I created this Flash “game” over a long weekend as an experiment in viral seeding. I wanted to track the short-tail curve of traffic to my site from a popular social entertainment site like Newgrounds. For those not familiar, Newgrounds is primarily a Flash portal started in 1995 by Tom Fulp (who still manages the site and regularly contributes content). The site has a rich community of Flash programmers, animators, and gamers. Members get to rate and comment on submissions. And though professional game shops contribute content often, the portal tries to be a platform for the casual content developer. This being the case, content runs the gamut, from kid-friendly cartoons to pornography (there is a “mature” section which requires a login).
I was feeling punchy when I created this (must’ve been all the Red Bull). It is intended to be a joke, the butt of which is the player. If you’re not easily offended then you’ll probably have a good chuckle. If you are easily offended, you should go here.
Though the experiment ran for only 5 days, the initial 12 hours generated over 2,100 unique visits. This was mainly due to the fact Newgrounds posts all new submissions on its frontpage. It dropped off quickly from there but by the time I took it down, I had hit my target of 5,000 uniques.
Aside: the votes I got ranged from 0 (the worst) to 10 (the best). Most of the comments were constructive or encouraging but a surprisingly visceral reaction from a few who clearly did not like being the butt of a joke.