A commencement address to Poptropicans of 2020

This post is going to be a bit different from our usual news updates and fandom spotlights, but we want to take a moment to toast and encourage you, Poptropicans of unprecedented and tumultuous times. Here’s to you!

To the Poptropicans of 2020,

It’s been a strange year. We’re living in a global pandemic, yes, but that hasn’t stopped us from playing Poptropica. That threat lies elsewhere, in the impending end for Adobe Flash. But more on that later.

In some parts of the world, now’s about that time of the year when students graduate and have ceremonies to celebrate the occasionโ€”gatherings which now, of course, may not happen in person, or at least will look different than usual. So if you’re graduating this year (whether from elementary, middle, high school or college): congratulations! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ And even if it’s not your turn yet, what follows is still for you too.

Here at the Poptropica Help Blog, we want to commemorate with you with a commencement speech of sorts, to remind you of the times we’ve had, to give you hope, and to send each other into the world to come. So we’ve donned our caps and gowns (from the Graduation costume available now in the store!) and prepared a celebration for you. Let’s roll.

Some of you have discovered this game only recently, and others of you have been around for literally a decade. Either way, we’re all part of the Poptropica fam, and that’s worth celebrating! ๐Ÿ™Œ

As Poptropicans, we’ve ridden on gryphons, been chased by blueberry-infected zombies, trolled some lumberjerks, and had lots more adventures. (And when you were stuck, we were right here with illustrated island guides to help you through. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) How many of these moments in Poptropica do you remember?

It’s been a good long run, but things are different now. There’s uncertainty. We know that Flash will not be supported by the end of this year, and it’s resulted in drastic changes for Poptropica as they prepare for this futureโ€”it’s meant islands disappearing and cosmetic and structural changes to the game. A fresh, challenging, solid island adventure seems a long way away.

And offline, there’s uncertainty too. Plans have changed, and perhaps you’re not sure what the next year or even the next few months might look like. But it’s okay not to know. What you can hope in is this: the world needs you, noble Poptropican.

Remember your adventures in Poptropica, and all that was gained from them. Love sacrificially, as the Vizier did for you in Arabian Nights. Find joy in wonder, like Salerno with her alien structures in Lunar Colony. Live patiently, as with your grind for the Phoenix Warbird in Skullduggery. Even when these islands fade, their legacy remains. So know that the giants you’ve faced, and the friendships you’ve formed, have prepared you to take on the world with courage, kindness, and yes, even greatness.

Have hope, because you’ve come this far. Have faith, because you are surrounded by people who believe in you. And take heart, brave ones, because you’re just getting started.

Life is made up of the everyday moments, and your part matters.

A new world awaits. Poptropicans, may you rise up to meet it.

โ€”the Poptropica Help Blogโ€”

p.s. While you’re here, consider sharing in the comments about how Poptropica has shaped you as a person! โญ๏ธ

13 thoughts on “A commencement address to Poptropicans of 2020”

  1. The graduate costume is available for free this week in Flash and Javascript, so we can all celebrate as you have.

  2. Thank you for writing this. God, I haven’t commented here in forever! I hope everyone is doing okay! This game has really got me through some rough patches in my life. I’m gonna miss it dearly! This game has inspired me to be more helpful and outgoing and smarter! And in this crucial time, we need that more than ever and I have Poptropica to thank for that!

  3. I have been playing Poptropica since 2010 February and I am still playing strong. I am still uploading Poptropica videos to my Poptropica Youtube Channel and I really hope Poptropica the best in the future. Also by the way the old islands in Poptropica ARE BACK NOW!

    1. Since April nothing has loaded but Legendary Swords and the minigames. I see that now the old islands are back but only for members, which to me is the biggest disappointment yet. I have never had membership and have never been able to afford it. However, Iโ€™ve emotionally let them go anyway. Well, enjoy them TALLMELONISCOOL. Take care in this difficult time.

  4. Iโ€™ve been playing since 2008, but not the same character continuously since my first account expired. Earlier this year I got back into Poptropica when I heard about the old island directory; even though several adobe flash updates made the AS2 islands incompatible and never-finished-loading by mid-April, I was able to earn several medallions and relive the magic one last time; that inspired my drawing which made it into the community creations top 5 picks. I hope that my adobe flash character(s) will be transferred into HAXE at some point and get to live on as Poptropica continues into the future.

    1. Glad you could relive some of the magic. โœจ We’re uncertain about what will happen with Adobe Flash accounts, but the recent update (old islands returning for members) gives some hope that there can be continuity between Flash and Haxe. My Haxe character’s appearance copied over when I went on Early Pop through Haxe to log into Flash to play the classic islands.

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