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When he discovered Flash in 1998, he knew he had found his solution.

Perhaps the high-octane juvenile thrills of games like Spank the Monkey and Club a Seal couldn't quite compete with the likes of Counter-Strike or Call of Duty, but then again, Spank could run on your grandma's old Compaq.

And, for gaggles of bored kids looking for sub-Seth Mac Farlane gags while they avoided doing homework, there were few sites better than Tom Fulp's Newgrounds, still one of the largest Flash portals on the web.

"I was really into animation, sure, but it was the community aspect that pushed me to developing games.

And there are a lot of people like me out there."As for Fulp, he just wanted to get his stuff out into the world.

Newgrounds was first created as a website in 1995, and in 2000, it became the first Flash website with an automated submission system, in which members of the Newgrounds community could vote on incoming entries and determine what content would remain on the site.

Since then, it has spawned a number of popular artists, movies, games, and memes.If you do not receive the verification message within a few minutes of signing up, please check your Spam or Junk folder.We look forward to seeing you on [website] frequently.Initially, he had to upload the files to the site manually and construct pages for each author, a perpetual workload that quickly outpaced his patience.He and a friend built out a system to automate the creation of the pages, and the rest is history. "I guess Newgrounds as we know it today was born then."For now, Fulp and co.In their mid-to-late 2000s heyday, even the best Flash games were little more than harmless curios, often shamelessly derivative of other popular games and hampered by their own simplicity.Meet the One-Man Team Behind Indie Hit ' Pinstripe' Thomas Brush, who created 'Pinstripe' alone over the course of five years, felt 'invincible' when his Kickstarter contributions started rolling in But for those of us who couldn't afford or couldn't bother to build a nuclear-grade PC to sample the likes of Half-Life 2, Flash games offered an enticing alternative.And few know all this better than Tom Fulp himself.As Fulp recalls, Newgrounds started as a lark back in 1995, when he was still in high school.In 1991, Newgrounds was not originally intended for the web, but rather was a fanzine for the console Neo Geo by the name "New Ground." "Neo" being a synonym for "New", and "Geo" being a synonym for "Ground".Tom Fulp published New Ground from his parents' basement in Perkasie, PA, sending sporadic issues to around 100 members of a club on Prodigy, an early online service.

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