know if the guys working on Ruffle have been thinking about this but the AS3/AS2 API is very robust, it's my go to API for tinkering. Ruffle could be ported to different platform such as consoles, just playing devils advocate here, but the idea of a flash game running on a console make me moist.


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote: Flash Preservation Update


I was arguing with people a few months ago about Flash preservation, and how there is no reason some talented people couldn't patch whatever security problems may arise with flash after support had ended, or some alternative to keep flash content going in the browser like an addon or something. I'm incredibly pleased to see that such a project has already been ongoing. I knew you were always making sure NG was fine with the new player years ago.


Also, I'm glad all of the collaboration and contests lately have been turning out so well, seems like there's meaningful prize pools every time now, which is great motivation for artists who want to make a submission. I may not really like people making art their day job and ONLY doing it for money, I kinda think it sucks the creativity and fun out of people, but I do think these contest formats are a great way for someone who might not even have a job (like me back when I was a teenager) to win a meaningful chunk of money. Plus it feels good to be recognized by your peers for making them laugh. TLDR I'm happy to see it going well, and hope that trend continues.


Master of questionable life choices

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 19:05:33


I wish I could get an oculus rift. But however I could play it on my phone.

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 20:28:03


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote: We’re deep in a trophy system overhaul that will allow us to assign trophies for events that didn’t traditionally log trophies to accounts. This will also allow us to sell event sponsor badges on our Supporter page, so sponsors can get badges for helping us increase various prize pools. Your contributions have increased prize payouts this year by over $14,000!


Oooooooh spicy


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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 20:37:31


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote:
I feel like even people who enjoy isolation still have limits that are being tested this year.


This is so true. 



Sorry for my bad english. I'm not from this planet

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 22:25:57


Thanks for the Castle Crashing the Beard shout-out! Hopefully something good along that front coming out this year...


Also, I think COVID has some silver linings. I think "The COVID Project" is becoming a thing where people are taking on tasks that they haven't had time for ever before in their life (or not since they were kids without any responsibilities). The human spirit rages on!


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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 22:51:49


I don't affraid for future of Newgrounds coz this portal well known not only by flash games :3

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 23:21:02


I AM THE IMPOSTOR and i don't care to play the game

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 23:40:41


thank you tom very cool


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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-17 23:41:36


What will happen to all the flash games and movies on newgrounds?

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 00:02:45


I've really enjoyed the Among Us cartoons!


Dora's Bike | Descent Club | Sig by byteslinger. Click for my Twitch channel.

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 00:08:50


Thank God there's being progress in Ruffle towards AS3 (not literally thank God, but you all know what i mean...). I can't see myself using any software other than flash/animate to make games with interactive animations all by myself.


Making human hentai.

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 00:20:10


Thanks for the thoughtful closer. Best Tom

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 01:52:11


The Among Us cartoons are a lot of fun, impressive how everyone got stuff done so quick. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of the spooky season. Hope everyone is holding on to their brains, nice to get a reminder that the individual isnt crazy for having a rough time right about now.

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 06:02:49


We honestly have to do something about COVID already. Everyday reading about new deaths and such is really making me angsty...

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 09:51:47


Tom do you want a donut. Also first post. iu_182237_28372.jpg


None

Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 09:54:28


At 10/18/20 09:51 AM, Luis wrote: Tom do you want a donut. Also first post.


I DO want a donut!


Working on Nightmare Cops!

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 09:55:45


At 10/17/20 11:41 PM, Initrompt wrote: What will happen to all the flash games and movies on newgrounds?


They'll always be here regardless of what happens but ideally Ruffle will play all of them some day!


Working on Nightmare Cops!

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 10:34:46


Love the supportive words regarding COVID. Some people have made it out to seem that only extroverts have been negatively affected by the lock downs. I don't think it's in our nature to be complete recluses, and I know I've seen some significant dips in my mood since March even as an introvert. Wishing all the best.


Find a mountain to stand on.

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Response to Among Us, Flash, COVID etc. 2020-10-18 11:17:56


At 10/17/20 12:40 PM, TomFulp wrote: Among Us Jam Update: Judging is still in progress for the Among Us Jam! We’ll try to have the winners announced within the next week - we’ve wanted to be sure everyone involved has a chance to watch the entries and think about their favorites. We watched all 200 entries on a @TheNewgroundsPodcast group chat the other week and it took over five hours!

@PhantomArcade assembled a jam compilation for the NG YouTube, which is bringing a lot of new eyeballs to the event. Thank you everyone involved who gave Phantom your blessing to be included and thank you again everyone who participated in the jam!

SNES Music Contest

The SNES Music Contest winners will be announced at 1PM EST today, in 20 minutes!

Halloween Spooktacular

We’re hosting a Halloween Spooktacular this month, with over $1,500 in prizes for the best Animation, Games, Art, Music, Writing and Voice Acting! 

Site Updates

We’re deep in a trophy system overhaul that will allow us to assign trophies for events that didn’t traditionally log trophies to accounts. This will also allow us to sell event sponsor badges on our Supporter page, so sponsors can get badges for helping us increase various prize pools. Your contributions have increased prize payouts this year by over $14,000!

Reminder: The three best games this month will win $100 each and the best animation based on original material will win $250!

The API portion of game projects is getting updated to modernize the layout, bring cloud saves to our Newgrounds.io API and default to that instead of the old Flash API. 

Speaking of Flash!

Flash Preservation Update

Before I get into Flash preservation, I’d like to remind everyone that if you’ve been active on NG this past half-decade, the majority of what you’ve been doing here hasn’t required Flash. 

Our video player doesn’t require Flash, our audio player doesn’t require Flash and most of the games uploaded nowadays are HTML5. I need to repeat this a lot because a week doesn’t go by without me seeing people lament how Newgrounds will have to shut down at the end of the year because Adobe is ending support for the Flash player. Newgrounds will be fine!

We are, however, working to make sure Flash content continues to exist and function on the site. Newgrounds sponsors the development of Ruffle.rs, to run Flash content in the browser without Flash. 

Ruffle was created by @Mike as an open-source alternative to the Flash plug-in, free of all the legacy problems associated with Flash. Lots of smart people have gotten involved with the project and you can sponsor it with money or help as a developer if you’re smart, too!

Ruffle is a work in progress; it has come a long way with AS2 support and is in the early stages of support for AS3. If you aren’t familiar, AS2 is the scripting language used in early Flash content, while AS3 is what most of the later games use.

This week’s update to Ruffle brought it the point where it now supports our AS2 API for medals and high scores. This means you can earn medals in games like Castle Crashing the Beard or log a high score in Video Falconry.

There was a performance regression in this week’s update which is currently being addressed. Ruffle is also falling back to canvas mode on iOS rather than WebGL because Safari updated to WebGL2; an update is coming for that as well.

I recently read a quote by German poet Durs Grünbein; “The non-artists of the world are always terribly busy, and then one day they disappear without a trace.” We’ll be sure none of you disappear without a trace! Well maybe a few of you. But not most of you!

Other News

If you missed it, check out the Best of September!

I’ve been making a Spooky Animation Playlist if you want to get into the spirit of the season.

@TheInterviewer posted an Interview with littlbox and Karlestonchew!

Also a reminder regarding COVID: Even if you’ve been fortunate compared to many during this time, remember that none of this is normal and it’s ok if you’re going through some crazy emotions. I feel like even people who enjoy isolation still have limits that are being tested this year. Hope everyone is staying safe, wearing masks and making positive connections on-line!

https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/767063


Will the Halloween spooktacular winners be announced on twitch as well?