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Just a quick question on the future of Newgrounds, a lot of the improvements that have been made to Newgrounds in the last few months have been fantastic, things like the notifications system and being able to see what activity your friends have been up to are fantastic additions to the website, even if they didn't come about until years after the same features were implemented by competitor sites. Better late than never.
One area I feel like the site is still lacking however, or two areas actually, are within the space of social media and the lack of the site being built with responsive design in mind.
The first aspect, social media, is pretty self explanatory, obviously you can tweet and promote your work on facebook, but now that we have a video player on the site, is their any reason we cant embed these videos directly into our facebook or tumblr pages? Maybe its something that is already in the works, or maybe since im no expert in web coding there is far more involved than I realise. But moving forward, if Newgrounds is to stay relevant, or indeed get some of its relevance back, I think its something that will need to happen.
The second area was responsive design, this is only something that im really noticing to be an issue now. I know the redesign we currently have on the site was started upon years ago, before responsive design was really much of a concept. But now that Newgrounds supports videos and html5 games, making the content more mobile friendly, it can be rather frustrating to use the site in its current state on mobile devices. These are just my opinions however and I would be interested to hear what others think.
In other news, I have to rereleased old shorts up on the youtubes. Swivel is my new favourite thing in the world.
The first was Down at McDonalds which is still probably my favourite short to date despite being made like 5 years ago.
The other was the final episode of the original series of Nimbin. I have been wanting to return to the series with new art and a new format for quite some time but after a pretty luke warm to the series release on Youtube im not really sure if its worth it.
Next week I am hoping to have a new short called Wet Willy finised and released, its my first proper short in my new animation style. So yay for that.