After 16 Years, The Pokemon Poke Center (TPPC) is Dead

I honestly never thought I would EVER see the day the head admin would publicly say as much but that’s exactly what I saw a short time ago on the forums.

Founded and created by Shrimpy in 1999, TPPC is the oldest fanmade FREE Text-based Pokemon MMORPG. It’s been around for as long as the games have been prettymuch and it was my most visited website from 1999 to 2005. TPPC was the number 2 destination after GS Bot (and later RS Bot) for Pokemon fans to get their fix for Pokemon battles. There were other text-based Pokemon RPGs as well but TPPC offered a few things that set it apart from the rest and made it extra special:

  • Pokemon can be trained past level 100. The highest-level known Pokemon was over level 5,000.
  • Trainers could give the Pokemon any 4 moves they wanted and could swap moves as they pleased even if they were moves a Pokemon didn’t normally learn in the video games.
  • Players could get Shiny Pokemon as well as Dark Pokemon, which were stronger at night. The most desired and rarest were Golden Pokemon, which were significantly stronger than Shiny and Dark Pokemon. Golden Pokemon were given away in contests twice a year as well as the rare sitewide crash.
  • Players could catch and evolve most Pokemon just like they could in the video games.
  • Players could have multiple accounts if they wanted.
  • The RPG and Forums were integrated for ease of use of both.

TPPC has actually been on the decline over the last 10 years, mostly due to the first generation of the site’s members growing up. In fact the site’s founder actually hasn’t been around since 2011, which was when he quietly turned the site’s day to day upkeep to Kife. During its peak, TPPC had over 4,000 unique members. Now there are barely 100 active members who use the site now. TPPC withstood 3 major crashes, at least 2 major hack attacks, copycat sites and even the death of a member of their leadership team. When longtime rival website Pokemon Crater shut down in 2009, TPPC stood alone at the top of the mountain. Some folks tried to emulate TPPC’s success but Pokemon Crater was the only site that came close.

Aside from implementing new features and running the Golden Contests–one for New Years and the other for his birthday–Shrimpy was very hands-off with the site’s day to day operations long before he promoted Kife. This was a fact myself and a few other members made alot of noise over in a bid to force change. A few mods even tried a hostile takeover to try to force Shrimpy to take action but to no avail. The site hasn’t had any major updates since 2008 when the Pokemon introduced in Diamond, Pearl and Platium were added to RPG. Kife admitted when asked the most he can do is maintenance: Only Shrimpy himself can implement the massive upgrades the site desparately needs. The obvious problem is he has no interest in doing so even though people have asked for change for YEARS. His site, etc.

Having said all that, the website and forums are still around but the site as it once was died a slow, painful death over the last 12 years. At one time, I made a serious offer to buy the website. Said offer was laughed at though to this day I don’t deny being interested in buying TPPC at one time. I have been called alot of things by the TPPC Community over the years, mostly due to the nature of the internet. Folks love to talk shit through their keyboards though I know for a fact only a literal handful would actually do the same to my face. One thing I will give TPPC credit for is it helped me develop a thick skin when dealing with online communities.

In closing, TPPC had a pretty good run. It no longer has a purpose aside from friends who want to meet up and chat though. I honestly feel vindicated as typical internet ediquette drove me away from the site for the majority of the last 10 years. I had the misfortune of aging with the site though given the RPG has had little growth since 2011, the aging site is a mere shadow of what it once was. 10 years ago, Vets were villified by the TPPC Community for talking about the past. Now that the TPPC Community have accepted the fact the site’s dead, they can’t get enough of hearing about how the RPG was during its heyday.

On that note, I’m not going to waste a blog post going over the site’s early years. I’ll leave that to others.

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2 Responses to After 16 Years, The Pokemon Poke Center (TPPC) is Dead

  1. gunlord500 says:

    Oh my, it seems like an era has ended for the Pokemon community. At least it had a good run, as you said.

    • brendan2k5 says:

      I wouldn’t go that far: TPPC catered to a very niche community. It was ahead of its time when it started but began to lose its luster in 2005. As I mention briefly above, the Admin just seemed to lose interest over time but kept the site open for folks to keep using.

      It lasted a long time yes but the lack of major updates over its lifetime is what slowly killed the site. TPPC is the site I always point to when I talk about how to not run a website: It should not be only one guy doing all the updates and maintenance as it has been until about 3 years ago.

      Ah, well. I have mixed emotions about the site being at the end of its lifespan. I’m happy it’s dying off but at the same time disappointed it never evolved over time. It really is a shame.

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