Compatible with a Penguin

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 Why do I still express interest for a game that’s “out of date”?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

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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. 

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The Missing Ingredient

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It has been a while since my last Community Collab topic on this blog but a recent event has inspired me to talk about a new topic that I find very interesting. This topic is actually quite ambitious and can have an affect on how we could play Club Penguin in the future.

For months – even years – there has been that struggle when we play Club Penguin. We may feel restricted when parties are on, especially when they don’t offer much to do. So this basically results in bored penguins who log in once or twice a week to check out any updates. A lot of us probably waddle very little and this has lead to a virtual world that is no longer as vibrant as it used to be. Now, let’s be honest. We probably can’t change the way Club Penguin design their parties. We could have an influence, but it wouldn’t always go our way. Not because the team would never listen to us; it’s because the way things are going right now with Project: Super Secret being the team’s focus for a while now. Obviously, that is the reason why Club Penguin is going downhill.

But there is still something we can do. As a community.

Last night, I attended Riyita’s Club Penguin Elections 2016. When I first heard about these elections, I was like “huh?”. I mean, when would you usually hear about something like that around the community? I was curious so I researched into it a bit. The preparation and thought going into this event seemed very impressive, when I first saw the post on Club Penguin Space. It seemed very professional and Riyita invited penguins from the community to sign up as candidate to represent two teams. The Sharks and The Construction. Both teams have their own endeavours which would be mentioned at the several debates involved with this event and the best candidate who presents their idea the best, wins the election. And so on…

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Staying Social

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I thought that it was time to share with you a new Waddle Guide as it’s been ages since the previous Waddle Guide I posted on here. In this Waddle Guide, I am going to stress how important it is to be involved in a community that surrounds Club Penguin. Whether you are just an ordinary penguin who waddles on the island or an active penguin who participates in online social networking, there are qualities that can make you the best penguin you can be.

First of all, you need to make yourself interesting. Club Penguin is full of penguins that can be so different to each other depending on their age or actions. However, maintaining an authentic title can make you much more sociable in the community. Obviously, it can be very difficult to make yourself original since Club Penguin has a massive community but not everyone will know you unless you start off small. For example, being kind and considerate to other penguins are some stepping stones that will lead you further on into your journey as a penguin. Even though Club Penguin allows friends to communicate through chat rooms, it does not limit you from making new friends and that is where social skills are key. So start off being kind and friendly to familiarise yourself with others online; in no time, you will feel much more comfortable and (hopefully) other penguins will value your time.

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Secondly, you need to make your penguin purposeful. This means that everything you do online has a reason or a purpose. This can help you interact with new penguins since everyone around you will know what you are like and what you are about. A few examples include role-playing and igloo advertising. Role-playing is a popular aspect of community within Club Penguin and it allows penguins to bond together – rapidly – through imagination and creativity: available in everyone’s flippers. Igloo advertising shows that you are someone who is looking for some friends or someone who is determined to get as much igloo likes as they can. If they often invite penguins to their igloo, other people will begin to acknowledge them more which makes them a noticeable penguin. Do not assume that a rare amount of penguins do this since they are very popular methods. Plus, you do not need to be popular to everyone in the community, as long as you stay social with your neighbouring penguins.

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Blogging From Another Perspective

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In this post I am going to explain how my Blog is different from others relevant to Club Penguin. I have always put out there how I aim to make my Blog unique; the site tagline: “The Unique One.” even proves it. I am not going to lie but I guess that my blog posts may sound boring since it is something different to get used to. Usually, you would probably be interested in the latest drama on Club Penguin and sometimes you may catch the odd new story now and then. My Blog has never really been like that and there are a number of reasons to define this.

Firstly, I find that blogging about something different may appeal to people more often due to an exciting, new post to share about. Recently, that doesn’t seem to be the case since I find that a lot of my posts go unnoticed. I am not going to blame anyone here but I am just communicating a point. The way I see Club Penguin may be a total different way you see it. Being a 14 year old, I surprisingly held onto some imagination from when I was younger and I am yet fading out from it. Most often, I find Club Penguin quite boring and I could have left around a year ago or sooner. For the last year I have created this Blog to change the way I interpret Club Penguin by using some imagination. Even though my imagination could be quite weird, I sometimes think that my approach to Club Penguin is realistic and exaggerated.

Some of you may know that I love mysteries! Any puzzles or quests will attract me and that is what I try to seek for in Club Penguin. Funny enough, I find that these posts are probably the most popular ones I create even though they are not exactly the usual post you will come across. Yes, I seek for mysteries within the world of Club Penguin but I find it very difficult to actually crack them or even discover them. This is where most of my imagination kicks in which then leads to some exaggeration. Since Club Penguin is a virtual world targeted for kids, I find that my mature approach tends to become too realistic so that it almost creates a different world. I am not saying that my theories and mysteries are false and non existent but I do sometimes question whether I take things too seriously. The team may not even be purposely planning mysteries in Club Penguin however you get the od one now and then but it is designed for chat and meet ups within a frosty world.

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