Why I Have Membership

As a young player years ago, the number one thing I wished for my birthday was Club Penguin membership. It would allow me to access so much more to this vast virtual world. I could buy more clothes, play more games, decorate my igloo, and more. What about now? Well, my mentality on obtaining membership has somewhat changed.

Yes, it is true that membership provides unlimited experiences in Club Penguin. Yes, it decorates your player card (that shiny badge though!) Yes, it makes you feel like you can do anything in Club Penguin you want.

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But lately, whenever I purchase membership, I honestly do not take the above benefits into mind, like I did before. Why is this? First of all, everything in Club Penguin is familiar to me now. The newness factor is missing. For example, I finished all available game levels. Regardless, you can always change up your outfit or igloo, but one problem here is that Club Penguin, for now, rarely creates brand new items. Catalogs are basically recycled, meaning that the items that are up for purchase are things that I already have owned. Thus, is membership still worth it? After all, the current Club Penguin is not contributing anything new, making it less worthwhile.

The answer to the above question is YES, membership is still good to have! But for today’s circumstances, I primarily own membership to support the game financially. In my younger years, this was still one of the reasons I had it, but I also took the unlimited access to Club Penguin’s content into mind. Right now, I barely think about the membership benefits in Club Penguin that gives unlimited access. I am putting more attention to how I love Club Penguin then, and still now, which is why I want to help them by having a membership, especially when their popularity has been declining.

A few notes about this post, hopefully to clarify things:

  • I still play Club Penguin.
  • I still have membership.
  • This post regards the current Club Penguin. I fully understand that Club Penguin is putting more of their work into Project: Super Secret than today’s game. I am just explaining why I have membership as of today, not in the past or the future.

The Top 10 Things You MUST do Before Project: Super Secret

We know so much more about Club Penguin’s ginormous enterprise Project: Super Secret due to communication with Spike Hike via Disney Mix. Some are upset about PSS because of what we have learned, from not having our items carried over to its mobile priority. Let’s make the most of the famous Flash Club Penguin, before it passes the baton to PSS. We still have a long way to go before the official, full PSS comes to our shores, but it’s coming more apparent now that the beta is arriving either this or next month. While waiting, our time can be used to accomplish activities on the good ol’ Flash CP that may not be carried on to Project: Super Secret. Here are some things you MUST do before the Flash Club Penguin discontinues:

  • Meet all the mascots
  • Survive Catchin’ Waves long enough to meet the shark
  • Discover the island’s secrets (finding Rockhopper’s Key is an example… wait I just spoiled the secret… forget I said anything within these parentheses)
  • Adopt all the Puffle species possible
  • Capture the Mullet in Aqua Grabber
  • Host a full or near full party in your igloo
  • Complete the Card-Jitsu saga
  • Appear in the Club Penguin Times newspaper
  • Ask Club Penguin for a 4th Frozen Takeover (just kidding, no way am I serious with this, haha)
  • Make it to the end of Bean Counters so you can earn that bonus paycheck
  • Tip the iceberg (in fact, it’s something WE all have yet to achieve, but time is available)
Submit an artwork to CP's fan art page or send a joke to Aunt Arctic in the newspaper for a chance to get featured in the CP Times!

Submit an artwork to CP’s fan art page or send a joke to Aunt Arctic in the newspaper for a chance to have an appearance in the CP Times!

How many of these have you completed? Are there more pre-PSS activities that should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments or tweet to me @Tech70CP.

Spike Hike’s Next Hike

I normally don’t bring up Club Penguin news, but this is a big one, my friends. Spike Hike aka Chris Heatherly himself has announced that he is departing from Club Penguin AND the Disney Company! What a shocker. There was no warning left for us about his leaving. We are all surprised and had no hint of anticipation for this sudden event, especially while Project: Super Secret is nearing completion. For a while now, Mr. Heatherly was not too involved in the Club Penguin side of his position while at the Disney Company, but was nevertheless a significant role player of the most recent years of the virtual world. Almost four years ago, he announced his arrival on the snowy shores of Club Penguin on the What’s New blog. Read his announcement regarding his departure here.

I love his pink mohawk soooo much, I decided to dedicate one of my fan arts to it. :P

I love his pink mohawk soooo much, I decided to dedicate one of my fan arts to it.😛

I feel like Spike Hike is underappreciated. Some community members want the “old Club Penguin” back rather than giving Spike a chance to release the “new Club Penguin.” Look, we haven’t even got to experience the new CP yet, and yet he is receiving so much criticism that he doesn’t deserve. Perhaps he isn’t a Club Penguin aficionado, but he cares about the players, the staff members, and the future of the game. Sure, the current game is falling apart with bugs, bots, etc. And yeah, Project: Super Secret has been constantly delayed. Also, many months back, Spike let us know about new features in Club Penguin that would come out in the future that never happened. Another note is that he doesn’t tweet often with us and come online on Club Penguin often at all, but that’s understandable since he has his hands full with other Disney games, like Disney Crossy Road. Things change and sometimes, not every decision can be fulfilled in the future. I respect Spike Hike for modernizing Club Penguin and striving to have its place in the world of mobile games. Perhaps some of you don’t like what Spike Hike did for Club Penguin, but I, Tech70, certainly do.

Spike Hike, if you are reading this, there are many penguins in this community who truly appreciate what you have done for us, especially with making Club Penguin up-to-date. We wish you and your family the best of luck in the future. Enjoy your next adventures. We will certainly enjoy what you have done for Club Penguin once new features and even the “new Club Penguin” itself start to roll in. Everybody misses you, Mr. Heatherly! Hope to see you waddle around once in a while.🙂

Let’s Discuss… Those Unforgettable Servers

You have had some special moments that have occurred on Club Penguin, right? Several examples may include meeting a mascot or staff member for the first time, finishing all the levels of a game, and even your first server that you logged on. I think servers deserve a place in your memory. Here are a few servers that I have treasured and why they have a place in my penguin heart:

  • Thermal (It was my first server. At the time, I was learning about thermal energy in school hence the inspiration to join that server.)
  • Northern Lights (I met my very first mascot, Rockhopper, on that server at the Pizza Parlor. Did you know that I called my friends on the phone trying to let them know he was online? Sadly, I heard their voicemail on the other end. They were pretty jealous once they were informed that I got to meet him!)
  • Big Surf (I just thought it was a cool name. Plus, I met a lot of penguin pals there.)

Miss the days when the server popularity was widespread?

I could keep chattering, but that’s enough. Let me know your memorable server(s) in the comments or tweet to me on Twitter at @Tech70CP. I would love to hear from you!🙂

Tech70’s Penlympic Event

As you probably know, the world’s countries are cheering on their best athletes who are competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. We all wish that Club Penguin could have their own event right now to join in the Olympic craze, but unfortunately they never did. They could have returned the 2006 Sports Party. *shrugs*

Nearly 10 years ago!

Nearly 10 years ago!

But who says that the players can’t create their own Olympic-inspired events? Therefore, I will be hosting one on the 21st of this month (Sunday). Check out the details below:

  • Event: The Mancala and Foot Race Penlympics
  • Date: August 21, 2016
  • Time: 12:30 PM PST-1:00 PM PST
  • Server: Marshmallow

Mancala Details (first 15 minutes):

  • This is not much of a physical sport, but rather, a sport of thinking!
  • We will be in the Book Room the whole time.
  • There will be no system of assigning opponents. Just join a free game of Mancala whenever available. If there isn’t enough room for a Mancala game, please wait until a spot is open!

Foot Race Day Details (last 15 minutes):

  • How fast can you run?
  • Dress up like you’re ready to run! Get out those sweatbands and running shoes!
  • 1st race: the Dock to the Cove
  • 2nd race: the Cove to the Dojo
  • 3rd race: the Dojo to the Boiler Room
  • 4th race: the Boiler Room to the Hidden Lake
  • We will all start in the same area in each starting room. I will tell everybody where to start. Don’t try getting close to the door entrances when starting! After all, one of the most important aspects of these sporting events is fairness.
  • Once the end room loads for you, you don’t have to run to a specific spot. You’ve finished the race!

The awards of competing in the Penlympics: Nothing tangible like medals, just fun and competitiveness with fellow penguin athletes. The best part is that everyone wins.

If everybody is fair, then everybody has fun. Don’t ruin these events by breaking the rules, especially in the foot race.

Let the Penlympic games begin! *tweets whistle*