World Review: Habbo Hotel
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World Status: Operational
Habbo Hotel is an isometric, tile-based world, designed with children in mind. It takes place inside a hotel, in which there are several dozen rooms, and outdoor facilities to visit, whilst Habbos can register their own rooms, and decorate them according to their taste in furniture or ?furni? which is purchased with real money.
Habbo has an interesting chat system, which is limited, by distance. Up to five tiles away, you can hear the normal chat of another. However, as you move further away, the text becomes more and more garbled until it just appears as a collection of dots. This interface shows a semblance of how normal conversation might appear and allows several conversations to go on in the same room, without interrupting each other.
Sadly, whilst Habbo is persistent, it is not collaborative. Whilst there is some interactive scenery, unless it is something that changes your avatar?s costume, no one else sees the result.
Sulake Inc., the company behind Habbo Hotel, state on the each of the world?s three websites, that they are pledged to ?provide a safe, moderated environment?. Unfortunately, during the three-week course of this review, no evidence of moderator presence was found.
Habbo Hotel consists of three worlds, each slightly different, although with many points in common. Each hotel is dedicated to a specific country, in the order depicted in the screenshot above that would be: the US, the UK, Canada.
Each world is supposed to be dedicated to its own country, however, you tend to find a good mix of people from all over the world in each hotel, along with a good mix of age groups.
What was found however, was plenty of evidence of open cybersex, both consensual and non-consensual in the main rooms, along with scams to extort money from participants, people being cajoled into giving out home addresses, or that of their school, rampant racism, and tendency to look down on newcomers. As Habbo Hotel is specifically marketed to children, these developments are worrying.
Normal scene in Habbo Hotel
For some, its the thrill of discovery, the freedom to strike out, to pioneer. Whether its mapping new lands, or exploring unknown fields of endeavour, to be first, to boldly go, this is what explorers live for.
Habbo Hotel has some scope for explorers. The main hotel in each building has a wide collection of rooms, all different, and many which go on and on and on. In addition, most members have their own rooms, though the majority of these are small, as room size, costs money.
The rooftop, outdoor environment: Habbo USA
The social life is the life for you. To chat, to roam, to gossip all day, and chatter all night. You are the heart of the party, and you are the soul. The drive to chatter, the need to gossip, stretching out, making connections, mind against mind, heart against heart. It keeps you going, it keeps you sane.
Habbo Hotel is at heart a purely social environment. The wide variety of public rooms emphasise this fact, with pizza parlours, caf? shops, hallways lined with plants and benches, night clubs, at least one theatre per hotel, and a great many lobbies.
This protection is not enough however. With flagrant abuse of the rules, rampant cybersex, bullying, and oppression, this world would be a haven for paedophiles. Sulake Inc, the makers of Habbo actually say on their website:
Is it a safe place for my child?
Whilst it is by no means conclusive, no moderator was present / available during the three-week period this review was conducted over. However, plenty of evidence of open cybersex, both consensual and non-consensual in the main rooms, along with scams to extort money from participants, people being cajoled into giving out home addresses, or that of their school was found.
Rating 46.5 / 100
Client OS:Win 2K, Win 98, Win 2K, Win 2K