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Club Penguin, commonly abbreviated as CP, is a MMORPG designed for children and teenagers 6 to 14 (but it’s open for all ages) that was developed by New Horizon Interactive. Using cartoon penguin avatars, players can chat, play mini games, and participate in other activities with one another in a snow-covered virtual world. Though a large amount of the game can be played for free, some of features are not available unless a membership is purchased.
Club Penguin is said to be a game for ages 6 to 14 years old. But a concern was brought up. rsnail, the owner of RocketSnail Games, made a blog post:http://rocketsnail.com/blog/2011/02/21/experimenting-with-penguins/#more-72 about the development of Club Penguin and how he quit sometime in 2010. One comment made by rsnail concerned many that Club Penguin was for “babies”.
Many of the users we’re scared that they were too old. They would admit being 10, 12, or 13. rsnail decided to calm all things down.
The first game that was made in Club Penguin’s development was Experimental Penguins. This game was made in 2000 by RocketSnail Games. The game was closed in 2000. It was very similar to Club Penguin. In the 2002 version of Ballistic Biscuit/Hydro Hopper, another game made by RocketSnail Games, you can see a penguin from Experimental Penguins driving the boat.
In 2002, Penguin Chat was created. It was the successor of Experimental Penguins. It was also created by RocketSnail Games.
Penguin Chat 2
Penguin Chat 2 (Actual name is simply Penguin Chat) was the second game in the Penguin Chat series. Penguin Chat 2 became a very popular web toy. Many spin-offs were made such as Crab Chat, Chibi Friends Chat, Ultra-Chat, TV Chat, and Goose Chat. All of its features were brought back to Penguin Chat 3.
Penguin Chat 3
In early 2005, RocketSnail Games decided to make Penguin Chat 3. This made up most of the features in the current day Club Penguin
Club Penguin Beta
Before Club Penguin was publicly launched in 2005, the team held a party to thank Beta Testers, in which the Party Hat, a.k.a the Beta Hat, was given out at the Town. After the Beta ended, testers were rewarded by receiving 1,000 coins, one month of paid membership, and also got to keep the Party Hat. This time, New Horizon Interactive published the game.
Tip The Iceberg
Tip the Iceberg is a saying that is yelled at events. Ever since the Hard Hat/Miners Helmet item came out in 2006, penguins go to the Iceberg (a secret location) and try to tip it. They do this by dancing with the Hard Hat, Miners Helmet, Red Construction Hat, or Green Hard Hat. If you do this, you will pull out a jackhammer and start drilling.
Fake Club Penguin Bans
Since the game is meant to be for children, it doesn’t allow any inappropriate, violent, or suggestive themes. If a person doesn’t obey the club penguin rules, the moderator will ban their account and when they do, a message will be sent to that penguin saying that he/she is banned and the reason why. This was eventually made into a meme parodying the messages they send you.
The Purple Republic is a group originating on 4chan’s /v/ board dedicated to raiding Club Penguin servers with purple penguins, similar to the Anonymous “Pool’s Closed” phenomenon associated with Habbo Hotel.
Disney Killed Club Penguin
In August 2007, the Walt Disney Company bought Club Penguin for $700 Million. Many fans were excited at first, but later upset. They said that Club Penguin was worse ever since Disney bought it. Users do not like the Stage, The Dojo Courtyard, and more features that they blame Disney for. Many were also upset that the “Mickey Ears” item was only concept art. Many don’t know that New Horizon Interactive was running out of money, and if Disney didn’t buy the company, Club Penguin would’ve been shut down.