Top Ten Reasons to Hate Animal Jam

BlueTopazIceVanilla

The Top Ten

1 The game is marketed as "Educational" yet there is a strong focus on attire and looks

I remember going to the exhibits (whatever they're called) and being bored out of my mind. What kind of 6-10 year old wants to spend time reading a sign about whales when there are cooler things to do, like go down a slide or hang out with friends?

Just because it comes from Nat Geo does not automatically mean it's educational. Instead of, "_______ are amazing animals with tons of cool survival skills! " it's "Buy this striped/spotted/shaggy piece of clothing so you can look like _____! "
Stuff like that draws the attention from learning to clothes and apappearances. Even then, some clothes aren't related to animals in any way, shape, or form, which is even worse! - BlueTopazIceVanilla

2 Animal Jam is not educational like everyone claims it to be

The only thing that I learned was that only looks matter, and if you are not paying, you are apparently "ugly" now. You really can't trust anyone there, unless they're your siblings or real life friends. Your "buddies" will guilt trip you and beg you until they brainwash you into becoming a member and getting them the scrap they wanted. Now, it's best if kids want to learn about the world, if they just GO OUTSIDE and climb a tree or something. If you live by a lake or river or pond, throw pebbles and look for rollie polly bugs! Saying "Animal Jam taught me that the Japanese Spitz is the best dog ever" isn't learning about anything but crappy opinions. Did they learn why stonefish are extremely dangerous? No. Do they know that black and yellow printed spiders are venomous? No. Animal Jam is basically just a game where you have free time and waste money on because you earned it. The majority of people playing whine about how they are so poor and broke and have no money to buy ...more - Puppytart

It's a game about having animal, buying clothes, and decorating your house. Interesting stuff you learn there, this game is dymb. - Lucretia

I don't know if it's because I haven't played in 2 years, but I don't remeber anything significant I learned from playing AJ. Animal Jam is basically Fantage with animals. All you do is change clothes and talk to friends, like every other children's MMORPG.
If any parent is reading this right now with a kid who plays Animal Jam, I want you to ask your kid what exactly did they learn from AJ. Their answer will probably be along the lines of "Blue goes best with yellow, but only at wolf parties. Or else it's tacky." - BlueTopazIceVanilla

3 WildWorks exploits Animal Jam's popularity to sell more merchandise

Books, stuffed animals, Sidekix, video games, hoodies, hats, mobile apps, you name it. Every idea that will make them a little extra has been done twice. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

4 It is harder to earn Gems and Diamonds if you aren't a member

I remember playing at the Arcade for hours and getting only a couple hundred gems. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

5 The chat is heavily censored

People act like they are going to have a heart attack if their kid see the word "stupid". And even IF someone says that, you can always block them. Unlike other sites, AJ's report system actually works. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

6 You can't chose your username

I hate how you have to cycle through a list of names. JUST LET US CHOOSE! Someone old enough to know a cuss word wouldn't be playing the game in the first place, so why bother? - BlueTopazIceVanilla

7 The game is rarely updated

Except for the usual clothes (and the occasional animal) it is never updated. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

8 You can't type numbers

Say won, too, tree, for, fine, socks, ate, night, ton. - Lucretia

This is kind of a crappy reason, so I put it at the bottom.
But still.
Once, I tried to tell someone how long I was in a biome and they wouldn't let me type it! - BlueTopazIceVanilla

You can just spell the numbers

9 The servers always have lag no matter how many people are on them

It could be 16 people, and there will be as much lag as 50. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

10 People who linger at the spawn point

This is one of the most annoying things about Animal Jam. People like this add lag to the already lag-ridden servers and you can't find your way to the store. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

The Contenders

11 The obsession with "Rares" and "Betas"

Yeah, its getting kids to sit at a computer playing games and trading for hours for a few pixels when they could be actually doing something... - Lucretia

12 It is used by perverts

Watch animal jam mating videos... my brother did - Lucretia

13 ODs (Online Daters)
14 It's a basic copy of club penguin
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