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How Subeta Works

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Using Subeta
There are many different games available to Subeta site members.
There are many different games available to Subeta site members.
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Even though the site is aimed at young people, you don't have to be a teen to enjoy Subeta. Members are required to be older than 13 or have parental consent to join the site. It's free to join, but for a monetary donation, you can upgrade to a gold account with additional features.

Each user who signs up can have up to five virtual pets, while gold account members can have up to 10 -- they can get another 10 virtual pets with the use of the Mystical Montre Plushie or Mystical Donadak Plushie. Both can be purchased from the Cash Shop, from other users in the Trade Center or acquired in auctions. Once you sign up for your regular account, you are awarded 5,000 Subeta points or sPs. SPs are the currency used throughout the site to purchase items for your pets. Users spend sPs to adopt pets, customize their attributes and participate in the various areas of the site.

Users must feed and play with their pets to maintain their health and intelligence, and each pet can have its own minion or play friend. There are several ways to earn Subeta points, including playing games, taking surveys and what may be the most common method through a process referred to as restocking. Restocking is the ability for users to create their own one-stop shop for other players throughout the site. Players can visit other player's shops and purchase items for their use. It's sort of like a legal black market system. Or maybe it's just capitalism at its finest. Whatever you want to call it, most Subeta users predominately use restocking as their primary source of income.

Members can also chat with other users or join discussions in one of the several forums. If you'd like, you can even join or start your very own Cult. Cults are small subgroups anyone can belong to. A user who likes a certain type of music, like punk rock, for instance, might start a Cult based on that preference. Other users with like interests may chose to join the Cult to streamline their time on the site and meet others.

Visually speaking, Subeta's youthful feel and rudimentary appearance works for some, but can turn away users looking for a higher level of design. Subeta avatars are anime characters and the pets are loosely based on either real-life or mythical creatures.

Every so often, events occur throughout the site that can adversely affect pets and human avatars. As you'll learn in the next section, one such event is still having lasting affects. If you're not afraid of zombies, continue on to the next page and read about an infection that created quite a stir on the Subeta site.