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Newgrounds Wiki: Flash Portal History 2004

We were rapidly improving our hosting, but had plenty of bumps and bruises, especially for the first few months of 2004. The year kicked off with some fun submissions!

January

Crimson Warfare was the latest and greatest RTS game, but Punk-O-Matic had real staying power thanks to the lasting appeal of song construction and sharing.

Weebl mastered the art of the loveable Flash jingle, following last year's "Badger" with the adorable "Kenya."

Wonchop made his Newgrounds debut with "Eels on Wheels."

Dan Paladin (aka Synj) teamed up with Gel to make "cantankerousTANK"!

  • Crimson Warfare
    Crimson Warfare by Krinn

    War Strategy Game.

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,661,698 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Punk-o-matic
    Punk-o-matic by Evil-Dog

    The classic Punk-o-matic. Just a reminder that Punk-o-matic 2 is coming :)

    Score
    4.30 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    7,837,920 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • kenya
    kenya by TheWeebl

    Tourism advert for Kenya

    Score
    4.40 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    838,618 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • cantankerousTANK
    cantankerousTANK by DanPaladin

    blow things up often

    Score
    3.94 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,836,841 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 and precursor to modern-day Jams with time restraints!

"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. Marc has since been scooped up by Fox's ADHD.

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.

  • NG Time Trial Challenge
    NG Time Trial Challenge by Luis

    NG artists race against time

    Score
    3.83 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    66,921 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • ultimate flash sonic
    ultimate flash sonic by Dennis-Gid

    find eggman and kick his ass!!

    Score
    4.01 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    16,637,467 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Clubby The Seal
    Clubby The Seal by RiftMaster

    Clubby The Seal

    Score
    4.08 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,167,292 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Knock Knock
    Knock Knock by RomeoJR

    Pssh!

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    185,280 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
    2,279,589 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
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,724,563 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 collection of Matrix Movies

    Score
    4.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,455,747 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Super Mario Reloaded
    Super Mario Reloaded by paultervoorde

    Super Mario Reloaded - Watch mario kicks agent Luigi his ass! (3000 sprites.)

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,229,472 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The Perfect Murder
    The Perfect Murder by Luis

    My tribute to Pico and the gang

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,259,279 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Pico VS Zombies DoD
    Pico VS Zombies DoD by SickDeathFiend

    Pico Battles Zombies

    Score
    4.05 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,616,765 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • There she is!!!
    There she is!!! by SamBakZa

    I wish you to enjoy this movie.

    Score
    4.38 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    5,753,982 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Final Fantasy A+
    Final Fantasy A+ by Mousekliks

    Three students work together to save their school in an FF parody.

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    4,601,429 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, notably F-Day. (sorry NGMag isn't around anymore)

  • Rokémon!
    Rokémon! by DragoonFenix15

    A Pokémon parody using Mega Man characters

    Score
    4.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,265,497 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
    2,605,227 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
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 conformity. Sarkazm would take the theme even further with 2012's Movie of the Year, Lucky Day Forever.

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.

  • Smile!
    Smile! by Sarkazm

    Smile! Or die.

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,136,304 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Alloy: Arena
    Alloy: Arena by PsychoGoldfish

    Hybrid fighter/platformer

    Score
    4.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,523,565 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Metal Gear Fiesta
    Metal Gear Fiesta by El-Cid

    Solid Snake turns another year older...

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,001,811 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Salad Fingers
    Salad Fingers by Doki

    Salad Fingers is a gentle creature

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,138,214 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 big 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. Little did I know YouTube would come along in 2005 and mop the floor with everyone...

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

  • Burnt Face Man
    Burnt Face Man by Doki

    A silly short toon about a burn victim superhero

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    560,923 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
    245,361 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

    UGLY - a short film.

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    173,932 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • FF: Mixed in Balamb
    FF: Mixed in Balamb by Toonimated

    Final Fantasy: Mixed in Balamb

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    996,168 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Magical Trevor
    Magical Trevor by TheWeebl

    Everyone loves Magical Trevor

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,190,529 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Lone Faction
    Lone Faction by mofunzone

    You must escape from the facility that has mistaken creating you and plans to destroy you.

    Score
    3.95 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    888,476 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
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.

  • The Boss
    The Boss by JoeCartoon

    Get revenge against the boss!

    Score
    4.13 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,327,872 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
    2,259,864 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mega Man & Pompous Robots
    Mega Man & Pompous Robots by Malamite-Ltd

    Mega Man confronts two cocky enemies who both want to beath him themselves...

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    570,175 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Azumanga Druglord Game!
    Azumanga Druglord Game! by Klacid

    Azumanga Druglord Game!

    Score
    4.04 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,537,240 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Minushi - Chapter 2
    Minushi - Chapter 2 by Minushi

    Minushi is an action packed sci-fi fantasy adventure full of mystery and surprises.

    Score
    3.93 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    133,680 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Mr. Happy Face
    Mr. Happy Face by MrHappyFace

    Mr. Happy Face loves EVERYONE!

    Score
    3.75 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,348,113 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
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."

  • Fallen Angel: Teaser
    Fallen Angel: Teaser by RobsH66

    A 4-minute preview sequence from an upcoming animated series, "Fallen Angel"

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,662,068 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Walk-Smash-Walk
    Walk-Smash-Walk by Sakupen

    A music video I made for my own music

    Score
    4.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    957,829 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • I miss you Daddy
    I miss you Daddy by Philljc

    September 11

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    806,486 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Pico's Unloaded
    Pico's Unloaded by MindChamber

    A fun Lil Pico/Matrix Spoof Using Uberkids.

    Score
    4.30 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,023,626 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.

Also Halloween.

  • Dad's Home
    Dad's Home by Sakupen

    Dad's Home! Yes, he sure is.

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    5,772,619 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Thugjacker Half
    Thugjacker Half by Sokay

    When Deebone is thugnapped, he fight his way back to the hood.

    Score
    3.59 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    872,154 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The Takamori Legend
    The Takamori Legend by NOgood

    The Takamori Legend

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    597,882 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • "Target Practice"
    "Target Practice" by Regret

    Frame by Frame test...

    Score
    2.67 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    521,356 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!

  • O&A: 100 Grand Remix
    O&A: 100 Grand Remix by JohnnyUtah

    My O&A Contest Entry.

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    205,454 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
    1,970,059 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • TSAH
    TSAH by RubberNinja

    Theres Something About Halo

    Score
    4.26 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,447,996 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, it was basically a sneak preview of YouTube. 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

    Numa Numa Dance

    Score
    4.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    15,861,654 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Rebecca
    Rebecca by Stamper

    Rebecca.

    Score
    4.15 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    11,190,105 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Hoy te amo ++
    Hoy te amo ++ by O-Ovinnie

    rush battle with storyline

    Score
    4.35 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,258,104 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Hyperboy: Episode 1
    Hyperboy: Episode 1 by gene-goldstein

    The 1st episode about that crazy superhero, Hyperboy.

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    132,479 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
The success of Numa Numa on Newgrounds wouldn't have been possible if not for all the improvements Tim (our sys-admin) and James (LilJim, programmer) had made over the course of the year. The "viral buzz" proved to be a test of our new servers, which still weren't quite ready for that sort of traffic. But they would be soon...