Sunday, December 04, 2016

QUIZ: Which Club Penguin Mascot Are You?

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Have you ever decided which Club Penguin mascot you're most like? Take the mascot personality quiz below to find out!

Credit to Dj Stores from PengFeed.com for the idea.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How Many Times Can You Spot 'The Grinch' In This Project Super Secret Teaser Image?

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Ah, The Grinch, a holiday favourite. How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a childhood classic of mine.

Coming up to the holidays, I want to introduce a lot more festivities to Cheats With Dino—something I haven't really done in the past—and who is a more festive character than the evil mastermind-monster-turned-lovable animal himself: The Grinch?

Count how many times you can spot The Grinch in this Project Super Secret teaser image and scroll down for the answer. Make sure to click on the image to see its full size!

Answer (highlight to see): There are 7 Grinches hiding in this image!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Eleventh Anniversary, Club Penguin!

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Have you heard the news?! It is October 24th, which means Club Penguin officially turns eleven years old today!

That's right, eleven years ago today, a small team of three men decided to make a game about penguins on a snowy island... they put that plan into action and now, all these years later, we've ended up here.

Over the times, a lot has happened and a lot has definitely changed, the game is almost completely different now compared to its humble beginnings back when it started. But Club Penguin doesn't and never will fall short of fun even after over a decade, and today on this very special day -- penguins will do what they do best -- party like it's 2005!

All cheesiness aside though, Club Penguin is one of the best MMORPGs of the 00s, and it has inspired kids and teens across the world to explore their creativity and find their inner strengths. And for some penguins like Trainman1405, it has even affected their future, such as applying for a job.

Trainman1405 is one of the most influential bloggers of our time, but all things have to come to an end, and as he prepares to leave the Club Penguin world this year and venture into the deep dark depths of the real world, he is creating job applications.

In a tweet posted on October 22, Devin talks about how much 'Club Penguin has impacted [his] life'. He says 'not only has it helped me develop the skills necessary for writing [for a] customer support job, but it's also given me the skills at a much younger age, helping to jump start a potential future career.' Devin adds, 'Without Club Penguin, I wouldn't be qualified for these kinds of jobs due to not having the required skills or prior experience.'

This is bewildering, bewildering how much a simple online game can affect our lives, bewildering how much of a community has been built from this, and bewildering to see how some people that have grown up with Club Penguin are using it to launch themselves into a career.

But, I do realise I am talking to an audience of young people, or at least the majority of, who probably don't want to hear about jobs or growing up, so let's kick it down a notch and let's just focus on what Club Penguin themselves are doing to celebrate.

If you log into the game today, you will see that the 2016 Halloween Party is still on, but that doesn't mean we can't have a good time. Aunt Arctic will pop up on your screen, and offer the 11th Anniversary Hat, and the background to go with it. Pick them both up and you're ready to roll.

Bonus: If you manage to meet Aunt Arctic on Club Penguin this year, you can get her lovely Aunt Arctic's Press Giveaway background.

The Coffee Shop looks totally decked out with balloons and banners, head over there to see where all the fun is at.

That's a big cake! I hope no one eats it all in one go.

In the Coffee Shop, you can pick up your party hat if you haven't already, and sit and reminisce on the past year with the 2015–2016 Yearbook with your cup of juice and a slice of cake.

Before I close off this year, I just want to mention that Riyita has made an incredible video called It's Our Game, which is a special he has released for Club Penguin's eleventh anniversary.

I feature in it with a voice clip, along with many other wonderful penguins from the community. If you'd like to watch it, here is the link: Club Penguin Space Presents: It's Our Game. It truly is a great video.

Thank-you for reading my small tribute to the past eleven years of a groundbreaking game.

As always, waddle on.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Club Penguin: Early Concept Art - Part 2 (Characters)

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On October 3, I launched my first blog post in a new short series that I announced was starting on Cheats with Dino, named: Club Penguin: Early Concept Art. In this series I talked about how I was going to feature and discuss pieces of early concept art from the very depths of Club Penguin's archives. The first post was a success, garnering lots of interest from the Club Penguin community.

Today, 12 days later, I am releasing the second part of the series! In part 1, I focused on rooms and the designing of rooms from the very fist sketch, to the final product. Today will be quite different, because—as you can guess from the title—we will be looking at characters. Everything from mascots to puffles will be highlighted in this episode. So, without further ado, let's dive straight in.

Let's start quite far back, how does 2005 sound? Good? Good. Firstly, I'd like to give a little bit of a backstory. In November of 2005 in Club Penguin, many sightings were being reported of various coloured balls of fluff popping up around the island. Unbeknownst to the users of the time, these would grow into one of Club Penguin's most iconic symbols: puffles!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Club Penguin Mobile App Update – 1.6.21

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The Club Penguin App (formerly called My Penguin) has updated to its most recent version: version 1.6.21 for all mobile and tablet devices that the application is available on.

Club Penguin has updated it for the 2016 Halloween Party that was launched September 28, 2016. The system requirements for this app are iOS 7 or later and Android 4.0.3 or later.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Club Penguin Blog: What's Coming in October 2016

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Megg has written a new post on the Club Penguin blog with the updates calendar for October 2016. The first updates for October will take place on the 5th, with the last taking place on October 31.

There will be eight total updates for the month of October on Club Penguin, which amounts to five total update days. I will post the full blog post with the calendar down below for you to read.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Club Penguin: Early Concept Art - Part 1 (Rooms)

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Let's talk about something new today. Let's talk: concept art. Since Club Penguin is a flash game, and has been that way since 2005, (read this article to learn more about how flash runs the game) this means when the Club Penguin team wants to add a new item, they have to draw it in Adobe Flash before it's allowed to be hosted on their media servers.

However, most times, before working on the final draft, they sketch out some concept art on paper, or sometimes they make an early prototype digitally. Over the years, most of this concept art has been stored and collected, as it is used as a basis for the final model.

This makes for some crazy art that us regular players never get to see. Until today. I have with me some concept art that I've collected over the years. These released images have been posted around the web, primarily on the social media accounts of old art designers, or the official Club Penguin blog.

Club Penguin Pin Cheat - CP Decal Pin

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The newest collectable Club Penguin pin has been released. The Club Penguin Team release a hidden pin every fortnight on the island for penguins to locate and pick up.

The new pin is called theCP Decal Pin, also known as the Club Penguin "CP" Logo Pin, and is the island's 371st pin to date. It is hidden at the Book Room. Below I have provided an image of it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Club Penguin Updates Today - September 28, 2016

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Club Penguin will be updating as per usual on Wednesday, September 28th. There is no schedule on when the updates release, but it will be afternoon or evening in Club Penguin. It may be different for you, depending on your country's time-zone.


The updates will include:
  • Halloween Party
  • Club Penguin Times #558
  • New Penguin Style Catalog
  • New Furniture & Igloo Catalog
  • Igloo music update
  • Next pin hidden
It is not certain that Club Penguin will release any other updates. However, if they do, I will update this post. Follow me on Twitter (@Dino_Boy7) to keep up with my updates and Club Penguin news.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Club Penguin Mobile App Update – 1.6.20

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The Club Penguin App (formerly called My Penguin) has updated to its most recent version: version 1.6.20 for all mobile and tablet devices that the application is available on.

Club Penguin have updated it for the 2016 Frozen Fever Party that was launched August 18, 2016. The system requirements for this app are iOS 7 or later and Android 4.0.3 or later.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Club Penguin Times Issue #557 - Rejected Trading Post Items!

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A brand new edition of the Club Penguin Times newspaper has been released for September 14th, 2016. This issue is the twenty-fifth newspaper of this year and the 557th of all time.

This fortnight's newspaper discusses two main topics in the articles: 5 rejected trading post items--a BuzzFeed-esque article--and Gary's announcement regarding the Halloween Party 2016. Let's jump straight in!

The main article, 5 Rejected Trading Post Items, was written by Captain Rockhopper, and what a more fitting person for the job! Captain Rockhopper has been swashbuckling an' pirateerin' the seven seas long before time can record. So if anyone knows about trading, it's him.

The post starts off strong. Rockhopper announces his guest spot in the newspaper, and he informs us of a trade secret. He says to "be a good trader, ye have to know what's going to fly off the shelves and what be dead weight in yer cargo hold." Great advice, Rockhopper. All that sailing and trading the high oceans for that knowledge? You could've just worked a month in retail.