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The Neopian Times Week 26 > Articles > Gourmet Club vs. Book Award

Gourmet Club vs. Book Award

by velasco

Which of NeoPets' newest contests, Gourmet Club or Book Award, is best? And by "best" do I mean the most attainable, the most prestigious, or the best in general? Well, here is my humble opinion…

Neither. They both emphasise the mistreatment of your pet.

Gourmet Club: Isn't it awfully funny how almost immediately after this vile travesty was created, many contenders' pets had reached the 11-food limit of acceptance? Unless I miss my guess, the top scorers were either really rich, to be able to buy the food, or really lucky, and already had a lot of the food. And more than likely, because their pet can't "die," the rich ones neglected their pets to get richer. Then when the contest came out and there was actually a point to feeding your pet, they went out, bought a lot of really expensive stuff, like the Crystal foods, and stuffed their pet. Then they looked for ways to make it hungry faster. All I can say is… that poor pet. As noted by vlee11 in the last issue of The Neopian Times, your pet would have to be dying to be able to achieve 11 foods in 3 days. This does NOT seem like good pet care to me… what happens after the contest is over (unless… horrors… it goes on forever)? The pets will be neglected again.

I am one of the lucky ones, I guess; I got the Taco Dog, Snowberries, Frogleg Pizza and Bullseye Pizza for free, from the Space Map. I got the Asparagus Pie from the Advent Calendar, and I have an extra Turkey Dinner from a Thanksgiving mistake… only meant to buy two, but double-clicked. Well, it was only 300 NP at the time. Now it's 500-600 NP… still fairly cheap, but twice as much as what I paid for it. I got the Gargaraptor Arm in a lucky spin on the WoM. I got a Puntec Fruit in a really lucky spin on the Fruit Machine. I collect green things, so I have a few of the rare Mint Chocolates. I even have a Golden Juppie, bought a long time ago for only 300 NP. Since I have lots of Gourmet Foods, why don't I try for the award? Well, here's why: I believe in moderation in all things.

I do not pamper my pets with expensive delicacies, but neither do I make them eat omelettes every day. I play with them and care for their illnesses, but I also train them and expect them to do some work to help out. I am not fanatically obsessed with saving and making NP, but I do appreciate it when the NeoPets Team makes a game that gives quick and easy rewards (like Kiko Match I, Faerie Caves, Deckball and Hot Wheels). I used to spend about 8,000 NP a day on members in my Guild, but that amount has fallen to about 5,000 NP because of recent game reward cutbacks.

Essentially, I do not stuff my pets because it makes for fat, lazy slobs, which is just as bad as emaciated, feeble pets… just take a look at Chuffer Bob, or the Bruce and Blumaroo in this picture:


Disgusting!

Book Award: Just as bad as the Gourmet Club, disguised only by a thin veneer of scholasticism. This contest raises your pet's intelligence, yay. Intelligence is great. But to have 400 books shoved into your head in the span of a week? If teachers assigned 400 books to be read by next week, there would be mass rioting. (Especially when that list includes such dense material as Physics and Time Travel). If bosses assigned 400 reports to be read and analysed in such a short period of time, there would be mental breakdowns, walkouts, etc. If Web page designers (*ahem*NeoPetsTeam*cough*) had to finish 400 Web pages in 7 days… well, given vats of coffee and plenty of cattle prods for constant alertness, I'm sure the NeoPets Team could accomplish that, but many would never be the same again. And for us ordinary folk, the task would be, well, impossible. So, why force your pet to go through the same ordeal?

It is reminiscent of the father who, having failed in Little League as a child, now forces his own son to practice, play, practice, play, until all the fun is driven from the game. He is living vicariously through his offspring, and while the father may be ecstatic over a win, there is always room for the son to improve, to be the star player the father never was. Ask yourself: Is this really fun for my pet? Would I do this to, say, a sentient cat? Does my pet enjoy having books rammed through its cerebral cortex and directly into the centre of its brain? (If it does, it has a problem.)

So now you see why I am against both of these competitions - one makes you mistreat your pet physically, the other rewards mental abuse. "NeoPets is about the pets, not the items…" Or the trophies.

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