- Posted August 24, 2013 by
Toontown's Impact On The Players Part 1
To those who have never played this game, it is viewed as a game only for kids. To those that do, know what a diverse community we have. Kids and adults of all ages, races and countries play and connect with each other.
You have read many stories and comments about how Toontown is a essential part of our lives. Some do not understand still though how what in their eyes is probably a silly game is so important.
With permission from fellow players, I would like to share their stories and thoughts with you. This stories will be featured in a series of reports.
From a single mother of six kids in Scotland:
I started TT way back in 2005, played for a while then quit and came back in October 2007. Played casually until 2008 when i was sexually assaulted by my ex partner and got pregnant. I started using TT to cope with the trauma. My daughter was born in Feb the following year. 10 weeks later I found out about her heart defect and the doctors told me she could die and needed an operation. Without the op she would die and the op itself could kill her. Her lungs collapsed and she had to have a temporary pacemaker. Around 2 months later she was discharged form hospital. She was unable to feed normally and needed a nasogastric tube. She also had very severe gastric reflux which meant she was constantly sick even with a teaspoon of fluid. This meant having to stay up all night - the tube would go around her neck and she would vomit constantly. That is when I started to meet people on TT who I could talk to. As a single mum coping with it all was so difficult. I barely slept and none of my family members would help me. I received so much support from the people on TT. I even met another mum who had a child who needed tube feeding. If it wasn't for TT I don't know how I would have survived those nights at 3am.
From a grandmother living in Oregon Coast, USA :
I started playing Toontown four years ago when my small grandsons were looking for an online game to play. I know that the internet can be dangerous for children, so I said "No" until they said it was a Disney game, then of course I felt I could trust Disney with my little ones. This is a delightful and fun, family friendly, safe game for kids of ALL ages! I love it because there are so many different things to do in this game. The youngest children can enjoy racing, miniature golf & just playing with other little kids. The big kids and adults can enjoy fighting the Toon's enemies the "Cogs" in group events that require strategy and teamwork. This is a game that parents and grandparents alike feel safe allowing their children to play. I have met many young people who have told me that Toontown is the "Only" online game they are allowed to play. I have many friends who are Moms or grandmothers like myself who started the game with their kids or grand kids and have spent countless hours playing this game with their children & even when the kids have grown up, the adults are still playing the game. I even met a great grandfather who played!! Yesterday when I told my youngest grandson that Disney was closing Toontown forever (he is 8 yrs old & has been playing since he was 4 yrs old & learned to read by playing Toontown) he cried and literally sobbed like his heart was going to break! We couldn't get him to quit crying for hours. He told me it was like a part of him had died ..... I have since talked to friends and read the Toontown fansite forums and it seems that there is an incredible number of children and even adults who are crying and inconsolable over the death of their Toons and the many wonderful Toontown friends they have made. We live in a place where the weather is cold, wet and rainy most of the year and it has been wonderful to have a healthy, safe, family friendly game to play when we can't go outside. I am a business person, so I do understand the money is a top priority, but Toontown has not had the advertising & updating that they have lavished on the game they are keeping..... Club Penguin. One has to wonder if they had continued to advertise to increase its membership if the game wouldn't have an even greater player base. ALL good businesses know advertising is everything....... especially Disney. My words to Disney Corp. " You are breaking the hearts of not only children, but of the house-bound, terminally ill, disabled and the elderly! Countless children & adults have loved this game because there is NOTHING like it anywhere! It is a clean, safe, family friendly interactive game and nobody is even interested in Club Penguin as an alternative. Some have considered boycotting Disney products. So many Toontown fans are disappointed at Disney! I beg you to reconsider keeping this game going or selling it to another company to fix, develop and advertise".
This is about a friend who passed away :
There was a terminally ill man who was unable to leave his home due to his illness, so he played Toontown every day, because it was his way of meeting people and interacting with others. His toon was named Big Daddy Huhwhat. He enjoyed playing the game and "helping" others and was a regular at many of the group events in Toontown. He died about 2 or 3 years ago and his family posted on a Toontown forum about how grateful they were for the game and his many Toontown friends and the fact that the game helped him cope with his pain and enjoy the final months of his life. Big Daddy played Toontown up to the day he died and many of us were sadden by the loss of a good friend and kind person.
From a grandma in SC, USA :
Many years ago I was very depressed and my daughter introduced me to a Disney game Toon Town. I got to play the game with my children and I met so many wonderful friends from all over the world. A precious little girl from Vegas had lost her Grandmother so I took her as my Granddaughter. She called me grandma Pink(after my toon name). She is such a blessing to me. We have prayed over many prayer requests. This game in my life has blessed many Grandmothers and Grandfathers and children. It's like therapy to peoples that are old and don't have much to do and are forgotten. I got on the game last night and all the people were crying and so sad. I prayed for a lot of friends in my circle. It just breaks my heart for them. How I wish it was possible for me to buy Toon Town and keep it going for my precious friends. Help me pray that Disney will keep this game. They have announced they will be closing September 19, this will hurt a lot of people. I am praying for a miracle for all the Grandmothers and Grandfathers.
More to come soon...