What are the Beta Days?
‘Beta’ is a term commonly used to describe the early stages of when Animal Jam was still a new site. It’s estimated to be about the time period between when the site first launched and around one and a half years after. (September 10th 2010-Around 2011/2012)
It was considered to be a Golden Age for Animal Jam due to the lack of Scamming, Trolls and Bullying. Membership was a fairly new concept at the very beginning, so not many Jammers were bullied for not being a Member. ‘Membered’ Items didn’t even come out until much later in the Beta Period.
The Beta Period was also home to many now Beta Items. Items such as Blue/Orange Mat, Cami’s Frog, Top Hats, and Masks, were all one of the first items from this time that are no longer in stores today. That may or may not chance depending on Animal Jam’s administrators. These items are now worth a lot in trade, due to the fact that you can no longer get them. A few items, although they are considered Beta, are not considered to be worth as much during trade because of its unpopularity or it’s excess.
Differences from Today
One of the biggest differences that the Beta Days were so well known for was its rustic design. The icons, animals, dens, and the entire world was not as high quality or as detailed designed as the things we see today.
As you can see, the den for Non-Members was much larger, and had more of a tan color scheme compared to the bright, sunny, and livelier den we have today, although the Beta Den was much larger, consisting of several floors.
At the very beginning of the Beta Days, many Member Items we now see today are for Non-Members!
Items were also not as well designed or colored as they are today, so its shape and graphics aren’t as modern as we see in stores today.
People also claim that in the Beta Days, scamming and Non-Member Bullying wasn’t as much of a problem. This concept is debatable, but it is for certain that all items were, at one point in time, made for all Jammers to enjoy.
The entire Jamaa Map is different as well, consisting of less areas to explore.
As you can see, many parts of Today’s Jamaa are missing, such as Mt. Shiveer, Appondale, and the entire Ocean! There were also less stores and games. Places such as Epic Wonders, The Diamond Shop, and even The Pillow Room weren’t created until later on.
The fun Beta Times couldn’t last forever. After all, Beta just means a trial to test out a new thing. Eventually, Animal Jam was shaped by both it’s Administrators and it’s players to be the great game we know of today.
The Beta Testers didn’t leave empty-handed though! All Beta Testers got an entire month of Free Membership!
These are the Animal Jam Beta Days. We had fun times, good times, and trying times. The important thing is to not let the old memories keep us back from making new ones. We need to remember the good times and create even more in more unfamiliar territory. It may never be the same as the previous years, but who knows? If we try hard enough, maybe Animal Jam will become even more of a fun place!