Neopets was, at one time, a FUN site. I'll admit it still is a bit fun but what do you get in the long run. A bunch of pixels you wasted days and days, even YEARS on?
Many, many, MANY years ago Neo was a site run by caring people who actually took notice of users and got to know them. The mods were nice and understanding, I remember even being FRIENDS with some mods!
That all changed though. Little by little Adam and Donna sold out. Finally, in June of 2005 they sold themselves to Viacom. The users might have well sold their souls to the devil.
Ads popped up EVERYWHERE. Now, it is worse than EVER before. There's an ad on the bottom of the screen, on the top of the screen and on BOTH sides of the screen. You can go to a page and a ad will pop up on your screen.
The rules also became SUPER SUPER SUPERRRR strict. Before you could at least say Damn! and What the Hell! or That Sucks. But NOOOOOO you say suck and your frozen. And what gets to me is that dating and religion and swearing is STRICTLY prohibited but there are ads for Eharmony and things saying WHAT THE HELL and ads for buying a limited edition bible! WHAT KIND OF JOKE IS THAT???
And the NC MALL. More like Viacoms Money Maker Central. People actually PAY for fake money to use on pixels so your neopet can look like a fruitcake! Yay!
Yes people ACTUALLY USE IT. They waste money on this crap. And then Viacom freezes them without a second thought. They don't care, just as long as they get their money, they don't care. Its alll corporate. VIACOM OWNS YOUR SOUL if you play neopets and buy their crap, then they have you right where they want you.
Nothing really happens anymore. They recently released an avatar. Their first one in hmmm..let's see...3 FLIPPIN YEARS! They've really let go of stuff. They waste all their time freezing people, making new demented looking pet colors and making items that NO ONE WITH A LIFE IS GOING TO BUY.
And what REALLY upsets me is how they revamped the site COMPLETELY. One day its nice and cozy the next its high tech and my frickin neopet is EVERYWHERE. They do that so we can stare at its naked body and waste money on PIXELS TO COVER UP ITS NAKED PIXELS! Wow! Good idea viacom!
And don't even get me started on what they did to the pets. At one point the pets were fun and individual, now they ALL LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME. And not only are they identical but they are UGLY. Why should I waste my time on ugly pets?
And the boards. More like N00b Central. Its full of illiterate freaks. And the people who aren't illiterate are super rich, snobby users who think they are better than you. Yeah if you want to waste all your time savin up NPs and Avatars and thinking they're smarter than you and then get frozen and cry about then yeah, we'll see who the winner is then.
Another name for the boards...Scammer Place. Scammers are EVERYWHERE. The boards are full of scammers, cheaters, liars, CGers, (Cookie Grabbers, they recently developed a new program where people can steal your cookies. They are STILL on the site, an example of how many unsolved glitches and bugs there are that neo is too lazy to fix)idiots who don't have a life but think they do (a.k.a 'rich and respected' neopians), and illiterate n00bs. Throw in some 8 year olds and a bunch of fan girls and prep/emos along with a bunch of flamers and report happys and thats the boards in a nutshell. Yup! HOW FUN!
Neo also has a staff of lazy fat asses who sit back at their computer and click the freeze button.
Don't even get me STARTED on the staff. You say "Oh yeah, I like the color of my pet a lot, but not really the basic ones." and some n00b will show up and go "0MG MI P3T 1Z A B@SIC C0L0R!!! 0MG U S000 M3@N, R3PORT3D." And neo will freeze you.
I was frozen for saying date. Thats right, I said "oh yeah, we should decide on what date to do that on" . They froze me. EVERYTHING I had saved up was gone. I must say, I was addicted but now I realize how stupid I was, wasting my time on PIXELS!
GET OFF OF IT WHILE YOU CAN. I was addicted too, I would spend my WHOLE SUMMER locked in the office, playing Neopets ALL DAY.
There is a whole world out there people. There is NO POINT to Neopets. You spend all your time playing completely stupid games and buying dumb paint brushes for your pets. ButWHY? So you can show off to your little neo friends who are probably 40 year old living in their moms basements???
Its a waste of time and you WILL get frozen. Neo was once fun, if you can look past all the ads, scamming, crappy staff, dumb games, stupid looking neopets then yeah maybe it's fun for you.
Me: You need a life
Neopets4life1234567: I HAVE ONE. I LOVEEEEEE NEOPETS.
*6 months later*
Neopets4life1234567wazfrozen: OMG TNT FROZE M333 NOOOOO! DAT WAS MY HOLE LIFE! I CAN'T B3LI3V3 DEY DID THATTTTTT!!!!!!!
Me: Yup, thats what neo gives you after years and years AND YEARS of devotion. After playing games and putting hardwork into your account they freeze you. You should get a life, it really helped me. Afterall, Neo is built on an empire of corporate and pixels.
Point 1: Overcommercialization.
We've got Neopets happymeals, Neopets plushies, Neopets keychains, Neopets stickets, etc. What happened to "We don't want to make money, we just break even using the advertising!"
Point 2: Sponsor Games
99% of the NEW games on the site are sponsor games. Most are the same as other games, and are very, very simple, but the characters or the background are changed. These games are the opposite of inventive.
Point 3: Wars
Wars on Neopets are very boring. You sit around and attack the same enemy a billion times and then you (might) be able to get a bigger one to fight!It's like in Pokemon where you have almost beat the game, except the developers have messed up and given you Level 2 Rattata to fight, rather than Level 70 Gravelers.
Point 4: Message Boards
Greedy Adam and Donna. A while ago, there was a message board called General Chat, where all the media driven "get a girlfriend cause you should!" 7 year olds posted OMFFIGLJG 15/M/ALASKA WILL U BE MEH GIRLFRIENDSZ!?!/ Instead of hiring new monitors, they froze accounts of people that didn't do anything, and destroyed the GC, making the aforementioned people go to other boards where WE had to handle them.
Addict: "Of course I am, I get so much cool stuff now!"
Me: "Its not even real! Dont waste your money!"
Addict: "Shut up! Oh I just got a paintbrush! Yay!"
1: Shameless Advertising.
They have 3 advertisements on almost every page.
One on the top, one on the bottem, and one on the side. Advertising things like online dating services, weight loss programs, and phone companies. Plus they have countless sponser games. And even make sponser items (bubble yum, sweet tarts, etc.)
2: Neo Staff favoring certin users.
Let's face it, there's only a handful of people TNT (theneopetsteam) actually give a shit about.
Featheralley, Hrobi, Garret_jaxx (sp?), Hubrids_mansion, Jazz_invinceable , and a coupple others. Thease people will not be iced no matter how many rules they brake.
3: Message boards.
The message board used to be cool... like four years ago. Now they suck. Neopets changed the format to look more professional... and screwed everything up. Completely deleteing the GC (general chat), which used to be cool. Before n00bs took over.
4: Glitches and bugs.
Neopets has countless glitches and bug which they will never fix. I myself have lost well over 15 million in items and np's (example: I lost a SOS while taking it off my pet. Plus I've lost large sums of neopoints countless times while trying to put them into the bank.) And neopets never refunds anything you lost during a glitch... unless you're featheralley of course...
Neopets is full of gay ass asain cheaters.
They've made it impossibble for anyone who dosn't cheat to get on a high score list for a game.
6: They're Hypocrits
They'll freeze your account if you post pictures of yourself in which you are slightly imosdestly dressed. And yet they have faeries with their boobs hanging out all over the site, wearing skirts that sure show alot-o-theigh.
They'll freeze you if you mention any achollolic bevrages, and yet they have them as items on their site! *points to a certin item called "red wine" and many other wines*
Noooo cussing. Or else they'll freeeezeee youuuu.
*points to the old maraqua vid with the pirate swearing.... aloso points to the faerie who swears* mmhmmm.
The site is full of people trying to scam other players. Pretty much the only reason guilds exist anymore is for people to host scams.
8: No origional games
Every fuckin game on that site is a ripoff of another game.
9: It's understaffed
They have far too few monitors for the amount of people who use the site.
10: Report Happy Users
People will report you for ANYTHING on that site. And I mean anything. And regardless to what neopets says, no, they DON'T actually check inot the situation. I've been faulsely reported and frozen countless times. If you mearly say something like "I don't like Good Charlotte, I prefer Dropkick Murphys." ... someone WILL report you, and if enough twits report for it, you WILL be frozen.
And those are the top ten reason why neopets sucks.
Though if you still like to play regardless of those reasons here's the top 10 tips on how NOT to get iced
1: Don't have anything on your user look-up
2: Don't talk to ANYONE
3: Don't be in a guild
4: Don't have a pet
5: Don't play any games
6: Don't share a computer with anyone or anything
7: Don't buy anything from any shop
8: Don't log on from ANY other computer
9: Don't leave for 3 years then log back into your account
10: Don't get anything from the money tree.
(please forgive the large amount of spelling and grammer errors.)
Non-Dork: You're a dork.
A highly controversial online game.
As already evidenced by previous entries, opinions on Neopets tend to reflect past experiences. There are, of course, some who would immediately reject the game as a spawning-place for lifeless teenaged losers. Those people show up wherever you go, criticizing whatever you do - their opinions certainly don't need to have value in this case.
Speaking as an insider who's had both good and bad experiences with the site since I began playing in 2001, here are some interesting points:
-The Neoboards are terribly, terribly understaffed. As a result, TNT (theneopetsteam) has implemented a user-to-user monitoring system that, in retrospect, was bound to backfire horribly. Neopets needs to put more emphasis on the boards, seeing as how communication is so vital between members - I should know, having chosen a life of neo-isolation. An absolutely *massive* revamp of that system is required for the sake of the site's survival.
-Though some changes have been met with a huge amount of controversy, some have evidently sparked die-hard supporters. The restocking system, for instance, while admittedly giving the upper hand to those with more time and a faster internet connection, has become a very popular game to many of these fans. The wide variety of items and shops ensures constant interest.
-My own account was frozen after three years of playing - I had apparently been 'cheating' using several different accounts to gain Neopoints. Here's a shocker: it was true, and I'll admit it. I just never expected to get caught. My only experience with TNT's Ice-o-matic was justly deserved. But I know full well that such isn't always the case. Once again: you need more staff to handle all these new users you're drawing in with advertising!
Much as the most devoted players become obsessed with the idea of acquiring Neopoints, the Neopets staff, given the image of shiny new publicity for a pet project, has fallen into the river of commercialisation and we're all being pulled downstream...
What is horribly frustrating (and totally unforgiveable) is that the Neopets staff refuses to change anything dramatically to better suit the needs of the clients!
DeathToNeopets: You realize that out of the 80 million users, about 79,800,000 accounts were rendered inactive due to constant scamming, random freezings, and plain stupidity on part of the users to get themselves frozen?
SweetAznBabie69: But lik Neopets is lik sooooo cool cuz you can get boyfriends on the chat!
DeathToNeopets: Yeah Neopets is great for that if you like fat, unattractive, lifeless, 13-year old nerds who can't step out of their houses for one second.
SweetAznBabie69: I lik how Neopets updates the site with new stuff everyday!
DeathToNeopets: Yeah, I'm so excited about the new plushie they released that costs 9 million NP. Oh yeah, I think that new paint brush color they made looks awesome - what was it called again? Oh yeah, Crap.
SweetAznBabie69: I'm lik sooooo hyped for the new promotion their having at that store! I'm gonna get soooo much stuff from there and enter in all my rare item codes!
DeathToNeopets: They're holding the promotion in South Africa, and all the rare items are pieces of worthless crap that should be thrown at the Nazis that are the members of the Neopets Team.
First off, Neopets has many rules. Some keeps the site clean, while others tear it apart. One of the rules is do not discuss religion or political veiws on the site. Now if I'm not mistaken, a thing about communism was sensorship. Not only are you not allowed to talk religion/polotics, but certtain words posted can easily get you warned or iced. When you get warned it's by theneopetsteam (The sites secret police). The warning of course is an automatic thing which is corruted now, so you don't even need to say something wrong. You can get warned for posting "Hilary Duff looks like a Yurble".
Second, the site also freezes you if they talk bad about them or TNT (short for theneopetsteam). They have changed the site, making it almost equal for every user. Though sometimes it's not fair. Like when the staff got rid off glowing and shadow fonts. When they did that (Because others using different browses couldn't see) it upseted a lot of people, but a few days later, they have a new option that lets you disable fonts, making a user see normal black fonts. This isn't fair to those that had a nice font because the staff could have done that and keep the glow/shadow fonts.
Third, going back to TNT andunfair rules. Basicly TNT is the secret police of the site. You break a rule you get iced/warned, but there are loop holes in the site rules that people abuse (Like me) and then those who follow the rules and stuff were known to be iced. The term "iced" is what happens when your account is disabled. If you are iced, you can never be defrosted unless you are friends with the staff members. In fact, about 25% of iced accounts are people who done nothing wrong, but the automatic monitors (TNT) also uses loop holes and freeze you. This has been done so much that some people make new accounts and add on to the counter (The ammount of users on the site, frozen and active). More accounts filling the counter, the more the staff gets paid by sponsers. And the make the matter of using your time to on the site to pretty much give money to some lazy bastard, TNT has created a number of "hidden rules" these rules aren't shown in the Neorules, but are used as an excuse for giving out warnings or freezing people. A.so with the hidden rules and loops in the systems TNT will most likely give you a false warning (One time I got warned for "spamming" ,something I've never done) for giving advice or something like rating a picture (By the way, there is no rule against that).
And something everyone should know, reasons Neopets is similar to a communist nation. Most things on the site were made to make things equal. This includes:
Item codes: You buy an item and you not only haggle, but you must type in a code too
Avatars: Some avatars are easy for all to get, while others aren't
Pets: Everyone gets the equal maximum pets you can keep (Max: 4), but the owner has five
Items: Due to avatars, items are raised at a high price now, making only those who have played the site from the begining get them
So there you have it, the secret of Neopets (it may be confusing though)