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I was reading the interesting facts page on pink poogle, and it was dagavoo (or however ya spell that stupid word) all over again. when I was a newbie, long, long ago… well, it was long long ago. I think about yesterday… or three years. *ahem* in some ways, neopets was cooler then. kinda. more games and gadgets now, but I still miss the good ol days. you know how all the chat rooms [message boards] a broken into pieces? well in my prime, they were all one. and Donna was there. she was from the neopets team, but she was one of us. she’d talk to us on the board. someone’d cry cause the pant devil took there money and we’d all comfort her. and we’d pester Donna with our useless ideas like making neopets look more scary or pretty. and we’d annoy with the same question, over and over: “what are that expensive cloths and grooming junk for?” and she’d say:”we’re working on a use for them right now.” it sure is taking them a long time. and Bruce [yes, the neopet] was some guy in a tux and there wash! oh! but the idea we’d pester Donna most about was the battle dome. oooo…ah. I had that thing planned out forward and backward. unfortunately, so did everyone else, in their own special way. Donna became very confused. the funny thing is, I’ve done the battle dome once, decided I really didn’t like hurting my precious baby, and haven’t played since.
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About 5 months ago my friends mom had a baby. The baby would never let me hold or take care of it. I really wanted something to take care of, something that would always be there. That is when my friend told me about Neopets.

I was so excited I went and signed up on the site right away! I love it so much! It lets me take care of something when I want to but if I ever wanted to get rid of it, I have that option. Neopets has also helped me form a sense of responsibility. I know what it is like now, to have to go out and earn money (well in this case neopoints) and it feels good. When my pet says that they enjoyed something I gave them, it made me feel good. – allstarangel2008

In the Beginning

Kym Huynh —  February 5, 2013 — Leave a comment

A long time ago in a land far, far away in the year of 1998, two collage buddies notoriously known as Adam and Donna set out to create a world of wonderment, intrigue, magic and excitement. Unknown to them, that this world would one day become one of the most talked about worlds. Gracing television channels, newspapers and magazines worldwide, the amazing and intriguing world of Neopets now boasts multitudes of games, an awe-inspiring gaming world and an overwhelming interactive experience as you, the player, evolve your game play and grow alongside your pet as a person and friend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Neopets.

Project Neopets began as a small game created on a whim by Adam and Donna while they were in their college years. While Donna focused on the artwork and ideas, responsibility for programming and site work fell upon Adam’s more than capable shoulders. The concept was simple. Post the Tamagotchi era when virtual pets were on the rampage, Neopets provided an avenue for people who could not afford the luxury of having a real pet, own one on the Internet. The person would create his/her pet from a selection of many species, and then would be charged with feeding it, playing with it to keep it happy, and building homes to house their pets. To fund these activities, a person required a currency system, called neopoints. Neopoints could be earned by playing games, gambling via the lottery and emulations of card games, and by opening a shop and selling items, which were obtained by either buying them or randomly finding them around the site.
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The Beauty Contest: A way where you can express your artistic talents and your love for Neopets at the same time. On a normal Neopian day, I was happily clicking around in Pet Central and came across the front page of the Beauty Contest. Being a Neopian for a while, I was familiar with the Beauty Contest and how people spammed the Neochats all over just to gain one vote for their pet. My friend had entered the Beauty Contest before and despite her drawing being the best one out of the entries, she did not win. I decided that day to have a go at this “Beauty Contest”. Excuse me for thinking that I could enter the Beauty Contest and win a decent trophy that I deserve.
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Neopets often does not listen to what their users want, and this is the second reason most people leave (first is being frozen). Neopets has been known to freeze for no reason, or a generic reason with little to no explanation.

It takes most users over a year to get their account back when frozen, if they even get a response, which 95% of the time they do not. Any item that actually does something worth while costs so much money that you would have to save up for several months to get it, which by that time, either the item is no longer available, or no longer has the desired effect.
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