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Tamagotchi friends; fault or just rubbish?


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:50 AM ( #35 )

You know, I'm usually turned down easily... What I mean is, I'm getting very aware of the bad comments, and the general bad opinions, and make my decisions upon them.

So, when I first saw people saying there were a lot problems with the Tama-friends, I got worried. I'm currently waiting my dad to accept to buy me one, and I'm also waiting in case there is a new wave, or the dream town isn't so much as we expect it to be like...

 

But I must say, that TF, has the same quality with an idl as for the shell and buttons! As far as I can see in pics, it's just the same with my idl, and half of the shells are also simular to it.

The others, are new designs, but the they differ  in the back I think.

 

So the thing is, when my IDL came, and I realised although it was shipping from America [I think?] Or another country apart from Japan, it was actually kind of a lie... It was in chinese [or japanese? o-o] And I couldn't understand, but later on, I managed to understand what it meaned to say in the menus, by watching videos and stuff, and reading the english subbed instructions. I had no problem, and the buttons although seeming kinda cheap, were no problem for me! I quite enjoy it in fact!  ^_^

 

I was and I am quite happy with it no matter what. :)

Also, without anyone saying I'm normal, I'm a bit of perfectionist... But I'm certain, I would have no problem or upsetion or anything having a tama, even with the cracks!

You see, on the other hand, I have my tamas v3,v4,v4.5 and they are kinda... a lot in my use...

I mean, my first tama v4, has really smooth used buttons, and the desighns are worn off... But I try to keep the others in the best condition possible... (I was fairly young when I had that one... :mellow:

 

But still, about the dust... My tamas -because I was young, and generally I had no idea on keeping them untouched- and let's admit it, time has effects on things... have some  slightly dusted layers, and one of my screens has a light scratch... So these things happen even if you always keep an eye on them... :P

 

Concluding, it wouldn't be a problem to me, to get one by 24-23 euros? And without it being the most perfect tama ever. I'm not playing my tamas a lot in the dark so...

I only wish some rumors I hear, aren't true...

Does it have a mute selection as older ones? And does it have a pause menu? :huh:



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:59 PM ( #36 )

I saw screenshots of it and I'm not going to buy it unless they fix the contrast thing.  It just looks bad. And no items? Seems like a step backwards.  They have no excuse for it to not be in color, either.  Why isn't there a backlight?  I won't pay for an import unless it flops and then I'll get one at a reduced price.  It doesn't seem to be good quality since there are so many people that are having problems with it.

 

On topic, how is there a crack on your tama, Wesley?  Do you think it was caused by bad handling or is the plastic just bad quality?



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:18 AM ( #37 )

The mark on the shell of my TF definitely looked like scratches rather than cracks, couldn't tell you how I thought they'd got there. Think bandai have just rushed them all out without thinking to get them on the shelves. And it definitely was as bad as it looked in the videos. But then again I'd assume unless any one else said otherwise that this wouldn't be apparent on the new shell designs as their full plastic? I was looking at getting the pink heart for my next attempt when the prices go down.

Edit; just read that someone did find marks on the new shell designs. That sucks.

Edited by Layolachi, 06 January 2014 - 06:31 AM.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:23 AM ( #38 )

Does it have a mute selection as older ones? And does it have a pause menu? :huh:



Yeah it does. See the first vid in my original post. Pretty sure I click through them :)

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:48 AM ( #39 )

 And does it have a pause menu?  :huh:

 

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Anyways so, what scares me a bit, is the fact that the designs worn off after a while used right?

I saw it in this video, when you can clearly see the dalmatian black spots worn off at the places where the shell makes that diamond...shape like thing.

It made me worried immediatly, so to make sure I checked EMF's log. Indeed, comparing to the first pics of the brand new tama, the last pics show the color worn off...

So the prints aren't that good as the ones in older tamas [v4,v4.5,v3] on which it was harder to happen...

 

Ohh... I honestly hope there wil be another release.... If it won't be, I would be happy if I had the one color designs at least.

It might be simular to IDL, but I won't have the worry of keeping it untouched... :(



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:23 AM ( #40 )

It does have a pause menu. 

Well, aside from quality, it depends what are you looking for in your tamagotchi... If you just want to raise a pet without any other fancy things except collecting jewerly and visiting Dream Town, it's for you. But the growth process is dissapointing.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 11:01 AM ( #41 )

I got mine delivered today from amazon.de and i have the same problems as Layolachi. I have scratches on the side of all of the three buttons. When you look through the transparent shell (I got the purple one) you can even see a blur of glue. On the side of the recessed screen you can see the glue come out of the border. It nearly touches the screen.

The pressure point of the buttons is worse than the ID L. But after all... it's better than the rubber buttons from the old connections.

 

The screen is really really really bad. It's possible the worst screen I've ever seen. It's so dim and pale at the same time. The first Tamagotchi had a better screen. My Looney Tunes Giga Pet had a much better screen, because it had a build-in LED (it came out in 1997! Now we have 2014). This would improve the Tamagotchi Friends a lot and you could expect that for 30€.

I had coffee machines with a better display  :rolleyes:

 

The Gameplay... it's also bad. The three games I played so far are nice, although they take much more time to play. About 2-2:30 min. for one game. The ID L was 30 sec. 

The thing with the jewellery is just useless. They could've also said "Play each game 20 times with each tama to finish it". They don't do anything. There aren't even items (which is really bad) or a discipline function. The park is much worse than the ID L park.

 

I can't see a simple improvement from the old Tamagotchis. I'd rather play with my old Music star (which was really good. the best b/w tama imo), or v4, v5 ...etc

 

So far... i'm waiting for my P to get delivered, i think it will cool me down  :D

Best wishes~


Edited by Ambience, 06 January 2014 - 11:02 AM.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 11:44 AM ( #42 )

I still think that comparing the Japanese versions to English ones is pointless, but comparing the TF to v6 and Tama Go, it's still worse...


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:11 PM ( #43 )

And do you at least have any arguments on that?

It's the same toy by the same company with the same goal. Comparing the friends with the Tamago is absolutely ok imo, cause it's actually for the same market. 

ID L to Tama Friends is a bit more difficult, as the ID L is a bit more expensive (about 5€) and the potential audience is different, but I didn't make a one on one comparision so it's ok.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:28 PM ( #44 )

Bandai Japan and Bandai UK/America is NOT the same thing. Their toys always differ a LOT. Seriously, the only tamagotchis that are the same is the Tamagotchi Plus and v1 and some of the vintages, and they still have some differences except the language. Oh, and FamiTama and v5 too. They work under the same name and don't have problems with using trademark names, but they still produce entirely different toys and are indepedent from each other. 



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 01:38 PM ( #45 )

Thanks for your explanation. Of course they differ, that's why I compared the features.

But after all Bandai UK/USA and so on are SBUs of Namco Bandai Holdings. The Tamagotchi Friends itself may be programmed by some other person than the ID L, I don't know, but they are still released under the same Trademark - Tamagotchi by Bandai (as you mentioned). The development team from Resident Evil 6 may have changed in comparison to RE 5 or 4, but they're still gonna be compared, because that's normal, it's the same brand and as a normal customer you don't know if they changed something. If you see the brand you have a feeling of what kind of quality you can expect. 

 

But that's a bit offtopic so I think we should move back to topic   ;)



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:06 PM ( #46 )

I think I've figured out my issue with the Tama Friends. Forgetting the screen or quality concerns, what bothers me is that it's hard to connect to emotionally. With no items, clothes, accessories, etc. it's hard to really connect with it and it definitely feels less like a pet than some of my older versions. Hopefully this all makes sense, but I noticed this while running my V2 and V3. With the older Connections, you look over at your Tama and they might be singing or coming up close to the screen, they go to sleep with their favourite toys and just overall feel like little pets. The TF doesn't really feel this way to me.

I hope I don't offend too many people, I know there are a lot of big fans of the TF but I'm just not one of them. I like it and the sprites are really cute, but I'm really hoping the website makes it more enjoyable to run.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:31 PM ( #47 )

I think I feel that way too- I don't have my childhood linked with the P1/P2 or a v1, so I can't help but not be attached that much to a version that lacks things from the previous releases. Still, even v1 has items (that you get from connecting) anyway... And TF is still different from a P1, which I don't like all that much.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:53 PM ( #48 )

Just looked on the smyths toys website where I got mine from and all the stores I searched all the TF are out of stock? Strange.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:46 AM ( #49 )

You just get used to the screen! After running mine for a few hours, the screen didn't look bad, and now I don't mind it at all! Great Gotchi, people are so...fussy... -_-

that's not being fussy. Maybe you like the scren, but that doesn't mean other people like it. that's their opinion and not being fussy ;)

 

also, i heard some negative stuff about the TF, it being boring for example. It probably is as so many people say it is, but i'm still interested in one. It's also a greyscale tama, which i like, because a new non-colour tama got released :D

I'm gonna buy it someday and then i'll look if like it or not. If i like it, good! If i don't, so be it, but i'm still gonna buy it! :)


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:24 PM ( #50 )

i heard some negative stuff about the TF, it being boring for example.


If you do hear bad reviews such as that, they are just false rumours. You should ignore them because the TF is the best Tamagotchi I've owned in a very long time. I own one and it's really fun and enjoyable.

So never listen to those things, they're not even the truth. What I am saying is the truth and that is that the TF is beyond anyone's wildest dreams. When you get one, you'll be really glad you did because it's amazing.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:30 PM ( #51 )

If you do hear bad reviews such as that, they are just false rumours. You should ignore them because the TF is the best Tamagotchi I've owned in a very long time. I own one and it's really fun and enjoyable.So never listen to those things, they're not even the truth. What I am saying is the truth and that is that the TF is beyond anyone's wildest dreams. When you get one, you'll be really glad you did because it's amazing.



This is your opinion, not fact. Not everyone likes the TF as much as you do, but that doesn't make what they're saying untrue. I have two of them and I'll admit that they are becoming rather boring and I'm hoping the website changes that. Everyone is free to make their own judgements, that doesn't make them "false rumours" if they are against what you believe.
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