Pixie Hollow (video game)

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Pixie Hollow
Developer(s)Disney Interactive Studios,
Schell Games,[1] SilverTree Media[2]
Publisher(s)Disney Interactive Studios
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Release
  • NA: September 20, 2008
Genre(s)Massive multiplayer online role-playing
Mode(s)Multiplayer

Pixie Hollow was a massive multiplayer online role-playing game addition to the Disney Fairies franchise that ran from 2008 to 2013. It was produced by DisneyToon Studios and developed by Schell Games. The game was released to coincide with the 2008 film, Tinker Bell and revolved around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play Peter Pan and incorporating her fairy friends from the Disney Fairies animated works by the Walt Disney Company.

Critical reception[edit]

GameZone gave the game 6/10.[3] The game received the Parents' Choice Award, Silver Honor.[4] The game also received the Parents' Choice Approved award.[5]

A 2008 article from the magazine Variety about the site voiced concerns from parents that introducing children to online games at a young age may could "one day make them a “World of Warcraft” addict."[6] A New York Times article from 2007 voiced much of the same in its discussion about young children on the Internet,[7] and gave a short description of Pixie Hollow: "The site will ultimately allow users to play games (“help create the seasons”) and interact with other “fairies.” When avatars move across the screen, they leave a sparkling trail of pixie dust, a carefully designed part of the experience."

Closing[edit]

Pixie Hollow closed on September 19, 2013.[8] Its closure was poorly received by users, especially bloggers in the community, many of whom created petitions to "save Pixie Hollow".[9] Such efforts seem to have been in vain; the game closed as planned and has not reopened.

Rewrite and Revival[edit]

Fans remained active on blog sites such as WordPress, and have been able to form communities dedicated to memorializing the game. One such fan community, FairyABC, has created a "rewrite" of the game, as of 2016. Users there can join a virtual world similar to Pixie Hollow, but without many features of the original games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games Developed by Schell Games". Schell Games. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  2. ^ "SilverTree Media Products". SilverTree Media. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ Gibson, Shayna (December 4, 2010). "Pixie Hollow Review". GameZone. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Oldenburg, Don. "Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow". Parents' Choice. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  5. ^ Oldenburg, Don. "Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow". Parents' Choice. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ Alexander, Leigh; Alexander, Leigh (2008-11-04). "Disney Fairies: Pixie Hollow". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  7. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2007-12-31). "Web Playgrounds of the Very Young". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  8. ^ "Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow". D23. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  9. ^ "Fight to Save Pixie Hollow!". Marigold's Musings. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  1. http://massive.joystiq.com/2010/05/14/mmo-family-a-parents-look-at-pixie-hollow/
  2. http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/05/07/disney-online-kicks-off-disney-fairies-pixie-hollow-great-games-days
  3. http://fairies.disney.com/pixie-hollow-faq