It's Review Time

Week 11

Some people's works need to have their own websites. Especially one that is this big.

This is a picture of the front page of Homestuck's site
This is  Homestuck's page of it's webcomics
This is a picture of the front page of newgrounds's site
This is newgrounds's page of it's games

Homestuck

MS Paint Adventures or MSPA, was a collection of webcomics written and illustrated by Andrew Hussie. MS Paint Adventures was the longest collection of comics on the Internet, containing over 10,000 pages as of April 2016 among its four series thanks to its frequent updates. Over time, the comics evolved from simple static images and captions to frequent animations set to original music, and occasionally interactive games created in Flash and HTML5.

After being on a hiatus since September 6th, Homestuck was updated with a finale to its fifth act consisting of nine pages and a Flash animation on October 25th, 2011. Hussie chose to host this animation on the website, Newgrounds. It was an attempt to avoid crashing the original MS Paint Adventures website. He spoke with Newground’s owner in advance, who suggested putting the clip on a section of the site meant for higher-volume traffic. This is where the problem happens. Because of a lack of communication, Hussie went ahead and uploaded the animation to the main site during off-peak hours. Within 7 minutes of the update, Newgrounds had crashed due to the volume of fans visiting the site. Hussie later made the animation available as a download on the now defunct site MegaUpload which also went down frequently due to the sheer amount of viewers. The comic ended on April 13, 2016, 7 years after the stable release was first published.

But that website is no longer the home of homestuck. Hussie changed the domain recently, and I’ve got to say it’s much easier to use. Way back, when I first went to the site and didn’t know what homestuck was, I didn’t understand what to do. There was just a picture of a boy wearing glasses looking around. I played a lot of flash games so that’s what I thought it was without realizing. With the new website you know that you can read it right away. It’s very simple and to the point.

Newgrounds

As the original and largest Flash portal on the Web, NEWGROUNDS.COM is a giant clearinghouse of user-generated Flash games, videos, art, music, animation, andmore. Most of the content is submitted by members and voted on forrankings in "best of" lists. Active discussion boards span a range of topics, from Flash programming and politics to everything else under the sun. Flash content posts are uncensored, unedited user-generated content and is for enthusiasts only. The site's legal terms stipulate that kids 13-17 are supposed to have parental permission to join the site, and anyone under 18 is banned (in theory) from looking at the Adult Features section, but there's no real safeguard to ensure those rules are followed. Hundreds of submissions are uploaded daily and much of it is high-quality stuff. The website can get a little confusing, but you can easily get lost down the rabbit hole. It's a very fun site to use and you will always find new games and content to see. Since Tumblr's breakdown many of people have went over there to put their things.

A phone version of Homestuck
An almost phone version of newgrounds