Tech70: 6 Years as a Penguin

Exactly six years ago (2010), I came to clubpenguin.com, signed up for the game, and became a penguin. At that time, little did I know how much Club Penguin and its community would forever leave an extraordinary, undeniable impact on my life. While I had fun throughout the years, I also self-taught myself several abilities, like video production. I admire the penguins in this community for their talent and kindness, which is one of the main reasons why I’ve stayed with Club Penguin for so long. 7th year as a penguin, here I come! (Click here for in-depth descriptions of my adventures.)

Smiles all around! Last month, I had a blast with my penguin pals during my GAME ON event.

Smiles all around! Last month, I had a blast with my penguin pals during my GAME ON event.

Let’s Discuss: The Invasion of Bots

I am sad to say that today’s Club Penguin is ridden with bots. In the island’s history, they have appeared before, sure, but the current situation is grave. Bots are a discouragement for players, thus possibly influencing them to quit. This is a bad time for bots to strike, because Club Penguin needs to keep their players waiting for Project: Super Secret. Besides that, they are just plain annoying. Clones can easily cover up the real players, dwindling genuine interaction with our community.

Bots have always been unwanted but since last year, they started off promoting Club Penguin’s armies started by fans. Nothing wrong with armies, I am totally okay with them, but using bots breaks the rules and are simply wrong. Then the bot situation worsened: people used bots to advertise Club Penguin Private Servers… on Disney’s Club Penguin! How ironic that Club Penguin does not allow CPPS’s, yet the private server supporters are able to get away with taking advantage of bots to spread the word about joining CPPS’s! Most recently, bot clones have plagued Club Penguin. There is one leader penguin controlling what they say and do. Unfortunately, to make matters worse, they can force the clones to mimic the moves of real players, even those who do NOT want to lead them! This happened yesterday at #TogetherThursday, a weekly celebration of the community. It’s a wonderful chance to spend time with your penguin pals. But uninvited guests decided to crash the party: clones. For a time, they messed with my friend, Pup1one. The creator of the clones somehow got him to lead them. It got really irritating for everybody at #TogetherThursday, except for those trolls who were probably having fun. Poor Pup1one!

Want more instances of bot plagues? There is no shortage of them.

From their emotes, the clones seem sick. Well, I also feel sick.. BECAUSE OF THEM.

Watch clones in action. (They even dare to attack the Zootopia Police Department. Where’s the police when you need them??!)

Why are people wreaking havoc on Club Penguin island with bots and clones? Maybe it’s a message to Club Penguin to bring back the old Club Penguin. Maybe they don’t like the new Club Penguin. Maybe they think they are better than Club Penguin. Maybe they just want to have fun. Whatever the reason, bots in Club Penguin are unacceptable, especially when they make fun of players like Pup1one.

You have the POWER to do something about them! See bots? Report them by first choosing “Rude or Mean” and then “Lying or Cheating.” You can also help Club Penguin by contacting them about the bots you have spotted as well as your concerns, either to their support email: support@clubpenguin.com or tweeting to @clubpenguin. Please do not think that the Club Penguin team do not give a darn, they DO care and are WORKING to get rid of the bots. They are not doing a great job at preventing them from appearing in the first place though. Their prevention system needs refinement. But Club Penguin is concerned about the bots and pays close attention to your bot reports. Still don’t believe me? The other day, Megg confirmed that they are handling the bots.

Want to read more about the bots? I recommend Pup1one’s post in which he wrote about his experience with the troublesome bots and his thoughts. Another excellent post to read is by Dino Boy7 wherein he provides in-depth explanations about bots and how to help Club Penguin. It’s the ideal post to read if you’re new to the bot problem.

We penguins and the Club Penguin team need to cease additional advancing of bots. They are real hindrances. Together, with your help in the fight against bots and Club Penguin’s participation in eliminating bots and hopefully a surefire system preventing them from spawning in the first place, bots can become history!