“Disney shut [Toontown Online] down last year amid a shift away from subscription-based games. Now, it’s getting a second life thanks to fans who have created a knockoff version without the company’s permission.”Source: Bloomberg
“British children will soon be able to chat online in Spanish, French, Portuguese and German without knowing a word of those languages, as part of an upgrade to [Club Penguin].“Source: The Telegraph
Club Penguin, the subscription-based online community acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2007, has failed to meet profit targets that were tied to $350 million in payouts to the Web site’s creators.Source: New York Times
It’s cool to see Club Penguin listed in The Guardian’s Top 100 websites for the year ahead! In great company along with Runescape and Moshi Monsters.
Merry Christmas to us!
Source: The Guardian
“Virtual worlds have arrived?”Source: TechCrunch
It was common for fans to make Club Penguin music videos. And it was just as common for the Club Penguin Team to watch and share these music videos internally. Many of them had the classic “Unregistered HyperCam 2” watermark, of course. Legend.
This is one of the videos we would show executives and other folks to show off the Club Penguin community.
“Bad Day” came out in 2005, the same year as Club Penguin. The song was written by Daniel Powter, who was born in the Okanagan, the same area where Club Penguin was born. Of course, the person who made this music video didn’t know this. Nor did they know that so many senior executives would have seen their little Unregistered HyperCam 2 music video.
“Of course, by and large, the gamers and gaming industry will likely blow these [kids’ worlds] off as “not counting” or “shallow” or something.“Source: Raph Koster
Interesting speculative article from Gigaom about Sony attempting to buy Club Penguin.
A BusinessWeek writer takes a look at the significance of social networking on children’s chat based websites, highlighting Club Penguin as a leader in providing a safe environment for fun while online. MySpace For The Sandlot Set Social networks like Club Penguin are quickly catching pre-tweens’ attention `I bought a flat-screen TV and a stereo … Read more