Newgrounds is one of the most popular animation websites available. The site allows users to get involved by submitting their own Flash animation and games. Others can post comments or give ratings to the work others have posted. The site is immense and has accumulated a huge database of material. Many users have come to the forefront to make a name for themselves on the site. Newgrounds is a great place to visit for anyone interested in discovering new animation as well as those who enjoy dabbling in the art themselves.
Tom Fulp founded Newgrounds in 1995. A lot has changed since then, primarily in the growth of the site. Based in Glenside, Pennsylvania, Newgrounds has evolved into a renowned location for Flash animation and games. Today, Tom Fulp is still involved as CEO. The current Newgrounds uses an automated submission and rating system. The site is still extremely popular, with the forum seeing thousands of posts on a daily basis.
Newgrounds stands out because of the way it allows anyone to show their talent and become a big deal. Users can post their work so that others can review and rate it. Anyone that really has talent can soar to the top while accumulating fans and followers through Newgrounds. It’s a great jumping point for anyone who is serious about Flash animation. Many of the best animators on the site have a history in various art media, even professionals have posted side projects on Newgrounds.
The Newgrounds website features a cutting edge orange and black color scheme with stylish, sleek images. The trademark Newgrounds tank logo is featured throughout, and even in some of the animations posted on the website. Overall, the site features a well organized layout that is enhanced by the rich color scheme and gritty graphic style. The look of Newgrounds truly compliments some of the amazing work posted on the site by the many gifted users that frequent it.
A new user can register by clicking the orange “Not a member? SIGN UP!” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. After doing so, the user is taken to the registration form, which asks for a first and last name, password, email address, and the option of receiving daily Flash Portal Top 5 updates and general Newgrounds updates. Doing so gives the user additional experience points, which are used to show ranking on the site. Gender, terms of service agreement, and a security check are required as well prior to clicking the orange “Submit!” button.
Newgrounds is truly a site for the user. No membership fees are required to create an account. A new visitor can register for their account and access all features at no cost. The site does contain advertisements, but these are strategically placed and usually feature services and merchandise that the users are interested in. The free account access is well worth the occasional banner advertisement.
Two main groups of users would really love Newgrounds. The first are Flash animators and artists that want to gain a little notoriety. Newgrounds makes a great platform to gain exposure and obtain more fans. The site also allows users to submit music that can be used by the animators. The second group are the general users that come to view the animations and provide comments, support, and ratings. Both parties can also converse on the Newgrounds forums, which helps create a real sense of community.