For a while, I have wondered what formulates the bond I have with Club Penguin. Why do I still express interest for a game that’s “out of date”? Club Penguin is designed for kids yet I am ageing and ageing and the bond hasn’t seemed to weaken. Sure; my interest fluctuates now and then but to be in a position where I passionately write about this game makes it clear, to everyone, that it must be something special to me. The funny thing about that is: I have no clue why I am still attached to a game which is not even as good as it was years ago.
More interestingly, I don’t stand alone. Actually, I know too many people, in the Club Penguin community, who have also grown up with this game. So, therefore, it must not be that big of a deal. On the other hand, it is still a very strange reality to me. The reason why is because I am an anonymous Club Penguin fan who hides his actuality amongst a public of non-Club Penguin players; most of them (if they even touched the game) would have stopped playing Club Penguin as soon as they entered their teens. If I ever were to reveal the truth – which is that I still play Club Penguin – it would probably result in public humiliation, at least I think it would. On the contrary, Club Penguin has an immense community and I know a surprising amount of the community who are at a similar age to me. There are even adults who play Club Penguin! Whilst I am on Twitter, where I socialise with a lot of these people, this scary reality never creeps towards my mind because I am immersed in a community, surrounded by people who are very similar to me. I become no longer an outlier.
Everything I do online (Club Penguin-wise) is always kept confidential to my friends. Only my family know how much I love Club Penguin so I trust them to keep the secret safe. It is difficult to lead a life where I live as two different people. The majority of my online persona exposes a character with huge charisma towards Club Penguin. In real life I am the same person, except some parts of me are hiding under a cloak. To fully reveal my Club Penguin passion is one of my worst fears, only because of the game’s stereotype. Like I mentioned earlier, Club Penguin is perceived to be a “kids game”. But if so many people similar to myself also have a passion for this game, the stereotype must be false (like most end up being).
It cannot be right to feel scared of announcing who you really are. In a modern society, we are meant to respect who people are. If people get bullied or mistreated depending on what game they like to play, we are not a fair society at all. This is why I have never told anyone about my Club Penguin experience. If it will change how I am perceived in life, it doesn’t seem worth doing. I am wondering if any other person feels the same way.
Despite all of this, Rocketsnail (co-founder of Club Penguin) wrote a short post, expressing his feelings on this stereotype and it totally contradicts it. He said:
Want to learn a little secret about Club Penguin? I didn’t make it for kids. I made it for anyone that loves imagination.
Club Penguin is a world full of adventure, mystery and delight. You can be anything you want to be. A pirate that sails the seven seas, a thief that robs the pizza parlour, a ninja that masters an ancient legend, a secret agent, a barista or even an army that wages war on this little snow covered island.
I do not create kids games, I create games that kids can play. Club Penguin is for everyone.
Kids can play Club Penguin. This is so true. Rocketsnail (Lance Priebe) made Club Penguin for anyone that loves imagination. Just because kids are more likely to have an exaggerated imagination, this does not mean that we lose this imagination as we grow up. In fact, Club Penguin has inspired its users to think imaginatively and this is probably the reason why Club Penguin has become a necessity in my life. Perhaps you feel the same way.
So if we are brave, we can announce the truth and acknowledge that there is nothing – whatsoever – wrong with it. Playing Club Penguin is almost like a fundamental exercise which ensures that we maintain imagination in everything we do, which can inspire many amazing things. Whether you are an avid Club Penguin player who wants to gain social interaction, a blogger who wants to express a passion to many other people, an artist who gains recognition for their creative stunts in the community, or a silent coder who gains knowledge and is inspired to create incredible things, we are all passionate about a game which can change our future. Club Penguin has been responsible for achieving people’s dreams and ambitions! I think it is safe to say that this game does more than just entertain us. It has influenced a lot of the community to entertain others.
Being restricted to one small community means that not everything you do will be given lots of appreciation and recognition. Freeing yourself into the bigger community (that is reality) will earn you more recognition for what you do and although it may seem overwhelming, remember that you are entitled to be who you are and you cannot let anyone else put you down or change who you are.
It is quite odd when you think about the bigger picture but who said that being odd is bad. Odd is different and this blog believes that being unique is the best way to get recognised in life. It will take a while for me to do this but I am going to try to take the next step and let people know who I really am and what I like to do. Would you be brave enough to do the same thing, if you haven’t already done so?
Club Penguin is truly special to me and it always has been since I was seven years old. I started this blog two years ago in hope to achieve bigger things and it has brought me so far. With a little bit of imagination, I have grown to love Club Penguin so much and I feel immediately sad when I think of losing that bond, somewhere on the horizon. This game has been a big deal during my childhood and I appreciate the experience I have gained from it. Never have I ever felt so compatible with a penguin.
I would love to hear what your view is on this topic. Are you proud to be a penguin? But are you afraid to admit it to others? Thank you so much for reading.