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The Neopian Times Week 147 > Articles > It's Supposed To Be Fun

It's Supposed To Be Fun

by charmedhorses

Neopia is a great land, filled with mysterious creatures and lovely landscapes. Recently it has gone through some ups and downs and I have questioned whether or not it remains as fun as it once was. By writing this I intended to share my feelings about issues that I see effecting Neopia and tried to offer encouragement to keep your spirits up. I have grown to enjoy this new community, where people band together and form new friendships, but things are constantly changing and we need to remember that Neopia is supposed to be fun.

Prices

Inflation is something that happens in almost every matter of life. With this in mind, it should not have come as a surprise to me to see the price of paint brushes, transmogrification potions, and who knows what else, leap upward. This only affects a fraction of the Neopian population -- those selling and those wishing to buy products -- but when almost all items have increased in price it affects the entire population.

NEOPIAN BANK - I myself can relate to those saving up for something special. Granted I have been very fortunate, I play games and try to rack up Neopoints just like the rest of you. Unfortunately, the prices of my desired items seem to be fluctuating and so I never know when a deal is a good one. Likewise a friend of mine has been saving for a transmogrification potion and just recently found out that the price of it had skyrocketed an incredibly 200 thousand Neopoints.

Some people may see this price increase as a challenge; something to be faced and overtaken. After all, you don't appreciate something unless you've had to work for it, isn't that how the saying goes? This is a good point, but it doesn't change the fact that a sudden price change can cause extreme discouragement.

I'm not trying to imply that price inflation is a bad thing. It's how things work and you have to accept that. What I mean to say is that this is simply one of the aspects that makes the world of Neopets more challenging and has the potential to make it less fun.

Competition

This is a topic that has been discussed many times before and I'm sure will not end here. In many ways it seems that Neopets has become one big contest. Try counting all the contests in Neopia and I think you'll find that they exceed the number of fingers you have on which to count. For one thing, there's a high score table for almost all of the games, turning a fun activity into yet another contest.

Competition can be a good thing, it keeps you on your toes and keeps you from becoming too pompous because there's always someone better than you are. Nevertheless, life isn't all about competition. When everyone around you is competing and desperately trying to win a trophy it can be disheartening for those unable to rise to the challenge.

I think it's important to realize that winning is not the most important thing. What's important is being true to yourself and following your own beliefs. What other people think of you is not nearly as important as what you think of yourself.

Poor Behavior

As I see it the biggest problem in Neopia is the behavior of its residents. We're lucky to have such a nice place to spend our time, but it would be so much nicer if people had more respect for one another. This can be stressed (and probably will be) for your entire life. When you get right down to it, it just doesn't matter how rich you are or how many items you have. Respect your neighbors and try to earn their respect in return.

I don't believe that anyone has the right to go into someone else's Neohome and take their items. What in the world could be going through their mind? Someone worked their tail off to earn those belongings and when another struts in and takes those away they should have to deal with a very guilty conscience. They should know that what they're doing is wrong before they do it. I don't know how anyone can do something like that.

Behavior such as this is totally unacceptable and only makes Neopia a less desirable place to live. Again, this is a more distasteful aspect of Neopia, but could easily be changed everyone would pitch it and make Neopia a better place for the whole. Respect your fellow citizens and leave other people's property alone.

Stay Upbeat

All of the above are reasons that Neopia has become less enjoyable, but there are so many ways in which Neopia has improved. Just think of what it was like a few years back and you'll see what I mean. Neohomes have become much more stylish, bands have made their breakthroughs and the faeries have had drastic makeovers. Everything has become much more modern, which has both positives and negatives. It's up to you to decide which outweighs the other.

It's important that if you feel disheartened by the negative aspects you speak up and try to make a difference. Prices can be deflated, competitions can become less stressful, and people can come to their senses. Becoming angered can lead to more problems and an even more distressed population. This leads to a circle of distraught as one person disheartens another, who in turn disheartens another, who then disheartens another and the chain goes on. To prevent this from happening try focusing on the positives rather than the negatives and remain cheery and upbeat. I don't know about you, but I'd prefer a circle of happiness to a circle of distraught.

Understand

Please understand that I didn't write this article to tell you what matters and what doesn't. Such things are entirely up to you. The point that I am trying to make is that Neopia is a world for your imagination. Try to accept that things change and though it may not be as fun as you think it should be, you can always make the best of a situation.

Author's Note: Neopia is supposed to be fun-keep that in mind and don't take things too hard. Feel free to Neomail me!


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