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Club Penguin Discussion 2/14: Why Club Penguin Isn’t That Fun Anymore, And How It Can Be Improved

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Club Penguin has gone through some rough changes over the past few years… But one of the most dramatic changes occurred on November 18th, 2010. The fall of the Club Penguin Times… Club Penguin’s Newspaper gave the island a story. They would feature great and amusing articles. Each article would be two pages long, and have original pictures drawn specifically for that article. Some issues even had a few puzzles that you could actually play. (Puzzles were among the most popular section in the old newspapers).

Club Penguin Times:

Take this article from issue 118, where Aunt Arctic talks about Ice Hockey, something that had nothing to do with that month’s party. Back then, the Club Penguin Times talked about other things around the island. NOT just about that month’s party which in this case, is all the current newspaper really talks about.

ice hockey newspaper

I took some time and made this video which showcases some of the old puzzles. Club Penguin ditched puzzles along with some other sections in the redesign. There hasn’t been a puzzle since 2009.

As you can see, there are some fantastic and creative puzzles in those newspapers. Part of what made Club Penguin enjoyable for me was the Club Penguin Times. Every week, I looked forward to spending the 10 minutes reading, exploring, and completing the puzzles that were featured in the newspaper.

Besides from puzzles and fantastic articles, the “Ask Aunt Arctic” section was heavily focused on. REAL and INTERESTING questions were actually asked. Heck, even TWO questions were answered and the Ask AA section took up TWO pages!

ASK AA GOOD QUESTION

However, today’s Ask AA section features some spectacular questions as well. For example, this week’s question was “Where do I adopt Puffles?” Last weeks question was even better! “How do I change my color?” Aren’t those some INCREDIBLE questions? One word for this. Laziness.

REALLY CP

We ALL know that the old design beats out the new one in every single way possible. The new newspaper is boring, and doesn’t really even have a story to it. The Club Penguin Times back then had over 1.5 million weekly readers. I’m sure that number has gone down since the redesign.

WINNER LOSER CP TIMES

Pins:

Now let’s talk about Pins. Before I get started, I wrote an entire in-depth discussion about Pins in the past. If you would like to check that out, click here. I’m going to make this short. Pins aren’t a challenge, nor are they fun to track down anymore. Club Penguin makes them WAY to obvious. In the past, finding the new Pin every 2 weeks was a BLAST. It took me a good 5-10 minutes. I first had to find the room in which the Pin was hidden in. That alone took a few minutes because I actually had to scan the room I was in, and couldn’t spot the Pin within 3 seconds.

OLD PINS VS NEW

The Chat Filter:

Club Penguin’s chat filter is like highly trained EPF agents who drank too much coffee and are on alert, looking for any words that aren’t registered in the system. In 2011, Club Penguin changed their filter. Any word that wasn’t in their system got blocked. The filter is far from perfect and is very strict. Again, I made an entire discussion about the filter in the past, but I felt bring it up again in this discussion is  appropriate. If you want to check out the full discussion about the filter, click here.

In my opinion, the filter is a HUGE setback as to why Club Penguin isn’t as fun anymore. Why is it a setback? YOU CANNOT TALK! I have tested many, many, sentences that should have had no problem going through. If you cannot communicate properly with your friends, the game will naturally become boring and not as fun. Lightin the filter up a little. Let words that are obviously not bad pass through.

cp filters

Parties:

Yeah, yeah. I know I’ve been talking bad about parties for awhile now. But the truth is, we haven’t seen a truly good party in awhile. Parties are what everyone looks forward to at the end of the month. Players love logging on and exploring all the decorated rooms, like the Coffee Shop!

They also love seeing how the juicy story unfolds, and completing tracking down the mascot. But wait a minute… It’s rare if a party has a storyline nowadays… The Coffee Shop isn’t decorated anymore… And what is this talk about actually having to track the mascot? These are key factors that make a party fun, and we haven’t seen any in quite some time. The team is focused on making entirely NEW rooms. And that’s fine! BUT! In my opinion, only the Town and the Plaza should be turned into entirely new rooms. If they do this, then the other “untouched” rooms can receive some love as well.

decorate us

Even older parties felt like they had a story because the newspaper gave them one! The articles would describe the party in great detail and make YOU want to log on and see if for yourself. You just don’t see this much detail go into today’s newspaper anymore… Club Penguin said they redesigned the newspaper because it took too much time to make each week. Well, I don’t see any other areas improving… Do you?

FoFArticleCPT199

Spike Hike tweeted this out last June in response to my discussion about how all Club Penguin parties feel the same.

That discussion was made 8 months ago, and we STILL haven’t seen any improvement. 🙁

Items:

Throughout 2005-2012, Club Penguin designed some pretty wacky clothing items. They were unique, and you wouldn’t see anyone wear them in real life. Starting in 2013, Club Penguin began ignoring the crazy items, and started focusing on creating clothing that we would wear in real life. Which in my opinion, was a very bad decision. As my friend V0rtex says in his letter where he discusses how Club Penguin can improve, Items, I only wear the old ones. Why? Because I like to be unique, nobody else has them, and it makes me stand out.. If I wanted to be a scuba diver in space, I could!

 

me in outer space as a diver

Furniture Items have also become an issue. Why? They are too BIG! It’s very hard to decorate an igloo when you have huge furniture items, and only so much space. The igloo on the left showcases some older items. There are 27 furniture items in that igloo. The igloo on the right features some newer items. There are 14 furniture items inside. See a problem? I could fit just about double the amount of furniture in the left igloo than the one on the right. If Club Penguin made furniture smaller, we could create more creative, and bigger igloos!

igloos old vs new

Another thing to bring up is the catalog covers. Starting in 2013, Club Penguin changed their catalog covers. In the past, each cover featured a colorful design that MADE you want to see what was inside. Nowadays, each cover is simply blue with a picture of the furniture items in a igloo, or clothing items on a penguin. They are extremely boring, and unwelcoming.

penguin style good covers vs bad

furniture catalogs

They also haven’t been implementing animations in hardly any of the newer furniture items lately. Some don’t even rotate… I made a video which showcases some older igloo items, and some newer ones. Notice how many more older items are animated…

How Club Penguin Can Improve:

Nevertheless, there are ways Club Penguin can indeed change, and make the overall experience more enjoyable.

  • Decorate smart, not hard. I feel like the Town and the Plaza should be decked out while decorating a lot of the other rooms as well. The more rooms we have decorated, the better the experience. Also add difficult puzzles and quests to parties. What we have right now just doesn’t cut it.
  • Improve the filter! Everyone agrees that it’s too strict. Ease up, or come up with another form of communicating.
  • Let the art team have a little fun! I really do miss the old creative items that made me feel like I was one of a kind.
  • Bring excitement back to the Club Penguin Times. I bet you could incorporate some puzzles. That was the most read section back in the day. I’m sure players would love to see them again. You could even offer up a rare award for completing the puzzle.
  • Hide those Pins better. Nuff said.

I would highly encourage you to check out my friend V0rtex’s letter where he gives his suggestion as to how Club Penguin can fix itself. You can read it by clicking here.

I only want the best for Club Penguin. I don’t like to sit here and criticize the game all day, but everyone would agree, its going through some hard times and all I want is to see the game improve.

Please tell me how YOU think Club Penguin can improve, and what you think of this post by leaving a comment below. 🙂

-Riyita

Article written by Riyita

Hi! My name is Riyita and I own this website. It all started with my interest for outer space. I decided to combine two interests of mine into one being outer space and Club Penguin and thous, Club Penguin Space was born. I hope you enjoy your time reading our articles and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve your time on the site. :)

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52 Comments on "Club Penguin Discussion 2/14: Why Club Penguin Isn’t That Fun Anymore, And How It Can Be Improved"


Guest
2 years 5 months ago

Hey Riyita! When a new discussion will be out? 🙂

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Tyco2003
2 years 5 months ago

Nowadays, I only log on so that my account doesn’t get deleted.

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ClubPenguinAwesome
2 years 6 months ago

Do next discusion about pookies!

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OLD_CP
2 years 7 months ago

1. Mascots aren’t as rare as they used to be, because CP releases times where you can meet them! It used to be fun tracking them down!!!
2. I think Cp uses bots for some mascots now. The mascots used to interact with individual penguins and respond to their questions, but not anymore.
3. When was the last time a mascot got a new background??!!
Rookies newest background: Feb. 2014
Rockhoppers newest background: Dec. 2013
Garys newest background: Sep. 2013
Cadences newest background: Aug. 2013
Senseis newest background: May 2013
Aunt Arctics newest background: April 2013

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Kyle
2 years 7 months ago

I agree too

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Fruit and Vegetables
2 years 7 months ago

Also I’m annoyed at the new filter. You don’t even know if your message shows, it makes it hard to communicate because you have to type one word at a time because typing the full sentence doesn’t work.

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Fruit and Vegetables
2 years 7 months ago

Since they say they can’t make the design of the old newspaper, they should make meaningful articles in the new newspaper, so like stories around the island instead of parties like you said. Maybe make the newspaper as big as they can instead of repeating the same amount of pages. Maybe other weeks they could have two pages but on some there can be a few more.

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Debu2001CP
2 years 7 months ago

I have an Idea! 😀 Why don’t they release old clothing items and furniture. 😀 It can result in less hacking and they can focus more on the parties. 😀

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Ecpg
2 years 6 months ago

they still have to work in apps,swfs files,weekly updates,all the languagages…..

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Lassef9
2 years 7 months ago

I just agree… All what you say.

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Santa Jr
2 years 7 months ago

Riyita, dude I don’t if you like this idea, but i’m gonna post it here, then you can tell me what you think of it!

I think that first Club Penguin can be more fun if we actually hunted for magical beasts, if you don’t what I mean, here is my answer! They need to create a Family of Penguins who hunted for magical beasts, I was influenced by this idea, as an old TV show called Grimm came into my mind yesterday! I hope you like this idea!

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Lenny Thai
2 years 7 months ago

Great points pointed out, I agree with most! Especially the catalog designs.

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Anonymous
2 years 7 months ago

I doubt the cp team would see this and v0rtex’s letter.They are not going to listen to you guys.

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Golegol
2 years 7 months ago

They said they could no longer do the old newspaper for lack of time, now use this excuse for everything.

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Pengi31
2 years 7 months ago

I’ll quit CP in a few months if they don’t do these thingss

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firexlxlxl
2 years 7 months ago

Can you add about basically everything is for Members? Non-members can’t get any items except rubbish had and head items and then sometimes rubbish body items which would have took 1 minute to make.

If things continue how they are, Club Penguin should change there name to Club Member.

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Mimi17740
2 years 7 months ago

It’s true, but I’m sure even members don’t have fun with those items and puffles. If I would be a member, I would still be bored. I’m sure more than 50% of the member community is bored of puffles…

Guest
2 years 7 months ago

That’s true. I am a member and I do not have a lot of fun compared with the past years.

The chat filters that do not let us speak or communicate with our friends.

The parties are starting to get more boring and boring.

Several items aren’t that creative and wacky.

Puffles are getting repetitive just like food (Example:

*Original Puffle: Apple
*Puffle Creature #1: Apple Juice
*Puffle Creature #2: Apple Pie
*Puffle Creature #3: Apple Cake)

There’s barely anthing new in the catalogs and if there is, they’re mostly based off the product of the takeover (heck, just check out this month’s Furniture & Igloo Catalog; 2 NEW ITEMS -_-)

CP Times Issues are getting boring and then again repetitive

Parties lack a lot of content in general (quests, decorated rooms, storyline, etc)

See where am I going to?

Also, exactly why did CP redesign the newspaper in November 2010? To save paper? BWUAHAHA, IT’S A VIRTUAL GAME. Because it took them a lot of time? BWUAHAHA, as of right now, there are many headquarters located around the world and as well, many people working over there than it did in 2005-2010. Also, if it took them a lot of time to focus on other stuff, then how come it’s still worthless the final results? (Parties, items, pins, etc)

I am seriously at that point where I think that it’s time to tell my dad and cancel my membership for a worthless game that

a) Doesn’t listen us
b) Keep getting worse and worse
c) Focuses their time on worthless things (seriously? A SoundStudio app? If a kid wanted to make its own music, that kid could easily download GarageBand which has more freedom and options than the SoundStudio app)
d) Keeps getting buggier and buggier
e) Keeps getting hacked, decreasing security. (as a Disney online game, with many headquarters around the world, open to 6 languages, I find it hard how such thing is completely unsecured and barely anybody does something about it. I understand it’s hard, but I expect a progress)

I just want to see how the 10th Anniversary Party turns out. I seriously hope there’s something new to it such as a twist to the Anniversary Party (another TV special like the Merry Walrus Party with We Wish You A Merry Walrus, some sort of mission [read http://clubpenguin.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Phineas99cp/2015_Party_Calendar_Idea#October ], etc).

I’ve kept losing a lot of faith in CP mainly by the 5 points I’ve previously mentioned. How come CP barely does something about it?

Guest
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Riyita!! Awesome post that you have made, it’s realy an awesome discussion. Club Penguin probaly be making that things soon, I hope.. WE hope ;). I have to agree, the pins are to easy to find. I remember the banana pin who was hidden at the lamp of the coffee shop, remember? And the camp pin, who was put like a real camp… Good times..!!! Waddle on 🙂

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Mimi17740
2 years 7 months ago

I like the new newspaper questions 🙂 I even asked AA how to open the newspaper and read it lol 😀 Just kidding 😀
As for the discussion, I’m 100% agreeing with you.
I really miss everything which was in old CP and the thing called fun. In 2009 logging in for me was such an excitement cause I knew that I would have fun. Now I just log in to check the newspaper and Im done.

I really can only write one more thing:
Igloo furniture. Besides the fact that it’s enormous, you CAN’T rotate it. When I got a membershipp for the first time, I was so happy to rotate furnitures and I could place a seat backwards. Now I only can sit forward which annoys me so much.
You can’t decorate your igloo perfectly because you cant rotate things…

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Alex Carter kerr
2 years 7 months ago

I SO agree with this. I have a friend called Blueicegram (I don’t know her in real life) and I send something to her and she only sees a bit of it. So I say “did it show?” And she says “no” all I saw was gameshow tonight” so I hope cp changes!

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Alex Carter kerr
2 years 7 months ago

Also, why did they cancel the puffle tracker app? I would of loved that!

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Debu2001CP
2 years 7 months ago

They Release New Puffles every month and I don’t like the Them! All you have to do is walk them around the Puffle Stations and take care of them. I miss the puffle interaction we could do. New puffles don’t wear hats. :/ CP has been very lazy that they are releasing this kind of puffles.

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Debu2001CP
2 years 7 months ago

I liked Interacting with puffles and I have Original puffles in my Igloo rather than having the wild ones. I want that if CP releases a puffle, it needs to be original.

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Debu2001CP
2 years 7 months ago

And I won’t regret that they are releasing puffles every month. 🙂

Guest
2 years 7 months ago

Don’t forget about the catalog’s covers. I actually can’t remember the last time they had a different color/design, other than blue.

I do however, agree with this post.