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 Why do I still express interest for a game that’s “out of date”?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: