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TNT Posts "Statement Regarding NFTs"
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on May 19, 2022, 12:13 pm NST


Today, TNT posted to the Official TNT Message Board with a Statement Regarding NFTs.

The Metaverse project has quieted down and lost quite a bit of steam the past few months (alongside a major cryptocurrency market crash and a slowdown of NFT purchase volume). However, the team has been quietly working on a 3D game that is still purported to enter alpha testing later this year.

For those new to the project, Jellyneo hosted an anti-NFT campaign, #NoNeoNFTs, last fall shortly after the initial Metaverse unveiling. You can read our final summary of the unsuccessful mint (only 4,533 of the initial 20,500 promised NFTs were purchased), along with our landing page for an overview: jellyneo.net/nfts.

The Metaverse project is gearing up for a game trailer to be released on Sunday, May 22nd. And to celebrate, Neopets is offering 5,000 additional NFTs, but instead of Neopets this time, they will be 5,000 "unique Neopets-inspired pizza NFTs freshly baked from the oven on Solana". The pizza NFTs are being offered for free, gas/transaction fees extra.

You can read today's statement from TNT, likely inspired by the upcoming game trailer, in full below:

Dear Neopians,

We are now well into 2022, and as the team looks ahead to this year and beyond, we are filled with excitement and pride. What began as a project between two college students - an artist and a coder - has blossomed into an entire global community of artists, gamers, and defenders of 2000's internet nostalgia.

The spirit of Neopets has always been rooted in transparency, inclusivity, and community-building. We realize that where communication and transparency are concerned, we are always trying to improve and grow. And so, today, we pull up our chairs and join you at the table for what we hope will not only be a candid discussion about the state of the game, but a dialogue with the people who know and love it best: you.

Believe us when we say this: we are listening. We hear all of your feedback — ALL of it. In fact, we rely on it. We will not go into 2023 without you, our core players, at our side. We acknowledge that in order to build a bright Neopian future, we must look to the past, learn from our mistakes, and move forward with the community hand-in-hand.

In December, we installed a new Metaverse team whose goals and vision are more in line with ours, and we now have significantly better communication with their team and a renewed trust. We routinely liaison with the Metaverse team both to ensure the safeguarding of the Neopets IP and to advocate for the needs and wants of the Neopets community.

The development of the Neopets Metaverse is exclusive from the development of the Neopets.com that we all know and love. We are still building and growing the original game that we all adore — this is not changing. The Neopets Metaverse is a completely separate product with separate teams. We ask that you kindly keep an open mind towards the new Metaverse team and the project. That said, we understand that NFTs are not for everyone. Keeping Neopets.com and the Neopets Metaverse separate is key to our long-term strategy of preserving the integrity of the Neopets IP.

At its core, the Neopets Metaverse gives interested players the opportunity to explore their beloved brand in a whole new way. The Metaverse provides Neopians an opportunity to "choose their own adventure" in terms of how they want to experience Neopia. If the idea of a 3D blockchain-based Neopian ecosystem inspires you, consider taking a look at this project. If this style of game is not up your alley, then take solace in the fact that Neopets.com will continue to be here for you.

For those of you who are interested in the iteration of Neopia that will exist within the Neopets Metaverse, you'll be excited to know that the first game trailer releases on May 22 at neopetsmeta.io. We think that anyone who has ever fantasized about what Neopets would be like as a 3D game will be thrilled by what's in store.

We look forward to a bright future for Neopia in its various iterations and products, and we hope you come along for the ride.
Follow @jellyneo on Twitter for all the latest #Neopets news!

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lord_chipepper, May 19, 2022 12:18 PM NST
Read: We've realized that NFTs are a ridiculous scam but we've sunk too much cost into this to back out now.
herdy - JN Staff, May 19, 2022 12:18 PM NST
The spirit of Neopets has always been rooted in transparency and inclusivity - except when it comes to stealing from fansites to make their NFTs, of course. Or sockpuppeting mod accounts to make it look like they sacked someone when they didn't. Or *still* not apologising for homophobia and transphobia.
zeelink, May 19, 2022 12:20 PM NST
lol ok
1jediboy, May 19, 2022 12:24 PM NST
PLEASE do another blackout.
winterland, May 19, 2022 12:29 PM NST
"Believe us when we say this: we are listening"

lmao, that was the best part to me.
herdy - JN Staff, May 19, 2022 12:32 PM NST
"We are listening to your feedback", they say in a post that essentially boils down to, "Don't like it? Don't play it". Tone deaf. Clearly just an excuse to try and drum up more support for their upcoming mint because they just realised all the crypto people they partnered with turned out to be bots and not people who are going to play the game.
mike11695, May 19, 2022 12:39 PM NST
cringe ngl
kiriska, May 19, 2022 12:43 PM NST
Pff, "transparency and inclusivity." Frankly, even the actual site staff have been terrible at this since the beginning. There have always been so many unspoken rules you can be randomly frozen for that it's a wonder that anyone who hasn't been on the site for 20 years manages to do anything "right" without relying on fansites and fan communities. All of the minute clarifications they've made in NT editorials are centralised where? On fansites only. TNT has always been terrible at communication and recent attempts at rectifying this has been poor at best.
diegocanepa, May 19, 2022 12:43 PM NST
Why?
dave - JN Staff, May 19, 2022 12:44 PM NST
NFTs suck. I don't want them, I'll never get behind them, I'll never support them.

I am, however, willing to ignore them.

This whole project would be *vastly* easier to ignore if Neopets.com was being visibly developed. Instead, we only get feature updates once every couple of months--if that. The site redesign has been sitting in purgatory for *over 2 years*. Basic pages like Coltzan's Shrine and the Giant Omelette remain unconverted.

TNT keeps saying they are "discussing" and "meeting" about ways to improve Neopets.com.

I say, how about a little less discussing, and a little more doing?

If TNT wants Neopians to forget about the hard feelings we have about a separate Neopets game receiving more development resources and love than Neopets.com, then perhaps they should start shipping updates instead of sitting around and chatting.
potential_ruler, May 19, 2022 12:52 PM NST
This kinda sums up how I see the metaverse and neopets.com as separate things. I don't like NFT and I don't like the metaverse team, so imma stay over here.
stormcat, May 19, 2022 1:09 PM NST
Agree with Dave. Action is hiring more developers, that's the type of team we want. Hell, another artist while they're at it..
mavegibson, May 19, 2022 1:09 PM NST
What I see here is just a massive exercise in cognitive dissonance. They THINK they care, and they THINK they're listening, so therefore it's difficult for them to get their head around the idea that they totally aren't.

If they were listening, they would have actually addressed the issues everyone has been raising in some sort of substantive way, but instead they're just trying to reassure us that these ultra shady metaverse people are not at all shady, and that the project will be kept separate. Thing is, it's not at all separate as long as they keep flogging it to the user base. As long as it keeps carrying the Neopets name, and purporting to take place in Neopia.

And I'm sorry - but you're not going to convince us that there are entirely new, entirely nice people on the metaverse team now, after their previous attempts to sockpuppet their way out of some of the worst issues before. Trust, once broken, can only be rebuilt after a long, painful proving process that they've yet to undergo to any degree. And frankly, who among us - most of whom hate NFTs and these shady, shystery cryptobros - is going to even participate enough to rebuild any trust?

I don't buy that anyone working at metaverse is even remotely compatible with Neopians as a whole. Culture issues tend to be pretty systemic within an organization. Fresh faces won't fool me. If that organization had any integrity or was acting in good faith, none of that garbage would have ever happened in the first place. Attempts to spackle over it all will not hold.

@kiriska - You raised such an important point. TNT has done nothing over the years to show us any shred of transparency. Most of us who have survived 20+ years without being frozen still don't fully understand how we pulled it off. LOL

And fansites like JN are the only reason we're able to make sense of and stay on top of what's been said by TNT. (Bless all JN staff and volunteers!)

@herdy - I feel you so much. You're speaking my langu
mavegibson, May 19, 2022 1:12 PM NST
@herdy - I feel you so much. You're speaking my language

@dave - I mentioned trust. This is pretty much the only thing TNT can do to rebuild trust. Give us a fully functioning site. Ship solid updates and show us that things aren't falling apart around us.
sentehisshou, May 19, 2022 1:34 PM NST
they say "we're listening" as though that means something when they're going forward with a scam that is almost universally reviled by the neopets userbase. so stupid.

love the liberal use of "we" here as well - who in TNT is responsible for "installing" metaverse team members and why do they have that power if they're not involved with the project? is this TNT-managed or not?

i'm so sick of them making these vague "we're working on it" statements wrt site development. like dave said, it's been literally years of half-assing the new layout, flash conversion, etc. the site still barely functions. it sure doesn't SEEM like they're still working on the main neopets site lol.

excited to see how terrible their trailer for their ~definitely real game~ they're TOTALLY making looks.
duskshine, May 19, 2022 1:55 PM NST
they can claim that they're separate teams until they're blue in the face, but the fact remains that when your money and resources continue to go to a project that the overwhelming majority of your userbase does not support it's taking that money and resources that SHOULD be going to developing the site. i seriously am shocked that they think they're "listening" to the userbase.
recklesse, May 19, 2022 1:59 PM NST
It’s not TNT managed, but the CEO of JumpStart is listed on the metaverse team as an ‘adviser’ with substantial responsibilities.

He may have instructed the (not much besides) marketing team at Neopets to put together a promotional statement on Neopets.com.
seven_dead_owls, May 19, 2022 2:13 PM NST
NFTs aside the metaverse is just awful. Why do we need a whole separate thing with games and stuff? It's essentially a sister site but also not related somehow apparently. Shady, like they're trying to experiment, bring it into the times, and TNT doesn't want to have liability if it bombs or anything, like the main site is the backup. Just fix/bring back what we already had! They need to focus on what the players want and follow through not all this "we hear you/we're working on it" and then a crumb or nothing. It's been long enough and when you have users offering to code and help out for free there's just no excuse. The metaverse staff have already openly mocked the loyal players, been homophobic and openly rude. Do any of us that grew up with Neopets and kept them relevant all this time really want to deal with the metaverse staff in any capacity at this point? I mean I love the Neopets brand but I'm not going to just blindly follow it because it's name is on something. They should have quit after the NFT disaster and the overwhelming response was no metaverse wanted. TNT is woefully out of touch, from the price point of their merch to what they think users are interested in with the site. They talk about nostalgia seeming to acknowledge that they know it's a big factor yet here we are with a fraction of it.
kaylis, May 19, 2022 2:22 PM NST
honestly. im beginning to regret the amount of time i've sunk into neopets. they can call it a separate team but its their IP with their characters. it's neopets. I'm just so annoyed by this whole situation, I don't even have anything to say that hasn't been said.
falsely, May 19, 2022 2:52 PM NST
I'm so tired, dude. So, so tired.
roshchodesh, May 19, 2022 3:55 PM NST
If they have to sit down with the metaverse and EXPLAIN conduct unbecoming and EXPLAIN what not to do in the future and telling US about it because they want to be transparent about that sit-down ....
***snorrrrt laugh***
kiriska, May 19, 2022 4:11 PM NST
Super agree with Dave, too. It'd be a lot easier to ignore the NFT garbage if Neopets.com has seen any of the promised improvements over the last many years. It continues to astound (but not surprise) me that fansites like JN have overall done more to preserve and convert Neopian history on volunteer hours than TNT.

How hard is it to copy and paste core Neopets pages into the new HTML5 template? There's really no excuse for the absolute snails pace of conversion on basicass pages like most of the dailies.
mariota, May 19, 2022 4:57 PM NST
What many fail to realize is that there's likely a single person driving the strategic vision of this product, and for whatever dumb reason, they have it in their heads that the metaverse and NFTs are the financial answer to Neopets.

They are obviously wrong. NFTs are a scam and it's only a matter of time before everyone realizes that. Hardly any of the players on today's sites are interested in such a "game".

The real answer to bridging Neopets' shortcomings AND the issues that users have with their sites is pay-for-services. Literally every modern game has the ability to pay for things like account/pet/settings changes. They could make a literal killing of a UC Paint Brush in the NC Mall. They could offer expedite service tickets for a fee (sucks I know, but they need revenue). They could offer a massive and expensive service that lets you move new account achievements (avatars, trophies, album items, etc.) to old accounts that users have had returned because they were unfairly frozen to begin with. The list goes on and on with how they could monetize player support. The best part is, they can do this without turning the site into pay-to-win.

But I digress. Because some knobhead in senior management dictates where the Titanic is going.
beyondelsewhere, May 19, 2022 5:46 PM NST
I just want them to finish fixing the site. Please. That's all they need to do. Sigh.
verdego, May 19, 2022 6:16 PM NST
Crypto is gonna crash and burn long before this goes anywhere at this point. I think whoever working on this still is living with sunk cost fallacy and won't back out until it's too late.
jen_aside, May 19, 2022 6:43 PM NST
Welp, not regretting all the free time I've regained by dropping Neo, doesn't look like the site I loved is coming back 😭
rosamooooo, May 19, 2022 7:02 PM NST
"We are still building and growing the original game that we all adore — this is not changing."

That is a total lie. TNT has ignored updating the games used to be a big part of the time I spent in Neopia. Only a fraction of the original games are playable and the rate of transferring to html is practically zero!

So all the protestations of "paying attention" to ALL of player s comments if nothing more than marketing hype.

FIX THE GAMES!!!!! NOW!!!!
sosoeuso, May 19, 2022 7:22 PM NST
what a lengthy, wordy essay to say "we don't care about you guys, we'll go where the money's at"
kiriska, May 19, 2022 8:23 PM NST
@mariota, I think the issue with better monetising the existing site is their 20-year technical debt. The site is built on sphagetti code and they've not made any effort to even start rectifying this until it was already too late. I don't doubt that the extra pet slots was a huge undertaking technically and that UC pets, however they're handling it, will be too. Stuff like merging accounts/moving trophies/etc is probably a terrible ordeal for the same reason.

Could they fix all of these things and monetize them if they tried? Yes, but if they can't even copy/paste basic pages like Omelette and Stock Market into the new HTML5 template, I don't have a lot of faith. The chicken/egg problem is likely that the site doesn't make enough money for them to feel like the investment in overhauling it is worth it, but overhauling it is the only way they'll be able to make money from the site.

Instead, they're throwing investment dollars at shitty licensing deals and outsourcing work on the Metaverse bs to an (incompetent) outside team that's probably cheaper than hiring internally.
chesu - JN Staff, May 19, 2022 8:23 PM NST
What do you mean, "Neopets pizza NFT".
mariota, May 19, 2022 8:36 PM NST
@kiriska you're right, and after reading that, I'm even more depressed.
porcelainlollipop, May 19, 2022 9:01 PM NST
"a major cryptocurrency market crash", but hey here's more NFTs!
oldtimereturner29, May 19, 2022 9:21 PM NST
they really aren't listening, are they?
pikachu315111, May 19, 2022 9:27 PM NST
This. Is. PATHETIC.

For those who don't know, the NFT bubble finally popped. One of the major minters crashed and that essentially took the whole market with it. Within days, if not hours, most if not all NFTs went from "valuing" hundreds to under a cent. And, of course, every person and business that had the bad cognition to invest in them are losing their minds (note the ones who are losing their minds aren't the various sellers or scammers (yes, there is a *slight* difference between the two), but rather the people who were left holding the bag because they were tricked into believing in NFTs).

This right here sounds like the suits upstairs of JumpStart or/and Netdragon having a panic attack their ugly monkeys are now worth diddly squat and desperately trying anything to leverage NFTs cause they sunk too much into them they can't jump ship without losing a substantial amount of money.

* Suit: NEOPETS! SELL MORE NFTS!
* Neo: What? But the sale is done and they're making the models for the metasite.
* Suit: GRRR... How's that going?
* Neo: Very slowly with a lot of problems, probably not gonna be done for a year if two or three...
* Suit: RELEASE A TRAILER MAKING IT LOOK LIKE ITS NEARING COMPLETION!
* Neo: What? But it barely has any of the features we've advertised for it done.
* Suit: DOOOOO ITTTTT!
* Neo: Okay, geez...
* Suit: AND MORE NEOPET NFTS!
* Neo: We can't. No matter how much you yell, we can't. We cannot sell any more NFTs of Neopets.
* Suit: You can ALWAYS sell more NFTs... PIZZA! SELL NEOPET PIZZA NFTS!
* Neo: Pizza... did you suggest the first thing that came to your head which was your last meal?
* Suit: Pizza was my comfort food.
* Neo: You should have a slice then.
* Suit: I CAN'T I ATE SO MUCH I'M NOW SICK OF IT!
* Neo: You know the last sale didn't go great? We only sold half of the 10k we offered.
* Suit: Then this time only sell 5k, obviously those who bought the 5k will also buy the pizza.
* Neo: Most of those who b
pikachu315111, May 19, 2022 9:27 PM NST
* Neo: Most of those who bought the Neopet NFTs were bots that sniped the cheap priced ones... and after it was all done the Neopet NFTs didn't even hold their value.
* Suit: What are you saying?
* Neo: Even if the market hadn't crashed, no one is going to buy these pizzas.
* Suit: Just. Do. IIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTT!

Anyway, if you'd like to read more about NFTs going under, here's a website dedicated to documenting it, Web3 Is Going Just Great:
https://web3isgoinggreat.com/

And if you'd like to watch a deep dive into how bad NFTs are (and have 2 hours), here's the now famous video by Youtuber Folding Ideas:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ_xWvX1n9g
katina_choovanski, May 19, 2022 9:34 PM NST
Is it just me, or are there a LOT of boring game sites out there? Your creature or whatever on these sites, just stationary. Can't move, can never change the way it looks. No history, no guts, no back stories, no story lines, no famous yearly events.
Why do they not just stop being such total cheap assholes--can I say that?--and make some COMMERCIALS hilighting the fact that you can collect pets, dress them, participate in site wide events....just SELL it! It wouldn't be hard. The people would FLOOD to neopets. Some would just come to check it out, but most, in my version, would stay and become players, and spend real $$$ on Neopets. Why all this cloak and dagger with iffy sites/products?
aviagua, May 19, 2022 9:51 PM NST
How can they still try to shill this trash? Not only does the vast majority of the Neopets fanbase despise NFTs, but the crypto market itself is dying. I'm genuinely baffled by this decision.
apophis324, May 20, 2022 12:33 AM NST
They listen to all the feedback, hmm? Then why is the site still a frankensteined mess? Then why is there still no option to have the site look and feel as the old version, pre PC-friendly, did? You can't say you listen to ALL feedback if there are no results proving that.
Plus, you can never listen to all feedback. If one user critiques the site for the over-use of starry motifs and another user wants MOAR STARRS!! (to stay in terms of the internet), you cannot please them both..

((And a side note: You can also not claim to be an inclusive community if you will always make sure certain individuals are banned from the site forever, for good reason.))
recklesse, May 20, 2022 1:04 AM NST
Can somebody please tell TNT that exclusive is not a synonym for separate and liaison is a noun, not a verb. In fact the whole verbiage is an excruciating read and short on substance.

Maybe a bot wrote the whole thing.
mlooshka, May 20, 2022 2:59 AM NST
pikachu315111 - What I particularly enjoy is that the market crashed AFTER tax time, when NFT-owners realized that, as assets, NFTs were taxable based on claimed value. So after running around the internet bragging about how their ugly monkey drawing was worth millions, they suddenly had to come up with the funds to pay taxes on something worth millions. And now that they have been taxed, the market is collapsed and all they have is a jpeg and a bunch of debt. Its schadenfreudetastic!
mlooshka, May 20, 2022 3:07 AM NST
katina_choovanski - because then they'd have to fix the site. No new user is going to put up with the broken site that we currently have. I've been on neo since early 2000 and I love it, but I could not in good conscience recommend it to a new player - they'd take one look around and demand to know what I was thinking.

The thing is, you're absolutely right - neopets has twenty years of lore, a dedicated community, and a varied experience that few games can match. Everyone can set their own goals, play their own way, go at their own pace. It is something special and worth saving, and that's why its so hair-pullingly, teeth-gnashingly, shirt-rendingly frustrating that they refuse to put in the work to save it.
mlooshka, May 20, 2022 3:08 AM NST
also - JN team, is there any plan to institute threaded conversations, or at least the ability to tag people? I feel like it would make conversations easier to follow. I get that you're all volunteers, so no pressure, just a gentle suggestion
eiburine, May 20, 2022 3:51 AM NST
Man I'm just disappointed...
jennypurr - JN Staff, May 20, 2022 5:29 AM NST
The real question is will there be pineapple on the pizza NFTs?
roshchodesh, May 20, 2022 6:11 AM NST
It's twenty-four hours since I read the TNT statement. I just read it again and I believe this "statement" is an advertisement for the (pizza) NFTs. A whole lot of memory lane and kumbiya that lead to the jump-off cliff to the abyss of NFTs.
chrissa, May 20, 2022 6:11 AM NST
Lmao, and they expect us to get excited about a 3d game after the mess that was Island Builders? I don't trust their design work on anything that isn't 2d, honestly.

Plus, NFTs are dumb and this whole metaverse thing is doomed to fail. I wish they wouldn't pour so many resources into it and would just focus on bringing the site up to date & maybe even improving it??? Like, seriously.
roshchodesh, May 20, 2022 6:22 AM NST
aside:. TNT of today mentioning Donna and Adam is almost sacrilege.

(if you're p
contessa, May 20, 2022 10:00 AM NST
Pfft ...what a bunch of double speak. "This project is separate from Neopets but we won't stop trying to cram it down your throats and we obviously care so much more about this than the actually Neopets site and that is why we have not bothered to spend our time and resources to fix it. But, we hear you!"

Really??

Really??

Oh, and Pizza NFTs?? They want people to pay for virtual pizza :O
roshchodesh, May 20, 2022 11:23 AM NST
"If the idea of a 3D blockchain-based Neopian ecosystem inspires you...."

a 3D blockchain based Neopian ecosystem

Um, yeah, no. Not inspired. Laughing, yes, inspired, no. Not even.
liesha, May 20, 2022 11:32 AM NST
I haven't really trusted Neopets ever since they fired the original Neopets Team without any warning and in the middle of the Altador Cup where they could not even finish all the art for the prizes. The whole site is a hodge podge of half finished projects that never get finished. I would love to advertise new players to Neopets but it's like inviting guests over after a hurricane has hit. I wish we could bring Adam and Donna back to bring new life to the site. It used to be I was excited to read the news but now it's just routine.
nobody, May 20, 2022 11:51 AM NST
I can't even afford REAL pizza right now, and I would decline FREE pizza for a YEAR if they offered me free pizza to own even ONE NFT.
jadedone23, May 20, 2022 1:25 PM NST
this NFT crap is sending me over the edge.
ferinsy, May 20, 2022 5:02 PM NST
Cute text, I could even write a whole essay about why Slotler was the kindest person on Neopiarth if I didn't have a soul, it doesn't change the fact he murtated millions of Grundews. Same way this wall of nonsense, it doesn't change the fact that crypto is bad for the environment and it's just a fabricated wealth, it's fake status and fake exclusivity for people with fake personalities who want to live a fake rich life.
silentwolf251, May 20, 2022 6:28 PM NST
@liesha

Adam (and I assume Donna) are heavily into crypto, and rumor is working on their own nft/blockchain game.

While I've heard they don't approve of the way Neopets is handling NFTs, odds are they would go down a similar road if they gained control of the game again.
fabilolipop, May 20, 2022 7:15 PM NST
this sounds mean but lets hope NFTs die on their own and the metaverse team vanish away and all of this would be just a bad memory for the neopians.
liesha, May 21, 2022 12:44 AM NST
@silentwolf251

Oh, didn't know Adam and Donna were into NFTs. I guess I just liked the new content they brang to Neopets. I liked Treasure Keepers too but Meteor Games closed.
dzufiasta, May 21, 2022 4:05 AM NST
@kiriska, @mavegibson
Yeah, totally agree. My account got frozen because of 'security reasons'. I wrote several emails to them during a few years (seriously!), and never got any respond from them. I had to create a new account (I was angry with them so this solution didn't come to my mind at first), write to them in-game, attach all the mails from me with explanation (and that I don't understand what happened because I hadn't done anything wrong) and ONLY THEN they unfrozen me.
vtvalentine, May 21, 2022 5:36 AM NST
Can we all crowd source and buy Neopets back and make it like a player owned game so we can make decisions?
roshchodesh, May 21, 2022 10:21 AM NST
I cancelled premium and filled in the feedback to say some of the advertised perks don't work, and they need to fix the site. They might hear us if enough of us stopped buying NC and premium from them.
Notice how much NC came out for the AC?? I am DONE with them.
roshchodesh, May 21, 2022 2:43 PM NST
@silentwolf251
I could be totally wrong but don't think that's the same Adam Powell. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
cat, May 21, 2022 2:44 PM NST
“ What many fail to realize is that there's likely a single person driving the strategic vision of this product, and for whatever dumb reason, they have it in their heads that the metaverse and NFTs are the financial answer to Neopets.”

NFTs seem to be the hot thing all the techies are banking on being the next big innovation for the internet. I know Square-Enix and SEGA were both looking into NFTs for a while, although Sega backed off after gamers backlashes against it. I think it’s just one of those trials that people are going to have to run to see if it works or not.
galifan, May 21, 2022 8:22 PM NST
Neopets reminds me of the Winchester Mystery House. Doors to nowhere, stairways that lead to blank ceilings, secret passages, internal windows that get no daylight...
deedee, May 21, 2022 11:42 PM NST
(deep breath) I'm with the many folks here who just want Neopets to get on with fixing the site. Making the games playable w/o flash, releasing a new game or two. It feels like maybe one person is slowly chipping away at all the work the original site needs, while everyone else is doing other stuff.
pinkie_2525, May 22, 2022 12:23 AM NST
can we pool a bunch of money and buy neopets back; i want out
mlooshka, May 22, 2022 2:05 AM NST
To be fair, @cat - most of the actual techies think NFTs are stupid too; but its the buzzworld du jour for management, so it keeps happening.

Honestly though, considering their failure to listen to massive community pushback, I think whoever is pushing it at TNT is a true believer, not just a trend follower. Nothing about this makes good business sense, especially when the failure of the last drop gave them a perfectly good excuse to bow gracefully out of the crypto space.
ducky - JN Staff, May 22, 2022 9:11 AM NST
We do listen?

You mean you still do absolutley nothing to cheaters, OBVIOUS cheaters or ABrs?
NP items outside events and pet day costumes is non-existng
Extremely slow conversion

They claim they listen but I just think they really don't have staff enough to do much except push NC items out.

I am surprised NFTs still go around.. or at least try.
problematicperiplum, May 22, 2022 7:05 PM NST
Saw the trailer for Neopets Metaverse and now 6 years of my lifespan have been subtracted without my consent.
jubjubjon, May 23, 2022 6:20 AM NST
They are silencing criticism on their trailer video by deleting negative comments. They see us, they hear us, they know we're mad, and this is proof they don't care.
jubjubjon, May 23, 2022 7:42 AM NST
And now, a day later, they've turned off comments completely. It's safe to say they don't care about the players. They care only about the money.

NetDragon is going to singlehandedly kill the entire neopets brand at this rate.
cat, May 23, 2022 2:48 PM NST
@mlooshka - I feel like it’s a mix between people who are optimistic about them and people who think it’s a much less efficient way of doing stuff we were already doing with existing technology. My impression is NFTs are bigger in the art scene where it’s perceived as a way to treat digital art, which is inherently copyable and therefore art for the masses, as fine art where pieces are unique and therefore valuable.
infernodragon02, May 23, 2022 6:49 PM NST
Wasting resources on a trash scam, run by egomaniacal jerks, that would be better off put into the site.
tycooncorb, May 23, 2022 9:23 PM NST
Somebody had a petpage that was eye opening, they were going on a deep dive into Netdragon. Not that anything is proven as of yet, but it truly seems this is a shell of a company probably laundering money and participating in other unscrupulous activities. Nobody is listening to the user base (other than JN and other fansites) they are just trying to make a quick buck off this site. NFT's are very clearly the ultimate scam and in no way are for "kids" which makes this whole things even more ridiculous.

Neopets as a site has been nearly unusable since flash died, they don't even care what is going on. This is beyond pathetic to see a company so poorly mismanaged.
apophis324, May 24, 2022 12:20 AM NST
I wonder if a crowdfund campaign for JellyNeo and other fansites to buy out Neopets and hire some people who know how to make that website great again (maybe some old TNT staff members) would garner much interest. I'd donate a couple of bucks for sure
galifan, May 25, 2022 12:29 PM NST
BTW, did youse forget to mention Koi Day? Or do you just not like Koi?
darella, May 25, 2022 7:34 PM NST
I can't believe they had the audacity to mention the founders of the game. This is so scummy.
mistyraider, May 28, 2022 4:59 AM NST
@galifan What a perfect image! Add a few Escher staircases and I see why JSNT has no clue how to get out of the mess they're in. But honestly if they would fix the games I think lots of folks would love to join or return.

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