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A crazy world of robots!
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.
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 It also landed him the job of creating Megaman-ish visual representations for P-Bot and A-Bot, which have since been replaced by visualizations with MindChamber.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.
Synj hunts down Horrid in the jungle, only to encounter an even more badass foe!
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.
Search the house for items and clues, to prepare for the final battle!
Another very sad bird movie. Also very beautiful. Did I really just say that?!
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.
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!
The atmosphere will suck you in. This one is really well produced; you gotta play!
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.
Refreshing twist on the classic Final Fight / Double Dragon genre! This is the shiznit.
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.
A hardware store clerk and customer have a super neato conversation reguarding cement!?
Come join everyone’s favorite President and his loveable staff at the White House!
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.
24 hour based RPG, with a dayjob and a nightlife. Study hard and promote for better jobs, or party all night.
This ominous film reaches a dark new level for Mario spoofs and inspired the Rise of the MK series.
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.
Inspired by the Mario Bros. movie, Randy Solem continues the movement towards dark Mario movies.
Wt starts off with a brief introduction to the corrupt environment of Public High School # 1368. Find out what happens here, whe...
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!
The first episode wastes no time featuring one of the biggest fucking morons of all, Jessica Simpson!
Awesome playable remake of Metroid, but you control Megaman rather than Samus!
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.
Your mission is to find nude photos to sell to Boobs Illustrated!
Guido loves old Nintendo games. Unfortunately, he's not very good at them. Watch as Guido reviews one of the classics!
The citizens of Clay City plan to take over the portal and make Knox their ruler!