Be a Supporter!

Randy Solem, 1975-2012

  • 84,322 Views
  • 378 Replies
Respond to this Topic
I-smel
I-smel
  • Member since: Mar. 2, 2006
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Game Developer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:47:40 Reply

Wow, jesus christ. Just as his daughter's walking n talking, I guess it doesn't get much worse than that. Must feel like his wife (or hell, his whole family)'s just had the rug pulled right from under em. That's never gonna smooth over.
Not much I can say that can live up to the weight of that situation.

His first submissions here were in the year 2000, which was 12 years ago. So I guess he was about 24. I never really think of any of us having grown up and started a family- and especially not being dead- but I guess it's been a long enough time. I mean shit, even I must be about 4th or 5th generation, so what do I know?

A lot of what people blog about here is to do with ambitions, and setting up a more comfortable or more exciting life and future for themselves. Most news posts I read are about where people are going and what they're doing, taking big steps and feeling like you've always wasted time. I guess this guy sends a message that people have already lived this life and we're not the first men on the moon here. There's something about that that's really re-assuring and I think it's exactly what a lot of us need to hear.
Whatever you're doing, have fun with it. If you wanna make VGDC.com then go nuts, if you wanna not put out anything for 6 years, don't worry about it. Whether you're 14 or 24, we'll all end up with a house and wife n kids one day. Randy did.

Thanks for keeping a memoriam, Tom.

EASTBEAST
EASTBEAST
  • Member since: Oct. 1, 2009
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 27
Animator
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:54:22 Reply

He was a creative soul and will be sorely missed. Rise of the MK brought many of us here in the first place.


Writing songs for cigarettes and credit would be cool.

BBS Signature
reverend
reverend
  • Member since: Nov. 3, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 50
Movie Buff
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:54:27 Reply

Very sad news. The Rise of the MK series was one of the first movies that I viewed on this site.
RIP


Rev 22:20 || Wi/Ht? # 46 || Why was my review deleted? || Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting.

BBS Signature
Lunaful
Lunaful
  • Member since: Jun. 28, 2008
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 28
Melancholy
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:54:36 Reply

Wow, to young to soon. My condolences.


Lunaful Is Awkwardly Honest. MSPA Crew

BBS Signature
Jon
Jon
  • Member since: Aug. 6, 2006
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 40
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:56:13 Reply

Holy shit.

It was Randy's videos that got me hooked on Newgrounds in the first place, way back in '05 and '06. I actually cannot believe this.

Rest In Piece.


hello

tarahloveshentai
tarahloveshentai
  • Member since: Jun. 18, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 16
Gamer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:56:29 Reply

Rest in Peace Randy. I feel sorry for his daughter, she's going to miss out on having an awesome father


I respond to every message!

BBS Signature
deathink
deathink
  • Member since: Aug. 4, 2011
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 27
Melancholy
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:02:03 Reply

Wow, I have been coming to Newgrounds since 2005. In 2005 I got a job as a web developer and internet advertiser and all around graphic designer in NYC, one day I was asked to just search the internet to look at what everyone else was doing (real original right), I was also encouraged to look for flash creations and I stumbled on to "rise of the MK" and was blow away! Since that day I would sneak and watch these sprite animations all day long, it seemed like they where personally made for me. I didn't know the site I kept coming to was newgrounds, all i knew was the site with a tank logo had these fucking awesome sprite animations, i didn't know the name of the site, i didn't know you could vote, i never heard of Tom, i didn't know anything about newgrounds except that if i typed Mario in that little yellow search bar the coolest animations i ever seen would pop-up, and "rise of the MK " was the best of them.
I never knew the creators name was Randy.
I judge a lot of submissions on NEOGEO, and I automatically 5/5 anything with Mario Sprites in it because I loved those old sprite animations so much!

Sadly;
M.B. DeathInk


"NEWGROUNDS, it's everything to everyone" -RicePirate

BBS Signature
PinkSkull
PinkSkull
  • Member since: Jan. 6, 2006
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 25
Animator
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:02:30 Reply

OH MY GOD I CANT BELIEVE THIS
He was one of the first animators I admired and inspired me, back when I started being a newgrounder when I was 14 ):
I saw him as the king of sprite animation, and I loved his mario series Dx

RAMB0J3SUS
RAMB0J3SUS
  • Member since: Nov. 24, 2011
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 12
Animator
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:03:34 Reply

I don't like this.... not one bit... RIP Randy

FurryFox
FurryFox
  • Member since: Nov. 27, 2008
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 27
Gamer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:04:05 Reply

Aww man, I remember always loved watching his sprite flashes when they first came out. It's actually what got me into watching sprite movies and such.
R.I.P. Randy. You're the main reason I started watching flash animations in the first place.

Mr-Shark
Mr-Shark
  • Member since: Dec. 11, 2001
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 20
Game Developer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:05:30 Reply

... Rest in Peace man... you fucking rock.

Littleluckylink
Littleluckylink
  • Member since: Apr. 29, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 43
Artist
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:20:07 Reply

OH FUCK.

Wow, this is terrible. Sad news. Fucking hell.


Windmill Windmill for the land

BBS Signature
Soujin3
Soujin3
  • Member since: May. 21, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 20
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:20:45 Reply

R.i.p randy. Thanks for your dedication to the ng community and memorable sprite animations.


Th3 9Br3@keR

BBS Signature
Wonchop
Wonchop
  • Member since: Jan. 13, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 36
Animator
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:24:54 Reply

I will always remember him as the guy who tried to give Dim his big bag of money.
Sad day, indeed.

Exedor
Exedor
  • Member since: Jan. 15, 2005
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 55
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:25:00 Reply

Oddly enough, the main picture on his website is Peach and Luigi standing next to a coffin.
http://www.vgdc.us/
I don't think it was done by someone else, as it doesn't say anything else about his death anywhere else on the site.
Weird. :\

Randy Solem, 1975-2012

deathink
deathink
  • Member since: Aug. 4, 2011
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 27
Melancholy
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:26:11 Reply

As I read the posts, it seems like Randy brought a lot of us here.


"NEWGROUNDS, it's everything to everyone" -RicePirate

BBS Signature
jonthomson
jonthomson
  • Member since: May. 18, 2000
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 60
Gamer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:28:11 Reply

Oh man, that's no age. rip Randy, best wishes out to his family. He did some good stuff here, if you didn't watch them first time round go look at Tom's links.


SiXFouR.668 EU

BBS Signature
Wiesi
Wiesi
  • Member since: Nov. 10, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 04
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:39:00 Reply

R.I.P. Randy Solem

SouthJersey
SouthJersey
  • Member since: Mar. 17, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:44:40 Reply

I can't believe how big his work was here. I remember sitting at a table with him at a wedding in our family and he was explaining to me what sprites were and to check out his videos. I remember his Super Mario Bros. ringtone on his phone. I swore he was a nerd trapped in an NFL linebacker's body lol. I'm definitely gonna miss him and having him photoshop all of my damn facebook pictures breaking my balls lol.

GreatPowerfulTrixie
GreatPowerfulTrixie
  • Member since: Feb. 18, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 17
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:45:23 Reply

R.I.P. Randy.

I loved his website and all of his work.


Sig made by the awesome AnonymousOfCali.

BBS Signature
SouthJersey
SouthJersey
  • Member since: Mar. 17, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:46:16 Reply

At 14 minutes ago, psychicpebble wrote: How did he pass away?

Yeah, that is a shame though, I actually remember watching all of those videos in the "early days" of Newgrounds.

It wasn't anything drug related. I just don't want to put specifics because of fucked up jokes I've already seen posted about him. The last thing I want for his mother to see is some hater making a joke animation or picture about his death. It wasn't anything suffering or drug related though, I can promise you guys that.

DlouDlou
DlouDlou
  • Member since: Jan. 30, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 05
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:52:20 Reply

R.I.P., Randy, we'll miss you.

DiskG
DiskG
  • Member since: Jun. 7, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 08
Art Lover
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:55:02 Reply

R.I.P Randy, You wil be missed greatly.. :(

bravo22
bravo22
  • Member since: Oct. 30, 2007
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 17
Audiophile
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:08:34 Reply

Oh my god, I'm in shock. I use to watch his flash movies all the time when I was younger.

R.I.P Randy Solem, you are in our hearts forever


BBS Signature
toxisfuckingdumb
toxisfuckingdumb
  • Member since: Mar. 9, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:10:45 Reply

it is truly a solemn day nyuck nyuck nyuck

Grub-Xer0
Grub-Xer0
  • Member since: Apr. 8, 2004
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 25
Programmer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:13:45 Reply

I don't even know where to begin. I first found VGDC back in March of 2002. I would visit VGDC every single day to watch his flash movies and browse around the site. One day while on VGDC I saw the ad for newgrounds with Mario popping up. So I clicked it and found another website I would be addicted to for the next ten years.

Getting back to Randy, I saw Goof Troop Kombat and loved it. This movie is where I would eventually get my namesake before the lockdown happened. In 2003, I remember when VGDC was redesigned. I wasn't happy about it because of the loss of the navigation music. I eventually grew used to it and would wait for a new flash by Randy.

Fast forward to 2005. From the first day I found VideogameDC, I always wanted to make my own flash toons. I got a
copy of flash mx 2004 from my schools computer lab and starting making stuff. I always found it amusing that an artist who makes sprite movies inspired me but I haven't made one yet. Newgrounds has been a big part of my life and to hear about then death of my main inspiration is extremely saddening and just flat out shocking. I thank you Randy for the countless laughs I've had. Rest in peace.

Randy Solem, 1975-2012


BBS UOTD 2/4/11 | Con los terroristas | Join my Minecraft server at ngmc.teh-non.com!

BBS Signature
MentalMyles
MentalMyles
  • Member since: Apr. 26, 2003
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 18
Animator
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:19:43 Reply

Sonic Vs Mario (VGDC) was the very flash animation that got me into Newgrounds in the first place.

RIP Randy :C


Yeah, I don't speak much...

BBS Signature
SmashLuigiFan1
SmashLuigiFan1
  • Member since: Feb. 2, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 31
Gamer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:23:03 Reply

I remember when his flashes were new... I can't get over the shock of him dying.... he was so good at what he did. He's why I love sprite movies so much.

RIP

You will never be forgotten.


"It's easier to talk about the bad than to understand the good." - Jirard Khalil
"This was a mistake." - Jirard Khalil, 2013
"WELCOME TO THE FANTASY ZONE! GET READY. . ."

BBS Signature
DrClay
DrClay
  • Member since: Aug. 9, 2005
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 26
Gamer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:32:47 Reply

...I don't believe it... I just.. I just can't believe it. How could of he died at such a young age?
Randy Solem was always one of my favorite users and I always loved his sprite movies... It's one of the reasons why I started animating in flash.

Such a great loss....


TF2 Crew I User Icon Makers Club I Source Filmmaker Crew I
NEWGROUNDS TF2 Server: 192.223.24.28

BBS Signature
Idiot-Finder
Idiot-Finder
  • Member since: Aug. 29, 2002
  • Online!
Forum Stats
Member
Level 60
Gamer
Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:33:22 Reply

I was going to post on the original thread but was sidetracked.

Here's my take.

Even though many of us don't know him personally, when we first came to NG, his flash are the reason why we kept on coming back.

He was one of the best VG sprite flash artists and he will be missed.


Please subscribe
"As the old saying goes...what was it again?"
.·´¯`·->YFIQ's collections of stories!<-·´¯`·.

BBS Signature