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Club Penguin, mostly referred to many as CP, is an MMOG for kids/teens that was originally developed by New Horizon Interactive, later bought out by Disney. It replaces Penguin Chat 3. Using

Club Penguin
Club Penguin Membership Page Logo October 2012
Club penguin's current logo as of January 2013.

Type:

Game

Date released:

October 24th, 2005

Cartoon style penguin avatars, players can chat, play mini games, and participate in other activities with each another in a snow-covered virtual world. Club Penguin was first made available to the public on October 24, 2005 on 12:00 PM (Penguin Standard Time) and has since then expanded into a large online community.

Club Penguin shares similarities with other popular online environments like RuneScape and Habbo Hotel, but the difference from RuneScape and Habbo Hotel is they are designed for adults, but Club Penguin is designed for younger ages. Though open to everyone, Club Penguin is primarily designed for children aged six to fourteen, and has been qualified for the Better Business Bureau - Kid's Privacy Seal of Approval. Club Penguin was also awarded the "Editor's Choice" award from Children's Technology Review Magazine.

Though the game can be played for free, some of the features are not available unless a membership is purchased. These features include: upgrading and buying furniture for your igloo, as well as buying clothes, hats, and wigs.

Gameplay Edit

Economy Edit

The Economy of Club Penguin revolves around mini games and the coin system. Money can be earned via playing mini-games, which can be both single-player, and multiplayer. Items such as: Clothing, Furniture or pets, can be bought to accommodate the lifestyle of a character in Club Penguin. However, these items cannot be traded nor sold, and therefore kept permanent.

Membership Edit

Members, are players who pay for extra benefits in the world of Club Penguin. They count as about 2/3 of the population. Members can use coins to buy clothing, furniture and puffles - domesticated animals, which are kept as pets. They also have the privileges for VIP rooms and are more recognized in Club Penguin world. However, non-members can still acquire items, which are usually given out at "parties". Members also attend exclusive parties and events.

Parties Edit

Parties are monthly events that are immensely popular in Club Penguin. The island is usually decorated to fit the theme, and as aforementioned, free items are given to non-members. In some parties, members can gain VIP access to a special, exclusive room which is only available at the time of the party, and thereby called The Party or The Party Room. Only members can enter to the party room (if there is). Parties usually last to around one week, but if it is of significance (e.g Halloween, Christmas) the time is usually extended. Some break-ins by non-members have been tried at member parties, but they never get in. That is most likely the reason why CP Trainer and Penguin Storm and all those other trainers were made: you can break in with them. Note: Breaking in with these trainers will get you a 72 hour or forever ban, as it is illegal.

Reception Edit

Although it has attracted some criticism, Club Penguin is for the most part well received. The Better Business Bureau gave it the “kids' privacy seal of approval”. It has been praised for teaching children to "practice safe money-management skills". Club Penguin is rapidly growing showing that it has been successful.

However, concerns about the safety of Club Penguin have been raised. Caitlin Flanagan from The Atlantic Monthly said Club Penguin was “certainly the safest way for unsupervised children to talk to potentially malevolent strangers — but why would you wants them to do that in the first place?". Lynsey Kiely from the Sunday Independent said: “we cannot guarantee that every person who visits the site is a child.". Club Penguin has also been called "childish" on numerous occasions.

Club Penguin has also been criticized for the “member’s only part of the game”. Non-members cannot acquire certain clothing items, furniture for their igloos, new igloos or many types of puffles.

Trivia Edit

  • Several books, such as "The Ultimate Official Club Penguin Guide Volume 1", "Stowaway! Adventures at Sea" and "Waddle Lot of Laughs" have been published by Club Penguin.
  • Club Penguin uses money from users purchasing Membership, books, toys and games to keep the website running.
  • There are rumors about a Swedish Club Penguin, but this have not yet been confirmed.
  • The designers of Club Penguin always put something very tall or giant thing (Like the chairs at The Command Room, or the door of the HQ).
  • The weather is usually the same all year around except during the Halloween and Christmas party.
  • Many penguins are unsatisfied with Club Penguin as they do not want Disney working with Club Penguin anymore and often say "We want the old CP back".
  • There also many blogs such as The Penguin Protesters protesting against Disney owning Club Penguin. You can visit The Penguin Protesters here.
  • Club Penguin is Penguin Chat 4

See also Edit

Sites Supporting Club PenguinEdit

Club Penguin can be played via four different places:

External linksEdit



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