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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-25 22:41:27 Reply

R.I.P. Randy.

You were one of the reasons I kept coming back to Newgrounds in 2002 and then signed up in '03. I'll miss you.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 00:14:28 Reply

*sigh* Oh boy... here we go again...

If you want to move on since Randy died then make your move. No one's telling you which path to go because it's all up to you.

It's subjective.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 00:38:18 Reply

At 3/25/12 09:24 PM, Dent0n wrote: No way! How did this happen! This is just awfull!

He was my hero in sprite movies. One of the best.

Thank you for all the flash you have made Randy, R.I.P

Thank you .Rand's mom

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 01:41:10 Reply

okay, YEAH WE GET IT NOTHING LEFT TO SEE HERE FOLKS

CHRIST

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 05:03:21 Reply

At 3/26/12 01:41 AM, Stamper wrote: okay, YEAH WE GET IT NOTHING LEFT TO SEE HERE FOLKS

CHRIST

I can't wait until you finally suck down your final breath, curl up in a ball, and die. After that happens, I'm going to write all sorts of nasty things in your R.I.P. thread.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 10:39:37 Reply

I'm really sad, actually. He was the person who got me into animating when I was a kid, and without Rise of the MK I wouldn't have been where I am today..


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 12:43:30 Reply

holy shit! i grew up on his flashs... and only 36?... damn...

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 14:24:48 Reply

Ah man, I remember watching his movies way back when. R.I.P. Randy and condolences to your family.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-26 22:14:23 Reply

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." - Thomas Campbell. Rest in peace.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-27 20:08:46 Reply

At 3/25/12 11:34 PM, j0hnny wrote:
At 3/25/12 10:07 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:
At 3/25/12 09:24 PM, Dent0n wrote: No way! How did this happen! This is just awfull!

The reason isn't important guys.

Well said.

But the reason IS important, at least to me that is.

For example my best friend who killed himself 2 months ago by throwing himself in front of a train and i still dont know why he did that, and that's been bugging me and everyone who knew the guy.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-27 20:52:06 Reply

In other news, Edd Gould died of cancer in March 25th, 2012. Another well known artist dead...

As if this site was cursed, and then they say they "die in threes".

Well, I get their point pretty much:

1st: Randy Solem
Then: Luccas Bodde
Now: Edd Gould

And the weird part is, they all died very young. Why is that? I find that fascinating yet disturbing.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-28 03:50:39 Reply

I was probably one of his least favorite people. Through the heated exchanges we had over the years, he's helped me learn that our positions, on whatever it was we had, were trivial and unimportant, and that fellow animators should support each other, because we each share a sacrafice when animating on our own. I've saved one of his many successes, which was his TV interview on AotS, someone has that on youtube.

Wishing his family the best.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-28 04:55:01 Reply

Randy was one of the earliest flash animators I ever saw, and his ROTMK videos were one of the coolest things I watched as a teenager. He was the one reason I ever discovered newgrounds and got me interested in flash videos.
May he rest in peace, and my deepest condolences to his family...

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-28 08:54:41 Reply

My brief experience with Randy Solem summarized:

I saw his very first flash movie on the day it was submitted when I was a kid. I thought it was hilarious and I became a fan of his instantly. Something gave me the bright idea to make sprite flashes of my own. They sucked. A lot. Randy took the time to give me tips here and there to help with the flash and eventually a few of them passed judgement which you can see on my ClassicCoolboyman account. At the same time, I taught him a thing or two about ROM hacking, and Randy made his very own Super Mario Bros level a long ass time ago. I wish I still had that ROM, iirc the level was halfway decent.

Later on, we had a falling out. He made a flash movie that I didn't care for so I told him. He got extremely defensive and it also made his friend (I forget his name) hate me with a passion for whatever reason. Down the line, I got older, realized he wasn't some flash god. I grew to hate his flash movies and I look back to why I ever looked up to him in the first place.

But fuck that, that was years ago. Maybe he became a better person, maybe not. I haven't really kept up with him. But here's the bottom line:

Did I hold a negative opinion towards him up until this day? Yes
Do I hate his flash movies? Yes
Did he deserve to die? No

What really bothers me the most is now that his daughter no longer has a father. My condolences go out to all his friends and family. I just wish I checked up on him in the last few years, just to say hi or anything. Sure I dislike his flash movies, but you know what? It got people to animate. Like others have said, people started off with sprites to experiment because of him and moved onto more professional animation. Hell it got me to make more and more flash movies, which in turn may have had a turn in inspiring Strawberry Clock because of all the negative reviews I was getting on my flash that I found so hilarious. So overall, I'm glad he submitted everything that he did even if I don't like them anymore.

To each his own. You'll sure as hell be missed from me dude.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-28 21:19:26 Reply

RIP Randy Solem...


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-31 00:02:22 Reply

At 3/26/12 05:03 AM, 1-800-CockJoke wrote:
At 3/26/12 01:41 AM, Stamper wrote: okay, YEAH WE GET IT NOTHING LEFT TO SEE HERE FOLKS

CHRIST
I can't wait until you finally suck down your final breath, curl up in a ball, and die. After that happens, I'm going to write all sorts of nasty things in your R.I.P. thread.

What the hell does that mean?

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-01 11:27:28 Reply

My condolences. Randy was a Legend in the NG community and big influence for me. He inspired me to work on my own flashes. RIP dude. You will be missed...


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-02 17:08:26 Reply

I just cant believe you would say "waste of money" that truly makes me sick. I am Randys girlfriend and whoever would or could donate would get a thank you from ME and MY KIDS.....Crazy....downright crazy

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-03 03:24:22 Reply

At 4/2/12 05:08 PM, DanRielle wrote: I just cant believe you would say "waste of money" that truly makes me sick. I am Randys girlfriend and whoever would or could donate would get a thank you from ME and MY KIDS.....Crazy....downright crazy

Ignore the idiots... helping the next generation is not a waste. Randy will forever be a immortal legend. RIP Randy. Sorry for your loss. :(

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-09 14:14:29 Reply

Goodbye, Randy. You will be missed.


I'm just a guy who likes video games and anime.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-09 16:17:20 Reply

At 4/3/12 03:24 AM, Vgsounds wrote:
At 4/2/12 05:08 PM, DanRielle wrote: I just cant believe you would say "waste of money" that truly makes me sick. I am Randys girlfriend and whoever would or could donate would get a thank you from ME and MY KIDS.....Crazy....downright crazy
Ignore the idiots... helping the next generation is not a waste. Randy will forever be a immortal legend. RIP Randy. Sorry for your loss. :(

Danielle who said that? I can't see,sad people are so mean,just jealous ,Ran was great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-11 17:46:24 Reply

I gotta say Randy did something amazing and he got me involved with a lot of things, one of them; making flash movies, I joined his forums and visited regurarly. He was also half-norwegian which was cool because I'm a norwegian. He was one of those who inspired me and probably many others, he held the forums up but he wasnt on much, but we had already created a good community there. I hate that one of those who brought us all together in that forum now is gone. I will miss him, and the inspiration he gave... I am now watching the funeral of mario in one of his movies and reflecting on him

rest in peace randy


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-12 12:25:59 Reply

No way....
Shit man,
Randy Solem was one of the first reasons I came to this website.
36 is far too young to go.
Rest in Peace.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-04-17 03:29:44 Reply

At 3/19/12 04:07 PM, Wegra wrote: This was the worst news I've heard in the 9 years I've been with this site.

I'll be missing that guy :(

agreed man, NG won't be the same without him


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-05-27 20:35:16 Reply

Randy is one of the first artists I started following- especially his Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom series. I pray that others will be inspired by him so his memory will live on.


"I am a part of all that I have met."- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-06-23 06:39:22 Reply

At 5/27/12 08:35 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote: Randy is one of the first artists I started following- especially his Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom series. I pray that others will be inspired by him so his memory will live on.

same here, even his site was awesome, loved the loop track he had of Castles in the Sky from Ian Van Dahl which got me back into Electronic Dance Music


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-10-21 21:58:17 Reply

At 3/22/12 09:18 PM, 848stiggs wrote:
At 6 hours ago, Scroler wrote:
At 2 days ago, monkeyspanthisgooplz wrote: R.I.P. Randy
hmm drugs or alcohol? If so then what a stupid waste of talent, not to mention never got to see his kid grow up...Why would we want to donate money though you realize how many others dont even get that chance, I understand the meaning but will never donate on anything it means nothing if they are not able to shake my hand and give me a hug or something just seems like a waste of money.

Hopefully he is in a better place.
Randy is my brother in law. He didnt die bc drugs or alcohol. you are a peice of shit for assuming. and that waste of money is my niece who he loved very much........ so know what you are saying bf you start running your mouth....

Why would say drugs or alcohol ,you piece of shit,nobody wants your money,please shove it up your ass,shake your hand or hug you maybe your doing drugs,Randy;s mom

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-11-09 05:48:39 Reply

At 3/25/12 10:07 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:
At 3/25/12 09:24 PM, Dent0n wrote: No way! How did this happen! This is just awfull!
Who knows? They say it was a sudden death... but what do they mean by that?

he had a negative reaction to the heart meds they had him on


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2013-03-02 03:56:41 Reply

At 10/21/12 09:58 PM, dmsolem wrote:
At 3/22/12 09:18 PM, 848stiggs wrote:
At 6 hours ago, Scroler wrote:
At 2 days ago, monkeyspanthisgooplz wrote: R.I.P. Randy
hmm drugs or alcohol? If so then what a stupid waste of talent, not to mention never got to see his kid grow up...Why would we want to donate money though you realize how many others dont even get that chance, I understand the meaning but will never donate on anything it means nothing if they are not able to shake my hand and give me a hug or something just seems like a waste of money.

Hopefully he is in a better place.
Randy is my brother in law. He didnt die bc drugs or alcohol. you are a peice of shit for assuming. and that waste of money is my niece who he loved very much........ so know what you are saying bf you start running your mouth....
Why would say drugs or alcohol ,you piece of shit,nobody wants your money,please shove it up your ass,shake your hand or hug you maybe your doing drugs,Randy;s mom

Mrs. Solem,

I loved Randy. He hosted a website that contained my only friends for multiple years while growing up. His talent was hard to match; his friendliness was a trait accepted my all; his legacy will remain in our minds and hearts for more years than we will be able to count. He helped me. He showed me. He encouraged me. I will never forget him.

I am currently struggling with rent, but I will donate when I can. His daughter is sure to be as talented as his genes exhibited, she should be shown Montessori and encouraged to persue her passion as her father did(obviously that's up to you but it worked for Randy).

As I am only an internet fan/acquaintance, I probably do not have as much to say as you or your family or the people he knew personally... And for that, I only wish I had been a part of your family. The least I can do is quote my memorandum:

"Just found out that the owner/developer of Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom, Randy Solem, passed away on March 16th, my birthday, in 2012. In my teenage years, before memes, before facebook, in the times of newgrounds, stupidvideos, and ebaumsworld.com, his forum and following helped me find a social niche that accepted me and helped me become who I am today. RIP Randy.... I will never forget your forums that allowed me to grow.... I remember conversing with him and the developer of Alien Hominid before it was ported to the console. Good people, good projects, and good intentions... I do and will always miss that group I will probably never talk to again </3

Long live www.videogamedc.com"

I miss you, Randy. I am sad, humbled, and will continue to reflect upon this for an undetermined amount of time. He helped me. He doesn't know it. Nobody does. But he helped improve my entire life. I was lost when I met him and when I found myself, him and his crew were still there, still had my back. None of them knew it. I doubt any of them remember me. But I visited his dern forum every day for 3 years. They were my friends. They were my family. And he started it all.