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What Happened to the Virtual Pet Sites of the 2000s?

Enjoy this digital stroll down memory lane.

An Aisha from Neopets

Besides watching Pokemon AMVs on YouTube and messing with Kid Pix, the majority of my childhood Internet days were spent on one virtual pet website or another.

Back in the day there were so many options, from Webkinz to Neopets. Free time during computer labs in elementary school was often spent playing Webkinz when we weren't supposed to.

Looking back I can say that these websites were cultural events that were formative to my Internet experience. Lots of people feel this way, especially considering the widespread sorrow that came from Club Penguin shutting down in 2017.

It's about time we look back on the virtual pet sites that defined our childhoods.

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