Today’s Drawing Tablet Recipient
Today’s tablet recipient is @pizza602slut!
Boney plays X Peloby pizza602slut
Boo gtfo, Mario ain't scared anymoreby pizza602slut
Always ready for actionby pizza602slut
Pizza602slut has been drawing with a Samsung tablet and MediBang but wants something he can hook up to his laptop, so he can use tools like Clip Studio Paint. Clip Studio is popular among artists nowadays and frequently on sale, I'll note.
Today’s Featured Flash (without Flash)
James The Christmas Zebraby The-Super-Flash-BrosSwing from cloud to cloud eating cookies - awesome fun!
What better way to kick off December than with a Christmas-themed game? James the Christmas Zebra sends you swinging from cloud to cloud, eating cookies and avoiding explosive puddings. It was made by @The-Super-Flash-Bros, who went on to create modern classics like Tangle Tower, Marching Order and Snipperclips!
About the Drawing Tablet Giveaway
Newgrounds is hosting a 2020 Drawing Tablet Giveaway, inviting artists to apply for the chance to receive a drawing tablet. Applications are still open, however you must be US-based (tablets are sent directly from Amazon) and your chances will greatly improve if you have examples of your art or animation here on NG.
We’ve received generous donations from @Egoraptor, @AnonymousAlchemist, @SinclairStrange, @RonDMC, @SaucySaucepan, @Afro-Ninja, @Jonas, @NCH, @Sabtastic, @Squidly, @MSGhero, @Rarykos, @Straqt, @kleinerjunge, @DevAesthetic, @NickSenny, @MrChambers, @53xy83457 and @AKA-38CAUTION. As a result, this will be our biggest tablet giveaway ever!
About Flash Preservation
Most of the content shared on NG nowadays isn’t Flash; you can share your HTML5 games and any sort of original animation you’ve made in video format, as well as art, music, voice reels and podcasts. As the original Flash Portal we also host a lot of classic and occasional new Flash content.
Newgrounds sponsors the development of Ruffle.rs, to run Flash content in the browser without Flash. Flash will be removed from browsers at the end of the year but thanks to Ruffle, we can enjoy Flash forever! Ruffle doesn’t support everything yet, which is why we have Newgrounds Player as a desktop fallback until it does.
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 Rust developer.
For the remainder of the year, I’ll be making regular posts highlighting both drawing tablet winners and classic Flash content that is now supported by Ruffle.
Read yesterday’s issue of The Tank Tribune!
Thoughts on Flash
There was a viral tweet yesterday about Flash support being removed from browsers. Reading it is a reminder of how much of an uphill battle it has been to educate people about ongoing preservation efforts. It made me think about all the interviews I’ve done over the years and how there have always been details that get left out because they don’t fit the narrative.
For example, in early death-of-Flash stories years ago, I would always note how NG wouldn’t be removing Flash content and would be working on alternative ways to play it; however those comments never became part of the story because the story was about how Flash was going away.
Later, stories started shifting to archival efforts for playing Flash off-line, at which point I was telling people about Ruffle and efforts to keep Flash running in the browser, only to see those comments left out because playing Flash in the browser wasn’t part of the story. More recent articles this year have finally begun to mention Ruffle, which has been encouraging.
Sometimes I feel like I’m being gaslit but really I’m just experiencing how the world works, how public relations works. No one has the full picture, the full message; it’s all fragments being parroted around ad nauseum. It’s discouraging when you realize how hard it can be to get a large number of people to update their perception and it makes you realize why so many billions of dollars are spent on marketing and PR.
To this day, I would say the majority of people familiar with the name “Newgrounds” assume it will be shutting down at the end of this year, or that it already shut down years ago, because they can’t disassociate it from Flash and the familiar narrative about Flash. It makes me curious to see where things go in 2021, when Flash has “ended” and Newgrounds hasn’t. Will people’s brains perform a reboot and see the site with fresh eyes? It could be like “The Great Awakening” but for NG. More likely, we'll just continue on this path of slow but steady progress.