To you newcomers who appeared during this New Renaissance: Newgrounds is special. Few realize how much powerful, popular content has spawned from this site.
Toms trailblazing impact won't soon be forgotten. Castle Crashers was instrumental in ushering indie games into the mainstream console frey. Here are some more people who started from NG:
Despite all this, Newgrounds almost died.
She was near dead for a while. On life support, with low traffic. Being kept alive only by a handful of people who cared: (@Ivanalmighty, @TomFulp, @PhantomArcade, etc). NG was known for its outrageous content; a breath of fresh air in otherwise corporate and marketing-friendly times.
Newgrounds SHINES against the dark spirit of puritanism, which is back in full force today. Think of the heavy censorship you see: Social Media purges, PC Culture, EU article 13 banning memes, you getting reported to HR for saying “gay” online 11 years ago when you were still in grade school, etc.
Who wanted an edgy site when things were getting more prude? As society introspected about itself and what was deemed offensive, newgrounds was forgotten. Not only that, but it had to compete against industry behemoth: Youtube. Finally, youtube began censorsing as well. Indeed, the zeitgeist turned to a spirit of stifling itself.
If you payed attention to the fringes of society, it was very obvious a counterculture sick and tired of censorship was emerging. Culture wars manifest in the strangest places (remember gamergate lol), and Newgrounds is a major player in the new zeitgeist shift.
Tumblr purge is just the beginning of the cultural shift, and Newgrounds returning to be the creative powerhouse it once was. Now is the time to get on board as the growth comes.
Look at all these other people NG touched:
Today, December 15th, 2017 is the anniversary of this post. Im making this post one year later, on Dec. 15, 2018
- We predicted the resurgance of Newgrounds.
- Succesful Newgrounds alumni still come together in support of the site.
Consider supporting the site, because in the age of censorship, Newgrounds is one of the only friends you have left.
PS. What does NG mean to you?