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November 15, 1999
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subdirectory_arrow_right Pepsi (Collection)
Attachment In the files of the Neopets promotional game Pepsi Surf Football, you can find a shortened audio clip from a trailer for the film Lilo & Stitch, featuring a narrator saying "His name is Stitch" with "Back in Black" by AC/DC playing in the background.
subdirectory_arrow_right Alvin and the Chipmunks (Franchise)
Attachment In the files for the Neopets promotional game Alvin and the Chipmunks: How Many Chipmunks Could You Fit in Your Room Without Your Mom Finding Out?, you can find leftovers from the previous promotional game The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Personality Quiz.
Attachment The original version of the Bruce Neopet was a photograph of the British celebrity Bruce Forsyth. This was changed to an illustration of Forsyth, and eventually an anthropomorphic penguin.
When the Grey Faerie's Neopedia article was released, a "Bottled Grey Faerie" item was found in the game's servers. Neopian Times Editorial #90 would later imply that a plotline involving the Grey Faeries was on the way, however nothing has been heard about this since, likely meaning that whatever plotline was planned was either cancelled or delayed indefinitely.
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subdirectory_arrow_right World of Neopia, Inc. (Company)
On July 17, 2023, Neopets was purchased from NetDragon through a management buyout deal by Dominic Law, the Neopets Chief Metaverse Officer and former Director of New Markets at both NetDragon and Cherrypicks. This led to the formation of "World of Neopia, Inc.", a company comprised of team members from both Neopets and Neopets Metaverse, with Law serving as CEO. As part of this, it was announced that Neopets had received $4 million in investment money in early 2023, with additional funding from the management buyout equipping World of Neopia, Inc. to make "meaningful changes in pursuit of a Neopian renaissance." These changes include revamping the homepage and creating the 2024 mobile game "World of Neopets".
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Basic overview, and also source for hedgehogs, the gay ban, and the plagiarism:

Another basic overview, mentioning the contest, denials, and the hedgehogs:

Neopets Metaverse team Soyjak tweet:

Neopets ending NFT support announcement:
subdirectory_arrow_right Petpet Park (Game)
Attachment To promote the release of Petpet Park, Neopets began a new mini plot in September 2008 to help set up the game's events. Users were made agents of the Petpet Protection League and tasked with helping the Petpets cross over from their original home of Petaria into the titular Petpet Park. Over the next several weeks, users solved various puzzles and helped the six primary Petpet species reach Petpet Park, learning info about the individual species in the process (i.e. temperment, favorite foods, and special skills) as well as Petpet Park's storyline. On October 27, the Mission Headquarters was updated, and users who successfully helped the Petpets recieved rewrds such as Neopoints, a site theme, and a Petpet Park-themed wearable.
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subdirectory_arrow_right Neopets (Franchise), Neopets (Company)
Neopets' former CEO Dough Dohring was an avid Scientologist, and used L. Ron Hubbard's "Org Board" method for running the business. Neopets founders Adam and Donna Powell were unaware of Dohring's ties to the cult when signing on to allow him to run the company, and it supposedly did not affect the inner workings of the company, though most of the employees were Scientologists and Dohring would often propose implementing Scientology education into the website. Williams would claim of the ownership in a 2014 Reddit AMA:

"Yes. Although we were not aware of it at first as we were totally naive.

Basically the first group of investors (who were the guys that had spare office space in Glendale as their automotive firm was being downsized) were scientologists.

When we realised it was a bit of a shock. Somewhat awkward moment when you realise you started the biggest entertainment site visited by millions of children and teens, but the upper management you just signed the company over to are part of some weird religion that is banned in some countries...

The company was structured like a scientology org. It didnt really change anything that I noticed apart from some odd test that interviewees had to take consisting of questions like which straight line seemed friendlier and stuff like that. We also had a lot of obscure celebrities coming round the office for tours.

At one time there was some talk about putting scientology education on the site, but we killed that idea pretty sharpish.

Adam and I made sure that it never made its way onto anything site related. Religion and politics were two big no nos for us as far as site content went. Can't say the discussions we had to keep it that way were much fun though!"

Dohring would leave Neopets after it was acquired by Viacom in 2005.
subdirectory_arrow_right Sonic and the Black Knight (Game)
Attachment To promote the release of Sonic and the Black Knight, Neopets released a browser game called "Sonic Knight in Training", where Sonic must use Caliburn to deflect apples shot at him from the three Knights of the Round Table (Lancelot, Gawain, and Percival). If the player received a high enough score, they would unlock a then-new trailer for the game.

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