In today’s post, I want to talk about the “end of Club Penguin”. Those are 4 scary words which I have been dreading for a while now. Now we know that the game will be ending on March 29th 2017. In response, the community have been heart-broken – even the whole world who knew this game! As we all know, Club Penguin is almost symbolic of childhood (for our time, anyway). It used to be so popular when I was 7 years old, so I was practically forced into playing it. There was no escape, thank goodness.
This game changed my life.
So, yes, I am deeply upset about the discontinuation of Club Penguin. Why wouldn’t I be? Whilst several other penguins around me have been ranting about it, I have been doing that internally. Except, I don’t feel anger – I feel emotional. I guess that’s an ambiguous feeling to use but I am not unbelievably sad about the end of Club Penguin. Honestly, I feel happy. Mix that with some woe and you feel what I’m feeling. Funnily enough, the “happy” is not there because of Club Penguin Island (although I do admire that game). In fact, I am happy about the next several weeks we have before the closure of this life-changing game.
A lot can happen in a day on Club Penguin. Have a guess at what can happen within a matter of weeks? Time does fly (I have no idea why) and it will fly (oh yeah, because we’re going to have fun).
“But how are we going to have fun? The Waddle On Party is a constant reminder of all things sad in life.”
We are the Club Penguin community. If we are to prove that we are one of the best communities ever, we need to give Club Penguin the best ending it’s going to ever get. There’s a lot of ways to do that!
But, hey! This post is not – at all – going to advertise my project (which I will not even name in this post). This is a discussion about Club Penguin.
So, as I was saying, I feel emotional about the end of Club Penguin. I also feel that it is right for the game to go. This view is in contrast with a lot of your views but I have some reasons as to why I think this.
First of all, Club Penguin is getting old. The game is over 11 years old – but the development of this game even dates back to 18 years ago! That’s a very long life for an average online virtual world. Therefore, this whopping age proves that Club Penguin is simply a legendary game; the best online virtual world. If Club Penguin were to get even older than this, the game would die in the worst way possible. At the moment, Club Penguin still has stamina. Not as much as it used to have, but it’s still a decent game. What if we didn’t have the Waddle On party in years to come? What if there was no warning? What if there wasn’t a new game? Club Penguin would die – along with its community – if it were to live on for many more years. So, I think we should appreciate why we are going to be witnessing the end soon.
Secondly, Club Penguin will be remembered in a good way. If you think about it, before a lot of us weren’t even expecting the cancellation date of Club Penguin, we were hyped up on Club Penguin Island (Project: Super Secret) sneak peeks. In that case, we were all getting really bored of Club Penguin. The return of Frozen irritated a lot of us and every party – up until the Music Jam – was lack-lustre. We only now feel annoyed about the Club Penguin closure because we suddenly appreciate the memories we’ve had and we reminisce the old days. We finally realise that Club Penguin isn’t so bad after all! Whereas, if the game struggled on for more years, I believe that our community would be long gone; we were slowly edging towards tipping point but the announcement of Club Penguin’s closure saved us.
Thirdly, I believe that the Club Penguin community have been stronger than it ever has been. At first, I found it hard to believe, but now it seems so obvious when I look at it from this perspective…
The Club Penguin community, who are reading this right now, have stuck with the game ever since it started to lose its coordination. In fact, there are so little penguins, right now, compared to the amount of penguins there were during the apex of the game’s life. But, actually, that’s an understatement. While it is a fact, it doesn’t really matter at all. What does matter is that the game is receiving overwhelming support from us – and it wouldn’t be if it were not Club Penguin. Club Penguin is just so impactful that it is lucky enough to have a community like ours. We do have ups and downs, and smiles and frowns, but we also have faith. These last couple of years have proven that our community is amazing. We have proven that we do not need an epic party, like Operation: Blackout, to keep us going. We have proven that we do not need a Card-Jitsu: Shadow to keep us going. We have proven that we do not need a perfect game to keep us going. We have proven that a game’s reputation relies on its community. Therefore, congratulations! We are compassionate, we are patient and we should now be grateful that Club Penguin is ending on a high note.
So, thank goodness, the game is ending soon.
I couldn’t be any happier about the game right now. I am so glad that Club Penguin has been given the praise it deserves. Nevertheless, I am still sad. But, why would I let that ruin my final few weeks on Club Penguin?
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
Be sure to let me know what you think about the discontinuation of Club Penguin. I’m interested to hear your own thoughts. As always, thank you for reading.