Greetings, Explorers. After a week burning a fine toothed comb to find lots of cool and (probably) unknown trivia about Habbo’s history, here we are again to proudly announce the second episode of… erm however many I decide to write! By the way, come here and listen what I say… Did you know that there were a Britney Spears’ styled furni? What about the ugly and blurry “.JPG” badges around the Hotel? Yeah, this is really a crazy game. Sit back and enjoy the ride, pal.
1st – “Hot pixels”
One of the funniest things about the Habbo’s feedback in its early years is that they simply didn’t expect to receive an avalanche of young players, since they were making the game to support older people, more or less as they did for Mobiles Disco, you know. Do you want an example of this? One of the unused public rooms, built while Habbo was merely a prototype, is the SAUNA (by armasK) where you could wear a bathrobe (or possibly get undressed) and relax with a certain pixeled steam. It didn’t make it into the hotel though; management considered it potentially inappropriate (do you think it would be a hit?).
2nd – “Beep Beep”
We know that you’re a Rare furni expert, reader. But forget about the Dragons, holos, even the ducks for a while. If you go to the Brazilian Habbo and explore the MOD_Jufa‘s rooms, you’ll see a special furni that was never released before and you can only find it there: ‘Infobus‘. A must-have.
3rd – “Haaaai Habbo Minna *o*”
The 2003 year came with the opening of the first Welcome Lounge and lots of new International Habbos for player’s delight. One of them was the Japanese Habbo (even though it was closed in 2009), home town of one of the coolest alteration artists, satoh-teki! It was basically the last hotel to receive the worldwide updates but, curiously, their catalogue was always filled with random seasonal furnis, even if it wasn’t the right time. And last, something in Japanese culture that makes staff not add “Exchange” to catalogue!
4th – “I see dead ducks”
In October 2001, the Habbo players started to see the rubber ducks in a deeper side. The Halloween furniture was released, the first seasonal line ever!
5th – “Poster’s Digi-evolution”
A lot of Habbo posters fortunately (or not) had to be changed over time. Take a look at the old Britney’s poster. You can see more here.
6th – “Blurry Rarities”
Even though the Habbos around the world receive already-done GIF images from Sulake’s Graphics Team for their banners, sometimes it’s not enough for the banner’s subject and they go there and enhance it; Or not. In the early years of the Brazilian and Spanish hotel, it wasn’t unusual to see some strange and ugly banners being used. It has happened because at first they didn’t know that when a pixel art’s saved as JPG, as they did, it gets a blurry effect. JPG is for complex photos, after all, with all those colors and different tonalities!
TRIVIA SOURCES (and thank you to):
HABBORATOR (I’m not joking when I say that it has lots of cool trivia about the early years of Habbo! Did I mention the fantastic Pixel Art layout?)
HABBID FORUM (BRAZIL) (With all those useful info about the beloved but crowded Brazilian Habbo)
That’s all, explorers! See you in the next episode, we hope! \o\