I've been here for fucking ages mate.
Yesterday was my 9 years anniversary of this place so I thought to myself, motherfucker, next year I'm totally gonna make a 10 year thread, but I'd probably forget so it's a 9 year thread.
When I created this account I was 12, like most of you whippersnappers seem to be now. Lying about your age on the internet. What would your grandparents say? Who cares, they're probably dead. Or maybe not, I don't know.
Now, over 11k+ posts later, I'm a wise and learned scholar of the forums and I could give a pretty detailed history.
I started posting a lot less around 2009, but I never fully disappeared. It's nice to check in every now and then.
I don't know if it's because I'm older now, or cooler, but this place just doesn't the seem the same to me anymore. I used to find myself literally laughing to the point of tears at some of the awesome banter we used to have. Now I look around here and I don't recognize anybody, apart from a few, and every thread is just fucking balls. They really are balls. The humor is gone.
There's the negative bit out of the way, I promise. The truth is, this forum and its users helped me through some really difficult times and shared with me some really awesome times. I used to talk to a lot of you on a regular basis either on here, or on the archaic MSN chat. That is old school. But yeah, for a long time, NGers were the only friends I had in the world, during my awkward years and I would have been fucked without this place. Some of you I've even met in person.
Most of you reading this will have no fucking clue who I am, but I used to be part of this community. It was the first place I ever truly belonged. Nowadays I do pretty well for myself. I'm confident and happy. I know that a lot of you guys are probably stuck in a rut right now. Maybe you're 16 years old, you never leave the house, and you feel kinda embarrassed about the fact that your only friends are online. Don't be embarrassed. We're all still people, we're just far away. And it's better to have far away friends than none at all. And maybe, like me, you'll look back fondly on you NG days, while you're happily living the kind of life you always wanted. And you can do that shit, I have faith in YOU. I'm not saying you're all dateless losers, but statistically a whole bunch of you are :)
So lets all sit back now and post some of our good stories or memories about newgrounds, old posters or new. We can talk about the good old days. Don't forget your rose tinted spectacles.
oh, and 1 million internets to whoever can remember this: