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EDIT: There IS hope for humanity: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/17/tech/mobile/flappy-apps-banned/
I usually don't make a post like this, but I had to speak up on this serious issue. This may sound wrong to some, but be advised, stealing or straight up copying of ANY form is wrong. I stand up for giving credit where it's due and respecting other artists, not ripping from them. I tried to make this as short as possible, but if you care about the future of Newgrounds, and a serious growing trend that is hurting developers and the game market, then read on.
I do not mean to offend anyone, but to encourage them to do better. Some people will see this as "backseat modding", but this is simply a voice of opinion from an NG veteran you don't have to agree with. I have seen this site grow for years, and now, the potential dangers from my perspective.
Point #1: Flappy Bird Clones
For every Flappy Bird related game submission, I'm going to vote them down to fight this act of stealing with these unoriginal clone games submitted here Why? Because, stealing artwork of a game that already did so, drawing it yourself in games to mimic STILL counts, and stealing the idea but making it into something similar, too similar (yes, this includes user-submitted sprite games of already copyrighted characters like Mario).
These "clone variants" are very well HURTING the Newgrounds community. You can do better than this guys! I don't want Newgrounds to turn into something it's not; a dumping grounds for this kind of stuff. You shouldn't be making games if you don't want to spend the time and effort to, but if you want to, this is not the way to go about it I assure you, you CAN do better! Challenge yourselves! Be creative! Newgrounds is: EVERYTHING by EVERYONE! Come on!
I've seen people submit this kind of stuff when they have only made like one other game. I don't support anything like Flappy Bird because it steals someone's hard work and that's all it stands for, stole ideas from 2 games. Super Mario Bros., and ROFLcopter, an app in 2007 made by this guy that was very similar. The game dev spoke out against Flappy Bird.
Point #2: Candy Crush Saga is a Clone of Candy Swipe
That's right, you heard it here. It's relevent to make the point that this has been a growing trend in the mobile app store; copying games or artwork from them. Recently a friend posted about it and I found out. I did research too. Believe it, for those who play Candy Crush Saga, the developers at King literally copied the game idea from a game called Candy Swipe.
You can read more about it at the official site here: http://www.candyswipe.com/king.html
I am not playing it anymore. It is addicting, but I highly encourage you NOT to play it simply because of the horrible story the original developer of Candy Swipe told us being true, and there is proof that it is, do research. Make it a habit.
I usually don't make a post like this but awareness is important, I believe in giving credit where it's due and when someone steals your hard work its something I fight against and it's ILLEGAL and could give Newgrounds a bad name and possibly in trouble again, I'm already seeing this starting to turn into a trend but please don't let it. Yet somehow the people at King get away with it, and that's unfair. I sympathise for the guy for fighting them and losing.
To all of you, I beg of you, PLEASE don't let newgrounds turn into a dumping grounds for games like this, it will scare people away from Newgrounds and make it less than the shining star it really is and should be on the internet. I say this because I love newgrounds and I've been around since 2003 (on a different account until 2006 when i started making music), and I know the great website this is and can be, but if this keeps on, it will be hurt by this. Some people think it won't happen, and it might die down, but if we allow it, who will put their foot down?
Stop the cloning, start creating. Give yourself a chance.