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Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:38:47 Reply

Sad news; Randy Solem, one of the original stars of NG, passed away this week at the age of 36.

Randy was an early pioneer of sprite movies, inspiring many who have made their own sprite movies over the past 12 years. Classics include:

  • Mario VS. Sonic  (VGDC)
    Mario VS. Sonic (VGDC) by Randy-Solem

    It has begun...

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    4.04 / 5.00
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    2,562,402 Views
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    Ages 17+
  • Mortal Kombat Dir. Cut
    Mortal Kombat Dir. Cut by Randy-Solem

    Like MK? Then you'll enjoy these 4 -alaties not seen in the game!

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    3.39 / 5.00
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    737,586 Views
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    Ages 17+
  • Rise of the MK: Part 1
    Rise of the MK: Part 1 by Randy-Solem

    VGDC'S BEST MOVIE YET!

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    4.20 / 5.00
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    2,321,654 Views
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    Ages 17+
  • Rise of the MK: Part 2
    Rise of the MK: Part 2 by Randy-Solem

    It's here!

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    4.18 / 5.00
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    1,601,838 Views
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    Ages 17+
  • Rise of the MK:Part 3
    Rise of the MK:Part 3 by Randy-Solem

    It's Finally Here!

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    4.14 / 5.00
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    1,288,124 Views
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    Ages 13+
  • Rise of the MK: Part 4
    Rise of the MK: Part 4 by Randy-Solem

    The Saga Concludes?!

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    4.20 / 5.00
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    1,276,074 Views
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    Ages 13+

Check out Randy's Movies page for more.

Beyond his sprite movies, Randy was a great guy and supportive member of the NG community. He'll be greatly missed.

Randy's family is accepting donations for his 18 month old daughter. If you can, please Paypal some money to RielleSolemTrustFund@Yahoo.com and it will go into a fund to pay for her education.

After the passing of Ben Spurgin in 2009, we talked about setting up a page to document NG regulars who are no longer with us. I finally set up this In Memoriam page in the Wiki. Let me know if you have suggestions / additions. I'd like to add pictures so we'll probably do that.

Randy Solem, 1975-2012


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:39:53 Reply

R.I.P. Randy

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:40:27 Reply

Always a shame when an user passes away.
R.I.P.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:44:11 Reply

He suddenly died at 36? Wow. RIP Randy Solem.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:50:58 Reply

R.I.P. Randy, enjoyed the sprite movies. Also had no idea thegimpsta was dead either. :( I really enjoyed his music.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:51:11 Reply

How did he die? 36 sounds really early.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:52:21 Reply

He will be greatly missed I think I've reviewed just about every single one of his submissions. The true master of sprites, as he'll forever be remembered by me as. I'm still curious as to how he passed away but nonetheless, may he rest in peace and be remembered by his friends and family.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:54:00 Reply

That's way too young. What a shame really. My condolences.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:54:16 Reply

Is this for real? Because a lot of fake death announcements are posted on NG.
Anyway, that's a huge bummer. Randy's movies are what introduced me to Newgrounds, as well as sparked my interest in classic console games (I live in a place where no one's heard of Zelda). RIP.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:54:59 Reply

Wow that's so sad. RIP.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:57:46 Reply

I loved those movies. They were maybe the main reason I stayed around on Newgrounds in 2006-2007.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:09 Reply

Damn, that news really blows. There was some inspiration for my flashes from a few years back from old sprite movie makers such as him.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:22 Reply

Sorry to hear that. Rest in peace Randy.

Is there any information on what happened? Maybe I'm missing something, but there don't seem to be any details anywhere other than the fact that it was sudden.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:35 Reply

Well, that sucks. I remember liking many of his animations quite a few years ago too which makes this even worse.

Hope all works out for his family.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 15:58:58 Reply

was he the owner of VGDC??

I used to visit that site everyday as a kid.

RIP , Thank you for making such amazing movies.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:00:15 Reply

At 4 minutes ago, FishFinger wrote: Is this for real? Because a lot of fake death announcements are posted on NG.

This one has been posted by Tom himself on a news post so this is definitely real.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:01:27 Reply

At 22 minutes ago, TomFulp wrote: After the passing of Ben Spurgin in 2009, we talked about setting up a page to document NG regulars who are no longer with us. I finally set up this In Memoriam page in the Wiki. Let me know if you have suggestions / additions. I'd like to add pictures so we'll probably do that.

This is a great page to have, Tom. It's great to see something like this, but hopefully we won't have to add names to it any time soon. RIP Randy!


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:02:09 Reply

R.I.P Randy I will miss you and your movies and I wish your Daughter and your family the best

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:03:55 Reply

I remember some of those. Rest in peace, Randy.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:05:30 Reply

The memorial page is a really good idea.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:07:18 Reply

I was just thinking of him earlier today. I was wondering what he was up to.
This sucks. His movies were awesome.
Rest in peace, man.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:07:43 Reply

This was the worst news I've heard in the 9 years I've been with this site.

I'll be missing that guy :(


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:09:39 Reply

No God damnit, I want answers. How the hell did this great man die? >: (


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:17:31 Reply

Aw, damn, Randy made my childhood that much better, along with Joe Cartoon, Newgrounds and the like.

I'll miss ya.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:19:29 Reply

not the headline i wanted to see today :\

rip

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:21:03 Reply

Rest in Peace, Randy. It's a shame that you never got to have that big comeback on the flash portal.

LONG LIVE VGDC


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:23:18 Reply

Bye, Randy.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:24:58 Reply

Oh bugger. I remember seeing his cartoons quite a lot when I was a kid.

Sorry to hear that :<


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:30:30 Reply

Very sad to hear that. 2.5 million views on one of his submissions, he must've inspired many people.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 16:33:49 Reply

Rest In Peace Randy.