Let me start by saying that I dont visit this website nearly as much as i used to or nearly as much as i feel i should. I stopped frequenting the forum some time ago because the NG community had grown what feels like 10 fold over the past few years and to quite honest I dont really like many of the newer users. I guess its just the nature of this forum.
Having said all that, when i saw the front page today and played "Pee man" and than got to reading about Ben Spurgin and how he died....The teenager in me became very upset. I remember years ago looking forward to all of the new flashes and games that this man made. I remember being thrilled when his characters showed up in other artists work.
I started visiting Newgrounds in 6th or 7th grade. The stick slayer trailer came out when i was in 8th grade. This website played a large part in my childhood and development. Ben Spurgin played a huge part in the development of this website and flash toons in general. I always looked at him as a founding father of the Flash Portal. I cant speak for everyone but I can speak for myself when i say that Ben Spurgin will be missed.
I know that this thread is old and i know I am late to this news, but when i came in here and read what the OP and some other users were saying....Appalled is the only word i can think of to describe the feeling i had.
You all come from a line of thinking that is strange and frightening to me. You should always respect the dead. Fuck even if you dont agree with his life style and even if you dont like his flash cartoons there is still no reason to be so hostile towards someone who is dead and burried. There is no reason for name calling. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
If its so hard to respect the dead than at the very least respect the people he left behind. There are clearly people here (myself included) who were saddened when they heard the news about Ben's death. What gives you the right to come here and talk so candidly about his drug problem? Did you know the man personally? No of course you didnt, your just a bunch of sad lonely kids sitting in the glow of your computer giggling about how clever you all think you are.
A man is dead....a man is dead and you laugh....Ben was a son and a brother, he was an artist and large contributer to the site that you all claim to love so much. Fuck if Tom wants to dedicate a whole week to Ben than who are you to say hes wrong?
I remember a time when the users here actually gave a shit about this website and what it was all about.....clearly the community is sick and in need of a wake up call. If the present users can so blatantly disrespect this sites past....than you can go ahead and count me out of the future....
In closing I dont care that i bumped an old topic. I dont care if you ban me i rarely post anyway. I said what i had to and if anyone feels differently they can blow it out their ass.