Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 19:31:35
Sad to read this, rest in peace. Hopefully you have Newgrounds access wherever you are now..
onna site keikan/alt
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Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 19:33:09
After winning an iPod from school fundraiser, And going to the best birthday party ever, I come onto newgrounds and find that ben is dead.
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 19:41:35
"Winners don't use drugs" well apparently they do :S
R.I.P, I would pay respects with the collab, but I ain't such an old user, so I'm probably not eligible.
Once again sorry to hear about the loss, i saw some of his flashes, he had something going for him :(
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 19:47:09
At 10/23/09 04:24 PM, TomFulp wrote: As some of you may have seen on the Stick Slayer page and MindChamber's post, NG has lost a beloved artist.
Ben Spurgin (ben-spurgin and benspurgin) made his Flash debut in 2000 and became an NG celeb with his Stick Slayer series. Ben's joy of animating was infectious and inspired many artists to follow in the same path.
Ben was back at it almost a decade later, with Stick Slayer IX on the way. He was only 31.
Our thoughts are with Ben's Mom and family. Losing a loved one is never easy.
So sad to have to lose a loved one so tragically for any family and friends especially coming up to holidays when it's the time of year to take a little time off from our hectic work lives, school/college or even military deployment to spend some precious moments to reconnect with those we love.
I intend for NG to last the next 100 years!
May future NG leaders who get the torch (welder?) passed down to them (be they Fulp or otherwise) continue to reach ever higher new-grounds; discovering/saluting the unique independent animators, musicians, programmers and artists/writers with each passing year.
Although many NG users ultimately move along they will always leave an impact, however big or small with their contributions to this site.
All the best to the amazing NG team as 2009 slowly begins to wrap up!
What wonderful surprises can we NG users except to see in 2010?
I know I will be logged in to find out!
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 20:19:27
That really sucks, I enjoyed his Stick Slayer movies and even emailed him once or twice years ago when I was planning on making a flash with a similar idea, just to see if he minded, he seemed like a pretty cool guy. I never did make that movie in the end.
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 20:54:36
I knew that name sounded familiar. Sad to see that he died. I hate to say it now, but all these years hoping for pimp's quest 2 have been in vain. There for a while I was visiting section 8 daily watching for updates. Somehow I doubt he would have finished it though. And with a different artist, it will probably suck.
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 21:04:46
It's incredibly sad news. "Pimp's Quest" was probably our most well-known collaboration (we even hosted a party at our house when it got one million views), but we worked together on so much more than that. Not just Flash, either...he was an incredibly talented man in so many other creative realms. I watched him make movies. I watched him shred guitar at lightning speed. I watched him do theater. I read his screenplay outlines. I watched him announce at wrestling events. You get the idea. We'll all miss his unique perspectives, and infectious energy when discussing his latest artistic ideas.
I'm sad that he is gone at such a young age; he had so much great art in him.
And "Pimp's Quest" was originally his idea...he said we should make an adventure game together, but we weren't sure of the subject at first. We even thought about making an adventure game about a cannibal. We were on our way to a party (or back from a party?) and were listening to an album called "Pornosonic" (70's porn movie music) in the car. He heard the wah-wah and went, "Let's make the game about a pimp!".
Miss you man.
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 22:24:59
Pimp's Quest was the first flash game I ever played, and it was that magnificent game that got me into flash gaming.
I know that I and many others owe great thanks to this fine man that had his life cut short ever so suddenly. It has been a honor to watch his skills grow as the years went on, and I wish I knew knew him before his final hour, but all I can type now is the continually used phrase, Rest In Peace. I and many others will cherish your great work, and can only imagine how things would be if you were still alive to this day. I only hope that his family members will find a way to make it through the loss of his life.
Response to Ben Spurgin, 1977-2009 2009-10-23 22:29:29
Damn drugs. R.I.P good sir.