It made me a little sad to look back on 2015 and realize it's my first year on NG without a single flash contribution. Creation, credit, or otherwise. Interestingly enough, I should end up with at least TWO flash submissions for 2016: Soda Dungeon and Escape the Car HD. That being said, I'm still not particularly proud of that. A demo and a re-release: two projects that have released on other platforms first.
Newgrounds is why I was able to commit to making games for a living back in 2006. A full decade ago! But when I chose that path I also subjected myself to the whims of industry, business, and trends. Back then you could pull thousands from a simple flash mini-game. That kind of thing is still possible, but flash and the web platform just aren't what they used to be. You don't need me to harp about the incredible uprise of the mobile gaming market.
So in 2015 I made a full jump to mobile- and luckily, it's been working out so far. Soda Dungeon was a hit, at least for our small team. And I'm very thankful, but the whole situation has me nervous. I became too complacent in the flash world. Even the success of Soda Dungeon is nominal in the grand scheme. Will I get lucky with my next project? When is the next paradigm shift? And to what?
As a result my NG presence has also suffered: my front page posts are usually just promoting something on another device, platform, or site. And I'm not 100% committed to mobile either though, I see it as more of a stepping stone to something greater. But that sounds like something we all say, doesn't it?
I mean, I'll always make games. Whether it's as a living or not. In the very least I think I've gained a new appreciation for even the smallest success. Sometimes I think I might be better off relegating games to a hobby. Hell, I'm 30 now. I'm getting married this year and I'll be rasing a family after that. I'm not exactly a kid anymore. Career instability and stress do start to take their toll. But I'm happy with where I am and I'll be seeing this to the end, however far I can take it. HERE'S TO 2016 FELLAS.
PS I'm trying out this streaming nonsense from time to time as well, follow me at http://twitch.tv/anproductions if you're into that kind of thing.