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I'm gonna break my "angry jerkcity character" persona for a second to say that this really is some sad news.
Regardless of the quality of his work he introduced a lot of young people to flash animation and I respect him for that. Mack Daddy Mario 2 was one of the first animations I viewed on Newgrounds 9 or so years ago. I kind of view it on a nostalgic level now. It's not nearly as funny as it was when I was 10-11 years old, but it brings me back to a time when this stuff WAS funny to me. I think I could say the same about a lot of things.
That's tragic. We only spoke briefly after a childish spat, but he seemed like a good guy, and he was undepioneer the most influential pioneer of one of the most popular genres on the Newgrounds. Good thoughts to his family.
Really sorry to hear about Randy.... I'd like to help with the In Memoriam in any way I can. I think it would be a great way to pay tribute to the ones we have lost.
If it helps TheGimpsta was born in 1987. I saw his birth year was missing.
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I spoke to Randy pretty often. He gave me permission to use his ROTMK castle sprites back when I was just a n00b... He will be missed greatly...
God Bless him.
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I didn't know the guy but I did enjoy the Mortal Kombat flash when I first joined. From what I read in this thread he was a great guy. I will be more than happy to donate.
At 7 minutes ago, mizzjuicyflava wrote: I didn't know the guy but I did enjoy the Mortal Kombat flash when I first joined. From what I read in this thread he was a great guy. I will be more than happy to donate.
I'm waiting on his mother to provide the proper info to the new PayPal account. I'll have it submitted to Tom the moment it's available so he can verify.
NOOOOOOOOOOOO! I remember when Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom came out. I kept eagerly awaiting the next one and then the next one. Fuck. God damn it Randy Bo-Bandy. WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!
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I fucking gasped when I read this.
Randy brought about the Rise of the MK series which incited me to sign-up to Newgrounds and vote 5.
Randy thank you for the entertainment; you will greatly be missed.
My condolences go out to Solem's family.
Oh shit...this is one of the guys that got me interested in actually making a Flash with sprites to begin with... That's terrible...only five years older than me as well.
A sad, sad day in the Sprite world.
VGDC was cool as hell, man
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I was starting to wonder what's been happening with Randy and Video Game DC recently, this is one of the most shocking and upsetting news in a long time. I was a long-time fan and user of his website, and even spoofed up all his icons for the redesign but I never expected this at all.
R.I.P. Randy Solem
This is a really sad day, not just for myself but for so many others who Randy inspired to become flash artists.
I am shocked, he was the main reason I picked up flash. I feel the need to tribute him somehow. Perhaps I will do a sprite parody for all times sake. I remember the days I would stay up late just to be able to chat with him on aim, become well known and respected enough by him to eventually help mod his very popular forum.
I am lost for words, Rest in peace dude.
From me, and the rest of the oldschool and newschool VGDC fans.
This is another sad day in Newgrounds history. Honestly, he was another one of the great early Portal Pioneers and I also liked his live action stuff as well. He along with Ben Spurgin, Smokeshow, Mindchamber, NG Assassin, Damian Martins, Clark Lybeck (Visionomud), Evil Dave, and countless others are why I signed up here almost eleven years ago and strive to learn flash. It also irks me even more that his death was unexpected.
At 5 hours ago, TomFulp wrote: Sad news; Randy Solem, one of the original stars of NG, passed away this week at the age of 36.
Well darn, you hate to hear about somebody passing, especially at such a young age. Best wishes to his family during this tough time.
R.I.P Big guy. Thank you so much for the wisdom you have shared with this community - you will be remembered always in my mind
Randy was how I found Newgrounds, I was hoping he would finish his Mario gets lucky again, RIP Randy!
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He's what innovated the whole sprite pixels faze, and the main reason why I go to Newgrounds very often. Not only that, he just recently had a child. This is indeed tragic. RIP Mr. Solem.
Rest in peace, you died too young.
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First joining the internet as a child I watched nothing but sprite movies. I remember first finding VGDC and thinking they were the greatest flash movies ever. I remember making comics when I was younger and using some of his jokes even. Jesus, what a loss :(
This actually really saddens me. I can't believe he's gone. Time to watch all of his movies again for old times sake.
RIP Randy Solem. Thank you for all the laughs and childhood memories.
OMG I can't believe this....Randy was one of the reasons I discovered newgrounds over 6 years ago.... although I didn't like his attitude and how he became sort of a douche later on, he was always a huge inspiration for me ;____; Rise of the MK continues to hold a special place in my heart as it was a huge inspiration and that was when I realized anyone could be making flash movies, even myself....
This is really sad news....omg I still can't believe it....he will be missed
This really is sad, sad news. I, too like many others watched his movies as a kid. Loved 'em all. I especially liked the Curious George movies despite the self-opinionated thoughts or regrets he had making them. I sure will miss this guy, but I will never forget my Pixelated Past!
BTW, be expecting a bunch of trolls to mock this soon. If it hasn't happened here it's probably gonna happen elsewhere.
Them kids just never break out of character. But I know they obviously care too.
R.I.P -For real this time. =(
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Hello everyone,this is randy mother,i would like to thank you all for all the kind words,for my son,he was a gifted artist,and will be missed by all,i cannot express the joy i feel for you the wonderful things said. he died suddenly with heart problems on march 16th,i was told people were looking to make a donation to his daughter,this is so kind this will go into a fund for her ,she is a beautiful baby,this donation can be sent to be and will be place in her bank account,she has a long road ahead without a father,but has a loving family,my address is..Deborah Solem 361 Heather Dr. N. Mantua NJ USA 08051 god bless you all , I am truly yours Deborah Solem.
Wow, this is incredibly depressing. I always loved this guy's stuff - it in fact is what started me on Newgrounds so long ago. I even went back to his site from time to time, just in case he ever decided to do something new after all this time... I suppose this ends that possibility.
Rest in peace, man. Your contributions to sprite animation will not be forgotten.
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