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Newgrounds Wiki: 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 It also landed him the job of creating Megaman-ish visual representations for P-Bot and A-Bot, which have since been replaced by visualizations with MindChamber.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

    Animated Intro to an alternate Megaman series

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,512,209 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Johnny Rocketfingers
    Johnny Rocketfingers by vastcool

    Play me!

    Score
    4.28 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,223,281 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Stick RPG
    Stick RPG by XGen

    Stick RPG

    Score
    4.02 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    9,267,288 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • part 1: synj vs. horrid
    part 1: synj vs. horrid by DanPaladin

    synj vs. horrid

    Score
    3.93 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    429,282 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Metal Slug Rampage
    Metal Slug Rampage by Emeciton

    The hero of Metal Slug is bored, so he relieves his fun with a Metal Slug.

    Score
    3.38 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    7,112,235 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Shower Of Terror
    Shower Of Terror by illwillpress

    Goth Chics, Bathtubs, Psycho Violence...What more do you want?

    Score
    3.71 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,254,400 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

    ! Fishy !

    Score
    4.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,136,857 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Escape from Elm Street
    Escape from Elm Street by Afro-Ninja

    Escape from Elm Street

    Score
    3.69 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,597,656 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Another Day
    Another Day by The-Super-Flash-Bros

    An animation short about a blue rabbit!

    Score
    3.88 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    282,507 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • GALAPAGOS
    GALAPAGOS by marciano

    SOrrY I haven't got a life

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    169,756 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 Meets The Hyperboleans

    Score
    3.88 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    160,032 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 an amazing game. The atmosphere completely sucks in players the original was followed by several impressive sequels!

  • Retarded Animal Babies
    Retarded Animal Babies by Dave

    Something to watch while drunk.

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,816,355 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Ronin-Spirit of the Sword
    Ronin-Spirit of the Sword by jamus-se

    Slash your way through your enemies, rescue the helpless ladies

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,168,111 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Fling Fling episode 2
    Fling Fling episode 2 by threebrain

    Fling Fling Renegade Ship! episode 2

    Score
    4.48 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    78,188 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • (old vers)Dead Rain 1
    (old vers)Dead Rain 1 by SickDeathFiend

    Part 1 of Dead Rain

    Score
    4.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    288,418 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
    116,837 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • TERRAIN: Chapter 1
    TERRAIN: Chapter 1 by SpiderMarch

    Interactive Flash game.

    Score
    3.70 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    996,586 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.

We also had our first movie from Smosh, who later went on to become one of the biggest YouTube stars of all time!

  • Stardust
    Stardust by Wiesi-Mausland

    uhm

    Score
    3.56 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,221,106 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Godzilla vs SARS
    Godzilla vs SARS by Plastico-Monkey

    Godzilla and SARS battle it out in Tokyo

    Score
    3.59 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    580,354 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
    607,119 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • AB: Spindle
    AB: Spindle by AngryBinary

    Spindle takes on Cobalt City thugs doing a job for a small time mob

    Score
    3.68 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,461,658 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
    70,905 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • (2003)Ghost Footage
    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    317,577 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Cops
    Cops by smosh

    Ever wonder why police cars and ambulances travel together?

    Score
    2.94 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    13,315 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
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.

"The Pan", while not a monumental hit, remains one of my favorite stick movies and inspired the ledge-lifting mechanics of BattleBlock Theater.

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

    Ganondorf returns to Hyrule... a changed man!

    Score
    4.28 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,582,250 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • World Domination
    World Domination by Youdagames

    BEST TURN BASED STRATEGY EVER!!!

    Score
    3.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    6,046,283 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • DragRacer
    DragRacer by PhantomGames

    Race and Customize liscenced cars

    Score
    3.59 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,616,022 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • "Cement"
    "Cement" by RomeoJR

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

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    98,493 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • The George Bush Show
    The George Bush Show by ebolaworld

    The George Bush Show

    Score
    3.87 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    264,771 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • -The Pan-
    -The Pan- by FelixMassie

    Frame by frame stick animation!

    Score
    4.13 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    537,941 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Defend Your Castle (Full)
    Defend Your Castle (Full) by XGen

    Defend Your Castle - Full Version

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,981,802 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • (2003)Yellow Seed
    Score
    3.69 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    74,267 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
    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    49,951 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
    1,986,741 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • SIM
    SIM by silverburst

    The Final SIM game

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,716,450 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Mario Brothers - Part I
    Mario Brothers - Part I by Phantasmagoria-crow

    A tragic story about Mario and his brother - Part I

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,075,002 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

    VGDC'S BEST MOVIE YET!

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,383,895 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Sinjid Battle Arena
    Sinjid Battle Arena by Krinn

    RPG Engine where you fight as a ninja.

    Score
    4.07 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,273,677 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • XIN Session 01
    XIN Session 01 by Lifepoint1

    Off-beat fantasy action animation about a corrupt highschool and its rebellious students.

    Score
    3.85 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    266,052 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Erik the Juiceman MikeEp1
    Erik the Juiceman MikeEp1 by Gobolatula

    Part one of Erik the Juiceman: The Mike Saga. Go to www.erikthejuiceman.com for more!

    Score
    3.41 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    62,270 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • "Waterman"
    "Waterman" by Waterman

    "Waterman" New Animated Series

    Score
    3.98 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    357,598 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Foamy's Rant
    Foamy's Rant by illwillpress

    Foamy's Ticked Off!

    Score
    3.90 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    887,578 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 unleashed Lemon Demon music on the world!

Also extremely noteworthy entry this month was "Badger", by Weebl, a certified "viral hit" on the web.

"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

    Potter Puppet Pals: "Bothering Snape"

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,697,702 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • badger ver.1
    badger ver.1 by TheWeebl

    badgers

    Score
    4.42 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,054,893 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • ::gunny bunny::
    ::gunny bunny:: by 3DBBQ

    Crazy shooting game~!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    928,862 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • You are a F*cking Moron1
    You are a F*cking Moron1 by The-WalrusZ

    You Are a Fucking Moron: Jessica Simpson

    Score
    3.75 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,754,684 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Megaman vs Metroid
    Megaman vs Metroid by Staticreator

    Megaman on Zebes

    Score
    4.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,484,969 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 (Star Wars 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. This is the same guy who went on to create Charlie the Unicorn!

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
    858,071 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Frank's Adventure
    Frank's Adventure by Wiesi-Mausland

    Frank's Adventure

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    8,271,334 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Strategy Guide Ep. 1
    Strategy Guide Ep. 1 by Needle

    Strategy Guide! Ep. 1

    Score
    3.96 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    127,490 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Battle for the Portal Pt1
    Battle for the Portal Pt1 by SecretAgentBob

    The Ultimate Battle for Newgrounds

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    329,487 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Ray - Part 1
    Ray - Part 1 by Philljc

    Interactive Movie where you choose what happens.

    Score
    4.12 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,152,309 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Love, Wink
    Love, Wink by gel

    Wink returns in the sequel to 99K!

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    453,055 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Carious Weltling
    Carious Weltling by RiftMaster

    As a young Weltling, struggle to survive in the harsh conditions of the Golgotha Desert!

    Score
    3.74 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,981,736 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
November

We started the month by moving our servers to Philly!

More great things were soon to come this month, such as the first of several "NG Jams", one of the forefathers of the modern NG Collab.

We had a taste of everything NG this month: Kol-Belov's PUSTOTA was an artistic masterpiece, winning many hardcore fans. Dan Malo's touching film, "Ready's Voyage", received praise from the disabled community.

The Paris Hilton sex tape was hot in the news and The Walrus was right there with a biting spoof on the subject. The sex & violence combo was complete with the submission of Divine Intervention, which remains one of my favorite games on the site.

Finally, Rooftop Skater proved that PsychoGoldfish is both a talented programmer AND artist, having drawn the characters for EntropicOrder's sequel to one of the most popular games on NG.

  • Newgrounds Jam #1
    Newgrounds Jam #1 by T0MMY

    Newgrounds Jam is the first jam session with five of the top ranking artists

    Score
    4.05 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    163,761 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • PUSTOTA
    PUSTOTA by Kol-Belov

    Music video for THEODOR BASTARD

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    151,262 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Ready's Voyage
    Ready's Voyage by DanMalo

    Ready's Voyage by DanMalo

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    241,101 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • FBI: Paris Sex Tape
    FBI: Paris Sex Tape by The-WalrusZ

    Agent Simms from the FBI is back! His new mission: Stop the Paris Hilton Sex Tape!

    Score
    3.42 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    9,426,889 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Divine Intervention pt. 1
    Divine Intervention pt. 1 by Totaljerkface

    Level 1 of Divine Intervention

    Score
    4.07 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    6,793,076 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Rooftop Skater 2
    Rooftop Skater 2 by EntropicOrder

    The SIKids version of RTS is now available to play on NG!!

    Score
    3.35 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,119,663 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
December

Things were really looking up for Newgrounds by the end of the year and I outlined some goals for 2004.

We were introduced for the first time to Xombie, which would go on to become one of the most beloved series on the site and enter production as a feature length film.

Granfaloon's "The Real Legend of Zelda" was one of our better Zelda spoofs to date and "The Classroom" introduced some cool line-of-site gameplay mechanics that would prove consistently popular in later sequels.

Too Much Spare Time graced us with another great Christmas film and we ended the year with our best Christmas collection yet.

  • The Real Legend
    The Real Legend by Granfaloon

    OoT parody

    Score
    4.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,569,937 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • the classroom
    the classroom by luka

    an original and twisted game in the classroom

    Score
    3.66 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,402,100 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
We were finally in control of our hosting and had local control of our servers. With site performance gradually improving, what would 2004 bring? Find out!