This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Cool Octopus, who, like his character, is bearded and currently college-aged. See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!
2007 | Discovering Poptropica at Random
When I was in 4th grade, I remember being on Funbrain playing a game called Mighty Guy. I soon got tired of playing it, so I looked around the site and found an ad for Poptropica. I clicked it and created my first Poptropican, who was named Messy Sky. I explored the game for a bit, but did not complete anything. I didn’t save the account, and in a week, I had totally forgotten about it.
2009 | Re-Discovering Poptropica
A couple of years later, I was in middle school. One day in my computer class, after I had finished an assignment early, I was terribly bored. A random girl in my class told me to go play Poptropica, which shocked me as I had forgotten all about it and was only just reminded. I went back on Poptropica and saw Red Dragon Island on the map, which had not been released yet.
I forgot to save my account again, but the next day, I created another one called Cool Octopus. I managed to finish Spy Island because the girl from my class had helped me.
2010 – 2012 | Getting Help from the Pop Community
I decided to keep playing Poptropica because I was intrigued by the various interesting stories on the islands, as well as the random Easter eggs and harmless glitches I could play with in the game. When I got stuck, I usually gave up and went on the internet to find out what to do next. I remember searching “Poptropica help” on the address page of my iPod touch, which brought up the Poptropica Help Blog, so I clicked on it. As I read the blog, I was amazed by all the stories and walkthroughs I found on it, which I continued to use.
When the Poptropica Friends feature was released in 2012, I decided to get more involved with the Poptropica community. I made my first email account and created a Gravatar profile (which is used on WordPress sites like the PHB). I commented on several Poptropica blogs and even worked in one for a while, but that came to an end. I was always quite interested in getting to know others in the Pop community, getting tips and advice from other players so I could be a better player.
I also joined the PHC (Poptropica Help Chat), which was hosted on Xat before it moved to Discord. I met a lot of great Poptropica players there, including Elphangor, Pixel, Red Lizard, H.C.M, WimpyKidFan, HPuterpop, and Slanted Fish. On the PHC, people liked to share cheats and glitches for Poptropica, which was especially fun for me when I got bored with playing the game itself. My favorite glitch was the gender-changing glitch. Also, I had always wanted a beard on Poptropica, which I was finally able to obtain only through glitching. It represents the beard I have in real life, although sometimes I shave it off because it itches.
2013 – 2016 | Current Life
Well, it’s been a long time since I was the young fourth-grader who discovered Poptropica at random while bored with another game. I have now finished high school, and I’m currently in college, hoping to one day be a cartoon voice actor. But I still love Poptropica.
I also bought a Poptropica membership, because when I first started playing, I never got to have the good stuff that members got to have, and only had the free stuff to enjoy. These days, I’m not as active commenting on Poptropica blogs or chatting on the PHC. I usually just watch and read people’s posts, but I am still following what’s happening with the Poptropica community. I’m about the same age as Slanted Fish, making me one of the older ones in the community.
Something I really appreciate about the Poptropica community today is how the Creators can and will reply to your comments on Twitter. Anyway, if you’d like to add me on Pop, my username is zama-air – and if you want to see who’s on my friend list and what’s in my Store items, check out my video here!
Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story! Feel free to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). Look out for more community MPIPs in the future!