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I never thought I’d be in the position where I was outraged to the point of actually defending Neopets. But it’s happened.

Recently Neopets has blocked Australian users from such games as Tombola, and the Fruit Machine. They’re trying to avoid media-induced backlash over the site’s ‘gambling’ games. I was completely shocked to see, in particular, what one article had to say about Neopets.

I wrote this thing, it’s quite long.. I’m not sure if I should post it somewhere on the web, or send it as a letter to various news organizations, or just sit here and fume.

I am looking for feedback, I guess.. any kind of feedback…

COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Act) prohibits the storage or use of personal information from children under the age of 13, and the use of message boards.I, myself, am 12, and I have only ever seen the Neoboards in screenshots, or when watching my friend on his account. This is understandable, nevertheless annoying to the band of children that this applies to.

However, recently the ‘Edit’ button for pet pages disappeared. I was annoyed by this, as I was updating my Kyrii?s page at the time, hoping to win a site spotlight. Now that dream is shattered.

Shortly after, my ‘Break The Chain’ ad in my shop was replaced by a red X. Wondering why, I ventured into shop properties, and found that the previously HTML-enabled box had been replaced by a drop down list of corny presets. So much for a guild ad, a background (I had a really nice background on there at the time) or a cursor.

Well how about this. I think Neopets is unfair to a lot of people outside of the US! Like me. I’m from New Zealand.

First thing. A lot of those sponsor deals and those “Get 1,000 NP a day!” things are worthless. All of them are “sign up with our sponsor” and such while practically every single one of them I’ve seen have ONLY been for US residents. Granted, it’s not a big amount of NP but it still seems very excluding.

Timing for things doesn’t always seem too bad since things are spread out throughout the day/night. but one of the other things that annoys me is the merchandise. I’ve seen some really cute things in the merchandise, that I’d love to get my hands on.. Things in the wish list – but none of those items are available here. In fact there seems to be rather little of Neopets available here. I don’t know if that will eventually change but I saw some items that are listed ‘limited edition’ or whatever – does that mean they’ll not be available here because their stock all went to the US? I don’t know.

Meepits are probably the most feared Neopian things. Many are obsessed with their hypnotizing eyes and fluffy appearance. I am NOT obsessed with Meepits, nor do I fear them. They are just another ordinary petpet to me. They are easy to get obsessed with though, and I can see why many people are. Here are some facts about Meepits and other obsessions of many Neopians.

There are many things to get obsessed with in Neopia, and Meepits are just one of them. People can get a little overwhelmed with all the great things here. Try to stick to one topic. It gets a little overwhelming when you see a Meepit-themed shop, a Darigan-themed user lookup, or when each one of your pets has a different world-themed pet lookup. The next tip will help you narrow it down to just one.

“Neopets has always been and will always be a free site!”

Those words always make me think of a sign that says “Free Kittens”. At first, you tend to think it’s a great thing and why wouldn’t you think so. Free is always good, or so we’ve been led to believe. I’d like to share some analogies and facts about free things that may help you to realize that while it’s a noble thing to keep Neopets free, it may not necessarily be in the best interest of the Neopets team nor Neopians in general. Please take a moment and consider the following information and see if you draw the same conclusions I did.