Founder of Wonderful Elephant + jmtb02 Studios. Formally Armor Games CEO, previously at Kongregate, 100+ Flash games many of which featuring a little blue elephant

John Cooney @jmtb02

Age 37, He/Him

Game Developer

UC Davis

Northern California

Joined on 3/1/04

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jmtb02's News

Posted by jmtb02 - February 29th, 2024

Hi friends!

I am starting a new adventure back into Flash games, called The Year of Good Things. You can back it on Kickstarter right now!

The project is a new game every month, built in the classic Flash way and full of all the joy (and dare I say dumb energy) that I've been craving to get back into!

This is a passion project with big risks for me, any help or support from you all is amazing. Newgrounds has already done so much for my career (and the career of so many great developers, artists, musicians, and folks between!). Thank you all for being my first fans forever and hope to release some of these titles later on Newgrounds.

Kickstarter link!



Posted by jmtb02 - November 6th, 2023

Hey folks - The Elephant Collection has OFFICIALLY RELEASED on Steam, GOG, and Itch.io! Ten classic Flash Blue Elephant games remastered into one colossal package, with games like Achievement Unlocked, This is the Only Level, + more!

Thank you so much for your support over the years - we're very proud on how this one turned out and hope you love it.

Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2274110?utm_source=launch&utm_campaign=ng

GOG: https://gog.com/en/game/the_elephant_collection

Itch: https://armor-games-studios.itch.io/the-elephant-collection

Just believe.



Posted by jmtb02 - September 8th, 2023

It's been a minute, hi Newgrounds!

Thank you so much for the warm reception of Elephant Rave 2 (and the Daily Feature and gigantic front page feature!?). This is my first new release on Newgrounds in 10 years, not since Give Up in 2013.

I've been busy for the past decade. I worked with Kongregate on their indie games publishing business. Then I ventured over to Armor Games for publishing and eventually becoming their CEO. I worked with amazing indie devs on games like Swords and Souls: Neverseen, The Last Stand: Aftermath, Bear and Breakfast, In Stars and Time, and Snacko. I presented the Flash Games Postmortem at GDC, I became a dad of two kids. And I took a step back from personal game development through all of this.

That was until The Elephant Collection, which is a PC/Steam compilation of all my classic blue elephant games. I've been working with @the-exp on this project for about a year now (Shift, KOLM, Indestructotank) and its nearing the finish line. During this time I also realized how much I missed making these kinds of games. Elephant Rave 2 was channeling that energy pretty hard. I'm so happy Newgrounds is here to allow me to share this experience again (as it always has!). Its pretty incredible to build a Flash AS2 game in 2023.

Thank you Newgrounds community for continuing to support my work, can't wait to see where the next decade takes us.

  • John (jmtb02)




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Posted by jmtb02 - October 15th, 2010

Haven't updated in a while. I had a good SUmmer. Here's a picture of me and Coolio-Niato surfing (I'm on the left). I took up surfing this Summer and I'm training for a Full Marathon in February.




Posted by jmtb02 - December 8th, 2009

So the hunt begins. Looking for somewhere to live next year, hopefully to own.

We've lived in apartments for the past 5 years, now I think I want to buy something. With the marriage and the economy everything seems to be lining up for it. We don't want anything ridiculous, but something to settle into and to call home.

Updates to come!

Posted by jmtb02 - November 20th, 2009

Hi friends, several updates.

This weekend I watched Big, after being inspired by BoMToon's game. It was a fun movie, classic 80's. I would recommend it! The game he made makes so much more sense once you watch the movie.

In a couple weekends I'm going to pursue my motorcycle license. I'm taking a class so I don't die as fast. Wish me luck!

Yesterday with the release of I Hate Traffic on AG I have launched my first iPhone/touch game! I Love Traffic is a port of the Flash version and adds a few levels and features. It's a nice little game, only a dollar. I did all the graphics and original programming for the game (got some help to get it to iPhone), very happy with it. Download! Yay! And as a side note, looking for a web job? We're hiring at Armor for a website dev.

That's all, enjoy your weekend!

iPhone Game - I Love Traffic out!

Posted by jmtb02 - August 20th, 2009

I don't know how many of you have played World of Goo yet but it's an amazing little journey and I found the trip very worthwhile. One of the big takeaways from the game was the fantastic music, which I have come to enjoy a little too much. Luckily 2D Boy has released the soundtrack for free so I can listen to it over and over again without having to sit down and play the game each time.

I rarely listen to video game music, but there are few soundtracks i have found incredibly enjoyable. Games like Earthbound and Fallout 3 invoke some sort of pseudonostalgic sensation that lets me enjoy the game past having to handle a controller. Really makes me appreciate the effort that goes into video game music direction.

Speaking of video games, no PAX for me this year, but for everyone else going have a safe trip and fun time.

Posted by jmtb02 - August 4th, 2009

Hello News Reader! I hope you are having a great day.

I'm training for my half marathon right now so I'm sort of sleepy, but I'm still working hard on games and getting settled into going to Australia next month. Busy busy.


A few recent blog articles to look at talking about my content.

Gamasutra - Upgrades And Achievements For Replayability

Kotaku AUS - LunchTimeWaster: Rabbit Wants Cake

JiG - Warp Shot


Enjoy the rest of your day.