Newgrounds is an American and social media website and company . Founded on July 6, 1995, by Tom Fulp, the site presently hosts games, movies, audio and artwork in four respective hubs, or Portals. Tom Fulp remains the site’s owner and still produces in-house content. Its offices are headquartered in the Glenside neighborhood of Cheltenham Township on the northern border of Philadelphia . [2]

History

1994-1997

In 1994, Tom Fulp has lancé Neo Geo fanzine by the name “New Ground” (from the Greek roots neo and geo- translated into English ) from His Parents’ basement in Perkasie, PA , sending sporadic issues to around 100 members of a Club on Prodigy . At this time New Ground was an entirely offline venue, and it was not until 1995 that he decided to create his own web page, naming it New Ground was the next step in the brand’s history.

New Ground Remix , a new version of ” Ground”, was released in May 2007 , when Tom created the games “Club a Seal” and “Assassin,” which brought them to New Ground based on their notoriety. In 1997, Fulp created the games “Club a Seal II” and “Assassin II,” and decided that he wanted a new place to host these games. He created a separate website, New Ground Atomix , for this purpose.

1998-1999

In early 1998, Fulp began experimenting with Macromedia Flash. A Flash Atomix and the flash game “Telebubby Fun Land” was released. Later that year, Fulp was contacted by Inside Edition about making a segment on “Assassin”, and decided to give a name that would stick, settling on “Newgrounds”. He redirected traffic from both of the older New Ground sites to Newgrounds , paying $ 33 per month out of pocket to host the site.

Fulp had to change hosts to accommodate increasing traffic, and started producing T-shirts in an attempt to pay off hosting fees. By 1999, traffic to Newgrounds was considerable and Fulp had to change hosts every few months. Banner ads were introduced to pay growing hosting bills, but Fulp was still unable to make ends meet. The current host of the Newgrounds site, which was published in the United States of America. Running out of options, Fulp partnered with Troma , who hosted the site in exchange for a share of ad revenue.

Newgrounds’ notoriety increased through a copyright infringement dispute with the BBC over Teletubby Fun Land , which was renamed Tele b ubby Fun Land as a result. The site received global attention, having been featured in Yahoo Internet Life Magazine , Stuff Magazine , Internet Tonight (ZDTV), Wired.com , and many other media outlets. Citation needed ]

2000-2003

Among other things, we have a lot of fun and excitement. Many users have begun submitting their own Flash creations to Fulp, which he showcased in a portion of the site called “The Portal.”

A friend of Fulp’s by the name of Ross built the Grounds Gold system, which allowed users to gain points for visiting the site. Ad revenue had increased, so Fulp hired Ross and together they started development of the automated Portal. At the time, Fulp’s creations still had the predominant placement on Newgrounds’ front page; The automated Portal opened the floor to other artists, who submitted work that would soon surpass his own. Newgrounds was formed in the first Flash showcase site of this type citation needed ] through this change in content focus, from Fulp’s own work to that of other Flash artists, though he continued to produce content of his own. The Newgrounds tank logo was introduced in 2000, and has been a handstay for Newgrounds’ brand identity ever since.

In the years that followed, the dot-com bubble had collapsed, and Newgrounds struggled to stay afloat while other entertainment websites soon went out of business; The hotel is located in the heart of the city. In 2002, a friend of Fulp’s overhauled the website’s PHP infrastructure to improve its slow performance and Troma allowed them to upgrade their servers, though their affiliation came to an end in 2003; Hosting costs overall Was this article helpful? The Audio Portal and multi-authorship system were introduced in this year, and the termination of the Troma contract gave Fulp’s team full control of Newgrounds’ servers, Troma’s original location in New York City to a facility in Philadelphia . Options were also considered for establishing a full-time office in the same city, which was eventually secured in the Glenside area in subsequent years.

2004-2007

2004 saw some of the most exciting new developments in the history of the city. The Audio Portal showcase on the front page was also debuted. The Numa Numa Dance Viral phenomenon made its debut on Newgrounds near the end of the year, roughly a year before YouTube was launched, becoming one of the first viral videos to be known to the general public.

In 2005, Fulp made two guest appearances on the Show , and a head office for Newgrounds was procured in Glenside. Plans for a major overhaul of the site using CSS were underway through 2006; The Newgrounds tank logo was redesigned, and the site’s slogan was changed from “The Problems of the Future, Today!” To “Everything, by Everyone”. The Flash and Audio portals were given a more unified design with voting and reviews made to be common to both, and to compensate for the need for an Art Portal until the sitewide overhaul was complete, the Art Forum was launched. The initiation courses for the NG Store and merchandising were also seen in 2006.

The main focus of Newgrounds’ staff in 2007 was the redesign site, a significant portion of which was launched on July 16, introducing the unified Flash and Audio Portals as well. . The User, Movie, Game of the Year and Tank Trophy awards debuted, and the NG Store was launched. An API toolset for newgrounds was in development and would eventually allow ads, in-game achievements and other features to be run within Flash content, introducing a way for Flash artists to gather and to better integrate their creations with Newgrounds as a site.

2008-2012

In 2008, tweaks to the Newgrounds API were ongoing, allowing for a revenue-splitting feature that allowed collaborating authors to determine revenue from Flash ads by percentage. Genre selections and tags for submitted movies and games were implemented. The NG Store was redesigned from scratch, as it had not been performing well since its initial launch.

Medals, the equivalent of in-game achievements , were introduced for the first time through the API in 2009, soon followed by a “Sharing” component that would allow user-generated content to be distributed within games, such as custom level designs. The Art Portal in its complete form was launched in June 2009. Work through 2010 and 2011 redesign, until its complete launch on February 7, 2012. Better manage their submitted content. Newgrounds also released their first mobile game, titled GroundCats , through the App Store in 2012.

As 2012 progressed, major changes included the launch of the video player, allowing users to publish movies which were not in .SWF format for the first time, and support for HTML5-coded games, which Games made in Flash. A 12-month ad-free subscription option was also available at a price of $ 25, but the NG Store had been shut down in the first half of the year.

2013-present

This section is missing information about history from 2013-present . Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page . (February 2016)

Front page

Tom Fulp is the author of “The Fall of Tomorrow”. Menus to access a wider array of submissions for each portal are shown across the top of the site, allowing to browse on popularity and date of submission.

The Newgrounds main page in May 2014. A user has logged in this site.

Movie and Game Portals

Originally named “Flash Portal” until Newgrounds began accepting non-Flash animations, the Movie Portal is a hub for Newgrounds users to submit watchable content. Registered users can submit new movies, either in the format of a .SWF Flash file, or as a video file (.MOV, .MP4, etc, several types are acceptable [3] ). The Game Portal is a similar section of the site intended for users to submit games to Newgrounds. In recent years, with the renamed and repurposed Movie Portal, the Game Portal has expanded its range of HTML5 , Unity3D and Twine in addition to Flash games.

NATA

Beginning in 2011, the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animation (NATA) began as a 4-6 month long animation competition on Newgrounds sponsored by both Adobe and Tom Fulp. NASA 2012 is a new generation of software development tools designed to help you build your business. [4] The competition pits animators against each other through scored Rounds where the animators have a certain amount of time to complete their entry. Artwork (4 Points), Animation (4 Points), Originality (4 Points), Structure (4 Points), and Entertainment (4 Points). Points from each judge tally up to a total of 20 possible points. With five judges, the total points possible for an entry is 100 Points. [5]

Portals

The Art Portal is part of the website for visual art and graphic design. Aside from collages and photos taken for the purpose of showing sculpture or paintings that can not be digitally scanned, works of photography are not permitted. Citation needed ]

The Audio Portal is a specific section of Newgrounds where artists can submit music. The Audio Portal uses the same scouting process as the Art Portal; Every prospective audio submitter must submit at least four works to the Portal and wait to be scouted by another, more tenured user before their submissions will be accessible on the Audio Portal main page. All the music is free to use (under a BY-NC-SA 3.0 Creative Commonslicense). [6]

Uploaded files must conform to certain requirements: [7]

  • The file must have the extension .mp3 .
  • The file may not exceed the given capacity of 250 MB .
  • The file must be sampled at 44.1 kHz.

The main purpose of the Audio-Video was to prevent users from breaking copyright laws; Users were using copyrighted songs in their submissions, at a risk of copyright holders. [8] As such, the Audio Portal was a creative Commons license. [6] However, the Portal grew from an audio resource for the Flash portal to have its own active community – users take advantage of it as a nursing grounds to increase their talents before pitching themselves to major record labels. The Audio Portal was shut down three separate times in its lifetime, but has become a permanent feature of the site. The Portal to Steal Songs for the Game by Geometry (Audio CD) Dash , especially for the game’s custom levels. [9]

Rating and review system

For all types of submitted content on Newgrounds, authors rate their submissions based on the presence and intensity of profanity, sexual themes, drugs, and violence. The ratings are for guidance only. There is no need to change the name of the submission.

  • E (Everyone) = Content suitable for viewers of all ages (aged 10+).
  • T (Teens) = Content suitable for viewers aged 13+. Mild content, violence, etc.
  • M (Mature) = Content suitable for viewers aged 17+. Explicit content, intense violence, drug use, mild nudity / sex, etc.
  • A (Adult) = Content suitable for viewers aged 18+. Explicit content, excessive violence, excessive drug use, graphic nudity / sex, porn, etc.

Users can vote or write reviews on any submissions in any Portal. (“Protect”), which is based on the ” ) Or disapprove (“Blam”) of new submissions in the initial judgment phase. “[Blow the] whistle” or report content that violates core submission quality guidelines such as outright copyright violation or illegal content.

Awards

When it is time to get the most out of it, it’s time to get it. The highest-level awards, as well as the best cash submissions of the year, can earn the cash prizes and other benefits.

Newgrounds Forum (BBS)

The Newgrounds Forum community discusses various topics in forum categories ranging from site-related submissions to personal and off-topic discussion. The most popular section on the forum is “General” discussion which, as of September 4, 2013, houses more than 704,000 topics. The forums are often used to run competitions and community projects.

NG Store

In 2007, Newgrounds started a basic store that was hosted completely on-site, selling shirts and stickers of different Newgrounds characters, such as Pico and the Tankmen. On August 19, 2008, Newgrounds launched its official store, selling more products including those made by other Newgrounds artists. Items for sale included many T-shirts with popular and successful artists, as well as keychains, stickers, discs, toys, comics, posters, patches and DVDs depicting popular Flash series. The Newgrounds community would collaborate to create works like a yearly calendar and writing anthologies. The Newgrounds store exited the physical goods market on March 5, 2014, after members of the staff resigned to work on other projects.

Charity

Since the Newgrounds API was released and users were allowed to split their earnings between authors, users have been donating a portion of their earnings to charities by creating and sharing accounts which resemble the names of the charities for donating. This was in 2009, when a user, ForNoReason, took it upon himself to organize flash artists. [10]

  • The Yellow Ribbon Fund supports injured men and women and their families. [11]
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Supports and Research for the Cure of Breast Cancer. [12]
  • CARE was in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake . [13]

In the media

  • Teletubbies : In 1998, Tom Fulp of Newgrounds created a spoof of Teletubbies called Teletubby Fun Land [14] which resulted in a lawsuit from the BBC . [15] This resulted in a boost of notoriety and media exposure, and the game was renamed Tele bubby Fun Land .
  • Kaboom: The Suicide Bombing Game : In mid-2002, Newgrounds received notoriety for hosting Kaboom !, a game in which the player controls an apparent suicide bomber who kills men, women and children. [16]DESPITE receiving send criticism and calls for ict removal from the Internet by Congresswoman Nita Lowey , the Jewish Anti-Defamation League , and other groups [ citation needed ] , Newgrounds continued to host the game.
  • Numa Numa Dance: Gary Brolsma first published his ” Numa Numa Dance ” on Newgrounds on December 6, 2004, where it has been viewed more than 15 million times, [17] and copied into other websites and blogs. He has also received the mainstream media coverage on Good Morning America , The Tonight Show and Best Week Ever , and, according to The New York Times , was an unwilling and embarrassed Web celebrity. [18] On September 8, 2006, he reappeared with a professionally produced video titled New Numa . [19] On November 14, 2007, he posted another Numa video on YouTube , Entitled Numa Three: Crazy Loop! [20]
  • Jeff Weise: Jeff Weise , infamous for the 2005 Red Lake shootings , posted a violent animation [21] on Newgrounds.com. [22] Its existence was discovered and reported after the massacre.
  • Attack of the Show! From July 5-8, 2005, Tom Fulp was a co-host on Attack of the Show! ; He would showcase and describe popular Newgrounds Flash submissions. [23] [ citation needed ]
  • The Torture Game 2: Since 2008, Newgrounds has a game in which a tortured a lifeless rag doll-like human. The game sparked controversy, receiving short airtime on Fox News in 2011. [24] [25]
  • Sirtom93 arrest: Sirtom93, an active user on the Newgrounds BBS from England , posted a thread on Newgrounds, on March 17, 2009, [26] describing how he would burn down his school with gasoline. He was caught and arrested after site administrators and users had his personal information and forwarded it to the local police. The newspaper in Sirtom’s area did not mention Newgrounds by name. [27] [28]
  • Video games: Video games released by development company The Behemoth -have credited Newgrounds. Newgrounds is also credited in Team Meat ‘s Super Meat Boy which, like Alien Hominid , was originally a flash game on Newgrounds.

Events

Newgrounds in the United States of America. Some events are organized by regulars but usually by moderators and site administrators.

Notable events:

  • Big Apple Con
  • Comic Con 2008

See also

  • Philadelphia portal
  • List of Internet forums

References

  1. Jump up^ “newgrounds.com traffic ranking” . Alexa Internet . Retrieved 9 February 2017 .
  2. Jump up^ “Cheltenham Township Business Directory” . January 2007 . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  3. Jump up^ “Newgrounds Wiki – Games and Movies” . Newgrounds.com/wiki . Retrieved 12 March 2015 .
  4. Jump up^ “NATA 2012” . Retrieved 19 September 2016 .
  5. Jump up^ About – NATA Official Site
  6. ^ Jump up to:b “Newgrounds Wiki Audio Guidelines” . Newgrounds (Not Wikia) . Retrieved 12 September 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “Newgrounds Wiki – Audio” . Newgrounds.com/wiki . Retrieved 11 March 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Fulp, Tom (2003-02-13). “NG Audio! Go! Go!” . Newgrounds . Retrieved 2010-07-27 .
  9. Jump up^ “How did I get that many downloads?” . Newgrounds. 2015-02-03. Missingin Authors list ( help ) |first1=|last1=
  10. Jump up^ “Newgrounds Charity Project” . Newgrounds. 2009-08-17 . Retrieved 2010-01-19 .
  11. Jump up^ “Yellow Ribbon Fund” . Newgrounds. 2009-08-12 . Retrieved 2010-01-19 .
  12. Jump up^ “Breast Cancer Awareness” . Newgrounds. 2009-08-12 . Retrieved 2010-01-19 .
  13. Jump up^ “CareCharity” . Newgrounds. 2010-01-15 . Retrieved 2010-01-19 .
  14. Jump up^ Fulp, Tom (1998). “Teletubby Fun Land” . Newgrounds . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  15. Jump up^ Fulp, Tom (1999-08-03). “First NG Battle – NG vs. BBC” . Newgrounds . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  16. Jump up^ Park, Michael Y. (2002-05-08). “Videogame Enrages Israeli Supporters” . Fox News Channel . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  17. Jump up^ Brolsma, Gary (2004-12-06). “Numa Numa Dance” . Newgrounds . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  18. Jump up^ Feuer, Alan; Jason George (2005-02-26). “Internet Fame Is a Cruel Mistress for a Dancer of the Numa Numa” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  19. Jump up^ Brolsma, Gary (2006-09-08). “New Numa” . Newgrounds . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  20. Jump up^ The Geeker (14 November 2007). “Numa Three: Crazy Loop!”. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via YouTube.
  21. Jump up^ ” ” Target Practice ” ” . Retrieved 19 September 2016 .
  22. Jump up^ Davey, Monica; Jodi Wilgoren (2005-03-24). “Signs of Danger Were Missed in a Troubled Teenager’s Life” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  23. Jump up^ Fulp, Tom (2005-06-20). “G4 Co-Hosting!” . Newgrounds . Retrieved 2008-11-20 .
  24. Jump up^ “Torture Game 2” . Fox News. 3 May 2011 . Retrieved 30 November 2013 .
  25. Jump up^ Graphic violence, viewing with Flash disabled is recommended“The Torture Game 2” . Newgrounds. 11 May 2008 . Retrieved 13 February 2016 .
  26. Jump up^ “This is it.” . Retrieved 19 September 2016 .
  27. Jump up^ “Pupil arrested for planning school attack after internet in Canada tips off police in Norfolk” . Mail Online. 2009-03-18 . Retrieved 2009-12-13 .
  28. Jump up^ Wardrop, Murray (2009-03-18). “Pupil arrested over school on the Internet” . London: Telegraph . Retrieved 2009-12-13 .

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