Yup, you read that right, twelve years since Toontown Online changed my life. It's quite a weird date, as the big discovery took place on my grandmother's birthday, which is today (at that time of posting). Allow me to share you a story about how Toontown introduced and changed me...
It was this date, 2004, it was a normal boring Wednesday back from Primary School and I wanted to go onto the computer to play those Flash games on Disney's site i usually play every now and then until i noticed the logo of Disney's Toontown Online at the bottom of the screen, not as an advertisement, but as a sort of link. As I clicked on it, I was taken to the UK Toontown Website with that deception of Toontown Central (that can still be accessed on the Wayback Machine) and after looking around the site, I wanted to download it. After getting permission from my mother, the account creation and download started with a 3-Day Trial. Yes. It had that seltzer installing screen, and that introduction which never had a proper ending.
As I entered, I wanted to Create A Toon. I made a blue duck, about the same bust as Prince Leroy Bizzenpow simply named B.D. which i took as "Blue Duck". I honestly liked the graphics, as it wasn't Flash but 3D graphics which looked like the graphics my PlayStation 2 games had. I liked the Toontorial so much, I wanted to go back there but I couldn't find any way. One of my fondest tasks involved the Estate, which I thought was the best addition of any other game. I honestly wanted the Pink Bed so bad in the Cattlelog, but I was nowhere near 700 beans and Unites/Gifting wasn't there at that time.
When my Free Trial ended, I begged my mother for a Monthly Membership, but she refused. For that, I went through several accounts with many different toons, including that poster rabbit that did the "Toons of the World, Unite!" pose, by the time Cashbot HQ was about out, I finally got that monthly membership, and my current and final TTO toon that came to be Prince Leroy Bizzenpow.
One day when I was bored, I typed in stuff in the address bar like "www.daisygardens.com", "www.toontowncentral.com", and even "www.donaldsdock.com". Two of them turned out to be forums, which was quickly introduced into my play and became one of my most embarrassing memories. I still have that account to that day, although I vastly improved on typing and spelling. I still remember the forums when Toontown was still in its prime, it was funny to see those badly-made screenshot stories that wouldn't age well.
Toontown taught me the true meaning of leadership and teamwork. Being born in the year of the Ox (which tend to make good leaders), I managed to help others with my limited use of SpeedChat and in return, others helped me too! This game really widened my reading skills so much I even became the best out of my class, once! It's so rare to see a game that enforces and encourages true teamwork as nowadays its dominated by mean players, (especially in Toontown....).
Here's to another year of friendships, teamwork and dedication.
Listening to: Undertale (Yes, I STILL like it.)
Reading: Nothing as usual
Playing: GTA 3