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Flash Portal History: 2003

Site performance was upgraded over the holidays and we enjoyed a lot of great submissions at the start of the new year. Submissions were getting additional exposure, thanks to the addition of the P-Bot front page post.

January

Andrew Dickman raised the bar for Megaman movies with Rockman Neo. It also landed him the job of creating Megaman-ish visual representations for P-Bot and A-Bot, which have since been replaced by visualizations with MindChamber.

Johnny Rocketfingers was a huge smash hit and remains the "coolest" stick game on the site, which Stick RPG came along and took the title for the "deepest" stick game. Both have been followed with even better sequels.

Dan Paladin showed off his animation chops with "Synj vs Horrid."

Metal Slug Rampage, much like Excitebike: Trouble before it, continued the NG tradition of video games gone bad.

Pico's Mansion proved that good Pico games could be made by people other than me (and yeah, people were still waiting for Pico 2).

IllWillPress made his debut with Shower of Terror. Who would have guess the sort of controversy he would drum up over the years.

  • Rockman Neo
    Rockman Neo by AndrewDickman

    Ultra-slick Megaman tribute!

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,511,152 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Johnny Rocketfingers
    Johnny Rocketfingers by vastcool

    Johnny is one smooooth dude.

    Score
    4.28 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,217,817 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Stick RPG
    Stick RPG by XGen

    The original Stick RPG game, later upgraded with a great sequel.

    Score
    4.02 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    9,264,184 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • part 1: synj vs. horrid
    part 1: synj vs. horrid by DanPaladin

    Synj hunts down Horrid in the jungle, only to encounter an even more badass foe!

    Score
    3.93 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    428,832 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Metal Slug Rampage
    Metal Slug Rampage by Emeciton

    The moment you've all been waiting for; hop in a tank and go nuts!

    Score
    3.38 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    7,111,007 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Shower Of Terror
    Shower Of Terror by illwillpress

    Goth chicks, bathtubs, psycho violence...what more do you want?!

    Score
    3.71 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,253,861 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

February

We launched the Audio Portal, as a resource for Flash authors in need of non-copyrighted music. We also introduced the review flagging system, so users could point out abusive reviews. Authors were encouraged to optimize their Flash due to our bandwidth problems.

Fishy launched the trend of big-fish-eating-little-fish games, and Afro-Ninja released his popular Escape from Elm Street game (which he would remake in 2006).

We had some thoughtful entries this month. The-Super-Flash-Bros stepped away from video game spoofs to start their "Another Day" series, while Galapagos was one of the most touching Portal submissions I had seen to date.

  • ! Fishy !
    ! Fishy ! by XGen

    Eat smaller fish to grow and eat bigger fish!

    Score
    4.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,134,504 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Escape from Elm Street
    Escape from Elm Street by Afro-Ninja

    Search the house for items and clues, to prepare for the final battle!

    Score
    3.69 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,595,749 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Another Day
    Another Day by The-Super-Flash-Bros

    Blue Rabbit catches a fish, cooks it and eats it!

    Score
    3.88 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    282,070 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • GALAPAGOS
    GALAPAGOS by marciano

    Another very sad bird movie. Also very beautiful. Did I really just say that?!

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    169,462 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

March

We started off the month with some big news: we were being released from our hosting contract. Mario Rampage was a nice way to celebrate, as was the premier of the "John's Arm" series.

  • John's Arm
    John's Arm by mikethepod

    John's arm is a superhero, as this first episode demonstrates!

    Score
    3.88 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    159,770 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

April

Finally in control of our hosting, we were off to a shaky but hopeful start...

The big Portal news this month was the introduction of the multi-author system. The purpose was so that submissions like Alien Hominid could have proper author crediting, when an artist and programmer team up. The result was a new culture of NG collabs, something we cherish here at NG. You'll see more hints of that in November...

We updated the Flash submission form, so that you could now credit music from the Audio Portal. This finally allowed a direct cross link between the Flash submissions and the songs they used from the AP.

The most noteable submission this month was the premier of Dave's beloved Retarded Animal Babies series, which I consider one of the most NG-representative series on the site.

Ronin was one of the best games of the time, and Fling Fling introduced users to the twisted mind of ThreeBrain, who now makes regular appearances on Conan O'Brien, in a variety of strange rolls.

SickDeathFiend brought us the first episode of Dead Rain, which was a big inspiration for the eventual zombies collection. The zombie madness continued with "Resident Evil 2.9." I wouldn't have thought of including this, but it was brought to my attention that it's review scores rank it as one of the funniest movies on the site.

Terrain is one of the best games ever. The atmosphere completely sucks in players the original was followed by several impressive sequels!

  • Retarded Animal Babies
    Retarded Animal Babies by Dave

    Our fuzzy friends teach us the alphabet!

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,813,123 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Ronin-Spirit of the Sword
    Ronin-Spirit of the Sword by jamus-se

    Amazing first person hack-and-slash adventure!

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,164,954 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Fling Fling episode 2
    Fling Fling episode 2 by threebrain

    Fling Fling Renegade Ship!

    Score
    4.47 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    77,586 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • (old vers)Dead Rain 1
    (old vers)Dead Rain 1 by SickDeathFiend

    This movie contains the prologue and the first episode!

    Score
    4.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    287,840 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Resident Evil 2.9
    Resident Evil 2.9 by Pyst-Dude

    A parody of the Resident Evil 3 intro!

    Score
    4.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    116,412 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • TERRAIN: Chapter 1
    TERRAIN: Chapter 1 by SpiderMarch

    The atmosphere will suck you in. This one is really well produced; you gotta play!

    Score
    3.70 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    996,143 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

May

Wiesi had a Flashy hit on his hands with Stardust, while current events were tackled in Godzilla vs SARS. It's cool how Flash submissions are a window into the events of the past.

The first episode of Killing Spree premiered and Spindle made gamers jump for joy.

The Lock Legion was born with the submission of "SBL's Triumph."

Knox submitted what would be the first of MANY webcam stop motion films. Sadly, the blue clay guys wouldn't be sculpted until the following month, so it's just a 15 year old Knox with a sheet on his head.

  • Stardust
    Stardust by Wiesi-Mausland

    Your stupid pet is sick, so go get some stardust to make him better!

    Score
    3.55 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,220,595 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Godzilla vs SARS
    Godzilla vs SARS by Plastico-Monkey

    SARS invades Japan and they call on Godzilla to save the day!

    Score
    3.59 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    579,989 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Killing Spree I
    Killing Spree I by SamGreen

    A guy goes on a murderous rampage!

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    606,324 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • AB: Spindle
    AB: Spindle by AngryBinary

    Refreshing twist on the classic Final Fight / Double Dragon genre! This is the shiznit.

    Score
    3.68 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,461,248 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • SBL's Triumph
    SBL's Triumph by StrawberryLock

    StrawberryLock is the King of the Portal?

    Score
    3.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    70,656 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • (2003)Ghost Footage
    (2003)Ghost Footage by Knox

    Knox swears his house is haunted...

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    317,225 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

June

We updated the whistle system so that users now had whistle levels in their profiles.

LegendaryFrog continued to expand his following with his stellar Zelda spoof, "The Return of Ganondorf."

"World Domination" dominated the gaming charts, while Drag Racer would go on to become the most popular series of car customization games on the web.

Marc M introduced himself with "Cement", but wouldn't be noticed until the following year, when he submitted Knock Knock.

"The George Bush Show" proved that Flash could make a biting political commentary and "The Pan", while maybe not a monumental hit, remains one of my favorite stick movies.

The two most noteable submissions this month were "Defend Your Castle", which inspired the popular genre of Defense Games, as well as "Yellow Seed", which introduced us to Knox Klaymation.

  • The Return of Ganondorf
    The Return of Ganondorf by LegendaryFrog

    One of the best Zelda spoofs EVER!

    Score
    4.28 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,579,407 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • World Domination
    World Domination by Youdagames

    Take on other world powers for control of the globe!

    Score
    3.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    6,045,394 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • DragRacer
    DragRacer by PhantomGames

    Race and customize cars!

    Score
    3.59 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,614,552 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • "Cement"
    "Cement" by RomeoJR

    A hardware store clerk and customer have a super neato conversation reguarding cement!?

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    98,193 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • The George Bush Show
    The George Bush Show by ebolaworld

    Come join everyone’s favorite President and his loveable staff at the White House!

    Score
    3.87 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    264,088 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • -The Pan-
    -The Pan- by FelixMassie

    I've always enjoyed this one. Sticks run to avoid death by camera panning!

    Score
    4.13 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    537,356 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Defend Your Castle (Full)
    Defend Your Castle (Full) by XGen

    Fend off the infinite hoards from invading your castle!

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,979,526 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • (2003)Yellow Seed
    (2003)Yellow Seed by Knox

    The first Knox Klaymation submitted to Newgrounds!

    Score
    3.69 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    73,886 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

July

We continued to beef up the site hosting (1, 2, 3, 4) and released a new front page and Flash Portal front page layout by Stamper! This was the first time Stamper had done web design for NG, making it the last time I would do anything major.

Atomic Bar 4, to our knowledge, was the first ever NG Collab in the modern sense of the word. That is, multiple authors contributed individual pieces and you can access them individually from the main menu.

"Arfenhouse 2" solidified the Arfenhouse series as a classic and "SIM" inspired many more sim games to come.

Mario movies entered their "dark period", with the release of Alexander Leon's "Mario Brothers" film.

  • Atomic Bar episode 4
    Atomic Bar episode 4 by z3n

    Multiple authors come together to animate jokes at a bar.

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    49,658 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • arfenhouse teh movie too
    arfenhouse teh movie too by Misteroo

    ARFENHOUSE!!!1 TEH MOVIE!!!!!! TOO!!!!

    Score
    4.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,985,022 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • SIM
    SIM by silverburst

    24 hour based RPG, with a dayjob and a nightlife. Study hard and promote for better jobs, or party all night.

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,712,851 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Mario Brothers - Part I
    Mario Brothers - Part I by Phantasmagoria-crow

    This ominous film reaches a dark new level for Mario spoofs and inspired the Rise of the MK series.

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,073,851 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

August

We updated the Portal view page with a Stamper layout, to match the other main parts of the site.

Inspired by the Mario Bros. movie the month before, Randy Solem made his own dark-themed mini-series, "Rise of the MK."

Sinjid Battle Arena brought new depth to the Flash RPG.

The first session of Xin took place and soon started generating buzz, while Erik the Juiceman premiered and went relatively un-noticed for several years, before we finally realized how great it was and gave it a series page. You should definitely check this one out.

Waterman made his debut on Newgrounds, as did the infamous FOAMY RANT.

  • Rise of the MK: Part 1
    Rise of the MK: Part 1 by Randy-Solem

    Inspired by the Mario Bros. movie, Randy Solem continues the movement towards dark Mario movies.

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,382,324 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Sinjid Battle Arena
    Sinjid Battle Arena by Krinn

    Addictive game of character development and monster battles!

    Score
    4.07 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,272,824 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • XIN Session 01
    XIN Session 01 by Lifepoint1

    Wt starts off with a brief introduction to the corrupt environment of Public High School # 1368. Find out what happens here, whe...

    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    265,344 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Erik the Juiceman MikeEp1
    Erik the Juiceman MikeEp1 by Gobolatula

    Part one of Erik the Juiceman: The Mike Saga.

    Score
    3.41 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    62,045 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • "Waterman"
    "Waterman" by Waterman

    The pilot episode that started it all!

    Score
    3.98 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    357,187 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Foamy's Rant
    Foamy's Rant by illwillpress

    Foamy runs off at the mouth about certain people he hates!

    Score
    3.90 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    886,965 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

September

We continued to struggle with hosting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) but it didn't stop the hits from rolling in!

You can always rely on Neil Cicierega to start a trend; having already gained a following with his Animutations, he started the whole "puppet movie" craze with his wildly original "Potter Puppet Pals" short. It would be a few more years before he unleased Lemon Demon music on the world!

Also extremely noteworth this month was "Badger", by Weebl, a certified "viral hit" on the web. We've got one of Weebl's badgers right here in the NG office!

"Gunny Bunny" brought some hyper-cool 3D shooting action to the site, while "You're a Fucking Moron" made it's debut and bashed celebrities like nothing before it. With Newgrounds so rooted in celebrity bashing (Assassin being our biggest feature before the Flash Portal took over), YAFM has always had a special place in my heart.

Finally, Megaman vs Metroid was the best Flash video game mash-up I had ever seen. You gotta play this one!

  • Potter Puppet Pals!
    Potter Puppet Pals! by Trapezoid

    Harry and Ron decide to bother snape. HILARIOUS puppet show!

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,696,153 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • badger ver.1
    badger ver.1 by TheWeebl

    Badger badger badger badger, mushroom mushroom!

    Score
    4.42 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,053,306 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • ::gunny bunny::
    ::gunny bunny:: by 3DBBQ

    Crazy shooting game with insane 3D graphics!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    928,197 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • You are a F*cking Moron1
    You are a F*cking Moron1 by The-WalrusZ

    The first episode wastes no time featuring one of the biggest fucking morons of all, Jessica Simpson!

    Score
    3.75 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,754,134 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Megaman vs Metroid
    Megaman vs Metroid by Staticreator

    Awesome playable remake of Metroid, but you control Megaman rather than Samus!

    Score
    4.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,482,852 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

October

Our hosting was still problematic but we finally got our bandwidth boosted and made plans to move the servers from NYC to Philly on November 1st, the day after Halloween.

Daniel Rocha submitted his Flash video for Weird Al's "Angry White Boy Polka", which would later be shown to Weird Al by Matt Groening (creator of the Simpsons, his son is a Newgrounds fan). As a result, Danial got to meet Weird Al!

Weird Al has since surfed Newgrounds in search of talent. He hired Dave (Retarded Animal Babies) and Pyropymp (Chipmunks Gangsta Rap) to make videos for some of his songs!

Wiesi unleashed "Frank's Adventure" this month and has been pestered for endless sequels ever since - they keep getting better, too!

The first episode of Strategy Guide premiered, introducing us to Guido and his classic video game reviews.

The Battle for the Portal began, showcasing SecretAgentBob's 1337 3D skillz.

Ray introduced a great combination of South Park-style characters, story and choose-your-adventure elements.

Gel and Dustball proved to be a killer combo, with the crisp visuals and fanciful music in "Love, Wink." All that cuteness had to be counter-balanced by something, so Edmund McMillen's "Carious Weltling" did the trick just fine. Edmund was also working on Gish at this time, which would go on to win the grand prize at the 2005 IGF.

On top of all that, we had some dark and disturbing Halloween submissions as well.

  • Angry White Boy Polka
    Angry White Boy Polka by LisVender

    A music video of Weird Al's "Angry White Boy Polka."

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    857,253 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Frank's Adventure
    Frank's Adventure by Wiesi-Mausland

    Your mission is to find nude photos to sell to Boobs Illustrated!

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    8,257,619 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Strategy Guide Ep. 1
    Strategy Guide Ep. 1 by Needle

    Guido loves old Nintendo games. Unfortunately, he's not very good at them. Watch as Guido reviews one of the classics!

    Score
    3.96 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    127,134 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Battle for the Portal Pt1
    Battle for the Portal Pt1 by SecretAgentBob

    The citizens of Clay City plan to take over the portal and make Knox their ruler!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    328,962 Views
    Rated
    Everyone