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Randy Solem, 1975-2012

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:12:51


I fucking gasped when I read this.

Randy brought about the Rise of the MK series which incited me to sign-up to Newgrounds and vote 5.

Randy thank you for the entertainment; you will greatly be missed.

My condolences go out to Solem's family.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:13:34


Oh shit...this is one of the guys that got me interested in actually making a Flash with sprites to begin with... That's terrible...only five years older than me as well.

Scary. RIP

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:14:26


Rest in Peace, man. You will be missed by what's left of the VGDC community. Because of the creation of your site, and the forum within, I learned a lot of things about the video game aspect of the world.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:25:16


A sad, sad day in the Sprite world.

VGDC was cool as hell, man

mods keep deleting my sig... BUT DECKY MADE ME A NEW ONE

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:27:03


I was starting to wonder what's been happening with Randy and Video Game DC recently, this is one of the most shocking and upsetting news in a long time. I was a long-time fan and user of his website, and even spoofed up all his icons for the redesign but I never expected this at all.

R.I.P. Randy Solem


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:46:39


This is a really sad day, not just for myself but for so many others who Randy inspired to become flash artists.

I am shocked, he was the main reason I picked up flash. I feel the need to tribute him somehow. Perhaps I will do a sprite parody for all times sake. I remember the days I would stay up late just to be able to chat with him on aim, become well known and respected enough by him to eventually help mod his very popular forum.

I am lost for words, Rest in peace dude.

From me, and the rest of the oldschool and newschool VGDC fans.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 20:50:47


This is another sad day in Newgrounds history. Honestly, he was another one of the great early Portal Pioneers and I also liked his live action stuff as well. He along with Ben Spurgin, Smokeshow, Mindchamber, NG Assassin, Damian Martins, Clark Lybeck (Visionomud), Evil Dave, and countless others are why I signed up here almost eleven years ago and strive to learn flash. It also irks me even more that his death was unexpected.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 21:02:29


At 5 hours ago, TomFulp wrote: Sad news; Randy Solem, one of the original stars of NG, passed away this week at the age of 36.

Well darn, you hate to hear about somebody passing, especially at such a young age. Best wishes to his family during this tough time.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 21:37:10


R.I.P Big guy. Thank you so much for the wisdom you have shared with this community - you will be remembered always in my mind

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 21:52:19


That's terrible. 36 years old???

Never good to hear news like this, especially in a place like NG.

R.I.P. Randy Solem

Sig made by DLX

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 22:24:19


What a shame.
He deserved many more years than that.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 22:54:04


Those were the best movies I've seen during my days in middle school. So sad he's gone.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 23:14:24


Randy was how I found Newgrounds, I was hoping he would finish his Mario gets lucky again, RIP Randy!


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 23:28:52


He's what innovated the whole sprite pixels faze, and the main reason why I go to Newgrounds very often. Not only that, he just recently had a child. This is indeed tragic. RIP Mr. Solem.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 23:55:23


Rest in peace, you died too young.


"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 00:07:29


First joining the internet as a child I watched nothing but sprite movies. I remember first finding VGDC and thinking they were the greatest flash movies ever. I remember making comics when I was younger and using some of his jokes even. Jesus, what a loss :(

This actually really saddens me. I can't believe he's gone. Time to watch all of his movies again for old times sake.

RIP Randy Solem. Thank you for all the laughs and childhood memories.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 00:09:55


Wow, thats terrible, to die so young.
His flashes were just the best.
He will be missed...

RIP

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 00:21:23


OMG I can't believe this....Randy was one of the reasons I discovered newgrounds over 6 years ago.... although I didn't like his attitude and how he became sort of a douche later on, he was always a huge inspiration for me ;____; Rise of the MK continues to hold a special place in my heart as it was a huge inspiration and that was when I realized anyone could be making flash movies, even myself....

This is really sad news....omg I still can't believe it....he will be missed


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 00:50:26


This really is sad, sad news. I, too like many others watched his movies as a kid. Loved 'em all. I especially liked the Curious George movies despite the self-opinionated thoughts or regrets he had making them. I sure will miss this guy, but I will never forget my Pixelated Past!

BTW, be expecting a bunch of trolls to mock this soon. If it hasn't happened here it's probably gonna happen elsewhere.

Them kids just never break out of character. But I know they obviously care too.

R.I.P -For real this time. =(


TIME IS VERY SHORT, SO DON'T STEP ON IT!

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 00:59:14


Hello everyone,this is randy mother,i would like to thank you all for all the kind words,for my son,he was a gifted artist,and will be missed by all,i cannot express the joy i feel for you the wonderful things said. he died suddenly with heart problems on march 16th,i was told people were looking to make a donation to his daughter,this is so kind this will go into a fund for her ,she is a beautiful baby,this donation can be sent to be and will be place in her bank account,she has a long road ahead without a father,but has a loving family,my address is..Deborah Solem 361 Heather Dr. N. Mantua NJ USA 08051 god bless you all , I am truly yours Deborah Solem.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 01:04:51


Wow, this is incredibly depressing. I always loved this guy's stuff - it in fact is what started me on Newgrounds so long ago. I even went back to his site from time to time, just in case he ever decided to do something new after all this time... I suppose this ends that possibility.

Rest in peace, man. Your contributions to sprite animation will not be forgotten.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 01:26:10


At 9 hours ago, TomFulp wrote: Sad news; Randy Solem, one of the original stars of NG, passed away this week at the age of 36.

He will be missed greatly, blesshis family, he was a great contributor and loved the sprite movies in the older days .

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 01:28:41


Wow what the fuck, Stamper. I was reading the thread on where his cousin talked about how he died, and Stamper literally poked fun at him and two other members dying. What in the flying fuck is wrong with Stamper? Anyway, I used to watch his cartoons all the time and I'll miss him.

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 01:46:39


I hate sprite movies, but it's sad to hear he passed.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 02:01:57


I never liked any pf his work, but sorry to hear that he is gone. R.I.P Randy Solem


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 02:45:32


I just come back from a hiatus and this?!This is the worse news that I heard in about 5-6 years.Randy was a beast, his site from way back was the reason I actually found Newgrounds.'m crushed that one of my idols has passed.well, I'll see you on the other side, Randy. My condolences to his family. We all have lost a great man. Steve

Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 02:48:24


Just... wow.

I remember the late '90s so well... so vividly. I remember when the original Portal was introduced. I remember when Video Game Director's Cuts was in its infancy and how it would eventually evolve. I had even submitted website graphics to Randy's evolution. Oh, do I remember it so... (it was a scene from The Revenge of Shinobi that I used to make a VGDC website title banner)

I was merely 13-years-old when I first experienced the wonder of Randy's work. Sure, it was simplistic and goofy, yet being the avid gamer myself it wasn't difficult for me to decipher his humor. He and Rob Foor of Razoric often distracted me from the hellish misery that was junior high school. Even my science teacher loved his stuff.

My word, Randy Solem. Other than the two paragraphs above, it's hard to say anything else. Only ten years my senior and your life was cut short. It is a reminder that life is a fleeting thing, so wasting it would make an ocean of regrets upon anyone. Though I never physically met the man, I am sure Randy never wasted anything regarding his life. You were never my family and yet, there you were; your animations making me laugh and smile when I was at odds with my own family.

I will certainly miss you, Randy Solem. May you rest in peace for eternity.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 03:21:36


God damn. The mario vs sonic was one of the few movies that I've seen when I met this website. I loved it and watched it all the time, too bad the creator died, I should've thanked him for the flash at least.

R.I.P Randy Solem.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 03:31:00


Awwwwww, god why!


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that is the beauty of physics.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-20 03:32:13


I can't really say my experiences with Randy Solem on his website was anything I enjoyed, (A long, long time ago.) but, I would be lying to myself if I said he wasn't the one who originally inspired me into making Flash movies back in the day. As well as many others.

Rest in peace.