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Flash Portal History: 2004

  • Crimson Warfare
    Crimson Warfare by Krinn

    War strategy game where you get to build and send out from soldiers and tanks to missles and mass bombing!

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,658,837 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Punk-o-matic
    Punk-o-matic by Evil-Dog

    A little flash game to compose punk music and watch a little punk band play it!

    Score
    4.30 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    7,823,399 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • kenya
    kenya by TheWeebl

    Come to Kenya, we got lions!

    Score
    4.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    835,737 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • cantankerousTANK
    cantankerousTANK by DanPaladin

    Destroy everything that's red! One of the most destructive games you'll ever play.

    Score
    3.94 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,835,536 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • NG Time Trial Challenge
    NG Time Trial Challenge by Luis

    Artists include Luis, Manuel Fallmann, Tim Frommeyer and ZeroTolerence.

    Score
    3.83 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    66,333 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

February

Luis spearheaded the first of many time trials, a very significant moment in the history of artist collaborations on Newgrounds.

"Ultimate Flash Sonic" possibly reached the modern pinnacle in Flash game design, proving that Flash could indeed make games that play as well as classic arcade and console games. Clubby the Seal also showed that Seal Clubbing themes are alive and well.

Marc M submitted "Knock Knock", which I discovered a month later while I was in San Diego. Dan Paladin (Alien Hominid artist) got such a kick out of it that I mentioned it in a front page post. Marc M is one of those authors who doesn't seem to be appreciated by the mainstream users, but when you meet a Marc M fan you know they're cool. Or maybe just as f'ed up as you are.

A lot of the events of this month were overshadowed by Nipplegate. As Wade had reported, Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl. Luckily, The Walrus was on the scene to make the "Tit-Tazzler Infomercial" in response.

  • ultimate flash sonic
    ultimate flash sonic by Dennis-Gid

    One of the best video game remakes ever in Flash! Go kick Eggman's butt!

    Score
    4.01 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    16,628,955 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Clubby The Seal
    Clubby The Seal by RiftMaster

    Clubby The Seal is on a mission of mindless revenge!

    Score
    4.08 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,164,604 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Knock Knock
    Knock Knock by RomeoJR

    The first Marc M. cartoon I ever saw. I was instantly hooked.

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    184,092 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Bitey of Brackenwood
    Bitey of Brackenwood by chluaid

    Bitey is a nasty piece of work... but he'll get what's coming!

    Score
    4.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,275,094 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Decline of Video Gaming
    Decline of Video Gaming by The-Super-Flash-Bros

    Bad video-games have become the ultimate foe! the out-takes are intense!

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,720,369 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

March

The bar was forever raised when Adam Phillips submitted his spellbinding masterpiece, "Bitey of Brackenwood." A former Disney animator, Adam had specialized in animating water, as is evident in his submissions.

The "Decline" series kicked off amongst Matrix fever, with "The Matrix Has You" and "Super Mario Reloaded" both bending themes from the trilogy.

On a more personal note, we saw some great Pico fan-films this month. Films like these would eventually lead to an official "Pico Day" in 2006!

  • The Matrix Has You.
    The Matrix Has You. by LegendaryFrog

    A masterful collaboration produced by the great Legendary Frog!

    Score
    4.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,451,594 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Super Mario Reloaded
    Super Mario Reloaded by paultervoorde

    Watch Mario kick agent Luigi's ass!

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,225,785 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The Perfect Murder
    The Perfect Murder by Luis

    A tribute to Pico and the gang, by Luis!

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,257,041 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Pico VS Zombies DoD
    Pico VS Zombies DoD by SickDeathFiend

    A tribute to Newgrounds' Pico, and all those classic zombie movies we know and love.

    Score
    4.05 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,614,261 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • There she is!!!
    There she is!!! by SamBakZa

    A cute film about extreme obsession.

    Score
    4.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    5,735,909 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Final Fantasy A+
    Final Fantasy A+ by Mousekliks

    One of the best quality FF spoofs we've seen, by a student studying Japanese!

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    4,593,694 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

April

"There She Is!!!" is one of those movies that attracts a lot of new people to Newgrounds - only to have them get disgusted by the rest of the content on the site. Hey, when we say "Everything by Everyone", we don't necessarily mean "Everything FOR Everyone!"

"Final Fantasy A+" started as a school project and turned into a Portal sensation, snagging tons of awards and praise for John Su.

"Rokemon" raised the bar for sprite movies everywhere.

As part of our effort to beef up NG Mag, I sat down for an interview with IllWillPress, to discuss his insanely popular Neurotically Yours series and the growing controversy surrounding it, noteably F-Day.

  • Rokémon!
    Rokémon! by DragoonFenix15

    A Pokémon parody using Mega Man characters

    Score
    4.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,261,098 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Banana Phone
    Banana Phone by daveteatro

    A heartwarming tale of a boy and his banana.

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,600,050 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Smile!
    Smile! by Sarkazm

    Smile! Or die.

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,132,778 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

May

We had some great bizarre entries this month. "Banana Phone" become a common phrase in the NG lexicon, thanks to Dave Teatro and LazyWill's creative use of a stupid kids' song. Smile also made a lasting impression, with it's dark statement on comformity.

There was some sad news this month - Zach Finley, aka CerealboxClock, died in a car accident.

LegendaryFrog brightened the mood with another big hit, this time targetting Final Fantasy.

  • FF7: About Random Battles
    FF7: About Random Battles by LegendaryFrog

    This movie is just one example as to why Legendary Frog is so legendary.

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,365,518 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Alloy: Arena
    Alloy: Arena by PsychoGoldfish

    Run, jump, punch, shoot and transform your way through this tough urban environment!

    Score
    4.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,519,572 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Metal Gear Fiesta
    Metal Gear Fiesta by El-Cid

    Snake and his enemies join together for a wild party!

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    998,081 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Salad Fingers
    Salad Fingers by Doki

    Salad Fingers goes on a search for some rusty spoons to touch.

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,132,483 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

June

MindChamber teamed up with PsychoGoldfish to bring his original character to life in "ALLOY: ARENA."

Although it wasn't his first submission, I officially "discovered" El-Cid this month when he submitted "Metal Gear Fiesta." El-Cid has gone on to become one of my favorite artists on the site.

This was also the month of my infamous "Copycat Rant", where I let loose on all the websites that bite off Newgrounds. As soon as the internet economy came back, every fair-weather enthusiast (aka people who never touched Flash, but would make a website about paperclips if paperclips were hot at the moment) wanted to have a site like NG, because copying NG was a lot easier than building it from scratch.

The disturbing trend of dying Flash authors also continued this month, with the compelling Livecorpse suicide.

  • Burnt Face Man
    Burnt Face Man by Doki

    "Take that, crime, you shit!"

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    558,726 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Claveman Ep. 1/5
    Claveman Ep. 1/5 by drumstick

    And the journey began.

    Score
    4.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    244,186 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

July

"Salad Fingers" was submitted to the Portal, only to somehow slip off the charts with no awards and no recognition. Luckly, LilJim stumbled across it and we stuck it on the front page.

The same thing happened with Burnt Face Man, also by Firth and also without awards. I'm sure Salad Fingers and BFM would have still become huge regardless, but to this day it makes me wonder what great submissions might fly under the radar. Today, Salad Fingers and BFM are two of the best series on the site (if you like that sort of thing) and David Firth is a living legend, IMHO.

This month also introduced us to Claveman, a five part story that would become a favorite to many.

Squigo submitted "UGLY", which is one of my favorites.

The Toonimated crew (although they weren't called Toonimated yet) released "FF: Mixed in Balamb", following the success of "Super Mario Reloaded" just a few months earlier.

Weebl continued to assert dominance with "Magical Trevor" and NegativeOne got on the "top programmers" radar with "Lone Faction."

  • UGLY
    UGLY by Squigo

    This is why you should never call anyone ugly.

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    173,124 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • FF: Mixed in Balamb
    FF: Mixed in Balamb by Toonimated

    Main characters of Final Fantasy VII, VIII and X, taking classes with Quistis.

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    993,047 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Magical Trevor
    Magical Trevor by TheWeebl

    Look at him now, disappearing a cow!

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,187,213 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Lone Faction
    Lone Faction by mofunzone

    You must escape from the facility that has created you!

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    887,488 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The Boss
    The Boss by JoeCartoon

    Get revenge against the boss!

    Score
    4.13 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,325,188 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Prowlies at the River
    Prowlies at the River by chluaid

    Bitey goes to the River for a drink.. but the place is occupied by Prowlies.

    Score
    4.36 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,250,468 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mega Man & Pompous Robots
    Mega Man & Pompous Robots by Malamite-Ltd

    These enemies are so full of themselves, they completely forget to fight Megaman!

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    568,179 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

August

The original King of Flash cartoons, Joe Cartoon himself, submitted his latest work! Joe made classics such as "Hamster in a Microwave" and "Frog in a Blender."

Adam Phillips continued to raise the bar with his latest, "Prowlies at the River."

"Megaman & Pompous Robots" showed sprite movies a thing or two about how to spoof a classic video game, while "Azumanga Druglord" let players take on the role of a mob boss.

Tyler Gibb submitted chapter two of Minushi but it was new to us because he didn't submit chapter one.

My month was made complete with "Mr. Happy Face", which re-invigorated my faith that Newgrounds is still the place to go for a violent fix.

  • Azumanga Druglord Game!
    Azumanga Druglord Game! by Klacid

    You are one of the biggest mob bosses in the country!

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,529,258 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Minushi - Chapter 2
    Minushi - Chapter 2 by Minushi

    Trixi and Khal set off on their journey, with the military curfew patrol around every corner and a man in black following close ...

    Score
    3.93 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    133,031 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mr. Happy Face
    Mr. Happy Face by MrHappyFace

    Mr. Happy Face loves EVERYONE!

    Score
    3.75 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,346,414 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Fallen Angel: Teaser
    Fallen Angel: Teaser by RobsH66

    Some of the hottest action you'll ever see. Amazing cinematic quality!

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,659,182 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Walk-Smash-Walk
    Walk-Smash-Walk by Sakupen

    A robot walks and smashes stuff to the beat. Infectious!

    Score
    4.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    953,719 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • I miss you Daddy
    I miss you Daddy by Philljc

    Story of a girl who lost her father on September 11th.

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    804,311 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

September

We launched a new Portal layout this month!

"Fallen Angel: TEASER" has proven to be just that... The biggest tease on NG! While the official first episode is still in development, I hope it isn't another Pico 2. :)

Sakupen submitted "Walk-Smash-Walk", a great video that wouldn't be noticed until October, when Sakupen submits an even bigger hit.

To commemorate the three-year anniversary of September 11th, Phill Collins (no, not that Phil Collins) submitted "I miss you Daddy."

MindChamber showed fans why he got picked years earlier to draw the new Pico, in "Pico's Unloaded."

  • Pico's Unloaded
    Pico's Unloaded by MindChamber

    A fun little Pico/Matrix spoof featuring Uberkids.

    Score
    4.30 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,019,372 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Dad's Home
    Dad's Home by Sakupen

    Dad's Home! Yes, he sure is.

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    5,757,139 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Thugjacker Half
    Thugjacker Half by Sokay

    Brutalize cops and others who are out to stop you in this excellent brawler. One of the finest!

    Score
    3.59 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    871,196 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The Takamori Legend
    The Takamori Legend by NOgood

    What is the secret behind this invincible warrior?

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    596,844 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

October

Sakupen, who had been overlooked the month earlier, made a big splash with "Dad's Home!" This is another one of those timeless submissions that is always fun to watch.

"Thugjacker Half" flexed some muscle, with classic brawler action and killer special moves. Meanwhile, The Takamori Legend brought back fond memories of "The Final Task," both which prompted me to eventually make a Ninjas and Samurai collection.

This was probably the most disturbing year in Newgrounds history... After two contributors had already died, we received a submission by Jeff Weise, aka Regret. Completely overlooked at the time, the submission would later draw attention when Jeff went on a shooting spree and killed himself. His Newgrounds activity was first reported by The Smoking Gun.

Some people may consider "Target Practice" a warning sign. I consider it more of a fluke. Many teenage boys enjoy making violent cartoons and any attempt to persecute them for that sort of thing would create more problems than it would solve. So while this movie was a creepy foreshadowing, there's no need to get all alarmist over it.

  • "Target Practice"
    "Target Practice" by Regret

    Jeff Weise's Flash movie. It got some attention after he pretty much did what was in the movie.

    Score
    2.67 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    501,168 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • O&A: 100 Grand Remix
    O&A: 100 Grand Remix by JohnnyUtah

    Opie and Anthony give away a 100 Grand to a caller who learns his prize is not what he expected!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    204,231 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Whack Your Boss
    Whack Your Boss by Doodieman

    Whack your boss safely, here in cyberspace, so you don't have to.

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,963,266 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

November

"There's Something About Halo" proved there's power in numbers when it comes to making video game spoofs. Multiple artists came together to share their individual Halo spoofs and the crowd went wild.

Tom Winkler, of Doodie.com fame, stepped away from scatalogical humor for a moment (not that there's anything wrong with that) to submit "Whack Your Boss", much to the delight of office grunts everywhere.

We held a contest for artists to make movies based on Opie and Anthony. The winning submission was "100 Grand Remix", by Jeff Bandelin, aka JohnnyUtah. A year later, we hired Jeff as a full time member of the Newgrounds team! He redesigned the old tank logo and turned it into what you see now!

  • TSAH
    TSAH by RubberNinja

    There's something about Halo! Splendid visuals and well conceived!

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,444,169 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

December

Like Salad Fingers before it, Numa Numa was another submission that had slipped under the radar at first. Some people might say it was a mistake to front page it, but I think Gary was destined for fame no matter what we did. If you aren't familiar with the Numa Numa craze, you apparently haven't been on the Internet very long. Learn more about it here. And yes, it premiered right here on Newgrounds.

Of course, who can forget Stamper's classic ode to family, "Rebecca"?

Hyperboy introduced us to the 15 year old Gene Goldstein, and reminded everyone to never underestimate younger artists.

Vinnie Veritas brought a lot of attention to CCC City with the release of "Hoy Te Amo." As every year before it, we wrapped things up with a Christmas collection, once again bigger than the last.

  • Numa Numa Dance
    Numa Numa Dance by Gman250

    Having made its internet debut right here on Newgrounds, this is the movie that started the craze!

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    15,852,436 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Rebecca
    Rebecca by Stamper

    A wife. A mother. A legacy. One of the greatest films ever conceived.

    Score
    4.15 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    11,137,150 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • flash_207951_medium
    Christmas 2004 Robotic Jesus, Santa's army, and of course a Foamy rant!