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I may not be very active in the NewGrounds community these days, but I remember Stick Slayer being one of the first series I saw when I started coming here.
It's never nice when someone of such creativity and friendliness is no longer with us.
Are you serious? Wow, can't believe it. I barely heard of hij but it's so sad to hear a fellow Newgrounder pass away at such a young age. R.I.P Newgrounds will miss you. :'(
i can't believe ben is dead..pimp's quest was an excellent game and yet there will be no sequel maybe someone should do one in memory.
cherry garcia: its like having an angel cum in your mouth
Sad to read this, rest in peace. Hopefully you have Newgrounds access wherever you are now..
onna site keikan/alt
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Ben was my friend. I'm proud to say so.
Ben's final Facebook status message to the world, a week before he passed.
"Good luck, bad luck, good news, bad news. Hooray for life!!"
We should all live with such an outlook. Shit, I'm gonna miss him.
After winning an iPod from school fundraiser, And going to the best birthday party ever, I come onto newgrounds and find that ben is dead.
If you say plz instead of please, I will say no because no is shorter than yes.
"Winners don't use drugs" well apparently they do :S
R.I.P, I would pay respects with the collab, but I ain't such an old user, so I'm probably not eligible.
Once again sorry to hear about the loss, i saw some of his flashes, he had something going for him :(
At 10/23/09 04:24 PM, TomFulp wrote: As some of you may have seen on the Stick Slayer page and MindChamber's post, NG has lost a beloved artist.
Ben Spurgin (ben-spurgin and benspurgin) made his Flash debut in 2000 and became an NG celeb with his Stick Slayer series. Ben's joy of animating was infectious and inspired many artists to follow in the same path.
Ben was back at it almost a decade later, with Stick Slayer IX on the way. He was only 31.
Our thoughts are with Ben's Mom and family. Losing a loved one is never easy.
So sad to have to lose a loved one so tragically for any family and friends especially coming up to holidays when it's the time of year to take a little time off from our hectic work lives, school/college or even military deployment to spend some precious moments to reconnect with those we love.
I intend for NG to last the next 100 years!
May future NG leaders who get the torch (welder?) passed down to them (be they Fulp or otherwise) continue to reach ever higher new-grounds; discovering/saluting the unique independent animators, musicians, programmers and artists/writers with each passing year.
Although many NG users ultimately move along they will always leave an impact, however big or small with their contributions to this site.
All the best to the amazing NG team as 2009 slowly begins to wrap up!
What wonderful surprises can we NG users except to see in 2010?
I know I will be logged in to find out!
That really sucks, I enjoyed his Stick Slayer movies and even emailed him once or twice years ago when I was planning on making a flash with a similar idea, just to see if he minded, he seemed like a pretty cool guy. I never did make that movie in the end.
At 10/23/09 04:31 PM, Lizzardis wrote: Rest in peace.
May I ask...How did he die?
He died of a drug overdose. :'(
If you're wondering what the hell i'm doing, i'm doing everything that you're not doing.
Rest in peace Ben.
"Animation is not the art of drawings that move, but the art of movements that are drawn." -Norman McLaren
I knew that name sounded familiar. Sad to see that he died. I hate to say it now, but all these years hoping for pimp's quest 2 have been in vain. There for a while I was visiting section 8 daily watching for updates. Somehow I doubt he would have finished it though. And with a different artist, it will probably suck.
I remember that series. I really loved it back then. Thanks to this post, I just relived those nostalgic moments in a blink of an eye.
Rest in peace, Ben, rest in peace...
It's incredibly sad news. "Pimp's Quest" was probably our most well-known collaboration (we even hosted a party at our house when it got one million views), but we worked together on so much more than that. Not just Flash, either...he was an incredibly talented man in so many other creative realms. I watched him make movies. I watched him shred guitar at lightning speed. I watched him do theater. I read his screenplay outlines. I watched him announce at wrestling events. You get the idea. We'll all miss his unique perspectives, and infectious energy when discussing his latest artistic ideas.
I'm sad that he is gone at such a young age; he had so much great art in him.
And "Pimp's Quest" was originally his idea...he said we should make an adventure game together, but we weren't sure of the subject at first. We even thought about making an adventure game about a cannibal. We were on our way to a party (or back from a party?) and were listening to an album called "Pornosonic" (70's porn movie music) in the car. He heard the wah-wah and went, "Let's make the game about a pimp!".
Miss you man.
At 10/23/09 04:24 PM, TomFulp wrote: I intend for NG to last the next 100 years,
Fuck that shit wanted 1000.
May God rest Ben's soul.
Don't be STOOPID!