(Some Of Your) Club Penguin Questions Answered!
I still get a lot of questions from fans about Club Penguin, so I’m going to see if I can answer some of them here.
Are you THE Screenhog that works on Club Penguin?
I am that Screenhog. I worked on Club Penguin from May 2005 – October 2010.
Wait a second… “worked”? Did you QUIT Club Penguin?
Yes. I no longer work there. I still compose music for many of Club Penguin’s parties and games, but other than that, I don’t do anything else for Club Penguin or Disney Online Studios any more.
Why did you quit?
Because there are a lot of other projects I want to work on, and there are other opportunities I want to experience and explore. Club Penguin was an amazing experience, but after over 5 years, it was time for a change.
What are you working on now?
Well, I am working for Hyper Hippo on projects such as Mech Mice. I compose a lot of music for other companies, too, and I’m working on some of my own games.
So… you never visit Club Penguin any more?
I still visit occasionally, but not on my “Screenhog” account. In late 2011, there was a sudden rise in the number of attempts to hack into my Screenhog account. Why? I don’t know, but it got bad enough that I requested that “Screenhog” be permanently locked. I can’t actually go online as Screenhog any more unless I’m physically in the Club Penguin office.
Ouch. What are your other penguin names?
Well, if I told you that, it would defeat the purpose of locking Screenhog, now wouldn’t it?
OK… So… what exactly did you DO at Club Penguin?
A variety of stuff. I drew some clothing items, made furniture, animated special dances, created mini-games… but I didn’t do it by myself. Most everything I did on Club Penguin was made with the help of a large and very talented group of artists, most of whom still work there (and most of whom are better artists than I am).
I also got to help plan out events and other parts of Club Penguin’s creative calendar. That was pretty cool.
How did you get your job at Club Penguin?
Well, as you know Club Penguin started in 2005. I’d known Lance (Rsnail) for five years already, and had done work for him in the past (artwork for Crab Chat, word lists for Word Crunch, etc.). When New Horizon Interactive, the company Lance worked for, decided to start making Club Penguin, Lance hired me on.
Did you know Club Penguin was going to get so popular?
I knew that Club Penguin would be a success… Lance already had a growing group of fans with Penguin Chat 3. However, my estimates for how big Club Penguin would ever get were hit about 8 months after we launched. I had no idea it would get THIS popular.
What’s it like being famous on Club Penguin?
I don’t like it very much, to be honest. I’m proud of the work that I do and the talents God has given me… but I don’t like being swarmed with people. I have tasted fame, and I don’t know how celebrities can stand it.
Are you still a moderator of Club Penguin?
As in, can I ban people and do all of that kind of stuff? No, I can’t. I lost that privilege when I left Club Penguin.
Do you know the other moderators of Club Penguin in real life?
If you mean Rsnail, Billybob, and Happy77, yes I do.
I should bring up something, here. Technically, none of them are actually “moderators”. They don’t moderate anything. When Club Penguin first began, they did look after the world and moderate it (I did, too). However, it quickly became too big of a job for us to handle, and so other people were hired to do that under the term “customer support”. In reality, there’s well over 100 moderators of Club Penguin. I don’t know all of them.
Can you unban my Club Penguin account?
I didn’t have the power to do that even while I worked there… I certainly couldn’t do it now.
Do you think Disney ruined Club Penguin when they bought it? It used to be so much better!
No, I don’t think Disney ruined Club Penguin. In fact, there were many things that Disney did that make Club Penguin a lot stronger. For instance, without Disney, it would have been much harder for Club Penguin to be in languages other than English.
Here’s the thing… Club Penguin is a world, and just like the real world, things in Club Penguin change. Yes, the Everyday Phoning Facility used to be the Sport Shop, but in the real world buildings get demolished all the time for new buildings to go up. Healthy worlds have to change, whether or not you like the way that they change. Have you ever heard a grandparent talk about how things were better 40 years ago? This is the type of thing they’re talking about… you’re just experiencing it for the first time.
I want to make my own virtual world! How do I do that?
Have you tried searching for “make your own virtual world” on Google? It’s a lot easier now than it was when Club Penguin started.