Let’s Discuss… Club Penguin Island

Umm… haven’t we been on the island this whole time?😛

Strangely, this has been my Twitter bio long before Club Penguin Island was announced. Have I unknowingly been living in CPI without any realization?

Strangely, this has been my Twitter location long before Club Penguin Island was announced. Have I unknowingly been living in CPI without any realization?

Anyway, I’m sure you already know about Club Penguin Island, formerly known to all penguins as Project: Super Secret, so as always, I am not the one to write news. Instead, I sum up my general answers to interesting questions you may have about CPI as well as predictions of what the outcomes of CPI are.

Why is Project: Super Secret called “Club Penguin Island”?

Rumors in the past suggested that the real name of PSS was “Club Penguin Remix” but that was refuted when Club Penguin finally made their official announcement that the real name is “Club Penguin Island”. Honestly, the name doesn’t brag any sort of newness. We already know Club Penguin is an island. Why name it something that could have been used for the original game? I like how Club Penguin is taking its heritage into account. Even though Club Penguin Island is all-new, it’s still Club Penguin. It still thrives with Club Penguin players. And we are given a reminder that Club Penguin is one special island unlike no other. Club Penguin Island is a new name for a new game while respecting its past.🙂

What made CPI possible?

The Club Penguin team’s longtime dedication to please its players. Even though there were more delays than anybody wanted and made risks by leaving their current game to fall into disrepair, they are scheduled to release CPI next year! Also, the loyal fans tirelessly waited and waited for Project: Super Secret to make its huge announcement. As a result of not giving up the wait, they received their reward of pre-registration into CPI!

What is it about Club Penguin that keeps many players, young and old, from leaving?

Club Penguin Island has convinced nearly everybody that they should stay, no matter how old they are. It’s hard leaving Club Penguin entirely, because the Club Penguin team’s effort to make Club Penguin last as long as possible in this ever-changing world is admirable. Club Penguin is one of those few games that can age with grandness. Personally, I want to stay with Club Penguin for life!

Who should be beta-testing?

I wish the beta test for Club Penguin Island was open instead of limited to only a select few. Every player, whether they are old or new, deserves to give CPI a try. For iOS, the highest amount of testers is 2,000. I am not sure about Android yet, but I hope it will transition to an open beta. Perhaps the reason for CP’s limitations on the beta-testing is that they prefer gathering a smaller amount of information. Nevertheless, having an open beta-test would increase the potential amount of players for CPI.

Once officially released, how will CPI affect the players?

For now, CPI will be mobile-exclusive on iOS and Android. The availability on computers is currently questionable. For those who have the above mobile devices with the required system requirements, they have the ability to play. Unfortunately, it’s looking like those without a mobile device can’t play CPI yet. In that case, some players can’t make the transition to the new step in Club Penguin’s journey. It would be best for CPI to be accessible for computer and mobile players to maximize the scope of their audience. Time will tell!

How will fan-based creations be affected?

3D has never been more important for Club Penguin than ever! However, will the players make any changes in their projects? I’ve been absorbed in the talent that this community can produce. It will be no surprise at all to see players create 3D fan artworks. The YouTube community’s creations will be impacted, too. For instance, many YouTubers carry out storylines on Club Penguin. How will that be accomplished on CPI and for that matter, on mobile? Regardless of the 3D aspects, what’s stopping fans from continuing to make 2D artworks?

No matter how different and revolutionary Club Penguin Island will be compared to the original Club Penguin, the team’s mission is to have a safe online place for all ages to socialize and have fun. It’s up to the community to keep the island a lively and welcoming place for all! Let me know what your input is on Club Penguin Island and/or my responses above in the comments below or on Twitter.

Overlooked Jobs on CP Island

Baristas in the Coffee Shop. Waiters, chefs, and managers in the Pizza Parlor. Tour guides. The Rescue Squad. Even secret agents of the Elite Penguin Force.

Undoubtedly, at one point or another, you have observed penguins fulfilling these jobs around Club Penguin lsland. Perhaps you had taken one or more of these positions, too. But there are way more jobs around our snowy island that are typically overlooked, but are just as vital as the most known jobs…

  • Pet Shop keepers. Because pookies stand out more, maybe that’s why we don’t quite notice them there?
  • And who is that penguin in the truck tossing the coffee bean bags towards the penguins waiting on the ground in the mini-game, Bean Counters? We owe it to them for delivering those vital coffee beans in time. But why do they have to toss anvils, flower pots, and stinky fish, too? What an absentminded penguin!

Will we ever know who’s in that truck? I’d like to give that penguin a lesson on what NOT to throw.

  • The Old Blue penguins at the end of every Sled Racing game clapping and cheering for anybody that reaches the finish line. They sure are devoted to their job. Have you seen them take any breaks?
  • Puffle guides at the Puffle Lodge. They are like rangers, protecting the wild and educating penguins about the environment and its living species!
  • Penguins working hard in the Aqua Grabber. How else do we collect pearls for pearl necklaces to be sold in the Clothes Shop?

  • Penguins who smooth the ice at the Ice Rink. Penguins love their hockey, and the ice always has a smooth surface. We should all be thankful for their work. Do you think they have secret Zambonis that nobody else knows about?

This is just a small list of jobs in Club Penguin that not many pay attention to. What are some others you would add to the list?

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.🙂