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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tamagotchi

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The Tamagotchi (たまごっち Tamagotchi?) is a handheld digital pet created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi of WiZ Co. Ltd., and Aki Maita of Bandai Co. Ltd. It was first sold by Bandai in 1996 in Japan. Over 70,000,000 Tamagotchis have been sold world-wide as of 2008. Most Tamagotchis are housed in a small egg-shaped computer with an interface usually consisting of three buttons, although the number of buttons may vary for different variations.

According to Bandai, the name is a portmanteau combining the Japanese word "たまご" (tamago), which means "egg", and the English word "watch" (as in timepiece). Consequently, the name is romanized as "Tamagotch" without the "i" in Japan. At the end of most Tamagotchi character's names, excluding some newer characters like Makiko, is 'tchi' or 'っち' in Japanese.



If the Jonas Brothers love them, that's good enough for me.
Upon removing the tag of a Tamagotchi unit, an egg will appear on the screen. After setting the Tamagotchi unit's clock, the Tamagotchi will hatch after several seconds, after which the player will be told of its gender and will be given the opportunity to give it a name, which can be 5 to 8 characters in length. From then on, the player is given the task of raising the Tamagotchi to good health throughout its life and attending to its needs, such as feeding it, playing games to make the Tamagotchi happy and keep it at a healthy weight, cleaning up its excrement, punishing or praising the Tamagotchi based on its actions, returning it to proper health with medicine if it gets sick, and shutting off the lights when it goes to bed. If the Tamagotchi is left uncared for, it will soon result in the death of the Tamagotchi.

As time passes, the Tamagotchi will evolve through various stages (Baby, Toddler/Child, Teenager, Adult, and Senior), the results varying based on the gender of the Tamagotchi, its current generation, and on the player's actions. A Tamagotchi that has been cared for well enough will result in a better and a well-mannered Tamagotchi, while excessive poor care will instead result in a Tamagotchi that requires much more attention and often does not behave well. Upon reaching a specific age and friendship level with another Tamagotchi, the player's Tamagotchi will be able to mate with another Tamagotchi of the opposite gender, usually arranged by an elderly Tamagotchi known as "the Matchmaker" or "Mrs. Busybody". Once the two Tamagotchis mate successfully, the female produces two infant Tamagotchis, one which is kept by the father, and the other by the mother. After 24 hours pass, the parent leaves the baby, starting a brand new generation.

Recent Tamagotchis, such as the Connection series, are able to communicate wirelessly with other Tamagotchis to develop friendships, exchange gifts, and compete in several different types of games.


History of the Tamagotchi




Gotta catch em all? Wait, thats not right...

59 comments:

  1. This brings back bitter memories. Tamagotchi was fucking expensive, so my mom got us the cheaper NanoPet. My sister had the "baby" one. It was creepy.

    I believe my sister did get a "golden" tamagotchi when she had to have a filling put in.

    Then I had a friend who gave me one in high school for the lulz. I dropped it too many times and it broke.

    I want another one now... I don't have enough pointless compulsions in my life.

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  2. These were pretty cool. I remember getting one, didn't last long though. My attention is easily diverted though.

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  3. I lost. The only time I messed with those was when I got one in a Happy Meal.

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  4. those things never peaked my interest :(

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  5. I was terrible at this thing, you had to feed it and crap. As a hyper active kid, I still had to have one though

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  6. damn i had one of these faggots lol
    keep up the good work bro

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  7. ahahah i remember these ones! it was a huge thing when i was in like gr 5 lollololol - people were obssesed with these things haha

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  8. I totally remember having these! Mine died. =/

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  9. o my god...i remember playing with these for so long...i miss my childhood

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  10. I use to have one of these when I was a kid!!!

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  11. dude, I was so poor I had some chinese copy called yuki penguin

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  12. lol those things still sell actually

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  13. I didn't lose, to old for that, try again!

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  14. I had a couple of those as a kid! One time I dropped one down the elevator shaft and I cried and cried. But I was like 9...

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  15. I never knew what the big deal was with those things, but my sisters had about 8 of them each and would constantly complain about needing more watch batteries for them. :S

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  16. i had tamagochi when i was little, i want it now! :D

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  17. I really never had any interest in these when they were popular.

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  18. that gives me something to think about

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  19. looking forward to your next update

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  20. wow, a tamagotchi. my first one was a KFC clone and it was a kitty!

    hey, check out my blog, im sure you'll like it. its...interesting

    http://bigpoppasinterestingthings.blogspot.com/

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  21. I remember my tamagotchi...thing was legit. Me and my friends would play with them during class and it would piss our teacher off so much lol

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  22. haha i just lost because i use to have one and a digimon one too

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  23. this one piqued my interest the most... keep it coming

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  24. this is a good follow up to your last post

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  25. nice, I'm looking forward to the next one

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  26. i used to have one of those.one with a dinosaur..but it died because i didnt feed him...i was sad..

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  27. Exciting, really gorgeous. I am a huge fan of Tamagotchi virtual pet that and I just ordered exactly this one at PIJ. I am excited and hope this will get within a week. Thanks for your amazing review.
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