There’s been a lot of rumors going around in the last few days. A lot of tweets have been spread out, as well. As a result, I am here to put a rest to the rumors and explain what really is going on. This could be a long post, so read on!
LEGO CUUSOO has now officially become LEGO Ideas and the site has gone live today. With new branding, new design and new guidelines (most notably opening project submission up to anyone of at least 13 years of age), the successful platform is ready to embark on a new era of fan-created LEGO sets. You may remember over the last year or so, me advertising my project known as “LEGO Club Penguin”, or on social media as #LEGOCP.
In the fall of 2008, CUUSOO Systems and the LEGO Group teamed up to launch the LEGO CUUSOO crowdsourcing experiment. Initially, the site was only available in Japanese. But the promising results from the pilot led to the launch of the international LEGO CUUSOO beta site in the fall of 2011. CUUSOO worked with the LEGO Group to produce community supported sets. If an idea submitted to the website gains 10,000 (originally 1,000) supporters, it standed a chance of being produced as an official LEGO product. Once a project acquired the 10,000 supporter amount, it would be put in the LEGO Review, and the company would determine whether it would be a product or not. Quite a few models have been made into reality, such as Minecraft, Back to the Future, and the Mars Curiosity Rover.
A new episode of The Spoiler Alert is now here for this week. As always, if you do not want to be spoiled do not watch the video! This week, Megg and Ninja (not Polo, who was absent for this episode), and a special guest leak the new updates for this week. You can check it out below.
Disney Interactive has released a statement on their Tumblr page, naming Club Penguin’s beautiful headquarters and awesome team in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada the VoluntEAR of the Year, a special award given for helping out in the community. Congrats, Club Penguin! This is big. Check it out:
Congratulations to our Kelowna Studio, the headquarters for Club Penguin, who was recognized as Disney’s 2013 VoluntEAR Team of the Year for the North American region! Volunteerism is a central and enduring part of Disney’s legacy and culture and our employees around the world give their time and expertise to brighten the lives of kids and families in need, and help strengthen communities around the world. Since the program’s founding in 1983, Disney VoluntEARS in more than 40 countries have given over 8 million hours of volunteer service, including comforting kids during their hospital stays, participating in beach clean ups, and building community playgrounds.
The Kelowna team’s 210 volunteers completed more than 1200 hours of service in 2013. Working on projects of various scope and scale, the group contributed to global initiatives like Change Heroes’ “Build a School Campaign” where they raised $53,475 in 6 weeks to build schools in Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Ecuador as well as local projects which included work at community food banks, women’s shelters, boys and girls clubs and more. In honor of their work, Disney VoluntEARs is making a donation to one of their favorite local organizations, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
By coming together to complete these VoluntEAR efforts, the studio not only helped those in need but also strengthened their bond as a team. Congratulations to all!
A brand new issue of the Club Penguin Times has arrived on the island! This is their 447th numbered issue. This issue focuses on the upcoming Future Party, which starts next week.
The first article has Gary talking about the threats in the future, mostly Protobot wanting to sink the island with meteors. But hey, we can handle it, right guys?
Jet Pack Guy loves these new Robo suits… but he still prefers his good ol’, trusty jetpack.
A comic centered on the Red Nose Day event from last March… cool!
The Upcoming Events has been replaced with Island Rumors for the issue. What do you think of these puffle bands?
Club Penguin has continuously been making improvements to its mobile app, released on iPad nearly a year ago and iPhone and iPod Touch a few weeks back. With the Snow Forts being updated online to prepare for the Future Party, the team used this chance to design a cool new feature on the app for this particular room.
When you enter, stand in one of the two colored circles (either red or blue) to pick a team. Then, throw snowballs at the opposite fort to knock it down and make the flag fall! One is victorious once the opposite team’s flag is all the way on the ground.
I really like this update! Do you? I hope this makes its way to the online version of the game soon.