Welcome to the College University series, created by Mike and Andy Parker!
Life isn't easy when you're a disembodied head without skin.
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The Flash Portal was still in its infancy in 2000, having not yet been automated until later in the year.
The start of the new year brought a lot of new faces. In January, we were introduced to three very memorable Portal contributors. Brian Beaton uploaded his first episode of "Scrotum the Puppy", soon to become a long-running Portal icon. Scrotum really summed up everything I wanted Newgrounds to be about: cute fuzzy animals with guns.
Jeremy Mills hit the scene with his quirky Rainbow Bright parody, which would be followed by some great games.
The elusive Will Stamper also made his mark with the very Will Stamperish movie, "Koke". Will would later be known for the classic game "Street Life". He later died of stomach cancer, came back and announced it was a hoax, then left the scene completely. He now works for Newgrounds and does our web design.
January was also the debut of Bentframe comedy on Newgrounds. "Yoda's Blowjob" featured audio by the comedy star of MP3.com and would soon by followed by the famous "Star Wars Gangsta Rap" (later sold to Atom Films).
This was the month of often overlooked hits. AEvil was a fun shooter and one of the first Portal entries to feature bonus rounds for added fun. Sloth TV was a hilarious music video that had fans of Reading Rainbow especially entertained. Pregnancy was a short and funny skit by Rogerio, who later vanished.
My favorite movie of this month was probably Snarlie Brown, the EvilDave classic that was removed due to pressure from the late Charles Schultz's lawyers.
March marked the introduction of another favorite contributor, Ben Apgar of 512productions. In this same month he submitted Souped-Up Civic (very underated in my opinion) and Chinese Restaurant, which would go on to be a huge hit.
Rogerio also submitted "Walk my Plank", the most perverted Portal movie I had ever accepted at the time.
Brian Beaton submitted another classic, his movie about Tupac.
Sick of people trying to make their wimpy engine cars sound and look fast? Check this out!
April - The Portal becomes automated.
Months earlier, I hired my friend Ross to program an automated system for accepting Flash submissions. My mailbox was flooded with files and I was still rejecting most of them. I was creating individual pages for the submissions I chose to showcase, and found myself frequently updating files and information for existing entries. It was becoming hard to keep up with everything!
We launched the automated Portal on April 6th and it was the first of its kind, the only site where artists could submit their games and movies to a real-time system. Submissions were instantly available to the public, who voted on their outcome. When a submission crossed the low score threshold, users would receive a message stating, "Blam! This submission has been deleted", now known as "Blamming." It would be a few years before other sites started ripping us off!
We launched with Scrotum the Puppy, as it was the biggest hit at the time. This is why Scrotum has a submission ID of "1", even though it wasn't the first submission we ever received. Looking back, I wish we had put through all the original submissions in order. I was probably too busy with schoolwork at the time, or something stupid.
Stamper may have been the first to submit a "new" submission through the automate system:
Doomhammr soon made his debut with Uniwar, a great game at the time.
Extremely fun blast'em-up where you run through corridors and shoot enemy soldiers. Get ready to run when things get sticky!
The fun kept rolling in...
The Fukemon series is humongous! This is the one that started it all. Be sure to check out the rest!
You wouldn't know it now, but Street Life was a huge hit back in the day. The unique mix of sex, violence and choose-your-adventure antics made it the #1 submission of all time for MONTHS, making Stamper the biggest celebrity on Newgrounds. We had awards back then but didn't save them to the user records. If we had, Street Life would have a lot of gold trophies. Scary, eh?
Luis would also make his debut during the first month, with his submission of Da Stick up and Perverto!
Still in the first month, we were joined by Sean Bonner and his viral hit, Elian Wazzup! A spoof on the popular Budweiser commercials, Elian sparked a movement that resulted in a large collection of Wazzup movies.
Idiots Anonymous was one of the best series to appear on Newgrounds early on, with awkward pauses and lots of silly dialogue.
It wasn't long before artists were starting to criticize the number of crappy submissions, as Doodler pointed out in "Peanut."
Doodler made this movie to show how bad Portal movies can be. It actually did pretty well.
The Pox brought a taste of England to NG when they submitted The Pygmy Shrew. This is one of those cartoons that made me think Flash could look just as good on TV as it looks on the web.
Doughguy Bloopers, released the same month, also kept the promise alive, while Trapped showed gamers that Flash had excellt Zelda potential.
This short is hilarious and well put together - right down to the original naration.
Anime fans started to take a liking to Newgrounds, thanks to visually impressive submissions such as The Bard's Song.
Big Black Ben combined funny audio with a great cartoon, as opposed to a lot of submissions that combined funny audio with horrible cartoons.
Clark Lybeck gave birth to one of the most common themes on Newgrounds: Sprite movies! For a moment he was the king of all things sprites, if only he had stuck with it! His once great domain name is now owned by squatters who snatched it up when his registration expired.
We also attracted plenty of perverts when The Romp submitted an inventive game about X-Ray glasses.
A simple storyteller sings his favorite song. Very nicely done! Has some blood, too! :)
Step into Cooties Bar with these X-ray specs. Hilarity ensues!
Inspired by Clark Lybeck, Randy Solem submitted his first sprite movie to Newgrounds. Randy would go on to become the king of the sprite movies, on both Newgrounds and the Internet as a whole.
Barnyard Shenanigans was the funniest movie on Newgrounds and would remain the funniest for a good while.
Meanwhile, Sirkowski submitted the first of what would be many great Miss Dynamite episodes and Fat-Dime-Studios submitted the first of what would be several very disturbing episodes of The Lloyds.
McFretN raised the bar for shooters, introducing his Combat Instinct series.
Very cute NES-style animation... Except you'd never see it on the NES!
See where it all started as Mongo gets blamed for peeing on the floor!
Amazing arcade-style shooter. Play through three levels from three different first-person viewpoints. Great fun!
Jose Ortiz, aka MindChamber, blessed us with what remains the coolest Transformers movie on Newgrounds. MindChamber would later redesign Pico and become part of the official NG staff.
MindChamber brought the urban flair to Newgrounds and The Little Jamurai kept it going the following month.
Forum regular Fourchinnigan submitted the first episode of Miracle Explosion, one of the earliest series on the site.
Classic samurai flick with a hip-hop edge... This is good stuff and oozes with style!
The Mystic Island and Keegan's Truck series kicked off with their first episodes!
We received a lot of submissions celebrating Halloween. This was an early taste of what would become yearly collection pages for major holidays.
the first episode finds our hero Sam washed up on a remote tropical island, where he meets the friendly Dennis and the psychotic...
Randolf Dilamanta made a single appearance on Newgrounds this year. His movie, The Final Task, was a true inspiration. I still check in occasionally with Randolf, hoping he will some day Flash again.
A b/w animated story rounded out November as a good month for serious submissions, while Stuart Hart would set new standards for hilarious stick antics with Angry Hill Billys and Dangerous Olympics.
Zeebarf felt right at home, tossing Buttplug into the Portal. This same month, Zeebarf and I started development on Disorderly, although it wouldn't be finished until almost a year later.
Talk about a busy month, we also saw the birth of Marcus Peblo!
For better or for worse, the dress-up game trend skyrocketed thanks to an appearance by Britney Spears.
One of the best stick movies I've seen... Great timing and hilarious animation.
This is a must-see stick movie. By the creator of Moron Olympics, and one of my favorites!
Have you ever wanted to undress Britney Spears, and dress her up in different outfits? Here's your chance!
The year came to a close with some great artistic works, such as T. Bailey's Corporate Puppet. I also got a kick out of the Toy Story spoof by Razzo, and the Star Wars spoof by Scott Torment.
We finished the year with a Merry Christmas!
The following year would bring us the introduction of the Clock Crew, as well as the events of September 11th. Continue to 2001!