Club Penguin Armies have existed for more than a decade, and a lot of members have grown up within the community. With many of the community members having close friends or family, they have the choice to reveal what could be an embarrassing part of their life or to keep it a secret.
There’s a diverse amount of people within the community. Some have grown up in it, some are currently growing up in it and there are some who have just wandered in later in their life. People of younger ages generally need parental permission to access some things on the internet, including games and communities. Others, however, either have more freedom or are of a certain age where they stand on their own two flippers. A question does stem from this though, do people within the community let their family, or people they know, know that they play Club Penguin?
For younger members of the community, this question may be as simple as yes and no. For others, it may not be that simple because of their age. Club Penguin was created in 2005 and it is a game for children, primarily. It’s because of this fact that, for older members, telling other people about their activities may be more difficult. Whether it be embarrassment or for the sake of their own privacy, some may restrict people around them from knowing. This isn’t always the case as some people simply may not care what others think or they may even know some people in real life that are also in the community.
With that being said, we at Club Penguin Armies took it upon ourselves to interview some members of the community to find out if their loved ones or close friends know about their activities.
Do your IRLs know about your army career? If not, why?
Beasto [Help Force Staff]: Well yes they do, except I dont talk about it much, but my youtube channel has shown people that I do club penguin videos and they tend to ask me about it a lot, and I just always tell them its a fun thing I do in my free time which is recording penguin parties and making them into a fun video.
Sanya [CPA Moderator]: No, they do not know about my army career because let’s face it, it would be rather embarrassing for your friends or family to know that you spend your free time playing Club Penguin, asking people to join your army group, and dealing with boring penguin politics, etc.
Claire [Water Vikings HCOM]: So a few friends and my bf knows about my cpa activity, not specifically about the career itself, but most people don’t cause they would probably make fun of me like some of my friends did lol.
NatyCupcake [Templars Veteran]: Actually none of them has ever asked since club penguin armies are not really a thing in Brazil, so no, they do not. I’m not sure if I’ve ever shown any of them my army drawings either.
What influenced you to tell (or not tell) people you know?
Beasto [Help Force Staff]: I wasn’t really influenced by anything lmao, they just asked me why am I still playing club penguin and uploading videos about it, and I just told them lol.
Sanya [CPA Moderator]: The reason why, like many others, I keep it a secret is that I usually like to separate my IRL and online lives and not have my online life in Discord known to others, especially to my friends and family .
Claire [Water Vikings HCOM]: I dont think there’s a specific reason tbh, i just wanted to share a thing I love with people I love yk?
NatyCupcake [Templars Veteran]: No, it’s just that club penguin wasn’t really as big in here as it was in north America, and i only got into armies after the original game shut down.
For those who said that people they know in real life did know, we asked them an additional question.
What are their thoughts on you taking part in the community?
Beasto [Help Force Staff]: They find it funny tbh, but when i tell them that I’m a discord mod in a certain public server, it kinda changes the way they look at it lmaoo
Claire [Water Vikings HCOM]: My bf thinks it’s cute and stuff but most of my friends including him thinks it’s kinda childish. Not all of them make fun, but they don’t give a massive support tho.
Unexpectedly, there was an equal split in answers between people who have told those they know and people who haven’t. These four people are just a few examples from the evergrowing army community. Some of them chose to tell people around them either because they already knew about their penguin activities or because they didn’t want to hide things. Others chose not to tell them either for the sake of their privacy or because, simply put, Club Penguin isn’t as big as it used to be.
There are many different people within the community with their own reasons for telling or not telling people they know. However, should we be more open with our family and friends? Or should our private life stay private? Have you shared your Club Penguin story with those you know? If so, what was their response? Did they accept it? If you haven’t told them, why haven’t you told them? Be sure to let us know in the comments!