You may have seen a few bits and bobs around the place recently about our special Content Week stuff. If you have, congratulations on being excellent. If not, it’s not too late to get involved!
Our overarching theme is “time travel”, and while we sadly don’t have a real working time machine of our own (think of the profitz to be made) I invite you now to step back in time with me to an old version of the hotel… THE oldest in fact!
We all might like and enjoy playing Habbo from a time to another, however, most of us don’t know the real history and story of Habbo. So, today, we’re going to find out a little more.
What is Habbo?
Habbo is an online community-based game aimed at teenagers from 12-17 years old. The whole community is owned by Sulake: a Finnish enterprise. It came out for the first time in 2000 and in 2012 more than 270 million Habbo avatars had been created. This unique game allows players to create their own avatars, chat with friends, build rooms, play games and many more features.
Habbo originated from a project began by two Finnish gentlemen – Sampo Karjalainen, who was the designed and Aapo Kyrola who programmed. This project was called “Mobile Disco” where players were able to chat inside a specific room. The two creators were ordered to make a virtual game called “Lumisota” for a Finnish company. After their work becoming a great success, they came up with the idea of growing their own business from making virtual games. In 2001, and after a lot of beginnings and abrupt endings, the developers were able to launch their project which was called “Habbo Hotel” in beta mode. After a couple of weeks, the full original version of the game was ready. Shortly after, to add to the user experience, the new credits system was released and the game was launched in four different languages. In 2006, the domain was changed from www.habbohotel.com to www.habbo.com.
Between 2006 and 2009, the company got some problems that led to closing the Chinese and the Russian hotels due to several various challenges that faced it, including privacy in both countries and the strict laws that resonate from them. In 2010, all the hotels that used to speak English merged to avoid dwindling company profits and a more universal community. 2012 came along and the whole company faced a new problem of the sharing and misuse of addresses, images and personal information, to name a few. Sulake then decided to alter the way they allowed users to communicate and introduced tightly censorship in speech and instant messaging systems within the client. The iOS app was released in 2014 to keep up with the ever changing millennial market.
So that was just a quick look at Habbo’s lengthly history. What’s one of your favourite memories of Habbo?
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.
It is natural that there is some pride felt by some players when we start talking about Habbo. We from Habbox after all… we defend this feeling more than anything. Firstly, because it is a game that has survived in the gaming world as we saw a crazy evolution where everything is changing a in very crazy way: realistic, three-dimensional graphics and voice acting to name a few new features. Plus, Habbo has its history and an incredible evolution trajectory, but without having to abandon that simple, but so detailed style… go figure! We made a little search of these interesting facts about the early years of Habbo Hotel, and a few things more, that maybe you do not know yet, but worth knowing if you have an explorer’s soul!
Hi Habbos! I thought I’d take this chance, as an “old Habbo” to share with you a list of things that every “old Habbo” will understand, and maybe even some middle-aged Habbo’s too! 😉
Fancy a trip down memory lane? Or perhaps you just want to know what all the fuss was about “Back In My Day”. Join me to find out more!