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Neopets sold by Viacom to some company I've never heard of

Post by Kantark » 17 Mar 2014 11:55 pm

According to today's New Features (which you ought to read as there's a 150NC giveaway in it) Neopets is being sold to a company called 'JumpStart' - or Knowledge Adventure, Inc., according to their Wikipedia page - which appears to be a US-based educational software developer.

There are a few help topics that have also been released to try and explain what this means to us (badly summarised: your account is safe, your NC/NP is safe, we don't know the details of what is going to happen in the long term yet.)

Anyone heard of these people? Should we be concerned? I get the Spongebob reference but who's the Gelert plushie supposed to be?
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Post by Goldenchaos » 18 Mar 2014 01:02 am

I wonder if we could collect the NC on a side account.

Oh the Gelert is the Neopian version of the JumpStart mascot http://m.jumpstart.com/JumpstartNew/Ima ... r-kids.jpg

OH. You can collect it on a side! Snarkie posted on a thread that it's okay since it's a special day. https://24.media.tumblr.com/1027ba8ad2b ... o1_500.png
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Post by Seerow » 18 Mar 2014 05:33 am

The FAQ says collecting the items in a side account is fine.

Not sure if this will really affect too much. It seems odd that a staff member mentioned that Jumpstart was aiming for an older audience when it seems they mainly make kid games. Interesting to see what becomes of this I guess. I used to play the Jumpstart games when I was little, I'm surprised to learn they are still around.

I'm even more surprised that the company could afford to buy Neopets. I wonder how much it sold for.
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Post by Madge » 18 Mar 2014 05:40 am

They couldn't make things worse than Viacom did, surely?????

Maybe it might properly renew my interest?????

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Post by Larkspurlane » 09 Apr 2014 12:28 am

So, what did you all put in the open-ended questions for the Jumpstart-led survey?

I hope they make the results public.

My main points were:
- rant about appalling customer service
- rant about them not taking my money (re: no "pay to unconvert" option in NC mall)
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Post by Kantark » 09 Apr 2014 10:43 pm

Rant about there still being no 'unconversion' paint brush, (but followed by an acknowledgement that they've said time and again that this won't happen), plus some other stuff that I can't now remember.
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Post by Gumdrops » 09 Apr 2014 11:09 pm

I didn't mention unconversion, mostly because TNT has been adamant that they want to forget about UC's.

I complained about all the kiddishness and saminess though. Every year it's been the same ol, same ol, with the same few events and once every 3 years or so we get a decent plot. I can't remember most of what else I mentioned, but I'm sure there was something about the scarcity of new avatars and sponsor games.

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Post by Tom » 09 Apr 2014 11:30 pm

I gave Altador Cup the worst score possible and complained about the lack of avatars (particularly new ones which look decent).
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