Before Classic Club Penguin Closes…

Club Penguin Island will not come until later this month, according to Megg. Therefore, let us enjoy what classic, Flash Club Penguin has to offer before we no longer can. Think of our original Club Penguin like a museum, because in the future, it will no longer be used due to its inaccessibility.

This snow/sand castle will be left on the old island. Enjoy the little touches to the island, here and there.

The activity of building this snow/sand castle will be left on the old island. Enjoy the little touches to the island, here and there.

Read the yearbooks, stories, Book Room Writing Contestants’ stories, and Captain Rockhopper’s Journal. Relive memories, check out some classic tales, and just soak yourself into some good, entertaining stories.

Play mini-games. Do the classics like Hydro Hopper, Paint-by-Letters (whoops, wait a sec, that game discontinued a couple of years back, never mind *sigh*), Catchin’ Waves and more! Especially play the multiplayer ones, like Find Four, Card-Jitsu, etc. It’s only a matter of time before these games that have defined the Club Penguin experience will be nonexistent from the original Disney’s Club Penguin.

Waddle through the rooms, reminisce their long history (especially the rooms that have been practically untouched by change, like inside the Lighthouse), and pay attention to those little details that make characterize that room.

Recall some memories as you waddle through the rooms.

Recall some memories as you waddle through the rooms.

Your pet Puffles will stay on the original island, while the penguins will move to the new one. Be sure to spend time with them before the separation between the owner and the pet occurs!

While Club Penguin Island is still not released for you, appreciate the original Club Penguin rather than focus the majority of your attention on the upcoming game. 🙂 Also check out these fun, random things you must do before the closure of the Flash game (I wrote this even before Club Penguin Island was announced).

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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.

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!

 

For Older Players: How to (Still) Have Fun in Club Penguin

I admit it, after a couple of years as a Club Penguin player, I feel like I completed everything the game has to offer. Earned all the stamps? Yes, I sure did. Beat the entire Card-Jitsu saga? Done that. Finished all EPF missions and games? Yup! Waddled around every room and played every mini-game? Oh yeah. What really keeps old players staying is either or both of these things: the devotion and love for the community and the game… or new weekly/monthly content. Because of Project: Super Secret, seldom is there this new content. The majority or all of the items in both catalogs, Penguin Style and Furniture, are oldies which we already own. Plus, the parties are reruns and new stuff is few or may not even be present. So… how do older, more experienced players who know every nook and cranny of the game have fun on this island where there’s just a hint of new things to do? Simple, we have to start the fun!

  1. Hosting parties are fun, no matter how young or old a player is. There can be themes, varying from random dance parties to a space cowboy rodeo. The possibilities are endless.
  2. Another event to host is a gaming competition. Games are always more fun when playing with others. Dance Contest, the tabletop games, the Card-Jitsu saga, and Sled Racing are excellent ways to have fun! Needless to say, you can also play games which CP doesn’t provide, like hide-and-seek.
  3. Go to a busy server, hang around the Town, and visit igloos belonging to the penguins inviting others. There are a bunch of penguins out there who make unbelievably epic and unique igloos and have serious talent for decorating.
  4. Role-playing and/or having jobs is a significant part of the way Club Penguin runs. How could the island be our home without penguins out there enriching it as they work and talk with each other?
  5. Just relax and watch the hustle bustle of everyday penguins. It’s like people watching, in which you’re laid-back, watching crowds of people doing things and going their own ways. Unfortunately, the chat system is extremely strict nowadays, limiting the conversations to a bare minimum. Saying one word per speech bubble normally works, but can be irritating.

There you have it. You may have accomplished every achievement possible on the island and know everything about Club Penguin, but what you can do to have fun doesn’t vanish! Club Penguin provides us with the tools to utilize, it is up to us concerning how to use them. As always on CP island, imagination is endless.

second autism awareness event

You can host events, like one for awareness of a cause or something you want to spread the word and educate others about. In this picture, here I am with lots of other cool penguins raising awareness for autism.

Getting Started with Making Videos? Here’s a Handy Guide

Once in a while, I receive questions from my pals on Twitter pertaining to videos. Here are some of those questions:

  • Should I start making videos?
  • What do you use to edit?
  • Which screen recorder do you use?

I’ve been creating Club Penguin comedy videos for nearly a year. Over the months, I have gained experience and practice. When I first started, my videos were quite primitive. Then, the effects became more and more sophisticated each time. I got inspired to make this series from Club Penguin’s #WaddleOn sketch show as well as awesome videos from penguins in our community! In my opinion, creating videos and making people laugh are fun, which is why I try to make videos on a monthly basis. Here’s a guide which may answer some of your video questions!

If you have not made videos yet and are considering to do so…

  • Go ahead and try it! Who knows, you may or may not like it. It’s up to you to find that out.
  • I recommend starting with a free program if starting out, because you may end up not liking video production. Windows Movie Maker has limits, but it is very good being free of cost. It’s the program I began with.
  • Try a simple screen recorder to capture footage. Or do what I did and just take still screenshots and put them in your video.
  • Don’t be concerned about the fancy stuff yet, like the motion effects. Focus on the content in your video first.
  • Once you post your very first video on YouTube, it is best to spread the word about it. Twitter is a very effective way. Don’t be shy to ask your friends to watch your video and leave a comment.
  • Don’t be discouraged if your video starts out with not many views/likes/comments. For most people, it takes time to build up your position in the video world.
  • If you don’t seem to enjoy a pastime in video production, you can stop. After all, it’s your choice to determine your hobbies. Don’t make videos to be famous, because that’s not what video production is about.
  • Most of all, have fun with creating videos and interacting with your viewers! 🙂

Check out my first Club Penguin comedy video. It’s very simple, but it’s nothing to fret about, being the first.

If you have already began making a few videos…

  • Like this pastime? Nice. Don’t like it? It’s fine, go with your instincts.
  • Now that you have some experience, you can manage your video’s content, plus any motion/sound effects and music.
  • Don’t overdo the effects. Keep everything in moderation! (Unless specific content in your video requires otherwise :P).
  • Looking for an affordable video editing program? Corel VideoStudio X8 has lots of neat features for a reasonable price, compared to other programs. It also comes with a good screen recorder.
  • Custom thumbnails are the first thing people see when they see your videos. Create your own thumbnails to make your video look enticing to watch.
  • Be sure to keep up with your subscribers and comments left on your videos. When somebody comments, whether its positive or negative feedback, reply to them! It’s a way to show that you’re grateful for their time to watch your videos.
  • As always, have fun creating your videos and interacting with your viewers!

My newest comedy video. It’s the 10th one in the series! See the changes from my first?

I’m glad to have begun video creating. I like to tell stories, bring laughter to viewers, and play with video effects. Good luck with your video adventure. 🙂