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Newgrounds Wiki: Flash Portal History 2000

The Flash Portal was still in its infancy in 2000, having not yet been automated until later in the year.

January

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 came back in 2003 with a redesigned NG layout, got hired and spent almost a decade on the NG staff.

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).

  • Scrotum 1
    Scrotum 1 by Brian-Beaton

    Scrotum plays "catch."

    Score
    3.49 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    972,952 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Koke Inferno
    Koke Inferno by Stamper

    B/W Coke parody.

    Score
    2.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    53,335 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Yoda's Blowjob
    Yoda's Blowjob by flangazor

    Score
    2.81 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    611,131 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
February

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.

  • AEvil
    AEvil by Larz

    shoot stuff, relieve some stress!

    Score
    3.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    930,416 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Sloth TV
    Sloth TV by JeremyLokken

    Sloth's got his own music video! SLOTH TV

    Score
    2.45 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    216,008 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
March

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.

  • Chinese Restaurant
    Chinese Restaurant by rush22

    A Flash "video"

    Score
    3.36 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    174,338 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Souped-up Civic
    Souped-up Civic by rush22

    A tribute to all those guys who put $50,000 into an $8,000 car.

    Score
    2.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    249,681 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • How Tupac Was Murdered.
    How Tupac Was Murdered. by Brian-Beaton

    How tupac was really murdered.

    Score
    3.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,037,751 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
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:

  • Down Town
    Down Town by Stamper

    No...

    Score
    2.64 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    97,094 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
Doomhammr soon made his debut with Uniwar, a great game at the time.

  • Uniwar Level 1 SE
    Uniwar Level 1 SE by Doomhammr

    Fun Space Shootemup with a recent graphics update

    Score
    3.56 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    830,561 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
The fun kept rolling in...

  • BlunderCats
    BlunderCats by BAHArts

    -none-

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,858,357 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Fukemon 1- The original!!
    Score
    2.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    665,830 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Do you Yahoo?
    Score
    3.03 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    291,805 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Street Life
    Street Life by Stamper

    The fuck...

    Score
    3.55 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,372,817 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
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!

  • Da Stick up
    Da Stick up by Luis

    It's a stick up

    Score
    2.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    909,578 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • perverto
    perverto by Luis

    sexy

    Score
    3.34 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    236,970 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
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.

  • Elian - Wazzup!!!
    Elian - Wazzup!!! by seanbonner

    THE ORIGINAL WASSUP VIDEO

    Score
    3.54 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    457,451 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
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."

  • Peanut
    Peanut by Doodler

    Score
    3.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    39,159 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
May

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.

  • The Pygmy Shrew
    Score
    3.66 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    256,876 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Doughguy Bloopers
    Score
    3.67 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    862,808 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Trapped
    Trapped by matRugDevelopments

    Solve puzzles and find keys.

    Score
    3.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    185,274 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
June

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.

July

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.

  • Mario Gets Lucky
    Mario Gets Lucky by Randy-Solem

    My very first vg parody done entirely in screenshots.

    Score
    3.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    663,868 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Barnyard Shenanigans!
    Barnyard Shenanigans! by Pandemoniac

    Shenanigans in a barnyard.

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    604,112 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Miss.Dynamite VIII
    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    994,103 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • The Lloyds :Urine Trouble
    The Lloyds :Urine Trouble by Fat-Dime-Studios

    The Lloyds : Urine Trouble

    Score
    2.44 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    67,205 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Combat Instinct
    Combat Instinct by McFretN

    A space shooter

    Score
    3.42 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,675,199 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
August

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.

  • Heroes of Cybertron
    Heroes of Cybertron by MindChamber

    Tribute To The True Transformers

    Score
    4.07 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,323,919 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
September

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.

  • The Little Jamurai
    The Little Jamurai by dreadslick

    Two thugs learn you don't mess with someone following the Deadly Path of the Jamurai.

    Score
    4.15 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    160,349 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Miracle Explosion-Ep#01
    Miracle Explosion-Ep#01 by fourchinnigan

    part one

    Score
    3.82 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    77,330 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
October

Stuart Hart raised the bar for hilarious stick antics with Dangerous Olympics.

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.

  • Dangerous Olympics
    Dangerous Olympics by Stuart-Hart

    Score
    4.00 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    306,137 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Mystic Island 1
    Mystic Island 1 by GolemCC

    Mystic Island... part 1 in a series of 4.

    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    210,276 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Keegan's Truck 1
    Keegan's Truck 1 by AzureSt0ne

    Truckin'

    Score
    3.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    80,781 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
November

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 continued to amuse with Angry Hill Billys.

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.

  • The Final Task
    The Final Task by chefboyrd

    A samurai completes his final task.

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,320,109 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • A b/w animated story
    A b/w animated story by shadowe

    Your country loves you.

    Score
    4.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    95,057 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Angry Hill Billys
    Angry Hill Billys by Stuart-Hart

    Movie #3

    Score
    4.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    292,080 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Buttplug
    Buttplug by Zeebarf

    The world's greatest boardgame!

    Score
    3.33 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,935,071 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Marcus Peblo!!!!!
    Marcus Peblo!!!!! by ericblak

    Marcus Peblo

    Score
    3.80 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    192,999 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Britney dress up doll
    Britney dress up doll by tormented-soul

    Britney bares it all...

    Score
    3.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    11,859,014 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
December

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!

  • Corporate Puppet
    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    244,480 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Toy Story Cinemargh
    Toy Story Cinemargh by Raz

    "IT WAS SO FUNNY I DIED TEN TIMES!"

    Score
    3.75 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,392,820 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Star Wars : Lo Mein
    Star Wars : Lo Mein by tormented-soul

    Score
    3.79 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    450,384 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
The following year would bring us the introduction of the Clock Crew, as well as the events of September 11th. Continue to 2001!