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Posted 11 April 2007 - 04:15 PM ( #18 )

( Sorry if there has already been a topic on this - i havn't seen one)

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? :marumimitchi:

( 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 )

I say they made it this way, so it seems like you have a child, and not a pet. It makes your resonsibilities greater, which you can benifit from in real life.


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Posted 11 April 2007 - 07:47 PM ( #19 )

I say they made it this way, so it seems like you have a child, and not a pet. It makes your resonsibilities greater, which you can benifit from in real life.

I agree. But the child grows much quicker and you still take careof it when it's an adult (or even oldie if it survived after you never let it marry).


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Posted 11 April 2007 - 08:13 PM ( #20 )

It seems like evolution to me. They came to Earth about 10 years ago, and humans took care of them. Generation after generation, they began to adopt human technology, characteristics, and practices, such as attending school, brushing their teeth, gambling, playing instruments, playing with toys, reproduction rituals, etc. It's fun to spend a week or two with a P1, then take a look at the V4s and see how much the Tamagotchi species has come as a whole in 10 short years, no? But no matter what, they're always dependent on the human race for care and guidance.


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Posted 26 April 2007 - 11:28 AM ( #21 )

definetly pets,because i cant have a pet and i take care of it like a pet. cool topic!!


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Posted 26 April 2007 - 03:48 PM ( #22 )

But then, they are still kind of like pets in a way.

Even though the tamagotchi V4 omes with very human like features, you still feed it, play with it, take it to meet friends etc. I guess you couls still call them pets.


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Posted 04 May 2007 - 11:48 PM ( #23 )

You can get Tamagotchies that looks like humans, and I would not like it if Tamagotchies become more human like.
I have the version 3, I changed my mind about the version 4, I do not like the idea of my tama to go to school or have a job, I want my tama to be a pet, play, have fun, and to be taken cared of as it was meant to be, not getting serious with shcool and job! it kind of destroy the Tamagotchi consept for me.


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Posted 05 May 2007 - 02:43 AM ( #24 )

I think their becoming to "human esce" ....

and to the above comenter all adavnced life forms hatch through eggs even humans (internally)

I am a big fan of v.3 because jobs and school is too advanced for these creatures . I have a dog and I dont send it to school. It doesnt goto work as a fashion desinger... i think that bandai went a little overboard with this.

There not so much pets anymore.


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Posted 05 May 2007 - 04:11 AM ( #25 )

Yeah, I noticed Tamas were getting slightly human-ish. =/
While binary and Ristar are right, and it's more of a matter of evolution, it's going a bit overboard. Going to school, work, having kids, and everything of the sort. I'd say it is a bit going too far, but they could be trying to teach children about all this stuff. Either way, the v2 will probably always be my favourite tama. Not too complicated, not too simple, just right. :unsure:


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Posted 05 May 2007 - 10:53 AM ( #26 )

I miss the simplicity of the originals but the new ones have elements I really like too.

I would like to see Tamagotchi go back in to more of a pet theme. Give it food, water, let it out, call for it, pet it. Maybe prepare it for competitions like the PKM contests.
Some of the characters can be a bit too human like. That is why I never got the Haneruchis. Why do I want to take care of a human? That's not cute!

Oh I do like the weird characters on the Uratama though. That is super neat. Right now, one of my characters is a boxing glove! :rolleyes: He's adorable. So I guess I would rather take care of a boxing glove character, a diamond or even a table or chair looking character over a human.
Whoa, did I ever go off on a weird direction.

I am not crazy about the going to school and getting a job thing either. While it teaches a basic valuable life lesson to excel in school to get a good job, I don't really like that what should be a little pet is doing that.

Then after a while, I am not so nuts about the babies and generations. I like to have a pet going and know there will be an end in 20 days or how ever long you decide to take care of it. These new tamas force you to kill somethig or tab it up. That is not the best feeling.
That is what I like so much about the old Nanos. They don't evolve much but will after 30 days or more if you chose to keep it going.


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Posted 05 May 2007 - 12:59 PM ( #27 )

The version 2 would be best then?
I read that someone had that as their favorite.
I have only owned a v. 3 and two "Bird Watch" Tamagotchi-like before.
They were at least simple, but I miss the pause function on them.


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Posted 06 May 2007 - 05:23 AM ( #28 )

Tamas are soooooooooooooooooooo human!


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Posted 06 May 2007 - 08:47 AM ( #29 )

I agree with Hallie! It does seem like they are humans or something like that. I mean who ever heard of a dog or a cat being a dentist or a florist?! But yes some pets do have jobs like guide dogs and animals that help people learn to read and aminals(usually dogs) who work in police work or at a fire station. but I still think they are human in a way, they have feelings and emotions that are quite similar to ours and they get sick and need food like us too. To sum everything up they are like the human life cycle sped up about x20.


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Posted 09 May 2007 - 07:12 AM ( #30 )

Well. I'd say pets. They don't look anything like humans except for maybe a couple of characters (like Makiko looks like a girl). As for school and preschool and everything that is like a human life cycle. But don't think are pets, as in cats or dogs who can't be seen to become bakers or anything in the real world, just think of Tamagotchi as very unique pets that can do their job and go to school in their unique virtual world.

Also humans are eventually able to feed themselves, get toilet trained, open mail themselves etc. But Tamagotchi have to be fed, cleaned up after (even at adulthood) and you have to open mail for them. I suppose that if they didn't have to be then what is the point of Tamagotchi being a virtual pet?


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Posted 10 May 2007 - 02:17 PM ( #31 )

they are pets and humans(after all the name means eggwatch)


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Posted 17 May 2007 - 01:54 PM ( #32 )

Well, the world grows. More kids today are adult-like. Children are growing up, it's a world-wide fact. Since so many children are more adult-like, they don't want virtual pets. In sheer efforts to keep tamagotchi's alive, Bandai probably decided it would be best for children to play as characters so they have a bit more experience about the real world (i.e. in the V4, you must get a job and earn money). I'm not sure if this is for educational purposes or whatever, but it's probably why the tamagotchi has changed so much.

Though, I do like the simpler tamagotchi V1 and V2.


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Posted 20 May 2007 - 04:57 AM ( #33 )

I think they're pets, very intelligent little ones. You're your Tamas's personal trainer, the intelligent Tamagotchi just asks for your help to choose the most healthy food, a good job and others. They might be intelligent, but they aren't sure what to do. You, as a human, know how to survive, make others happy. As with a real pet, you're responsible for their health and happiness.


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Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:54 PM ( #34 )

Definitely just pets. After all, even the adults can't manage to use a toilet by themselves! :nyatchi: