If you've read the Newgrounds history, you'll know that 2002 started as a real low point for NG.The Internet bubble had burst the previous year, we were screwed over by all our advertisers and had resorted to adult ads to survive.Our hosting was locked in a contract that kept us from improving site performance, so we dealt with servers that could barely handle the load.
We tried to configure the servers to prevent deep linking of files, but it degraded their performance so much that we couldn't make it work at the time.
Despite the site running like complete crap, artists continued to submit their Flash. :) January The first of several Flash Fables appeared and quickly became one of the favorite submissions on the site.
Create-A-Ride started the trend of immensely popular car customization games, inspiring classics such as Custom Rides and Drag Racer.
Squigo got himself into his first deadly situation, while the Swearbear Cursing Keyboard generated tons of buzz for the talking bear doll.
They were so pleased with their exposure on Newgrounds, they put our tank logo on the back of their packaging as a way to say thanks!
February After a long night, we introduced a fun Pico voting animation to the Portal.
When users voted on submissions, they were treated to an animated visualization, making the experience feel like playing an RPG.
You can read ahead to see what happened to it in October. Alanthe BOX made a name for himself on Newgrounds with the start of his B&W DRAMA THEATER series, although I'll admit it was one of those series that wasn't appreciated until well after the first episode entered the Portal.
Carrot Clock wrapped up a Flash remake of League Bowling, one of my favorite Neo Geo games.