“A living history of the internet.” Tom Fulp wasn’t wrong when he said that Newgrounds.com was just that.
Tom is the true pioneer to online content creation. His first webspace was up and running in 1995, but four years earlier, at the tender age of 13, Tom sought to bring people together (even if it wasn’t initially intended for the web).
Some of the Internet’s first truly viral content was created by Tom himself, including a flash game using the likeness of the childhood horror show the Teletubbies that earned him a pretty lawsuit courtesy of PBS. Inside Edition reached out at a time to cover another game — Assassin, a flash game that was uploaded around the same time as Club a Seal — that prompted Tom to purchase the domain name Newgrounds.com, and thus a surviving relic of the early internet was born.
Seriously though, I could not be more excited about the opportunity I had to drop by Newgrounds HQ while I was on vacation in Philadelphia. I honestly tweeted Tom on a whim. Literally. (Also, this was pre-280 characters. How did we even live?)
@TomFulp Hey Tom! I’m producing a podcast &I feel like you would be a perfect candidate for my show! Can you follow me back so I can DM you?
— katykakes (@katy__kakes) September 22, 2017
Learning that The Behemoth has just released a new game, that Newgrounds is developing it’s first official title, as well as the things that NG is doing to preserve the extensive collection of content created from the last 20 years now that flash is being laid to rest in 2020 was just a bit mind blowing.
Newgrounds has quite the list of veterans to boast: the creators of games such as Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac (God tier, honestly), Rogue Legacy, in addition to the Cyanide & Happiness creators. If these titles are foreign to you, please do some research. Thanks.
Downtown Destruction on the overworld map 🏢💥🏣🔥🤙 pic.twitter.com/dotHQ7sTo4
— NightmareCops (@NightmareCops) August 17, 2017
Tom asked, really, for just one thing. To realize that Newgrounds still exists and is doing great things.
The reality is that NG has probably influenced your internet and gaming experience in some fashion — whether that be Castle Crashers or the adult games section of the website that absolutely none of us have ever gone to.
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