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A Decade of Poptropica: Party Recap and Reflections

10th bday pop

You’ve probably heard us say this a lot this month, but it’s a big deal, so we’re saying it again: ๐ŸŽ‰ย Poptropica is 10!!!!!!!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰

That’s a pretty long time to be popping about. In fact, many of us here at the PHB have grown up seeing its progression over the years, from our pre-teens to early adulthood. Many others in this community are themselves just 10 years old, having been born right around the time of Poptropica’s launch! Whatever the case for you, whether you’re a longtime player or just discovered the game yesterday, you’ve got to admit it’s a remarkable thing to have made it here.

This past weekend, to celebrate the big milestone, the PHB threw a party on Poptropica and our chat server, the PHC. We brought our 10th birthday monkey hats and filled Multiverse rooms with laughter, head-to-head battles, and a standard dose of lag. Despite some hiccups with the party rooms, we still had plenty of fun meeting friends and hanging out on the PHC. Check out a recap of the shenanigans in the collage above, or this video captured by TallMeloniscool which recorded a portion of the events!

Here at the Poptropica Help Blog, we’re immensely blessed to have Poptropica be a part of our lives. This game and fandom – for all its whimsical complexities, hearty community of players, and skillful creativity – has made its indelible and unique marks on all of us who are celebrating its tenth anniversary this month.

To that end, the current PHB staff would like to share some reflectionsย with you โ€“ our thoughts straight from the heart. You can also check out our “My Place in Poptropica” (MPIP) stories, linked below, for more about how the game has impacted our lives.

Brave Tomato:

bt1010 years? Wow, thanks for making me feel old, Poptropica. ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, I could never be any more grateful to be part of such an awesome community. Over the years, I have gotten to see numerous things, news, and such come and go as Poptropica evolved, and it has been great to get to experience it all.

It helped me gain new interests, build up my confidence to pursue an animation degree while in college, gave me an opportunity to share stories and artwork, and I got to meet so many amazing people through the fandom. I know this is weird for me to say, but being part of this changed my life. Thank you, Poptropica, for not being afraid to teach us not only educational lessons, but also to smile, laugh, cry, face our fears, and most importantly, bringing us all together.

Check out her whole MPIP story here.

Happy Lobster:ย 10bdayhl

Well, 10 years does seem like a very long time – but for me, playing since 2008,ย itย strangely doesn’t feel like a very lengthy time looking back. As I grew older, I became more and more interested in Pop, ultimately leading up to my discovery of the community, and taking part in it since the start of 2016.

Since then, I’ve met so many amazing people, all of whom share a common interest, and made new hobbies that I almost definitely wouldn’t have began if not for the community – blogging, graphics, digital art. I wouldn’t change a single bit of my time with Pop and its fandom – and I’m very pleased to see Pop’s 10 birthday.

Check out his whole MPIP story here.

Lucky Joker:

lj10The fact that itโ€™s been 10 years that these wide-eyed, formerly neckless characters have been around is still dawning upon me. I consider myself nothing more than privileged to have had this amazing game a part of my life for so many years. From mindlessly wandering around Poptropica in an elementary school computer lab, to secretly playing during the awkward years of middle school, and now to blogging on the biggest Poptropica fan site as an almost high school graduate, Poptropica has been with me all the way. It is with disbelief, but great joy as well, that Iโ€™m here today reminiscing on the huge impact Poptropica has had on my life, both online and off.

Looking back at the growth and evolution of this game feels so surreal. I remember earning my first medallion, purchasing my first membership, my first merchandise itemโ€ฆ all like it was just yesterday. Because of this game, Iโ€™ve developed interests in mythology, astronomy, story writing, art, and journalism, and have also been learning to seek higher successes. This other world has truly influenced me, and for the best way possible. Anyway, I better stop before I get too emotional. Happy 10th birthday, Poptropica, and hereโ€™s to many more! โค

Check out his whole MPIP story here.

Purple Claw:

pc10Poptropica is more than just a game, at least for me. Poptropica is an inspirational world that inspired thousands of people to make fan art, write fan-fiction, start blogging and writing, become more familiar with coding, and more. This game was what kept me sane through my teenage years (2014-2016, thankfully I’m much better now), my hard times, and whenever I wanted to be alone.

Joining the community is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, and I’m really thankful for every single one of my friends. Everyone here is so nice. Being in this fandom made me realize that Poptropica is my home, and I’m really happy to see this world become 10 years old. Here’s to many more! Stay poppin’! (:

Check out his whole MPIP story here.

Silver Wolf:

sw10Poptropica has become a huge part of my life, and I even remember the first time I played it, which was about 9 years ago (I was in elementary school!). I didn’t become part of the community, though, until 2012, and that was possibly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I only know some of my best friends because of how we met on Poptropica chat rooms or blogs, and I’m so happy to have them in my life. Even my family asks how blogging is going, and it’s become a conversation piece with others offline.

Poptropica has also always been a way to cheer myself up if I’m going through a hard time, and I’ve formed a personal connection with it over the years; it inspires me to be creative and express myself without judgment. I can’t believe it’s been so long, and I wish Poptropica a happy 10th birthday! I can’t wait to see what else the future holds. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out her whole MPIP story here.

Slanted Fish:

fishy10I’m greatly indebted to Poptropica for its being the source of creativity by which I do much of my writing. After all, there would be no Poptropica Help Blog without Poptropica; no Poptropica fandom nor all the fan art, blogs, friends, and conversations it’s inspired for ten years now. So thank you, Poptropica, for giving voice to so many ideas… and for giving me something to write about.

Blogging about this game over the years played a huge part in how I’ve developed my own writing voice, as well as a passion for sharing words with people that I’ll carry with me for as long as I have the ability for language. And it’s more than writing, of course: on Poptropica there are artistic worlds to admire, stories to dig deep into, and many more treasures than can be named โ€“ but suffice it to say, I’m grateful to have popped into these tropics. Keep on popping, Poptropica!ย ๐ŸŽ‰

Check out her whole MPIP story here.

Slippery Raptor:

slip10If Poptropica was a kid, it’d be 10 years old today.ย Funny that it would probably play Poptropica as a kid, too! It’s cool to see how time had flown by so fast. I remember myself many years ago going to a friend’s house just to play Shark Tooth Island, and nagging him about a new island’s release not long after. This game has been a big part of my life.

Only Poptropica had the magic to make me feel like putting in so much effort, time, and dedication into a game. Even in the rough and crazy times, we’ve gotten through, and I’m pretty sure we can keep going through with just a little patience. And look, Poptropica’s already 10! Long live Pop! Stay poppin’!

Check out his whole MPIP story here.

Spotted Dragon:

sd10I still can’t believe it’s been 10 full years! I started playing Poptropica waaaay back in the early days and while I’ve taken breaks, I’ve never really stopped playing. Though I didn’t truly become part of the community until a few years after my very first medallion, I’m still amazed at how big our little fandom is. If I hadn’t started blogging, I honestly don’t know where I’d be in life right now!

I do get odd looks when people find out I still play Poptropica, but those looks almost always turn into a wholesome, nostalgic conversation. I don’t care that I’m a bit old for the game and I don’t know how long it will be before all of this starts to fade from my mind, but I’m 100% enjoying this while it lasts. I’ve made many priceless friendships and discovered absolutely incredible artists, and little things like that are what really made me stick around so long.

Check out her whole MPIP story here.

Well, that’s enough opining from us for now. We’d love to hear your thoughts on baby Poptropica growing up into big-guy Poptropica, and we bet the Creators would too. So we encourage you to share in the comments, even if it’s a simple “congrats!”

๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽย Happy 10th birthday, Poptropica. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ

๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for everything. ๐Ÿ’•

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โ€“ the Poptropica Help Blog โ€“


14 thoughts on “A Decade of Poptropica: Party Recap and Reflections”

  1. Thanks for mentioning my video on this recap ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow 10 whole years of Poptropica. This game has always been in my life ever since 2010! I had so many memories from playing Poptropica without a account then learning how to make a account later, to all the fun I had playing with the grapping bowtie in Spy Island, to realizing that Poptropicans in common rooms were real people (I thought they were just bots before), too learning about Ctrl Shift Codes and promo codes, too finding about the Poptropica Help Blog, too making a Youtube channel all about Poptropica, and those memorites are just why I love Poptropica so much! And now this game that had been in my life has now been 10 years old! Wow

  2. Happy birthday Poptropica!!! ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚

    Despite *some technical difficulties* the party was fun and awesome!

    Bruh I’ve been playing this game since 2008, and looking back at what it was before was incredible.

    (Unfortunately we were not able to push the trees far enough ๐Ÿ˜ถ…


  3. I know the reboot has been around about three and a half months but…

    Am I the only one who thinks that they display game art for the avatars (such as the balloon boy up there) look a bit lifeless, kinda zombie like? Maybe it’s just me, who knows. ๐Ÿ˜

  4. Happy 10 Years! We have been only in the community for one short year, but we feel so welcomed by everybody and have gotten so much positivity and replaced our nostalgia of the game with new memories. Thanks to Poptropica for being such a wonderful game and here’s to another ten years!

  5. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already! I’ve been playing since 2011 and it’s so cool to see how much the game has progressed! Also, I can see my poptropican in the recap!
    – Perfect Sun

  6. What a shame I missed the party, it looked like fun! I said it before and I’ll say it again: Happy Tenth B’day, Poptropica! It’s been a pleasure and I hope there will be more in the future! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Oh man. I can’t believe I missed the party (and most of the festivities…). Stupid exams. They always turn up when they are not wanted….
    Well to separate the game of Poptropica from the heinous E-word used above (WARNING: This could be a rather disturbing display of adrenaline. Reader discretion is advised) HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPTROPICA! 10 YEARS… 10 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG!!! YES! THREE YEARS IN THE COMMUNITY AND I WANT MORE. (Warning over)
    Okay, that was lame. But seriously guys. This game has influenced me more than anything else (a fact my parents are none too happy about). Like seriously. I’m gonna get really mushy, but it’s a beautiful, absolutely beautiful community. A fandom unlike any other. And what has touched me is the community’s love for the game and it’s players. These people love the game. The game’s mark on them is indelible (unlike certain traitorous siblings I could mention). Well, this is really overwhelming. 10 years is no short train ride. I just wanted to say- Thank you Poptropica for everything you have given me and us…. which I figure I could have done without the whole twenty liner though I would never want to. Really, just thank you guys for making Poptropica last so long because I doubt it could have survived 2016 without the PHB, And this is getting really long and I think I need to calm down (this is the longest comment I have ever made). So just thank you.

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