Okay one VERY last news post for the road:
Left-to-right: Tom Fulp, PhantomArcade, me, IvanAlmighty. Picture taken by KindaDrake, posted with Tom's permission
Yep. That's me. You're probably wondering how I got into this situation. Basically, I decided to ask Tom if @KindaDrake and I could visit the Newgrounds office, since we both live in the Northeast. He said yes. Holy shit.
This month, I basically walked on the moon: I got to sneakily visit the office in the middle of NG meetup season, talk with the Newgrounds office gang, and play-test Nightmare Cops. ALL on a Friday night. It was surreal. (I'm sorry NYC I know there's a meetup tomorrow and I literally live in this town but I can't go because I don't want my face posted online)
Anyways, KindaDrake and I got there and left our mark with a few bags of signed pizza goldfish on their shelves, because of course that's what we had to bring them! We were gonna bring something else if we had a better idea, and we didn't LOL. (You may have noticed that we also had bags of Flavor-Blasted Pizza Goldfish as well as the normal ones. This is because I tasted the normal ones the night before and found out at the last-minute that Pepperidge Farm reduced the pizza flavor on both bags, so now the flavor-blasted green-bag one is good and the normal white-bag one is ass. Fuck you Pepperidge)
We waved to Jeff for like 2 seconds before poking around the rest of the office, remarking on all the history drawn on the walls and the hentai sitting on half of the desks. Then we talked with Tom and IvanAlmighty a while about online art and stuff, and it was really fascinating shit.
I would've been fully-content with the visit ending there simply for the conversations I got to have with the literal staff of Newgrounds, but then Tom did the unthinkable. He said "do you guys want to help us test Nightmare Cops?"
The visit was now an entire day at the office. Tom literally let us play almost everything inside his test build of Nightmare Cops, and it was such a fucking good game. I can't show you videos/pictures obviously, but it's going to be amazing once it comes out. My favorite part was when PhantomArcade and Corey randomly stroll in right behind us as we're playing, and we were immediately expecting conversations like "I'm going to stab you in the balls 10000 times if you don't beat this level" and shit, but instead everyone at the office was so genuinely interested in our feedback and first impressions of what they had built. It was so damn refreshing, and I could see how passionate everyone at the office was about what they had made so far. PhantomArcade even showed me some things he's animating for Friday Night Funkin, which I ALSO cannot tell you about but reassure you that it looks great. He then took us to dinner with Tom and Ivan, where we got to talk about shit even more (as well as watch Ivan get bullied by our waitress for some reason.) Then we finally went home... but not before Tom literally drove us to the Wawa from Sleepycabin IN HIS CAR holy shit!! KindaDrake got mad at me because I proceeded to buy nothing there, which was funny because now we had an even-longer walk back to his car. We waved to Ivan as we walked past the office again and then finally went home...
Thank you @TomFulp @PhantomArcade @IvanAlmighty @Spazkid @JohnnyUtah for the amazing day at your office!!! It was an honor to see the HQ for such an amazing website turn out to be an equally-amazing experience, and getting to see (and talk about) your current work first-hand with all of you was both astounding and inspiring. I wish you all nothing but the best with your games, art, animations, and whatever else you'll do in the future!
- George (wavetro)
P.S. This is incredibly late, but I also wanted to shout out @Stepford @Andyl4nd and @milkypossum for putting me in their Pico Day game NG STARS!! You can play as Ben (or a red stickman) and launch a 10-foot-tall wavetro logo at your enemies. You should play it if you haven't already, and thank you to the three of you for including me in your love letter to Newgrounds!!