Neopets Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Neopets RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Surprise! A Neopets TV Show is Officially in the Works https://www.gameskinny.com/b6wkl/surprise-a-neopets-tv-show-is-officially-in-the-works https://www.gameskinny.com/b6wkl/surprise-a-neopets-tv-show-is-officially-in-the-works Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:58:38 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Remember Neopets? Those fuzzy little creatures that took the Tamagotchi Pet concept to tremendous new heights and got everyone in trouble because raising them is more fun than school?

Yeah, those Neopets. They're getting an official animated series. For the 75 million people around the world that play Neopets, we suppose it's pretty cool. 

The surprise news comes from the official Neopets Twitter account. 

Blue Ant Media, the current, scandal-free owner of Neopets, is bringing Beach House Productions on board to create brand-new stories and characters "to expand the storytelling and bring added dimension to the Neopets kid- and family-friendly brand."

Create a new story might be more accurate. Neopets has always been about raising and playing with the fur-monsters, but it's never had any kind of Digimon-like story surrounding it, something Donovan Chan, Beach House Pictures' creative director, understands. 

The property is popular across age targets and since the ’90s its fans have identified it as a fun and safe space, and we want to bring that to a new generation of kids. It’s rare to come across a property with global reach, which has a great historical DNA, but is also a blank slate for creatives because it doesn’t already have a series.

It's sort of surprising news, but also not really. After all, this is an age where The Witcher spawned a Netflix series and Sony created an entire production house just to convert its properties to TV series and films

We're getting a Resident Evil TV show, and Pokemon and Dragon Quest movies are releasing on Netflix. And the Castlevania Netflix show just got renewed for a third season. In a way, it appears we're now entering the Golden Age of nostalgia-centric television and film. 

Neopets launched 20 years ago as "an interactive pet website." The property has been bought and sold several times since. Beach House is known for its live-action puppet shows, as well as a handful of animated children's shows. 

There's no word yet when we can expect the first installment of the Neopets animated series, but really, the fact that Neopets is still going strong after this long is pretty amazing in itself. We didn't think we'd ever be telling you to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Neopets news, but there you have it.

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10 Games That Defined One Gamer's Childhood https://www.gameskinny.com/nnuyd/10-games-that-defined-one-gamers-childhood https://www.gameskinny.com/nnuyd/10-games-that-defined-one-gamers-childhood Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:47:13 -0500 Dragoncat91

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In conclusion...

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Here's a neat little photo I took that I call Shades of the Past, specifically for this article. Binder and box full of Pokemon cards, a Playstation 2 decorated with a Spyro drawing, and of course, those three sacred Spyro games.

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Do you have any memorable experiences with the games I listed? Do you want to talk about your own nostalgic childhood games? List them in the comments below!

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1: Spyro Year of the Dragon

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This is no surprise, right? After I fell in love with Spyro the Dragon via the demo disk, I actually owned the third in the trilogy first. And then it was obvious that my uncle had a very important thing missing when he gave me the PlayStation: a memory card. No memory card and just a demo disk. Why did he even get the console if he wasn't going to use it to its fullest? It's a mystery.

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I explained to my parents what a memory card was and why I needed one. Then I was ready to embark on the biggest and most enjoyable gaming adventure of my childhood. I went backward through the classic Spyro trilogy, which wasn't a big deal because they all had stories which were independent of each other. If you try to do that with Legend of Spyro, it won't work, you have to play those in order.

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Spyro was the first game I considered myself a fan of, and it is the reason I love dragons. Lots of fond memories... lots of fun times, lots of good reasons for Spyro Year of the Dragon to be my number one!

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2: Spyro the Dragon

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When I first got my PlayStation handed down from my uncle, all he had was a demo disk to get me started. This game was the one that caught my eye the most, so I selected it and fell in love immediately. It was so much fun that I forgot about my bowl of ice cream until my elbow landed in the melted slush.

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Later when I got to own this masterpiece, I did countless playthroughs over the years. But it wasn't until I was about twenty one that I finally completed it 100%. I haven't been able to 100% the other two classic Spyro games, but I got close.

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3: Spyro Ripto's Rage

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The second in a trilogy, it was the second I owned of said trilogy. When I first played it, I think I was being taught old west history in school, which taught me that the game's story has more in common with real world history than you might think!

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Ripto is an egocentric little magician who arrives in the land of Avalar and decides he wants to rule it. With his army of monsters, he causes trouble everywhere. But he has a strong hate for dragons, so the locals bring a dragon to Avalar to stop him. 

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Ripto's Rage is my least favorite of the classic Spyro trilogy for reasons even I don't know. I guess I just prefer the other two? But still, it's a great game and was definitely one I spent hours upon hours on. I still play it on occasion today.

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4: Neopets

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Just when the Pokemania in my small town was starting to die down, along came this virtual pet site. It was super addictive, and it was the first time I'd ever signed up for anything on the internet. Most everything I do online today can be traced back to Neopets. Roleplaying? Check. Foruming? Check. Web Design? Check!

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I was a young middle schooler who thought I knew how the web worked, but looking back... I was, for lack of a better term, a n00b. I typed in chat speak and flat out asked people for rare and expensive paintbrushes -- the items that you had to use to change the color of your Neopet. *shudders* 

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Neopets had super strict rules. You weren't supposed to use more than one account, even though just about everybody did. If you got caught, they would "freeze" you. Happened to me once... but it wasn't that bad. 

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The word filter was outrageous. It didn't allow even innocent words like "itchy" and "grape" on your pet pages. And if you roleplayed, you couldn't have romance at all. Not even innocent fluffy stuff. 

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I stayed on Neopets despite all that crap that would make me leave a site faster than I can say my own name nowadays. The straw that broke the camel's back is when the "No roleplaying about anything but Neopets" rule was made. "If you want to roleplay other things," it said, "there are other sites for it. Neopets is only for Neopets." And that was the end of an era. 

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5: Pokemon Ruby

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Don't worry, this is the last Pokemon game on the list, but it shouldn't be a surprise that the series was that big for me growing up. This was the game I had when I started to really play and compete with my friends. My best friend also had Ruby, but her little brother had Sapphire.

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One scorching summer day, my friend's brother was at the swimming pool while her and I walked to the gas station for a slurpee. We made an amusing reference to the drought bringing Groudon in our game and the rain bringing Kyogre in her brother's.

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We also traded, battled and once even helped each other have all three starter Pokemon in a single game cartridge. Something that would be much easier today with the Global Trade Station (GTS). Back then, we had to use cables and be right next to each other.

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This was the generation of Pokemon that the GameCube games Pokemon Colosseum and Gale of Darkness belonged to. Both had story modes where you could get Pokemon not available in the Gameboy Advance games and transfer them. Not only that, but you could hook up the Gameboy Advance to the GameCube and battle in full 3D! It was the most epic and awesome thing ever.

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6: Crash Team Racing

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This was my Mario Kart. I never owned an N64, you see... I got a hand me down PlayStation from my uncle and I didn't need or want both.

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It was, and still is, the only Crash Bandicoot game I've played, although I'm somewhat interested in playing the classic ones I missed if I can find them.

Either way, this game is fun. I'd spend hours on it because it has a story mode, and I'd also mess around in the other single player modes like the cup races. Sometimes I'd play multiplayer with friends, but not often. We were all more interested in Pokemon. It wasn't until my brother got old enough to game that I played the multiplayer mode of Crash Team Racing regularly. 

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What's funny, is this is the only game of mine that he likes. (He just turned thirteen, and apparently all the thirteen-year-old kids these days like things like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. *waves old lady cane*).

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7: Pokemon Crystal

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While I also had Pokemon Gold as a kid, I chose Crystal for this list for the simple reason that it was the first in the series to give gender options instead of just having a male protagonist. I wasn't bothered in Yellow and Gold, but as a female, I ended up playing Crystal the most often. I would still play it in my Gameboy Advance sometimes before HeartGold and SoulSilver made it obsolete.

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Crystal also earns the "first Pokemon game that I got a shiny in other than the red Gyarados" title. Shinies, as all Pokemon fans know, are Pokemon that are a different color than usual. They are super rare, and your chances of finding one are around 1 in 8000. The Johto region's red Gyarados doesn't count because it's story based and anybody can get it.

My first shiny was a male Koffing that I named Cross. He wasn't on my first playthrough, I don't know how many times I started the game before I got him, but I know it was in the Gameboy Advance days.

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8: Pokemon Yellow

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The Gameboy Color was the first console I owned that wasn't a hand me down. But the game that earned spot eight on my list actually wasn't my first game for it. My parents bought me Pokemon Pinball instead. It was okay, I told myself. I would get a "real" Pokemon game soon.

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But when Gold and Silver were announced, I panicked. Why were my parents making me miss out? Along came the tears, and luckily for me, my loving aunt was there. She took me straight to the store and I got what I desired. I was kind of a strange child, but who wasn't?

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Nonetheless, I've come to realize that Yellow isn't really the best choice for a kid's first Pokemon game. It makes you start with an electric type pokemon, and the first gym leader has ground types that are immune to electric attacks. They also have good defenses... that battle with Brock is up there as one of the most suspenseful fights in my gaming history.

My Pikachu had run out of power points (PP) for all of its moves, forcing it to use struggle, but somehow I managed to win... and then, like an idiot, I went on to the next route without going to the pokemon center first. Live and learn, I guess...

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With the virtual console release, I've found out just how used to FireRed I am. I knew it would be archaic, but not like this. A lot of moves are stupid or useless, and the old lady with the tea in Celadon doesn't exist. You have to buy a drink from a vending machine for the thirsty Saffron guards instead. There's no healing spot in the SS Anne. These things had me scratching my head for a little bit. But other than that, strong nostalgia.

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9: Super Mario World

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Eventually I tried my cousin's other SNES games. He had a baseball game, Street Fighter, Zelda, a racing game... amusingly enough, I used to beat him at Street Fighter by button mashing! But when he gave me his SNES because he got a PlayStation, Super Mario World ended up being my favorite.

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The experience was the perfect definition of retro -- the TV I had in my room had seen better days. It went black and clicked every once in a while, and sometimes when it came back up, Mario had died. But it was all I knew, so I didn't complain.

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Looking back, I'm pretty sure I had no idea what I was doing, but man did I have fun. My cousin would come over and go straight to Bowser and beat him, while I sat there and marveled at his skill.

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Recently, I downloaded a SNES emulator to revisit the game. It's not as great as it was back then. But regardless, it has earned a spot on my list.

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10: Mario Paint

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Likely the first game I played, so therefore, it's first on my list. My older cousin had a SNES that I would play when I was at his house. I was only around five, so Mario Paint was perfect for me. There was nothing about it that would be confusing or frustrating to a five-year-old, except maybe the fly swatting game... but I spent the majority of the time on the main coloring and drawing portions.

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Twenty years later, I discovered that there's an online version of the game's music composer and people have made awesome things with it. I tried it, but alas, I'm about as musically inclined as a rock.

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I've been a gamer almost as long as I can remember.

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Today, I decided to put together this list and pay homage to the games that were a big part of my childhood, and likely many other kids' lives. Some are even still a big part of my life today. So let's hop on the nostalgia train and see what I (and we) loved about these classics.

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4 Virtual Pet Games That Will Scratch Your Neopets Itch https://www.gameskinny.com/eokbz/4-virtual-pet-games-that-will-scratch-your-neopets-itch https://www.gameskinny.com/eokbz/4-virtual-pet-games-that-will-scratch-your-neopets-itch Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:04:31 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

Way back in 1999, a site called Neopets was born and it was an absolute sensation. It had millions of members - kids and adults alike clambering for the latest pets, playing the flash games, and learning the entire world of Neopets. The site grew and like many ongoing franchises do, managed to alienate parts of its old fanbase. The site gained a Pay to Play win mentality with the introduction of Neocash. Old fans found that without sticking their well-earned dollars in, they had a harder time having fun with their Shoyrus and Lupes.

People left, but every once and a while they feel like they need to go back to the old grind of harvesting Neopoints and pricing the items in their shops at a ridiculous amounts.

Or do they?

Many sites have tried to bank on Neopets' success or just tried to use it as a template for success.  These sites are typically run better than the massive corporate site and have a more personal touch. They also have a "cash" shop of sorts but they aren't nearly as obtrusive or as game breaking as in Neopets.  For all those who'd like to get back into the world of free virtual pets and the community that comes with it, these sites are for you.

Dragon Cave

It is more than likely you’ve seen this at least once when you’ve gone on a public forum site.  At the bottom of someone's profile there is a bunch of eggs or dragons that might look similar to this:



There is usually a frantic message beneath it as well resembling something like:

“PLEASE CLICK ON THESE DRAGONS SO THEY WON’T GET CONSUMPTION LIKE NICOLE KIDMAN IN MOULIN ROGUE!”

Or some other message like that.  This site was founded back in 2006 and runs on the idea of  stealing a dragons egg from a nest and keeping it as your own, having it hatch to your very own baby dragon. You have to give it enough clicks in a certain amount of time through or the dragon dies, leaving a rather morbid message about how the egg died from lack of care.



 

 

If you get enough clicks however,  the dragon grows up! You don’t really get to interact with the dragons other than breeding them once you have at least two in your cave, but it is a fun little site.

It has a very supportive community that is always willing to help newbies by giving them tips as well as clicking on their dragons. On this site, more than any other site on this list, the new player cannot make it entirely on their own.  User interaction is key, or at least being on a forum where enough people will give your dragons click so they won’t die a horrific death.

Have fun!

Chicken Smoothie

These little guys have more than likely made their way into your line of vision when scrolling down forums. They are typically little puppies wrapped up in blankets, all cuddled up and ready to grow up.

The site itself has expanded its roster of pets since its creation in 2008 to include cats, bunnies, owls, horses, spiders and various other animals, real or otherwise. 

Each of the pets has its own unique design, and they are an absolute joy to see at times. The amount of artistic talent on the site is simply astounding and the artists should really be praised more for the amount of work they do designing some of these pets. Some of the pets might have the same template but the designs are really eye popping.  



Unlike Dragon Cave, Chicken Smoothie has no looming fear of death whenever you check on your pets.  They won’t die on you if you  don't click on them, but they do grow up.  What makes this site similar to Dragon Cave is that there is no direct interaction with the pups, not even breeding. Most of it is decided by staff or by the community at large voting for what design of pup gets to be breed next.  

This site is more collection-based than anything else. To collect all of the pups from the previous years might seem like a daunting task, but luckily Chicken Smoothie has a very kind community. You are likely to find someone that is willing to give you a big chunk of duplicates they have from previous years. 

Even the rarest of pets can be recovered for newer members, so the task of collecting all of your favorties isn’t impossible, it’s just a matter of patience.  Just interact with some of the  helpful community in the meantime and you should be fine.

Powerpets

Here’s a familiar sounding name, but I know what you’re thinking.

Powerpets sounds exactly like Neopets! It’s just like Pokemon and Digimon which both have mon at the end of their names! They are obviously ripping each other off right?! RIGHT!”

Well, it’s a yes and no answer. Yes, Powerpets is similar to Neopets because of the pets at the end of their names. And it’s about raising online free pets. But it’s different enough to be its own separate entity.

 

 The main thing that sets Powerpets apart from Neopets is that it gives you real animals to take care of. Pets available to adopt range from something as normal as a Bulldog to something as outlandish as a Moray Eel.   The site is big on real-life animal activisim, and attempts to teach its players the importance of animal rights while doing it in a fun environment.

You can do a lot of things with your pet: feed them, groom them,  paint them, explore the world with them, collect random items, play bizzare flash games with them, read to them, and write stories about them. Stories that other users can read!


On Powerpets, there is a system where you can write your own stories about your pets and get them published into real virtual books for the people of the site to read. You don’t get paid for it in real life, but it’s a pretty cool feature.  People spend a surprising amount of time and effort on these stories, crafting interesting narratives with their virtual pets. You can even rate and buy the books if you want so you can read them at any time.



All in all, Powerpets is by far the closest you’ll get to Neopets without actually going back to Neopets. It’s educational, fun, and has just as much to do in it as the old multi-colored mutant site did. 

Flight Rising

A site that was funded by Kickstarter in March of 2013, Flight Rising is like World of Warcraft fused with Neopets. The site has a rich lore that is told through its encyclopedia, wiki and Youtube videos about the 11 elemental dragons that helped form the earth in three different "ages". It involves destruction, tales of hubris, and eventually compromise to save the world from an even bigger threat.



At the beginning of your registration, you pick a Flight, which determines what sort of Lair you have and the eye color of your dragon. You get to pick one dragon at the start as your first-generation dragon, and the site randomly generates another dragon of the opposite gender to be it’s mate.  The designs of the dragons are creative and quirky, giving each species their own unique feel. 

 Each Flight has its own personal forum as well as a public forum for inter-flight discussions about things. The community is simultaneously supportive and competitive with one another. For once every week on Saturday it determines what Flight is “Dominant” in that week, which means that they get little bonuses that the other Flights don’t get. These Flights are still at “War”, but it’s a war for dominance rather than a war of world domination. 



There are tons of things to do on the site other than just breeding your dragons (with multiple combinations), you can feed them, dress them up in apparel,  you can gather items which you can sell, play games, fight in the coliseium, look for familiars (tiny pets) for your dragons,  look around in the auctionhouse for good deals, or just talk to the community.

Like the sites before it, Flight Rising has a very good community with some very kind people. During registration periods, they are more than happy to embrace people into their Flight and will give newbies all of the help they need. 

It’s a great community to be a part of, and if you want a site that’s a little more grown up than Neopets and has cool dragons, then check out Flight Rising when it opens up registration again.

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Pets games have been around for quite some time and it looks like they are here to stay if any of these sites have anything to say about it. If you ever feel like going back to Neopets, or really want to take care of some virtual animals, take a look at these sites. Sometimes, it’s worth feeling like a kid again, even if all you’re doing is taking care of some pixelated creature on the screen.

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