Sunday, November 12, 2017

The ''Best Year'' of Animal Jam

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I'm sure you've all wished that the Animal Jam community, as well as the game itself, could go back to how it was during a certain year, whether it be beta testing or any year up until now at some point. I know I have.

But is there really a year we can say was the best for both the community and the game?

Here's what I think.

As time progresses, what we call the ''best year'' of Animal Jam is going to change along with it. I remember back in 2014 when the majority of the community was saying things like, ''Oh, I wish I could go back to the beta days!'' or even ''Ugh, 2011 and 2012 were SOOO much better!''

Now, on the beta days note - I do agree that the beta days were especially peaceful, but only because there weren't that many players compared to now. Just two years after Animal Jam was officially made public, the player count hit 10 Million. That's a big jump.

Also, there weren't a whole lot of scammers during the beta days because trading didn't exist. Let's face it: as long as there is trading, there will be scammers. Heck, as long as there is gifting, there will be scammers, but the margins will be a lot lower. Basically, anything involving the exchanging of items will cause there to be scammers.

So, the community during beta testing was significantly more tranquil than other years, but Animal Jam as a game was still very young and experimental. There's a reason it's called ''beta testing'', you know. I mean, look at how much has changed since Animal Jam first started. And most of them are good changes that have shaped the way the community is now. It's amazing!

Anyways, back to 2014. As soon as 2015 came along, people were complaining that 2013 was the best year. Then came 2016, and people whined about how 2014 was the best year.

You see, there is an ongoing pattern of what people believe is truly the best year for Animal Jam that is constantly changing as time goes on. As long as Animal Jam exists and continues to grow its audience, there will never really be a ''best year''. For example, since Club Penguin shut down and closed its doors recently, you have the right to pick what you think is the best year for the game because it is no longer advancing.

Thanks for reading today's post. I hope you found it interesting. Leave your thoughts in the comments; I always love hearing what you guys have to say.



  1. I think this was a great post, and yes, it's always changing. I think the "best year" is just chosen because the players aren't great with changing in the updates and stuff. And then they adjust to the change, and when THAT'S changed, they get upset. So.. yeah. It just kind of bugs me. Because I always try to make the most out of whatever update they choose to make, while other people are ranting in jamaa and their only reason to be mad is they got used to the way it was before. Not that ranting is bad, it's okay to express your opinion, but you have to have good reasons. Like Nafaria usually does ;)
    ~ Cookies4ever8

  2. In the end, I think what's best is to look at the concrete facts of why you think a certain year was awesome and try to positively contribute to the community in a way that emulates that.

    Like most huge communities, the AJ community will always have jerks and scammers, so complaining doesn't do as much. Maybe trying to create your own lil' community of positivity with your buddies within the larger community is the best thing to do.


  3. Honestly I’m not sure which year is the best for AJ in my opinion. But the first year to 2 years you play the game if you play It that long those have got to be the one of the funnest years. Though I gotta say 2017 or 2016 was pretty fun. But there are so many things as well that make the game fun.

  4. It's like that in NASCAR, too. Each time the older drivers begin retiring, everyone starts losing interest. But once the rookies have established themselves, Everyone's fine again.

  5. Hey, you reached 1,0050,000 views!

  6. 2014 was the best year what are you talking about



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