I recently logged into my old Neopets account for the first time in over a decade. It required the recovery of my username, my password, my old email account and my old email account's password.
It was a lot of work.
My Christmas JubJub was over 5500 days old and "dying". There was 1090 Neopoints in my shop till, but no record of anybody having bought anything. Upon visiting the Battledome I was given 10,000 Neopoints and dubbed a Veteran, yet all records of my past battles had been wiped.
I felt as though I had entered the remnants of a city after a zombie apocalypse.
All this week, I've continually read reports from mainstream media about how Pokemon GO is dying, how the lightning in a bottle game is dead, how Niantic has failed.
And sure, numbers are dropping and the player base isn't what it used to be. But dead?