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Che Fulp: Flash Revolutionary.
The man: Tom Fulp.
The game: Pico's School.
The result: a revolution.
When a young Tom Fulp decided to create Pico's School he had no idea what he was getting himself into. Pico's School enjoyed immense success and enabled Fulp to launch the hugely successful Newgrounds.com as a portal for Flash-based games and animated flash videos.
Thanks to the tireless work of Tom, his brother Wade and the other friendly folk at Newgrounds the site has grown to encompass a massive online community where strangers become friends over amicable arguments as to which flash piece kicks it more. Indeed, the flash content available on the site is truly unbelievable and really has to be seen to be believed. Check it out for yourself if you're one of the few that hasn't already been there.
At first glance Newgrounds doesn't seem to be all that different from other flash websites. A deeper look will show just how integrated Newgrounds has become with its community where users toil for weeks in order to get their games & videos on the site all without any expectation of fame, fortune or reward and it is without doubt this community aspect that sets Newgrounds apart.
The internet has proved that the power of the enthusiast is a force to be reckoned with. Raw enthusiasm over financial gain led to the production of Pico's School followed by the development of Newgrounds and we hope that the infectious nature of this enthusiasm will drive the medium ever onwards and upwards. But it's a medium that needs leaders and mavericks who are prepared to go out on a limb to push the boundaries of what's acceptable or possible. Luckily for us Tom, the original Maverick, is not content to rest on his laurels, indeed, he has big plans:
"It's amazing how many people have credited Pico as their reason for picking up Flash. What we need now is a NEW Pico for the next generation..."
So, not content with having kick-started a revolutionary form of communication, Tom is eagerly pursuing ways to augment, enhance and maybe, just maybe, even revolutionise the way we think about flash once again.
We can't wait to see what he has in store for us!
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