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Why Newgrounds? ninjamuffin99 interview

Today’s featured Why Newgrounds? creator is ninjamuffin99!

What do you create? Art, cartoons, music, games, etc?
70% Games, 15% Music 15% Art and Animations. For the most part my games come from game jams.

What inspires you to create?
Any form of art. Any time I consume media like music or film/TV/videos, or look at art on Twitter or tumblr, I want to recreate it, or some aspects of it.

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How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you work in short bursts of inspiration or do you have a daily routine?
I think I have a daily routine of small bursts? I try to work on stuff but I get sidetracked way too much by Twitter. But I follow a lot of artists and game devs so as mentioned previously it inspires me to start working on stuff again 🙂

What do you do when you hit a creative block?
Catch up on video games or anime. It takes a week or so before I feel refreshed and inspired. This usually happens after I finish a larger than normal project for me.

How do you deal with trolls online and in real life?
In real life I am absolutely awful at socializing so I’d probably play it cool then feel terrible about myself later. Online if they’re trying to get a negative reaction from me I try to give them the opposite of what they want to hear. I do listen to every piece of criticism though and try to understand.

When there’s a negative comment, it’s mostly about something I already thought about on my own and got over. It’s a useful source of information to remind you of the fact that those little details that you thought about do matter!

Have you ever created something you thought turned out pretty bad but then when you posted it online everyone else liked it more than your favorite creations? Why do you think that happens?
Not related to my Newgrounds stuff, but on my youtube channel I have this one Frozen shitpost that I did in Windows Movie Maker that has +50K views. But to answer the other part of the question I think your exceptions of your work is always higher than anyone else’s. It could also have something to do with “mainstream” interests. Most people who create like to create unique things, so when you create something that people can relate with “mainstream interests” (Frozen for example) you may not feel satisfied with that work, but it can become your most popular work.

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Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
Maybe? I can’t think of any examples, but rejection for me has always validated my insecurities. Not that many people truly think they’re “good enough” so when others confirm you’re not good enough via rejection, it gets to you. I think it more affects how I think of myself, which then affects my creative process.

What is the best advice you ever received?
I think from Edmund Mcmillen’s GDC Opinion piece “Indie Game Design Do’s and Don’t’s: A Manifesto: Design from the heart.”

Write / design around things you’re passionate about. Put yourself into your work and show the world who you are. What do you love? What do you hate? Why? All notable filmmakers have a stamp, something that appears in their work and speaks to who they are. These themes will always come through to your audience, giving your work a sense of your self.”

What do you do when you’re not creating or posting on Newgrounds? Do you have a job? Are you a student?
Bullshitting on twitter or reddit, editing for other people. Currently I’m looking for a job and I just finished high school last year (I actually failed Chem 12 so technically I didn’t finish I guess)

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What does the internet mean to you?
It’s a connection to people you’d never have, and a great source of info. I love everything about it. There’s probably nowhere I’ll have a negative experience. I know this isn’t everyone’s experience though.

Why Newgrounds?
It has the best community/place on the internet. On reddit for example you many have different subreddits, but they pretty much have their own little hivemind. And there’s no reason to work with others. Everyone’s actions are based on how much karma they can get for themselves. No one does anything unless they think it’ll get them more karma. On Newgrounds the collaboration is wild good. This one Kurt Luther guy wrote a bunch about it http://w.kurtluther.com/pdf/Luther-Bruckman-Potentials.pdf (there’s more than just this PDF) Also it’s pretty much the all around site. It has Art, Animation, Music, and Games. So Everything, by Everyone ayyy (roll credits).

It’s my internet home. It’s the first place I go when I wake up. I’m not kidding. I’m borderline obsessed with Newgrounds and everything about it. It’s one of the first big sites that’s still somewhat active. It has a history to it. And I say it’s the home of indie games. From The stuff from The Behemoth to Super Meat Boy (which then inspired the Cuphead guys to work on Cuphead) and everything between.

It also has a nostalgic feeling to it for me. I spent a lot of time playing flash games from 2009-2012 or so. There’ve been multiple occasions where I came across flash games that I played with my brother when we were younger (and also an instance where I found a game that I played when I was 4 or 5! Ultimate Sonic Flash!)

I can write a novel on why Newgrounds is fantastic.

What is your favorite accomplishment? Post a link if it’s available online!
A game jam game I did December 2016 “Sick Day”. I love it because it is everything I want my work to be. I think it was an expression of my self, needs, and insecurities. And every time I play it I feel happy. https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/689135

Do you enjoy sharing your work with others or do you prefer to go unnoticed? Why?
I enjoy sharing my work a lot. I think it’s satisfying because it’s pretty much the final step of creating something, like the final piece of the puzzle. It’s when you can look at it and say either “Man this is a good picture! I all that time I spent was worth it!”, or “This puzzle was tough, but at least I have one less box of puzzle pieces out of the way and I learned some stuff.” That’s also why when I share a WIP or something productivity goes to shit for me.

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What do you wish to accomplish with your art? Is it a hobby or do you plan on making it a career?
MONEY!! Just kidding kinda not really. I hope to make games that will make people feel how I feel. I’m TERRIBLE at socializing and talking so hopefully stuff I create can be an extension of my interests, thoughts, opinions and emotions. I hope to make it a career, and I’ve been working on a game that I was gonna try sell on Steam/Itch.io and such for sometime next fall.

Do you ever feel that you have to censor your creativity because you don’t want to offend anyone?
I kinda don’t care about offending people, but I do like to share stuff with my family. I also sometimes worry if later down the line edginess will come back years later to bite me. But I never feel like I “have” to do anything.

Do you have your own “style” or do you just make whatever feels right at the time?
GO WITH THE FLOOOW! STYLE IS OVERRATED :DDD!!

Do you believe it’s important to get good reviews and have lots of followers or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work?
I think for more mainstream/commercial projects, having a big following on Twitter or something would help a lot. But no matter what, creatively, I feel it won’t do anything for you, as there’s no point where you just say “Ok this is enough followers, now my work is good!”. Your goals will just rise to the person above you in followers. I do think good reviews will validate you, but you should never go and read reviews to achieve that. Reviews should be a stream of information for the artist. In the case of games, it could also be a stream of information to other consumers.

Do you ever find yourself limited by the materials that you have available?
Not exactly by tools or cash or anything, since I try to use open source stuff. I feel the most limited by time, and that’s mostly because I spend to much time not creating.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Fail and make garbage. You will and it’s ok.

Where can we find out more about your work? Post links to your Newgrounds page, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, website, or anywhere else we can find you on the web!
Newgrounds
Twitter
Those are the only two places I give a dang about >:]

 

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