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Ever since I initially cancelled Riddle Transfer 2 years ago, leaving the series on an underwhelming cliffhanger, I always felt a sort of tugging need to stay attached to this Newgrounds account, like my business here was unfinished. So, I've stuck around, only to respond to any questions and messages I received.
Now, I feel in my soul that the story of Riddle School has reached its definitive conclusion, and the hole in my heart has been filled. This, I believe, is the end of JonBro on Newgrounds. From here on out, I plan to check out all the movies, games, audio, and art as a lurker, or possibly a different user.
As of now, I will no longer be responding to reviews, comments, or private messages.
But if you want to contact me, I'm available by way of:
Ten years ago today, I posted Riddle School to Newgrounds, and I recently felt inspired to celebrate by making a game I thought for the longest time that I wouldn't make. It feels good to upload something to Newgrounds again.
It's been a while since I cancelled Riddle Transfer 2. I feel like I've changed a lot since then, and I want to talk about something that's been brought to my attention a couple of times today.
Back then, I stated quite firmly that no one had permission to continue the series in any way, shape, or form, and I remember my thought process behind that. At the time, I was worried that if anyone continued the series, their artistic vision would stray too far from my own, and the official end of Riddle Transfer would become something I wouldn't approve of.
What never occurred to me is the concept that anyone ought to be able to unofficially continue the series if they want. I mean, I'm not going to finish it, so the official ending to the series was me saying, "Riddle Transfer 2 is cancelled. Here are all the discarded plans: [link]" People have said it time and time again, and I didn't want to admit it, but yeah, that's kind of a terrible ending.
So, here are my new thoughts on the matter:
If you happen to have an interest in unofficially continuing the Riddle School or Riddle Transfer series in your own way... Permission granted! You could make a fan game, a fan comic, a fanfiction, whatever, I don't have to understand it, just go nuts and have a good time. I'm sure that whatever you might have in mind with is better than the "official ending" I shared with the world two and a half years ago.
Now, I'm not so conceited that I'm hoping this will cause people to hop up and shower me with fan stuff. I do know that I have fans, but since I'm the focus of the fanbase and not actually a part of it myself, I can't accurately determine how people perceive me or whether they consider my work worthy of parody/tribute. There's a distinct possibility nothing will come out of this news post whatsoever, and that's fine, but I thought it was important to bring up anyway.
Contact info for the heck of it:
Newgrounds: JonBro (I still log into this account almost every day)
I didn't think I'd have a reason to make another post, but someone told me that the Riddle School games weren't playable unless you logged into Newgrounds. I don't remember changing that setting, maybe I did, it's hard to say, but that's been fixed now.
So have fun, you yellow-bellied flea-mangling bone-spanking cat burglars.
I'm still visiting Newgrounds almost every day, reading and responding to your messages!
And I'm also still working on games almost every day. Making games is just harder for me now than it used to be.
Jonochrome.com - My website that reaches its bandwidth limit and consequently breaks at the end of each month.
@JonochromeNews - My rarely-updated account for when something interesting related to my work happens.
firstname.lastname@example.org - My e-mail address. It is an e-mail address.
Edit March 28, 2014: I've been trying to make games this whole time, guys, it's just hard :(
I'm not exactly going anywhere, but this is still a sort of goodbye.
You may or may not know me--I've been on Newgrounds for a while, and I don't intend to stop coming to Newgrounds anytime soon.
However, I've decided to start in a new direction. I've been JonBro for quite some time now, since early 2005, and I feel like I've finally outgrown the name and the work that's attached to it. I've also come to terms with the fact that, sadly, most of the things I really want to make nowadays wouldn't really be fit for Newgrounds. I've slowly grown a tremendous passion for developing games that wouldn't find the right audience on a web browser.
I made a news post in June describing that I was planning on making a new name for myself by the end of the year. Due to schoolwork getting in the way, I haven't prepared as much for this seemingly insignificant announcement as I would have liked, but my new online persona is Jonochrome.
The change to Jonochrome feels like a major change to me, because it means that I'm separating everything I've made in the past from what I'm working on now. I want everything I make from here on out to be better-planned, more refined, and probably more sizable than what I'd made prior, and this more professional, less kiddy-sounding name is one way to re-brand my work and motivate myself to try harder.
So, this news post will probably be my last public activity as JonBro on this site. I'll only be using this account to respond to any JonBro-related messages I receive.
Regarding this decision, I'm ashamed of two things: I was never able to finish Pain on the Brain 4, and I never found the motivation to finish a certain lengthy, dramatic drawn Mario parody I started long ago (which I was honestly quite proud of). When I find time, I'll likely post the remains of those two projects on a section of my new site.
If you happen to care about whatever I'm doing with my life, my news-related Twitter (which won't be updated very often at all) is JonochromeNews.
Thanks, Newgrounds. I'm sorry that I won't be doing much of anything here anymore. You've shaped a very, very huge part of my life, and I don't have the slightest idea where I'd be without you.
I figure this isn't worth making a front page post about yet, but for those who don't know, I just wanted to provide some fair warning that I will be leaving behind the names JonBro and tehjonbro sometime in the future. I've gone by JonBro for about eight years now, both on the web and in real life, so it's hard to wrap my mind around the idea of going by a new online alias, but I believe it's for the best.
JonBro is a fairly childish and unofficial-sounding name. I remember when I first joined Newgrounds and I wasn't old enough to meet the supposed 'age requirement', someone reviewed an animation I posted and said, "From your name, I thought you were only like 11 years old, but this isn't that bad," when in reality, I was 12 and relieved that the guy hadn't guessed my age. I will be 19 at the end of this month, gradually creeping up on the days when I will no longer be a teenager, and I still have an Internet nickname clearly intended for a preteen. If I have plans to make animation or game design a career of mine, I'd rather refer people back to a polished-looking site with a semi-professional sounding name instead of something like "JonBro.com". Additionally, I think upgrading my name would give me more incentive to act like the adult I'm slowly becoming. I'll always be a child, but I need to be an inner-child who is mature and attentive enough to clean up his work and carry out his ambitions to the fullest.
It doesn't help that there already was a jonbro before me (his name is Jonathan Brodsky) before my website ever existed. Interestingly enough, he makes games, too. I can see us both doing big things in the future, but we will surely approach our work differently and take our own separate career paths. As funny as it would be, I don't foresee us becoming a development team called "The Jon Bros" and I feel it's only fair that he keep the 'jonbro' nickname, because it actually fits his real life name, and he was around before me. He periodically gets tweets and messages from people asking him how he made the Riddle School games, and he always has to redirect the viewers to one of my profiles. I feel bad about this, and I can't expect to completely get rid of the misconceptions, but I'm hoping that if we have separate names, I can at least shrink the confusion a little bit.
When the time comes, I'll launch a new website; I'll make new account names on Newgrounds, Twitter, and YouTube; I'll stop using my JonBro NG page; and I'll change my Twitter account. I'll probably still use my current YouTube channel for anything I make that I don't take very seriously, but since I can't change the 'tehjonbro' name, I'll more or less pretend the name doesn't exist and change the channel's public title instead.
For the record, I won't pretend the "era" of JonBro never existed. Far from it, in fact; my new site will still have all my old content, just categorized a little differently, and I'll continue to embrace it as a part of myself. It's just that I want there to be a dividing line, a jump, between the time I spent making Mario parodies and Flash browser games, and the time I will spend with a fresh creative mindset trying to make my way in the world.
The reason I'm not changing it right now is that I feel the transitional period from JonBro to the new moniker is important. It's kind of a big deal to say goodbye to the identity I've had for so long, and I want to do two things:
1) I want to be sure I've done everything I want to do under the name JonBro before I dismiss it. Can't say for sure what this will entail, but I have a couple of old animations I'm interested in finishing that would be best made under the name JonBro. I might finish one of them, or both, or neither--frankly, 'neither' is the most likely option--but I'd at least like to provide this account (and the associated tehjonbro accounts) with some kind of closure.
2) I want to be sure I've prepared my new identity well enough to solidly justify its creation. It's not enough to just say, "This is what I'm called now and my website looks different," because that would be practically meaningless. I want to find some way to prove the worth of a new outlook, a new persona, whatever you want to call it, by making something special for the occasion. I have no idea how long this might take or what it could be, but I want to find out as soon as I have time and inspiration enough to go through with it.
I seriously doubt the name change will happen anytime in the next several months, but it's something I'm thinking about, and from now until it actually happens, I will surely continue to think about it a lot. Just FYI.
* (I should add that I do already have a new name picked out, so suggestions aren't necessary)
This is a news post (because I don't post much news) about why I don't post much news.
Basically I went on a self-analytical text tangent on my site the other day, and it deals with why I only make 'secret projects'. So here it is, if anyone cares to read it:
I analyze my work a lot. Perhaps that's part of my downfall. Sometimes I analyze it too closely and don't see the big picture until it's ruined. Sometimes I analyze different elements of my work to the point that I never get anything done. And now I'm analyzing my self-analysis.
Creation is so confusing.
Four months in the making, I've completed a new game called [Revive], which can be found right here!
On another note, everyone personally thank Luis for telling me my coins look like fruit in pixel art. Without that critique, this project would have been completely different.
For those who have enjoyed my work over the years and stumbled upon this page somehow, I just wrote a very large post on my site called The Kinds of Games I Want to Make (or "5 Reasons Why Riddle Transfer Would Have Failed as Art").
I don't enjoy being reminded of the fact that I cancelled the Riddle Transfer series, because I know better than anyone that it would have ultimately been a disgrace. Despite my discomfort, I made this enormous in-depth post to illustrate exactly why I never want the series to be completed, because I realized pinpointing its issues would help me define what I want to make instead.
On a related note, I have a few new projects on the way. I don't know when any of them will be finished, of course, but I hope to have one of them done by the end of this year.
I usually suck with my website layouts, but I feel like I didn't botch it up this time.
I'm following the user page's advice to advise people to follow my user page.