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Flash Portal History: 2002

If you've read the Newgrounds history, you'll know that 2002 started as a real low point for NG. The Internet bubble had burst the previous year, we were screwed over by all our advertisers and had resorted to adult ads to survive. Our hosting was locked in a contract that kept us from improving site performance, so we dealt with servers that could barely handle the load.

The adult ads, excessive pop-ups and slow performance weren't helping our image, especially when some other grimy sites were stealing our bandwidth to showcase NG submissions on their own sites. We tried to configure the servers to prevent deep linking of .swf files, but it degraded their performance so much that we couldn't make it work at the time.

Despite the site running like complete crap, artists continued to submit their Flash. For that, I'm eternally grateful. :)

January

The first of several Flash Fables appeared and quickly became one of the favorite submissions on the site.

Create-A-Ride started the trend of immensely popular car customization games, inspiring classics such as Custom Rides and Drag Racer.

Squigo got himself into his first deadly situation, while the Swearbear Cursing Keyboard generated tons of buzz for the talking bear doll. They were so pleased with their exposure on Newgrounds, they put our tank logo on the back of their packaging as a way to say thanks!

  • FLASH fables-HumptyDumpty
    FLASH fables-HumptyDumpty by Jeremie

    The hilarious re-telling of a classic. Not for the feint of heart!

    Score
    3.89 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    542,184 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Create-A-Ride
    Create-A-Ride by FwyWarrior

    Make your car the most tricked out ride on the block!

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    28,664,909 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Squigo 1
    Squigo 1 by Squigo

    Squigo plays with an automatic knife!

    Score
    3.80 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    205,080 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Cursing Keyboard.
    Cursing Keyboard. by FAGATRON

    Play your favorite tunes!

    Score
    3.60 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,836,182 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

February

After a long night, we introduced a fun Pico voting animation to the Portal. When users voted on submissions, they were treated to an animated visualization, making the experience feel like playing an RPG. You can read ahead to see what happened to it in October. I also made some changes to the voting bar.

AlantheBOX made a name for himself on Newgrounds with the start of his B&W DRAMA THEATER series, although I'll admit it was one of those series that wasn't appreciated until well after the first episode entered the Portal.

I finally wrapped up my Flash remake of League Bowling, one of my favorite Neo Geo games. I was finally in the habit of submitting my Flash via the Portal, just like everyone else.

Krinkels also made his first appearance, with Marsh-Mellow-Madness. It was a great movie, but things wouldn't really take off until his next submission, in July...

  • B&W Drama Theater
    B&W Drama Theater by AlantheBOX

    Two episodes in one! Be sure to watch them both!

    Score
    3.44 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    115,463 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • League Bowling
    League Bowling by CarrotClock

    The Neo Geo classic, revisited in Flash! Up to four people can play!

    Score
    3.71 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,699,419 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Marsh-Mellow-Madness
    Marsh-Mellow-Madness by Krinkels

    This is some pretty sweet violence!

    Score
    4.28 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,580,820 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

March

Britney Spears ruled in March, with the inventive "Make a Britney" game and the "BAGAGAGA BOP" fanimutation. We also got our first episode of Ytown Public!

  • Make a Britney
    Make a Britney by DRUGFILMS

    Build your very own Britney Spears! Make her boobies any size!

    Score
    3.05 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    13,881,493 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Bagagagaga Bop!
    Bagagagaga Bop! by groundpoint

    This is fast paced, and totally crazy!

    Score
    3.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    470,304 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Ytown Public 1 Rock Opera
    Ytown Public 1 Rock Opera by McRhyme

    Meet some of the cast in this new rock opera version of the very first episode!

    Score
    3.61 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    46,076 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

April

This month definitely introduced some controversial submissions. Like a Pandora's Box that perhaps shouldn't have been opened, Hentai Simgirls started the dating game craze on Newgrounds. To balance out the sex with some violence, we featured fabulous999's Suicide Bomber game, originally called "KABOOM", on the front page.

The suicide bomber game drew a lot of hatemail, but we left it up on the site. It makes for a nice history page.

The submissions this month weren't completely nasty, though. Super Console Wars is pretty cute.

  • SIMGIRLS version 5.1
    SIMGIRLS version 5.1 by sim-man

    If you want to undress this girl you're going to have to build up your stats, earn money, and win her heart! Very addictive game...

    Score
    4.08 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    48,410,194 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • The Suicide Bomber Game
    The Suicide Bomber Game by fabulous999

    You are a suicide bomber trying to kill and injure as many people as possible. The horror!

    Score
    3.49 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,551,509 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Super Console Wars Part 1
    Super Console Wars Part 1 by avantpop

    Great Star Wars spoof featuring your fav video game systems!

    Score
    3.94 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    435,404 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

May

Some months have major moments in NG history, others not so much. Ravage and Wrath were both great games and Childhood Confessions will make you laugh. None of them introduced new artists, new series or new trends, though.

  • Ravage
    Ravage by PsychoGoldfish

    Remember Rampage? This is just like it, but with original characters!

    Score
    3.55 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,543,120 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • >>> WRATH II <<<
    >>> WRATH II <<< by Armegalo

    Your are God and your people have pissed you off!

    Score
    3.41 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,684,319 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Childhood Confessions
    Childhood Confessions by Matzerath

    Remember being five? Remember how much it sucked? Now, relive the magic!

    Score
    3.64 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    413,061 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

June

The Portal was re-invigorated in June, as we received a lot of great submissions over the summer. Highlights of this month included a Pong spoof by Oska software.

ChuChu brought a delightful random energy to the Portal and Legendary Frog won a lot of fans with his Lord of the Rings spoof. Lastly, I submitted Project EDDIE. It isn't really noteworthy, but since I made it I get to put it here.

  • PONG Gets Personal
    PONG Gets Personal by Oska

    Really slick cartoon about PONG. I love this one.

    Score
    4.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    300,055 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • CHU CHU
    CHU CHU by Shmorky

    Chu chu in a rocket ship!

    Score
    4.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    257,716 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • One Ring to Rule Them All
    One Ring to Rule Them All by LegendaryFrog

    The Dark Lord of Mordor has forged the One Ring.... TO RULE THEM ALL!

    Score
    3.82 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    705,503 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Project EDDIE
    Project EDDIE by TomFulp

    Megaman has been kidnapped, so it's up to Eddie to save the day!

    Score
    4.00 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    584,203 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

July

Krinkels lit the Portal on fire with Madness Combat, launching what would be one of the most successful original series to ever appear on NG. Another popular series started this month, with the introduction of the Tomorrow's Nobodies crew. I later met both Krinkels and the TN guys at Comic-Con 2006!

LegendaryFrog continued his rise to power with Chocobo Mix and Pikanjo launched the first episode of the Perfect Kirby series, which was a consistent crowd-pleaser. LF and Pikanjo would later collaborate on some future submissions, such as The Matrix Has You in 2004.

Metal Slug S showed people that Flash could make a good version of Metal Slug, much to my dismay because Dan Paladin and I had been working on Alien Hominid for months and were about ready to release it.

  • Madness Combat
    Madness Combat by Krinkels

    Who would think the Chicken Dance would lead to such mayhem!

    Score
    4.43 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,835,302 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The old TN episode 1
    The old TN episode 1 by Tomorrows-Nobody

    We get introduced to some of the characters, even though they aren't all there!

    Score
    3.89 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    164,087 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • FF Tribute - Chocobo Mix
    FF Tribute - Chocobo Mix by LegendaryFrog

    Sing a long with this tribute to the Final Fantasy series!

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,509,642 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Perfect Kirby 1.1
    Perfect Kirby 1.1 by Pikanjo

    Kirby fights crime by night, and hangs out in his apartment by day.

    Score
    3.99 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    638,642 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Metal Slug S
    Metal Slug S by ProphetofHAM

    Metal slug with sticks!

    Score
    3.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,744,785 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

August

Dan and I submitted Alien Hominid and started the chain of events that would lead to the Behemoth! We never thought at the time that we would some day make a console version.

Ben Spurgin released a big project of his own, raising the bar for Flash adventure games. Pimp's Quest combined great visuals with solid gaming. It was becoming clear that collaborations between artists and programmers were the way to go.

Rob Feldman introduced us to his creepy Dr. Shroud series, with the first episode of "Ally of the Dolls."

Sprite movies were still going strong, with Link's Quest for Ass being a fan favorite.

Portal Fighter 2 let players live the dream of battling it out as popular Newgrounds characters.

  • Alien Hominid
    Alien Hominid by DanPaladin

    Metal Slug fans rejoice! Run, jump, shoot and bite the heads off your enemies!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    20,396,031 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Pimp's Quest
    Pimp's Quest by BenSpurgin

    Go on missions to become the ultimate pimp!

    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    11,793,894 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Alley of the Dolls: Pt. 1
    Alley of the Dolls: Pt. 1 by robfeldman

    This vampire killing sequence sets the stage for Dr. Shroud as he unravels the truth behind &quot;Saliva Sylvia&quot;, the doll ...

    Score
    3.67 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    117,402 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Link's Quest For Ass
    Link's Quest For Ass by xritualfaminex

    Zelda is missing and Link is horny! Will he find her again?

    Score
    4.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,114,244 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Portal Fighter II
    Portal Fighter II by raitendo

    Popular characters from The Portal do battle!

    Score
    3.70 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,342,052 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

September

OMG! Arfenhouse! It all started this month. Some great games popped into the Portal this month, such as the Skullkid and Bloody Rage. Pete (Bloody Rage creator) says he was inspired by the Miss Dynamite game I showed him but never finished, so I'll take whatever glory I can get.

  • Arfenhouse: The Movie
    Arfenhouse: The Movie by DL-Neutrino

    Arfenhouse. The Movie. It scares the small children.

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    584,016 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • the skullkid
    the skullkid by korded

    Highly amusing and fun office rampage! Chainsaws and shootouts!

    Score
    3.53 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    25,176,539 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Bloody Rage
    Bloody Rage by SESSNET

    Maybe the best fighting game on NG! Pick from 18 different characters!

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    8,913,682 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

October

Due to the site running unbearably slow and the .swf file not caching properly, I removed the ultra-cool Pico voting animation. Voting was never quite as fun after that.

Ganguro Girl picked up the dating sim steam as Hentai Simgirls was finally going away, while Sterile Spongebob was just... wrong. We rounded out the month with some decent Halloween submissions.

  • Ganguro Girl 1.5
    Ganguro Girl 1.5 by HSC

    Made to improve upon and complete the original SimGirl. And the verdict is...?

    Score
    4.01 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    21,576,236 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Sterile Spongebob
    Sterile Spongebob by fecophobia

    Gross parody of Spongebob Squarepants!

    Score
    1.77 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    760,552 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

November

Joseph checked in to the "Ghost Motel", while MK sprites made us laugh and classic cartoon characters were slaughtered. And who can forget those loveable eggs!

  • Ghost Motel 1
    Ghost Motel 1 by Violet-AIM

    Joseph arrives at the ghost motel and is new to the ghostly world. He talks to a motel clerk and checks in. Later, he tries to i...

    Score
    3.62 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    130,792 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • MK: Outtakes
    MK: Outtakes by Vazz

    Outtakes for every character make this one of the funniest things on NG!

    Score
    3.93 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,816,909 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • KILLTOONS (2)
    KILLTOONS (2) by marciano

    Kill tons of different cartoon characters! Great fun!

    Score
    3.64 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    915,195 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • I Love Egg ep.1
    I Love Egg ep.1 by ILoveEgg

    Introduction to the crazy egg characters!

    Score
    3.82 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    148,586 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

December

I can't believe I released three games this month, it must have been the Christmas spirit! I had worked for months with -ROG- from I-Mockery to make Domo Kuhn's Angry Smashfest. At the same time, I made Chainsaw the Children with Dan. If it wasn't for Chainsaw the Children, Dad 'n Me wouldn't exist.

The Portal received a new feature this month! Having grown sick of abusive submissions, we introduced the whistle.

The popular web comic, 8-Bit Theatre, made its Flash premier this month, with the blessing of the original creator. Michael Jackson Baby Drop is more of a historical footnote than anything else, but it shows Jeremy Lokken was still alive and kickin'.

We ended the year with our usual Christmas collection. You'll find my third game at the bottom of the Christmas collection.

  • Domo-Kun Angry Smashfest!
    Domo-Kun Angry Smashfest! by Mockery

    Domo takes on the Powerpuff Girls in the greatest battle of all time!

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,548,236 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Chainsaw the Children
    Chainsaw the Children by DanPaladin

    You've got some badass weaponry, and they don't!

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,155,424 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • 8-bit Theater 1
    8-bit Theater 1 by TLF

    The introduction to this popular web comic, in Flash format!

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,046,426 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Micheal Jackson Baby Drop
    Micheal Jackson Baby Drop by fecophobia

    It's a Micheal Jackson baby dropping game!!!

    Score
    2.38 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    489,580 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • flash_68772_medium
    Christmas 2002 Video game spoofs, Christmas golf and a song sung by me (not really)!

By the end of the year, site performance was improving and we had started work on the multi-author system, which would bring some interesting new developments in 2003...