>there are people who still make flash animation and upload in on Newgrounds in 2016
you gotta start somewhere. newbie animators post there because at least they have a chance of being seen as opposed to youtube where I don't think they even have a page showing new videos any more.
Youtube is oversaturated and all the big animators already have all the viewers
Newgrounds is small fish in small pond and youtube is small fish in big pond is what I'm trying to say I guess?
It might be one of the last couple of places on the net where pandering isn't a huge requirement to get noticed.
Sure, making a low effort video game parody with shallow animation and tired jokes definitely helps, but new animators never get taken with the current, at least from what I've seen pretty recently on there. Posting related animations on certain days (like Pico Day or Madness Day) helps a lot, as well.
Madness Combat is the tightest shit.
When I was a junior in high school (2011-2012 thereabouts) We got a new student, whom I quickly learned was a bit of a self righteous douchenozzle. Not only did he have disgusting emo hair, he owned several newgrounds t-shirts - like, he wore them around. In public. I asked him about it out of curiosity, he told me he was an "independent animator and voice actor." He then began listing off various roles that he allegedly had in several semi-famous animations. I went and looked through most of these animations later on (spoilers: most of them were garbage), and his name only came up on maybe 3 of the 15 or so he supposedly worked on. I guess you wouldn't be credited for saying one sentence or storyboarding one sequence.