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MiniMonos is closing down: The OFFICIAL MiniMonos Message

Hey there Monkeys,

It is with great sadness that I must announce the closure of the online virtual world MiniMonos.com, as of Sunday, May 12th 2013.  MiniMonos has been a huge joy and massive amounts of work by many people.  We can no longer keep the world going, and develop the apps that we are so excited about at the same time.

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Everyday for the last four years we have been delighted, moved, and inspired by the community of kids who are part of MiniMonos.  Our team has worked so hard to make the world what it is because we are excited by what kids can do to make the world a better place.

Almost 1500 of you have had eco- projects approved.  Hundreds of awesome monkeys have commented on our blog, written guest posts, created your own fan blogs, and contributed art and fun into our world.  You have helped us to adopt orangutans through Orangutan Outreach, made donations to Born Free Foundation’s Lion projectWWF’s Tiger Initiative and given clean water to other kids in India.  You monkeys are amazing people!

Thank you awesome monkeys for the love you have shown us, and each other.  You are the most inspiring group of people I have ever had the joy of knowing and monkeying around with.

Like us, many of you will be sad, disappointed, and maybe even angry at this news.  Those are normal and OK feelings to have.  We have been feeling the same way!  I hope you use these last few weeks of MiniMonos to hang out with your friends, complete the levels and make some last memories of the world.  Get together with your friends and party on… Bananatastic will be hosting parties right until the last day!
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We hope you will take pictures and post your memories to our blog, and tweet us too!  If you send us some of your favourite pictures, we will post them online.  I still have some wonderful screenshots (remember the first 50 monkeys? The first x-powers?), and I would love to be able to collect yours too.  Please send your screenshots and pictures to us at mutt@minimonos.com

We will be planning some big events coming up to the last weekend and will keep you posted on what those are!  We will be having a HUGE party on the 12th, keep an eye out for details.  We are hoping that a lot of the staff will be around that day to party up and say goodbye.

We are really sad to say goodbye to the virtual world, but super excited about what a difference you will make in the real world.

— AlphaMonkey and The MiniMonos Team

OFFICIAL MINIMONOS TIME MESSAGE FROM TOMMYPP AND TECHNOBANANA:

We are extremely sad right now.

The loss of another great virtual world is just over the horizon.

When Tommypp first started playing MiniMonos, there was only about 40,000 Monkeys, now there is over 1,000,000 Monkeys on MiniMonos.

Tommypp’s Message:

Like many others, it comes with great sadness to hear this news, I cannot believe that such a great virtual world is shutting down, when I first read this news, it was SUCH a huge surprise to me.

I was talking with AlphaMonkey recently, I knew something was up, she didn’t seem too happy, I thought something bad was happening, I thought to myself, I really hope she is okay, I thought she may have been unwell. She explained how it’s hard to keep a virtual world these days. I really hope this is some kind of joke, I can’t believe this, the MiniMonos Team had so much planned and now, it’s going. Over the past 3 years I have had so much to do with MiniMonos, I had so many exciting oportunities from MiniMonos. Now, I am sitting at my computer crying. 😦 This announcement came to me as a surprise. I am keeping myself calm and trying not to get mad. I am scared my house will flood soon! I will still be in contact with EVERYONE and I am excited to announce that MiniMonos Time (My blog) will be still up and running for atleast another 2 years! You can get all the news about MiniMonos shutting down right here very soon: MiniMonosTime.com

I hope the MiniMonos Team hold a VERY VERY special party and all of the staff including the old EcoMom, AlwaysMonkeys, HatMan, MissDawg and LittleStone all are online!

It’s going to be a tough year for me, although I have exciting things coming up, this is terrible.

Please always remember me and stay in touch with me: @TommyppMM on Twitter and I will be making more ways to stay in touch with me!

I LOVE THE WHOLE MINIMONOS TEAM! I know I will definitely be attending these parties (I hope!!) and I really really hope that maybe one day, MiniMonos will come up again, maybe this year!


Technobanana’s Message:

Hey Monkeys. Yes I have heard the news and I am very sad.

This blog took a lot of work to make it good. It worked. Everybody enjoyed it and I do too.

Without me, Tommypp would’ve had trouble with this blog. It’s a good thing I came along.

MiniMonos was such a fun game and will still be. I met lots friends on there.

My life will continue on and I will still have fun. I’ll be out there still. Even though I didn’t complete my goal to make it to 1 year of playing

I still think it’s sad that MiniMonos Is Closing. Never thought it would come this soon.

Thank you, for everything you’ve done for me, every monkey out there who helped me out on the way….especially you Tommypp, Thank you.

-MiniMonos Time

I am thinking of starting a donation box on MiniMonos Time for people to donate money to MiniMonos in.

Like I said before, this has come to me as a massive surprise and I am SO SAD right now.

I will stay as calm as I can be, I promise!

Much love to everyone at MiniMonos, take care, and I promise I will always be by your side.

Thanks so much for all the fun!

-Tommypp

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Grab 40 BONUS ‘Go Macaws’ xPowers!

Hey Monkeys!

There’s a brand new bonus this week! Here’s the post:

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It’s time to show off your NEW ‘Go Macaws’ xPowers this weekend — they’re back by popular demand!

Purchase Shells, Banana Chips or a MiniMonos Gold membership between now and midday on Monday and get 40 BONUS ‘Go Macaws’ on MiniMonos!

Offer ends midday Monday April 29th, Monkey Time (GMT).

This is Brand New as it says in the post. This offer ends tomorrow or today depending where you live.

What do you think the next bonus will be? Leave it in the comments.

-Technobanana


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The Top 5 Ways Computer Games are Saving the Environment!

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Hey Monkeys!

We have a very special post for you today!

Marcela De Vivo is writing a guest post for MiniMonos Time! She has put a lot of time and effort into this post and it would be much appreciated if you could comment below saying thank you!

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from the Los Angeles area. As a mom of three, she’s very interested in educational games, and currently works with a site that offers car parking games to teach teens how to drive. Games that teach kids to respect the environment, like MiniMonos, are even better, and she can’t wait to sign her kids up.

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Computer games have come a long way from Zork and Hunt the Wumpus, and now not only cover a diverse range of genres and topics, but also appeal to many demographics.

A recent trend in gaming is harnessing the popularity and interactive nature of computer games to educate young people, and one of the largest areas that has seen growth is games that teach about our environmental impact and sustainability issues.

There are many ways in which computer games can help educate young people about environmental issues, or even directly aid in helping the environment. Here are the some of the most significant ways it can help:

1. Awareness

Computer games can help create awareness of environmental issues by being more accessible to people. It isn’t hard to see that in today’s modern world, many children prefer TV and computer time over playing outside, so games that focus on nature and the environment can expose children to things they might otherwise never know about.

Even if the game isn’t directly about the environment, being exposed to issues like waste, recycling, and forest preservation are a great way to introduce these topics to children.

For example, the MiniMonos games require children to create monkeys and then maintaining the environment in which they live. If they fail to keep the environs up to spec, their Lagoons are contaminated and there tree houses become filled with trash.

This cause-and-effect lesson can easily lead to questions about how the environment works outside of the virtual MiniMonos world.

2. Education

Beyond just shedding light on issues of the environment and how we can affect the environment, computer games can also educate people about how to reduce their carbon footprint. Computer games can teach the younger generation about alternate sources of energy and how to address the other environmental issues.

For example, games like SimCity allows users to create virtual cities using “green” electricity resources. Players are given options like pedal-power, maglev transportation, car-sharing options and building up rather than out to solve urban sprawl and are required to keep in mind the carbon footprint and long and short term costs of their sources of energy they employ.

People previously unaware of options outside of oil and gas as sources of energy, or the importance of green spaces in urban planning and its effect on air quality, will learn a great deal while playing the game.

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3. Collaboration

While gaming can help individuals learn about energy use, multi-player and network gaming enables players to work together on real-world energy solutions. It is possible to have millions of people playing the same game at the same time—a technology that brings people together to work towards resolving energy and environmental problems.

A diverse wellspring of experience, education, and creativity harnessed together in a game can bring about great change. Recently, more than 19,000 players of EVOKE launched just such a collaborative effort, and was able to found 50 new companies around the world in only 10 weeks—ranging from South Africa to India to New York.

4. Problem Solving

Whether working with others or alone, gamers are more willing to experiment in the virtual world. The gaming world lends itself to the trial-and-failure approach as many of the worlds they inhabit do not adhere to real world rules.

Gamers are frequently faced with problems that need to be resolved—the skills utilized to solve the issues are ones that can apply to any real world situation. And games are inherently challenging, and engaging in one drives us to master the new skill, to solve that puzzle.

An example of problem solving through gaming was when players mapped an AIDS/HIV enzyme in a matter of weeks in the game Foldit; something researchers had struggled with for years. With the subject reduced to another puzzle, gamers applied their problem solving skills that resulted in real life implications.

5. Gives Back

Many computer games donate part of the proceeds to environmental causes. MiniMonos donates proceeds from sales of the games to major conservation projects such as saving tigers and encouraging biodiversity. EVOKE, an online game created for the World Bank Institute, undertook real-world missions to improve food security, increase access to clean energy and end poverty.

Online gaming has real life implications and can be used to teach about energy resources and environmental issues. The power of gaming can help make causes more compelling and bring about resolutions through a group effort, while giving back locally, and globally.

-Marcela De Vivo (http://www.gryffin.co/)


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Apply to become an App Developer at MiniMonos Time!

Hey Monkeys!

The new author knows who they are, and are currently learning the ways of MiniMonos Time!

We are now looking for a couple of app developers (or just one) who is happy to make a simple application for MiniMonos Time and MiniMonos Spot!

The app (if it goes ahead) will feature all the news of MiniMonos Time and MiniMonos Spot and will include exclusives as well!


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MiniMonos Time’s Monkey Excellence Awards 2013

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The MiniMonos Time Monkey Excellence Awards 2013 starts……. NOW!

Vote below for your favourite Monkeys of 2013, and we’ll let you know the results on the 1st of May 2013!

The Monkeys below have showed outstanding qualities on MiniMonos, the Monkeys that are listed below

have been selected by the team at MiniMonos Time as they represent exactly what we were looking for!

 

If you weren’t selected this time, there is always a next time! Make sure to always show these qualities

on MiniMonos for your chance to be nominated next time!

Vote on,

MiniMonos Time


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Animals and You Giveaway Winners Announced!

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Hey Monkeys!

MiniMonos has announced the winners of the Animals and You Magazine membership contest:

The winners of the MiniMonos giveaway in the recent Animals and You magazine issue have been chosen!

Congratulations to the following Animals and You readers who won MiniMonos Gold Memberships:  Jessicamae G, Lucy J, Sophie K, Summer H, Sophie A, Emma H, Dioane S, Emma P, Miss Akira B, and Milly S.

And big congratulations to Kiera H. She won EPIC goodies from the Organic MiniMonos Store, incluing a MiniMonos t-shirt AND hoodie!

P.S: BrettAxley has opened a new blog, go check it out now: CLICK HERE

Guess what? The new MiniMonos Time Author has been chosen, and entries are now closed! Check back soon to find out if you are the new Author!

-Tommypp


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Become a MiniMonos Time Author!

NOTE: To be able to become an Author, you MUST have a WordPress Account (www.wordpress.com)

Hey Monkeys!

We are looking for one more author of MiniMonos Time!

This time, we need a Go Banana’s Official Blog author!

What a Go Banana’s Official Blog Author does:

  • You will post the Go Banana’s Official Blog posts
  • You will be able to stay in contact with the MiniMonos Time Team
  • Frequently posts on MiniMonos Time
  • Has good grammar

Apply Here:

-Tommypp and the MiniMonos Time Team