Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:31 PM
When the first generation of Tamagotchi came out in 1997, these cute little electronic eggs were designed to be Pets for children who's parents won't let them have a pet, or for those who don't have the time/space for a real pet. But once the sales went up, it became clear that these little eggs were very popular along both children and adults alike - the new generation of toys had been born.
Since then, (this is based on Tamagotchi in England) 4 major Tamagotchi have been released - version 1, 2, 3 and most recently, version 4 (Jensei). But are these Tamas still pets? These version 4 Jensei tamagotchi are now more human than they are animal-like. They can get jobs, go to school, go shopping, call their grandparents/parents and even visit the matchmaker!
What do you think? Pets or humans?
( Please do not write back with hateful comments saying i'm stupid and Tamagotchi are perfect - i just thought it would be an interesting topic )
Posted 09 April 2007 - 05:29 PM
Tamagotchi were always pets and since the Version 1 they have been able to get a visit from the MatchMaker and have babies so I'll argue with you there but they will always stay the #1 selling virtual PET.
They may be able to go to school and get a job and whatnot, but look at the characters. Most of them look like creature pets. And they hatch from eggs when you first get one. Humans do not. And they have games to play but those are the only ones. There are a limit to the amount of games available to play. I know there isn't a limit of games for me. And I haven't said the most important one that makes a Tamagotchi a pet is the way they evolve. When you are a baby you don't just suddenly make a noise and change shape. And you definitely don't stay a toddler for a day and then suddenly change shape to become a teenager. And you do not become one year older every day.
And I could go on and say there is always food available and you never have to buy food because you'll never run out but it's just the little things that make a Tamagotchi still very much like a cyber pet. And every version will get more realistic, but it will always be 100% Tamagotchi.
Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:26 AM
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 05:40 AM
I think that Tamagotchi's are still pets, but they are begining to act like humans. It's hard to explain, and I'll edit this post as it comes to me. o.o;;
Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:26 AM
Some of the newer characters do look and act too human. But, then again, Tamagotchis are intelligent creatures from another planet, so it's not likely that creatures capable of building cities and space ships wouldn't also have Fishing Rods, CD players, Televisions, Boom Boxes, weapons of mass destruction ... hmmm ... I think I'd better be running along now before they decide to put humans into little plastic cases and keep us as pets.
I think Tamagotchis will always be pets. They are very intelligent little creatures, but that's good, their intelligence makes them be able to enjoy things we like, such as: watching movies, getting new things, eating special foods, celebrating holidays, etc. I think that alone makes them more realistic.
Also, a Tamagotchi can't survive on earth without a caretaker. Tamas aren't very independent during their time you care for them. If you forget to feed them, or you don't keep them happy, they get sick and have to leave. The only thing a Tama can do by it's self is brush it's teeth and take a bath (and turn out the lights ).
I think as long as BanDai makes sure that Tamagotchis depend on us, they will stay "pets".
Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:27 AM
Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:50 AM
In my opnion it's just a multi-game, the mail, school, and job feature seemed like a human world. I think Ban-Dai is encouraging some kids to go to work, and learn some stuff that happens in real life.
Quite weird how they burn pounds so fasr, and humans can't eat a infinite amount of snacks that fast and eat food in 3 bites , and get a tooth ache cured in about a second. Some people like Bill, Makiko, and etc. can get you though... Also what Adult walks and fall flat on their face at very common times , they seem like 1 year babies.
Some people had enough when Ban-Dai programmed the SLOT game on the v2... I loved that game, but they think it will probably want their kids to gamble in the future...
That's all I can say now.
Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:30 PM
On the V4, there are very human looking tamagotchis, such as the secret character 'Bill.' They definitely not humans, because they are weird un-humanly shapes. If you consider them an intelligent life form somewhere out in the galaxy, just go ahead and call them 'Aliens.'
When you connect with all versions, they might do a food eating game. Now, it is very impossible for humans to eat food in about 3 bites, unless you have a very large mouth. I don't know anyone who has a large mouth, big enough to eat a Burger King whopper in about 3 bites, but it is very possible for humans to eat small food particles, such as French Fries, grapes, etc. in 3 or less bites.
As Locky said, BanDai probably put the slot machine game in the V2 for their kids to grow up and gamble, but that is no good point. It takes a million tries to get a penny, and a billion tries to get one dollar. You may be lucky, though to get a penny or a dollar or more in less than the amount that I have posted.
OVERALL: Tamagotchis are pets, not humans.
Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:51 PM
The Version 4 Tamagotchi does have many new features available, including school, and jobs, and better ways to connect, like friends.
School, jobs, and friends are involved in the lives of humans, too. But that does not mean that Tamagotchi Version 4 is more like humans! The characters do act like humans, they jump, cry, become ill, etc., but they still are "pets", because humans like you and me take care of them, just like the way humans take care of real pets, such as dogs, fish, cats, or parakeets; humans feed their pets, groom or wash them, play with them, cuddle them, etc.
The care they give to real, live pets is similiar to the care they give to tamagotchis. That means that tamagotchis, including the V4, are closer to being 'pets' than 'humans'.
I conclude that tamagotchi versions are closer to pets than humans.
I hope you can understand this reply I contributed to this topic.
Posted 10 April 2007 - 04:42 PM
Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:41 PM
But now,I think you're right.The version 4 allowing tamas to have jobs is human like,and going to school.I can tell the more versions of tamagotchis these people invent,the more human like it'll get.
You can admit,over the months you will get tired of you tama until a new version comes out,right?Well,I figured that just feeding your pet,praising it,ect can get VERY boring,so bandai just wants to spice things up and make something that will catch everyone's attention.And that's what they're doing;making things more "imaginary" and "human like"
You never know what they're going to come up with next.
Edited by quixie, 10 April 2007 - 06:43 PM.
Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:48 PM
Like pets, you can train them and 'design' there future from the start.
I can see where they could be portrayed as human like, but tamas still tend to lean more twoard pets.
Posted 11 April 2007 - 08:11 AM
Posted 11 April 2007 - 12:44 PM
It's true that they v4s do go to school, get a job, ect. They do some human things but are not human.
I'll post/edit more maybe another time.
Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:50 PM
Edited by pickles52, 11 April 2007 - 03:50 PM.
Posted 11 April 2007 - 04:10 PM