BENGALURU: Already, over a 100 videos with clickbait-y are on YouTube – predicting features of the awaited sequel “Destiny 2”. Destiny (2014), with excellent graphics and the satisfying shooting controls in the spacey environment, was extremely popular. It integrates both single and multiplayer into one epic package. We’re looking forward the next one speculated to release this year. Alright… I didn’t actually want to discuss Destiny 2. I can ignore this no longer. It’s real and it is happening. Club Penguin... is shutting down. Yes, they are releasing a new game for mobile phones.
And yes, it’s time for a new generation of young penguins to spawn in this online environment. But none of us will ever forget the hours of innocent entertainment that the game gave us when we were younger (and sometimes, for the heck of it, even in our 20s). The accounts will not get transferred to the new mobile game — the ‘Club Penguin Island’. Club Penguin meant a lot to people in hotter climatic zones. A possibility to build igloos and decorate them with bits and pieces from the Club Penguin world. Funky clothes and colours and names for our Penguin identities.
We even had these cute pets called “puffles”, flashy badges and Ninja attire to show off our Penguin elitism. It was an economy that thrived on cuteness, bright fun colours and ease of play. We could talk to random Penguin friends, have snow-fights and igloo parties. We had newspapers and letters and celebrated festivals with great gusto. The Penguin economy catered to all sections — readers, spies, socialites, sports lovers, fishing and card-Jitsu enthusiasts.
There were these unknown wormholes in the game, too — some of us were members of the distinguished Secret Agency, who would regularly summon us on interesting quests and adventures. There was not much to explore, and yet there was always a lot to do. A lot of life’s great milestones were marked on CP — when you defeated Sensei at the Dojo to become a water Ninja, your first Ice hockey game etc... And now, March 2017 marks the end of an epoch in online gaming. Farewell.