The Sad Truth Behind My Visit To Webkinz World

The Sad Truth Behind My Visit To Webkinz World

We all remember Webkinz and some have even written about their return visit to their Webkinz. My Webkinz visit was like no other.

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When I read articles about people going and visiting their Webkinz pets again after so long, I got inspired to do the same. However, straight off the bat, I ran into some issues. When I got onto the screen, it brought me to the username and password screen.

Yikes!

Not only did I not remember my password, but I also didn't remember my username. I tried to click the "forgot password" option, however, my roommate told me that after so long it's not possible to use other information to get in. This stressed me out big time because I literally didn't have a clue. I made this account in like fourth grade, obviously, it's not going to be anything I would be using now.

After a deep struggle, I gave my mom a call to see if she could investigate and see if I wrote it down anywhere. She looked for about five minutes before giving me a picture of a sticky note that had usernames and passwords to other games but not Webkinz World.

Thanks, Mom, that helps a lot.

However, a little bit later she told me that my sister knew hers and my login information. Strange, but I took it. I tried to login and it worked, but guess what? That's right, another strikeout. It told me a sentence saying "Welcome back! We missed you!" It then explained that they needed to retrieve my account and that I should log in again the next day. I did, and I fouled the ball. It said the same thing it did the day before. I then emailed the support system to see if that would help. The next day rolled around, and I had the same message pop up and no answer from the support system. I then completely struck out and forgot about trying. About three days after that, I finally got a response from the support team saying that they needed more information to solve the issue. I gave them my information and proceeded with my day. The next day they emailed me and said it was up and running!

I immediately got on, to check it out. It was the same, but also different than what I remembered. It took me to my house and I completely got lost in how much stuff was actually in Webkinz World. I forgot that there was hampster and flying pets add ons to the game. I also forgot how many places there were to explore on there. It has the Curio Shop, the Adoption Center, the hamster world, the vacation spot, the Wish Factory, the fairy woods and more! There was so much stuff to do, but my sad and organized self decided to literally redo everything in my house. I went from room to room, taking out all of the furniture and undressing all the animals. Because of all of the animals I had, this took forever. So long that I had to come back the next day to do more of it.

After that was taken care of, I placed all my pets into the new rooms I wanted them to be in. Like, my first animal, a pug named Angel, had a really small room, so I moved her into a bigger room because I thought she deserved it.

Once I placed all of my animals into new rooms, I decorated the rooms and made everything aesthetically pleasing. Crazy, I know, but I did it anyway. In doing this, however, I got to keep some more furniture I didn't like in my dock, this way I could have some stuff to trade with when I go to the tree house. The tree house was the spot I loved as a kid. As boring as it is sitting there and waiting for a partner to trade with, I had a fun time trading things like food and cool clothing with strangers! When I organized everything in my house, the tree house was the first thing I went to. When I got there though, the adoption lady said that I needed to adopt another pet to do stuff outside of the house.

This is a good strategy for the company, I will admit.

My mom had extra adoption codes that we never used, so I wasn't worried about it. After I adopted a new horse, which I named Ney Ney, I went to the tree house. Right away I started trading with someone who liked my junk! I traded them and I got a golden table and a couch! I don't find it odd that I did the same thing at Webkinz World that I would do in real life. Trading on Webkinz World is just like thrifting in real life, so of course, I went straight to the fun. After that, I went back to my house to situate some more things on my to-do list.

I think we all know that some animals come with their own refrigerator or closet. I had put all of these in my dock because I didn't really want all of the food and dressers scattered everywhere around the house. I went to my kitchen to redecorate. Everything was pink and purple, it was definitely a color scheme I would have chosen when I was eight. In the kitchen, there was a sandwich maker, a blender and an oven. As much as I wanted to redo the kitchen I got lost in cookbooks and buying ingredients to make some of the options in the cookbooks. I made fancy waffles, french toast, and some orange muck, yes even on Webkinz World not everything is perfect. When I fed it to my horse, she even told me that it tasted just as bad as the name. Gross, after that, I felt bad about it. I then went to the backyard and harvested my crops. I had candy canes, carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes and some other crops all growing outside in my garden.

In those few days of getting on Webkinz World and playing with my pets, I realized all of the long lost activities and fun I had as a kid. Even though now, I am an organization freak and an aesthetically pleasing Insta hoe, I still spent time with my past and remembered all the fun times I had on this website. I'm really glad that it's still up and running and that some special children will be making the same memories I had as a child on there. And I believe that I will now get on periodically and just let loose for a while, but these few days I got on, the realistic sides of things took advantage and I just had to make everything pretty and my style again. It was definitely stupid of me to organize everything, but this was my way of having fun and remembering all my animals all over again. I think that is quite okay.

Because of this experience, I've been getting on Webkinz World instead of social media platforms and just playing games and trading items. Honestly, Webkinz World is a much better time than scrolling.

Me and my pet doing our daily tasks.Chloe Black

Playing in the arcade and getting "KinzCash".Chloe Black

One of my Pet's aesthetically pleasing Rooms.Chloe Black

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My Definitive Ranking Of Animal Crossing Games

I know what you're thinking, and no, they're all not the same game.
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The Animal Crossing franchise has been around since 2002 and has four main games in its collection: Animal Crossing (Gamecube), Animal Crossing: Wild Word (Nintendo DS), Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS). Each game expands and improves upon the last one, while keeping the same simple game plot in mind -- you move into a new town and must take care of it and its villagers.

That being said, not every game is perfect. Here is my definitive ranking of Animal Crossing games, from best to worst.


1. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)

In my personal opinion, this is the best Animal Crossing game of the bunch. They added lots of little features, while keeping the point of the game simple. In this game you could create your own constellations, open a coffee shop in your museum and even plant money trees -- all perks the Gamecube game did not have. Also, this game was the first in the franchise to allow for online play. You could now visit other people's towns, to explore and play together. I also think the unique design of the Nintendo DS helped make this game great. You could write letters or create patterns with the stylus on the touch screen, you see both screens simultaneously while playing, which allowed for easier game play then the Gamecube version. This game, to me, really defined Animal Crossing.

2. Animal Crossing (Gamecube)

It's hard to beat the original. This is Animal Crossing, in its most basic, true form. You have a mortgage to pay, a town to take care of and villagers to attend to. There are certain features in this game that I loved and wished they wouldn't have dropped when moving forward in the franchise. One of my personal favorites is the statue Tom Nook would construct if you paid off your mortgage in full - it was gold, shiny, right in front of the train station and absolutely ridiculous. Another feature, while not exactly honest gameplay, was another great one - the cheat codes you could find online. If you told Tom Nook a certain combination of letters and numbers, he would give you all sorts of goodies -- 30,000 bells, rare items, furniture. It was a nice little perk to have.

3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)

This game is arguably the one with the most changes and new features. This game took the usual Animal Crossing plot line and flipped it on its head: Tortimer, the mayor of your town, has decided to retire and named you his replacement. As mayor, you have so much you can do to your town: create new town projects, set new town ordinances, kick villagers out. Plus, a new island is introduced. You take a boat to it and have a direct line to rare fish, bugs and fruit. On top of all that, Nintendo just introduced a new update recently utilizing their amiibos in gameplay. All in all, this game is a lot of fun because it gives you so much to do. It can get overwhelming at times since there is so much you want to accomplish as mayor, but it's most always an enjoyable experience.

4. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

This game, to me, is the one I enjoyed the least. The game is pretty straight forward, like all other Animal Crossing games, but this particular one hyped up a city where you can shop from special stores or see shows. To be quite honest, the city never really impressed me. It was cool, but nothing that deserved all the hype it got. I also thought the controls for this game were a bit awkward -- you used both a Wii remote and a nunchuck, holding one in each hand. The nunchuck would control your movements and you would interact with tools, buildings or villagers with the Wii remote. It was something I could never get used to. This game wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to the other games in this family for me personally.

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It's Time For You To Buy A Nintendo Switch

It's time to switch it up and buy a Nintendo Switch! Disregard the awful pun and check out my article about why I went with the Switch and why you ultimately should too.

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In the fall of 2018, my first semester of Junior year was taking off with a bang. My grades were looking good, I had just turned 21. Things were looking pretty good. But I felt like I was missing something and I couldn't quite figure out what it was. I felt like I had a mini-sized hole in my heart. I couldn't identify the cause, but I felt a sense of longing. One day I was sitting in class next to one of my buddies and I notice this girl two rows in front, who had this mysterious tablet looking the thing in her hands. It wasn't a conventional tablet for note-taking, it looked as though it served an entirely different purpose altogether. I nudged my friend and asked him what it was and he whispered back "that's a Switch." A what? "A Nintendo Switch." I was perplexed, to say the least. A portable Nintendo system that is a fraction the size of a Wii U? Get real. When I found myself back at my apartment later that day, reduced to my boxers (signaling a successful day), I pulled out my laptop and decide to do a thorough investigation into this Switch device. I hadn't necessarily been a fan of Nintendo since the original Wii days so I admit I was skeptical.

I did my systematic research which involves Youtube, Reddit forums, and Amazon reviews, in that exact order. I watched a few gameplay videos, specifically Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and was immediately intrigued. I was not expecting the graphics and frame rate of the console to be so smooth. After about 30 minutes of sleuthing, I was sold. Now I had to figure out how I would acquire a device with such a hefty price tag, especially since my parents would laugh in my face if I even hinted the question. So, I did what any no-income student would do. I went to my friend Aaron and easily convinced him to go in on the console with me, half-half. Before the words "Nintendo Switch" had even left my mouth, he had agreed to go in on it with me. After about two or three weeks of paid participation in economics experiments at my college, I was ready to do the deed. On my way back from my Public Relations writing class I excitedly went to the technology department of the student union and did the unthinkable.

I figure that I've done enough trivial rambling about how and why I bought the Nintendo Switch so now I'll explain why it's amazing and ultimately worth the purchase. I will also discuss a few cons to keep in mind when deciding for yourself. What really did me in with this device is the portability of the system. The quality of gameplay, as well as comfort, do not seem to suffer when playing on-the-go. In fact, I'm almost led to believe that the graphics and frame rate are better when condensed to a slightly smaller screen. To all of the video game laymen out there, the Nintendo Switch is essentially a smaller Wii/ Wii U with exceptionally better graphics, gameplay, and a beautiful on-the-go option. One of the best selling factors for this console is the exclusive Nintendo game titles.

You won't be able to find a handful of the Nintendo classics anywhere else but on the Switch. These titles include Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, Super Mario Tennis, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and many more. Disclaimer: Legend of Zelda: BotW is not for the weak minded gamer. I was in for an utter and absolute rude awakening when I bought this game. I expected it to be somewhat similar to Skyrim but had no idea that the puzzles and missions in this game would be so complex and time-consuming. I admit, with hesitation, that Aaron and I collectively logged more than 50 hours of gameplay into this single game. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "These guys are studs."

Looking forward there are a good number of highly anticipated titles such as Pokemon: Sword and Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3. Luigi's Mansion 3 hasn't been given its official title yet, but both games are expected sometime in late 2019. Aside from game titles, the switch excels in many areas, but multiplayer might its most successful attribute. The smaller, yet comfortably designed controllers allow for anywhere from 4 to 8 players to join in. The multi-player is also unbelievably fun. I think Nintendo games, more so than others, are specifically designed for the multiplayer experience. It's both rewarding and thrilling. It was rare for my apartment to not be utilized as a local hub for Nintendo Switch access.

Now to discuss some qualities of the Nintendo Switch that might cause some players to shy away from this purchase. I think the biggest limiting factor of the Switch is the number of titles available. While the Switch has a handle full of big-name titles, there aren't very many multi-platform titles or indie games available, making the Switch feel like a relatively new console even 2 years after release. After buying the top 10 or 11 Nintendo titles for Switch I felt as though there weren't that many games left to choose from. Luckily there are new titles being announced almost every month, but that still may induce hesitation in a possible buyer.

The second limiting factor is the fact that Netflix and Amazon Prime video are not available on the console. It was definitely a big slap in the face when I found out about this. I suppose Nintendo has an exclusive deal with Hulu and hasn't agreed on terms with other streaming services just yet. Obviously, these are just applications, and it is very possible that they will be introduced to the Switch very soon. Keeping my fingers crossed. The only other possible downfall I could think of relative to the Switch is its steep price. But I honestly believe that you get what you pay for in this scenario.

I couldn't be more happy with my Switch after owning the system for nearly a year. If someone demanded that I rate it out of 10 I would confidently give it a 9. If you're at a crossroads right now I hope that I was able to shed a little light on the Nintendo Switch, possibly encouraging the right decision of purchasing it.

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