Put away the pitchforks, Poptropicans… the Poptropica Hate Blog has had its day, and the real PHB’s back to say: April Fools!
Many of you joined in on the mutiny with such fiery passion that sometimes the line felt blurred between genuine and exaggerated criticisms! Enjoy some reaction highlights from the comments (click to view full size). There’s more where they came from!
Now that the ruse is revealed, we want to pull back the curtain and share a bit about the making of the Poptropica Hate Blog.
As evident from all the complaints that came pouring in, our hot takes were in fact inspired by real sentiments from the fandom that have been brewing over years of frustration for what the game has become.
For the prank, though, we mainly wanted to highlight the worst of the outrage mentality and amplify our grievances with over-the-top outcries. The PHB team put together many ideas for rants, with memes and written contributions from Gentle Dolphin, MaryannTheConqueror, Purple Paw, and Slanted Fish. Plus, Purple Paw came up with a brilliant illustrated header to go with all the anger. Check out all the little details!
Our declaration of how “Poptropica is canceled” covered a lot of bases, from costumes to social media and Roblox. While some of the rage is definitely real and echoes the protests of Poptropicans, the truth is always more complicated. Despite the disappointments, we at the PHB still hold onto a love for what Pop was, and hope for what Pop could be.
Most of the people criticizing Poptropica aren’t just “haters” though. Most of us were big fans in the past, which is why we hate to see how they’re ruining the game.Perfect Sky (former PHB writer) on the hate blog
For all the frustrated followers of Pop out there, we hear you! The Pop Hate Blog might be a joke, but it clearly touched some nerves.
So, what to do with all the hate? For sure, we can grieve for what we’ve lost and gripe about dreams that disappear.
But at the same time, that energy can be draining, so it’s worth trying to see things from a more generous point of view, too. And ultimately, that’s what we keep working at here on the Poptropica Help Blog. To critique and affirm. Even when we’re hateful, we can also be hopeful.
Love it or hate it, we’ll be here.
~the PHB 💙