“It's not very realistic...”
“So hard to... Get into that blasted server... Leave me alone...”
“HEY KIDS! GET A MEMBERSHIP NOW! OR WE'LL KILL YOUR PUFFLES!”
Club Penguin is the penguin equivalent of Second Life. It was created in 2003 by a penguin called Tux (who also created Linux - initially it was only accessible on Linux and only penguins could use it). Tux planned to add three dimensions and make it fully realistic, moving away from its childlike and cartoony appearance, but in late 2005 it caught the eye of Miniclip. Its existence was disclosed to the (all-human) Miniclip team by a friend of Tux's who calls himself "G". Miniclip decided that they wanted to buy Club Penguin. Tux was, at first, reluctant to sell his business (he'd earned half a ton of sicked-up fish so far), but when Miniclip offered him a huge igloo in the upmarket area of Antarctica, he finally cracked. G demanded that he be made famous on Club Penguin, in return for telling Miniclip about it. Miniclip obliged. Miniclip made many changes to Club Penguin, including making it accessible to a) all species and b) users of all operating systems. They also changed the currency used to pay memberships from PRF (Penguin Regurgitated Fish) to a selection of human currencies. Tux was not happy about this, but a deal's a deal. A few years later, Club Penguin had grown enormously and most of its users were humans. That was when Disney became interested. Eventually Club Penguin changed hands again, and Disney made it big and flashy and well-known. Tux now regrets his decision to sell it (he found his new igloo a bit chilly) and he has teamed up with a polar bear (named Harry Q. Bear - Herbert's little-known cousin. No-one knows what the Q stands for - possibly Qatar) to try and hack its servers. His CP username is I'm_Not_Tux (he's not that bright).
The average player's Club Penguin experience is quite different from what Tux originally intended (this is mostly due to safety measures put in place by Disney to make the game more appealing to humans and to stop Tux from hacking). Most players, often feeling rather restricted by this (especially the few remaining penguin players) spend their time dancing (the same stupid dance every time - we don't CARE if Rockhopper invented it, we want something new!), trying (and always failing) to drill into the ground with jackhammers, putting on outfits that no real penguin would ever want to wear (because in case you haven't noticed, penguins don't wear clothes at all. Nor do they come in 14 different garish colours), pretending to eat sweets, crisps, pizza, coffee, and many other foods no penguin would touch, decorating their igloos with disco floors, fridges (????), climbing walls, posters of the very imaginatively named 'Penguin Band', and other useless items, and trying to tip the iceberg (totally pointless, about as productive as putting a brick in a paper boat and expecting it to float across the Pacific). Also Disney Killed Club Penguin which people dislike it more.
Puffles are the virtual pets available on Club Penguin, which some say do even less than Neopets. Puffles look like bath sponges but are less active. They come in a similar variety of garish colours to the penguins, and the colour is supposed to indicate their personality but they're all just the same really. They can somehow conjure toys out of nowhere. The insides of a puffle have puzzled many people - they never have to 'go', they consume and digest bowls of food bigger than themselves with no change of size, etc. The most popular theory is that the food is compacted into a tiny parcel of energy as soon as it enters the puffle, and that the bowl is recycled, being somehow kept in storage until it is next needed. A puffle is usually considered to be 20% fur, 30% muscle, 40% eyes, 10% bone, and 0% brain.
- Club penguin is actually based on the town of Kiruna in Sweden.
- 1 Coin is equal to about 8p.
- Club Penguin includes a secret mini-game which is a slightly easier, child's version of the Blue Screen of Death. It is called the BSAoD (Blue Spinning Arrows of Death).
- There is a rumour that there is soon going to be an actual war between Club Penguin and Fantage (said to be over the number of paid memberships Fantage steals from Club Penguin every year) This will be difficult as neither side features weapons of any kind.
- Miniclip was paid to turn the Coffee Shop into a Starbucks, the Pizza Parlour into a Pizza Hut and the Gift Shop into an H&M. Hundreds of young players' parents protested less than a week after the changes took place. As a result they were quickly changed back to normal.