The club has been shut down

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The club has been shut down

art by Kailie Otto

art by Kailie Otto

art by Kailie Otto

I got the news on a Tuesday afternoon. My day was going well, and I had just gotten a drink from a water fountain and went back to my AP Lang class. I walked through the door and expected to see a class full of juniors quietly reading a book or writing an essay, but instead I was greeted with pure chaos. Everyone was murmuring and had a distressed look on their face, like something very terrible had happened. The news reached my ears and my jaw dropped. Club Penguin was shutting down for good.

Club Penguin, a snowy wonderland of a game, that’s warmed people’s hearts since 2005, will shut down March 29, 2017. The game 59 percent of us (138/232) spent dozens of hours on decorating our igloo and playing games will be terminated. According to techcrunch.com, Disney bought Club Penguin in 2007 when it had only around 12 million users, but by 2013, a whopping 200 million penguins were waddling around the website. But then in July 2016, the amount of visitors to the website was only at a mere seven million. This drop is due to the amount of games available in app stores and online aimed at children. Although numbers can’t lie, it’s upsetting to see such a nostalgic game be destroyed. So I guess this is goodbye.

Goodbye to all the penguins around the world I befriended, particularly the many penguin boyfriends who enjoyed asking me on dates to the Coffee Shop and flirted by throwing snowballs at me.

Goodbye to my nine puffles all named after past presidents (especially you, Abe).

Goodbye to the minigame Bean Counters, where I learned a penguin can only hold five bags of coffee beans before collapsing under the immense weight.

Goodbye to Gary the Gadget Guy (the local inventor), Sensei (master of the elements and founder of the dojo) and Herbert P. Bear (the evil polar bear who tries to take over Club Penguin).

Goodbye to my wardrobe which consisted of one too many costumes, wigs and hoodies.

Call me dramatic, but this virtual world made up a good portion of my younger years and I hate to see it torn away from me. In the words of Robert Frost, “Nothing gold can stay.” And we must take these words to heart (since his last name does describe this snowy world so well) and realize that, like all things in life, nothing beautiful or amazing can last forever. Plus, there’s a mobile version, similar to Club Penguin, called Club Penguin Island, that will be unveiled. But we don’t know many details about this app and it’s hard to expect anything better than the original Club Penguin. It’s been a solid 12 years, Club Penguin. So, thank you.