Knighttchi's Ballad

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  1. Check the prongs that go underneath the battery. They may have been flattened down too much which could cause a loose connection and cue the low battery screen. If they're looking a little flat - especially compared to another vintage - you could try bending it up very gently with a flathead screwdriver. If they're corroded, this would also cause a weak connection and you could clean them with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip (my special checker is suggesting "q-tof" instead). If you end up breaking one of the prongs, you're in for a much bigger project of fixing or replacing metal (I've seen some oddpets put connectors on the underside of the battery cover which seem to eliminate random resetting; I don't know how to complete a project like that, however). Other than that, I remember reading somewhere on the forum about someone having a tama that would reject batteries several times till it would accept them. I don't remember the model. This ain't the main point of the topic but I just want to point out how well borrowing parts from other tamas works. I've swapped stripped screws for good screws from my other vintages and also the back covers are the best replacements for missing back covers. The English Angelgotchi has a completely different screw placement from the other vintages but I found taping down a back cover from another worked remarkably well (the prongs on the cover are the main reason).
  2. One of these days, I'm going to have an awkward moment when I compliment someone's art because it looks like they drew something cool with cheap, patchy markers and that's so nostalgic. Then they're going to stare at me and tell me they drew it with water colours and I've just insultingly magnified their blending failure. Man, why can't people do drawing-with-cheap-art-supplies challenges that keep the natural imperfections of the medium without trying to make it perfect? I just think it would be so cool to make a piece that shows off an artist's compositional development while letting their technical abilities harken back to the old days before peer-pressure.

  3. This website has various guides on the 4U and 4U+ among other colour models. Look to the 4U growth chart for the requirements on how to get specific characters and to the post adult personality chart to see the criteria for each personality form. Even though this topic is old, I thought I might at least answer it for the benefit of anyone else. Just googling the tama model and "guide" or "growth chart" is usually all you need to come across this stuff. There are quite a few websites that host guides for current models and there's also Youtube tutorials as well. The beauty of the internet, really.
  4. I found the answer in this topic. It turns out that the house upgrades after the minimum number of connections specified in each column is met between two 4Us. So each number range show the amount of connections which will leave the house at its current level. I guess the idea is that the tama decided to fix up its house when it gets such and such visitors. People do the same thing also XD I remember hearing a sermon anecdote about a father forcing his kids to paint the house because company was coming. That's neat about the 4u and kinda makes buying another one a bit better in addition to the special characters achieved through connecting on the 4u+.
  5. I truly introduced myself, go check it out here! (Link in this post)

  6. Oh yeah, the Umino is known as one of the most difficult tamas to run and I heard that it was designed so that most wouldn't even see the adult stage. If you did manage to keep it alive at the office, Bandai should give you a medal. Oh yeah, I found this website gives allot of details about the Umino/Ocean and has some nicely written logs. Oh yeah, there's gross people everywhere. I actually did tell to him to send Vomit a friend request. Man, I thought it would of worked and also since he was well known in that particular community.
  7. 4! And thanks for sharing a picture of your family, 'Boom. There is such a strong family resemblance and I'm sure you all have such deep roots. Even though you're not in it, I'm sure you're pretty leafy this time of year :^) And hey, you could do an excellent Kusatchi cosplay right down to the planter
  8. It rises gradually with time in the direction you have chosen for it to go. Think of it as turning on a heater and it takes awhile for the temperature in the room to rise (would have written "starting a fire" there but you non-woodstove people would probably be confused). So just set it in the direction you want to go and check on it some time later to make it go in the other direction so that the temperature doesn't max out on one side. What character you get depends on what side of the thermometer the coocoon mostly experienced (except for the spotted egg which only grows into one character and the special conditions for the secret character). It is worth noting that the till the coocoon stage ends, the temperature will still continue to rise or fall so make sure to set it appropriately so it doesn't stay maxed out while you're sleeping. Or you could just pause it during that time (I don't think that does anything but I haven't monkeyed around with the Morino that much).
  9. Oh man. The things you don't even notice with hobby context XD Out of context, it sounds like someone had a really traumatic experience with their dog. I wonder if that's a signature my brother might use since he's really taken with crude humour and loves finding bathroom related usernames (which seem to pop up everywhere). Sadly - or maybe fortunately - User:Vomit on one site never accepted his friend request
  10. Possibly that was the issue but I never fully tested how many care mistakes that condition is equivalent to (usually basic empty hunger and happiness is good enough for lowering the care). I think most vintage models allow at least one care mistake when achieving perfect care characters, but I'm not sure if messes are exempt from that. I hope the senior stage doesn't have some hidden criteria like other special evolutions - I learned awhile back that Zatchi is actually achieved from fully disciplining a Zuccitchi with an empty bar. At least if you do try again, you can freely plump them up a bit since I did that with my TMP4 adults (Chips and Chops XD). You're welcome! Ooh, that Umino's definitely going to keep you busy and the Music Star, too
  11. I've decided to try updating once a week with shorter updates. Although it looks better to have longer updates, it's not feasible and my entries are already fragmented as it is. Let's just get on with it... ==Mardi le 26 decembre 2017== {Note: If you read the Christmas 2017 hatch, the opening of this entry will sound familiar but the rest is new content.} Ritually, my family and I go to see my father's family every boxing day and this means a 3-hour car trip. In the morning, I hurriedly packed and put all of my active tamas in a single bag and a few things in my sanctioned travel bag. We then headed off. Unlike my last document trip to my grandmother's (and my father's family by extension), this trip felt a bit more relaxed. The scenery was the same - a long road flanked by grassy plains, the occasional house, and linear-feeling towns - but it was all softened in an abundance of white snow. There were fewer animals but we did see some horses. I mostly amused myself with my tamas, checking them all periodically. The ones that got primary attention were my Giga Pet Yoda and my Akai Sandy, although my tama bag was always on my lap. As it was winter, we ate lunch in the car rather than freeze outside. We definitely felt the cold when we drove up to my grandmother's house and then busied ourselves with collecting gifts out of the trunk. When we got into the house and started to defrost, my father started lightly teasing the dog behind the door in the next room. I then opened the door and was received with bewilderment by my cousin sitting across the room (perfectly reasonable as we just walked in unannounced XD). We found the rest of our relatives in the living room around the corner. The whole reason we go up to my Granny's every boxing day is for a gift exchange. That happened in a more disjointed fashion than the previous years and then devolved into conversation, as dinner was the upcoming event. There was quite a bit of migrating between chairs and I finally secured the big blue arm chair in the corner with the Christmas tree, since the black lab had stopped sleeping in front of it. I was sitting next to my aunt and when I checked my tamabag, she remarked upon my Tamagotchis. She asked me how many I had and then told the others in the room - my cousin, his girlfriend, and his older brother - that I had 17 Tamagotchis. They all seemed quite happy about it as they all had one when they were kids. My cousin remembered how he had given me and my brother them and was glad - much like his parents on one visit - to see I still had it. His brother recollected about his Digimon and how his friend reset it after losing a battle. I was able to explain that both Digimon and Tamagotchi were made by Bandai but gave up on trying to explain the eras of Tamagotchis as the conversation drifted. There was a funny conversation about the grotesque Russian Christmas ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree that looked like indecipherable creatures moulded out of a glossy, white material with some irregular pastel tinting. Apparently, some friends of my grandfather tried to sell them but because they were so misshapen, nobody wanted them. A little later, my eldest uncle asked me what I was doing in my bag and I showed him my V4.5. He was confused at first but then seemed to recognize it. We assembled at the table for dinner and I sat in a corner with two of uncles, my aunt, and a ham. Then my cousin's girlfriend, who was a photographer, conducted us all for a family photo on multiple phones. Finally, we said the Anglican grace (which I remembered better this time) and ate. Along with the ham, we had baked potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, leftover turkey, and rolls. My tamabag never left my side and I occasionally checked them. At first, I let my tamabag rest under my chair but as I felt the dogs in the house running underneath the table and poking my legs, I kept it in my lap. Likely prompted by the glimpse of my Giga Pet Yoda, my uncle began repeating the information I had told him about it earlier and I got to show the device to our side of the table. Somehow, that spiraled into a brief Tamagotchi conversation with my mother later remarking how it was the same story with all the women: they had one in a drawer somewhere. That paralleled with me as well since despite all the time I cleaned up my room and reduced my old toys, my tamas were always kept. My father often remarks that going up to see our relatives is like another world. It's true as culturally, we're very different but not just because of genetics (all of them are white while my mother is East Indian and I am thus mixed). Rather, I and my family have Christian morals of how to live that were instructed to us while their morals come from the beliefs of those around them, the sensitivities of the people they meet. This dividing line is most often manifested by how some of them feel it is acceptable to swear, even at the dinner table. At one of those times, I was glad the fabric of my bag "shielded" my tamas, as if they were my children. We left a while after dessert instead of an after dinner game, as my mother had to work the next day. We greeted the cold again, but were a bit warmer. The scenery was the same, except it was dark and the fields simply became a vacant, uninteresting blackness. I had forgotten my flashlight and with an LCD screen and infrequent light, I had to improvise and so my ID became my flashlight. With my "tama-light", I kept Sotilde and company well cared for. We got home much earlier than normal but it made sense due to the circumstances. All my tamas were asleep and I left my tamabag on my bedroom desk, feeling too tired to put them all away. Sotilde was 197 that day. ==Mercredi le 27 decembre 2017== Sotilde and her virtual associates joined in me for some anime and we primarily watched Inuyasha where likely the tsundere half-demon, his loud and bratty love interest, and their similarly powerful friends took down a host of evil creatures and recovered one of the gazillion pieces of the scared jewel. [Future note: I think I've watched somewhere around 70 episodes of this series to date and while it is of course supposed to be a full-fledged adventure, it got to the point of being pointlessly long-winded.] We had a shopping trip in the evening as I had taken a renewed interest in doll collecting [Future note: which used to be my main hobby] and wanted to take advantage of the boxing week deals. I tucked Sotilde, Sandy, and Yoda in a pouch and headed off with my father, my only means of transportation. I could only go when it was conveneit for him and I got that opportunity riding awfully close to the the time he was supposed to pick up my mother. As the ToysRUs building was in sight, I looked at the time and grumbled that maybe we should turn back as all I was going to get was 10 minutes. My father laughed and said we could have a little extra. I still entered the store slightly bitter. The store was somewhat reeling from the holidays with a partial disarray and depleted products. That had nothing to do with their electronics setup listing the 2DS prices so out of the way. We walked through the doll aisle where I recognized most of the selection, frowned at the expensive prices (sometimes due to the underserving product going for it), and hung onto a discounted fashion pack with a green-haired, green-skinned, green-eyed cyclops (Monster High, of course). The things I may have considered, like a Barbie Fashonista or a Shibajuku Girl, weren't there and as I realized on the way home, neither was a single Bratz or Lalaloopsy (far less a Little Charmers). After we got home, we immediately headed for the subway since my mother had called and wanted to be picked up. I suspect we had some after dinner relaxing for the rest of the day and eventually Sotilde winked out. She was 198 that day. - - - - - Time for an update on Sotilde's current roommates: The V3 is a Kuchipachi called Malachi, the 4U is a Melodytchi (currently taken over by her infatuation with Oyajitchi) named Ava, and the OsuMesu pair are deceased and have thus become Obaketchis. I've taken up keeping my deceased OsuMesu tamas around for a few days since they have a hidden feature where during the really late and really early hours, the usual graveyard sprite (visible on my orange Mesutchi) will be replaced by the spirit of the departed pet (visible on my green Osutchi). It's kind of like they come back and visit me, although we can't interact with each other any more and its still the death screen. The western vintages always removed this ending screen to downplay the fact the pet died, but I find it comforting because their presence is literally still there. It also kind of fits with my own beliefs since when anything dies, the soul leaves the body and likely returns to God who created it, while the body is left in the physical world. In light of this, I don't really see natural death as complete destruction of the person or creature that once was. This is especially the case with Christians since the Bible tells us that till Jesus returns and officially reclaims his dominion over earth, our souls are taken to God to wait for that fateful day where we will also be resurrected. Turning to Sotilde, when her death eventually comes it will be nicer than the OsuMesu because since I bought her the special item of a grave, she'll be escorted to Tama Heaven by Chestnut Angels. I thought I might as well include a photo of where my brood hangs out ever so often (I recently got a laptop for school work so I can move around now). That's my bedroom desk with my stationery holder and an empty chocolate tin so my Vpets aren't directly heated up be the radiator. Its nice to look over at them and feel a little less alone by their special, virtual presence. Sotilde usually hangs from my collar by way of a threaded clasp I've attached to her so she's even closer :^)
  12. I hope to be able to find the time to post again on here. Still got quite a few ideas for various things and I'm definitely not going to run out of log content. Even for the back to school hatch...:nazotchi:

  13. I got both of them a little while ago (both passed on about two days ago). Did you have both ChoHimetchi and ChoMametchi? If so, the only other thing might be that you need to catch all discipline calls for it to count as a full discipline bar and not just the bar to be maxed out (the later models with discipline seem to follow this principle). Your care criteria is fine - I'm assuming you turned the lights out before the attention light went out and also that they slept cleanly. I think the criteria might be just don't get any care mistakes since I got both even when the hearts dropped down to one a few times (I think). Based on what I've heard about the vintage originals, the evolution age for special characters may vary by a few days. If you paused your tamas, that may have altered their actual clock age. This could have been made further misleading by how age goes up every time tamagotchis awaken on most non-colour Japanese models. Although in the case of the Osutchi and Mesutchi, both of my seniors died at 19 too, even though I'm sure they accumulated 6 hours of lost time through pausing. They never got care mistakes either aside from the time one of them slept next to a mess. Even with that care mistake, they both died about 2 minutes apart. I had elevated their weight to somewhere over 50 because I wanted to get Debutchi at least once, but I never went that far. I'm not sure if that had any impact. I've noticed that the Osutchi and Mesutchi, once during every stage, seem to get sick very close to when they will evolve. Watching for this in the adult stage is a good future indicator if you decide to try again. You might want to come back to them after a break if you still feel disappointed. If you do try again and succeed, you will get to see their hilarious eating sprites - especially for Otokitchi. I found the sprites had allot more personality in them than in the later models.
  14. I have a Pastel Meets and the special, light blue outline is actually gained by using the Easter egg the tamagotchi receives upon visiting Easter Land. This allows any character at any stage to not only have their outlines turned blue, but also take on a completely pastel colour scheme (and also reverse the change). The colour scheme differences are very distinct as the Easter egg can change green into mint and dark blue into light blue (those are the two I remember). It's a nice feature since if you wanted to easily change your tamas colour a bit, you just need to select the item. Unless a particular colour model has specific characters with non-black outlines, the option to change outlines probably doesn't exist.
  15. Yep, all Japanese tamas boot up with the Download/reload previous data option at the top and the reset/remove existing data option at the bottom. Like a typical Tamagotchi, once you reset it you then have to input the date and time so that it can follow its routine dictated by the internal clock and experience seasonal events. Here's an English guide for the 4U+. You can translate the page into your desired language by pasting the URL into Google Translate. Just have it set to translate from English to your language and click the link it makes.
  16. Not completely, as iTamannadi didn't have pictures of the green and purple shell. If you had posted in the same sub-forum, the topics would have been merged and I can see why you posted it where you did. I can't see the picture. If the picture is from another website, you could add it just as a link. The more I stare at them, the more I'm getting used to their look. However, they still seem very subdued unless the ombré is actually reflective (I'm using the accent mark because without the accent, it refers to a card game instead ). Oh, so you can just press it down at the top to take a photo. That'd be a nice gimmick and probably lead to some kid repeatedly mashing it and there'd be a whole lot of Pix's down the road that couldn't take pictures. If this is true, I know some people - the mint condition collectors - would get so paranoid about breaking it that they probably wouldn't use it. I'm basing that angle of the reaction to the Motchimaruzu Hamster which caused some people to strip off the soft, silicone hamster skin and just play with its "skeletal" form because they heard the rubber wore off. Ah ha, I've gotten allot better at button mashers since my practice with the mysterious Keitai connection minigames - even beating my brother who is a button mashing king - but I wouldn't mind seeing those games go. I prefer the game mechanics are unique rather than the controls. That's... actually how it supposed to be pronounced. If you assume that the Japanese pronunciation is the true canon because it came first and it's a Japanese word, then it should be "tama-go-chee" (apparently the character with the "tchi" in it has a silent "t"). If you're going with the localized - or the dubbed XD - version is canon, then the pronunciation should be treated as the English norm. I've shown my tamas to my Japanese ESL students and they all have been inclined to pronouncing it "tama-go-chee" and have only changed how they said it when I called it by the "dub name". I would have gone along with the Japanese pronunciation with them but both are equally acceptable and I didn't feel like changing. On a side note, I was going to add how we were starting to post like we were in the same timezone but it seems to always take me half an hour to reply
  17. That's a very apt description of the font. I forget to mention that I don't like it either since instead of complementing the sleek, modern look, it just looks lazy. Lazy, of course, seems so much more bootleg. I just checked the font style on my V3 and it was drawn in a scratchy style while the On uses a cursive font. In contrast, the Gudetama nano's font is allot more simplistic but even it has more variety than the Pix as it varies letter size and is very rounded. The 4U's is all uppercase, the Plus Colour is bold and cartoonish, the Dream Town is pseudo-cursive, and the P2 is scratchy and varies. In comparing the Pix to past models, it's font choice seems even more lazy. Typography is a pretty interesting artistic area so the fact they went with such a simple font seems underdeveloped and disappointing (I also didn't realize until I did this how the font style is a charming little detail). It is worth noting that some of the Japanese models don't even bother with adding a name while it's a standard practice for English releases. Your comment about the camera made me realize that the pictures of children used on top of the Pix's screens are supposed to indicate the camera quality. Thus - unless this is false advertising - the pictures will only fit the screen size. Of course, the promotional photos really tell us nothing about the camera qualitity because they are totally photoshopped. Chances as are that unless people have a studio, the pictures are going to turn out all sludgy since indoor lighting stinks. I wonder if the camera feature is going to kick out another feature from the menu. Or, like the screen capture photo feature on the actual Meets and On, if it will be tucked into a menu. If the Pix's top half isn't removable, it might attract grime like crazy. A colour Tamagotchi without minigames would be terrible. If they really wanted to make a cheap colour, they could just go back to the Dream Town's attraction-style locations and changing resturant menu. Until we get to see a video ad or more promos, it's hard to tell how much they are altering the concept. I never thought of the maintance problems with the design. With a reguar tama, it can be just opened up and the button contacts cleaned. This one might not have the option but perhaps the touch screen wont become unresponsiveness (the only faulty touchscreen I experienced was with a bootleg DS Lite, which was faulty from the start).
  18. Hey, *Hayden*! You probably already got the notification of your old post that I liked, but I thought you'd appreciate a good 'ol blast from the past. Back in 2014, you blessed TamaTalk with this:


    I thought Hell was where God cooked people so he could eat them, wat

    That made me seriously crack up XD

  19. I wonder if the camera is actually underneath the top cover. Although, the only versions that had removable tops were the Osutchi and Mesutchi and they bothered to add a metal rings connected by the key chain loop to prevent the top from getting lost. Maybe it's just ornamental then. Because the buttons are probably a touch screen, I wonder if the whole display can turn into a camera screen. While the shell design is very eye-catching and follows the egg motif, I'm with iTamannadi that the faceplates are uggo. The ombré and the generic shapes make it look like a knockoff since knockoffs are known to reuse or imitate existing elements. PurplePyonkotchi00!'s topic has pictures of the other shells: Only the purple one is decent to me - although it still looks very lacking. I think the coloured shapes with a white line going through them are supposed to be metallic, so that does make the design a little better but still doesn't remove the "homemade in a bad way" vibe. I feel it really doesn't stand up to the designs of past devices, even including the Plus Colour which just left the faceplate section white. I sure hope it's not that extensive since I, too, am not a fan of social media - heck, I have a Tumblr and an Instagram account just to stalk people browse. I also don't really have an compatible phone available. Judging by the standard characters on the package and this description, it sounds like they're nixing the gene-mixing and partially taking up the job system again.
  20. One of my friends surprised me with an English Gudetama nano for Christmas! It was such a wonderful surprise and completely unexpected. I've read about people getting Christmas tamas or tamas as gifts and felt they were so lucky, but I never expected I would also experience the same! I was so shocked to unwrap a tama and let out a happy little squeal. It feels so odd to stare at a Vpet and realize that I never bought that and instead somebody else purposefully picked it out for me. I'm going to run it and name the Gudetama after my lovely friend :^)

    1. iTamannadi


      Congratulations hope you enjoy your Gudetama! :D Wish my friends could see this and take notes..

    2. Knighttchi's Ballad

      Knighttchi's Ballad

      Thanks! When tamas become more prevalent in our countries, more collectors will probably get gifted gotchis because they're easier to find (and ads will surely help). I reckon that my friend would not have got me a  Gudetama if it was in a hobby store, far less a Japanese tama.

  21. It's always interesting hearing your perspective on Tamagotchi mechanics as someone with a foundation in the newer models, as opposed to someone with a foundation in the older models. Although both of us grew up with the connections, I was re-introduced to Tamagotchis by's vintage logs and thus built my knowledge from there (can't really say my 6 year old self actually collected any tama knowledge so that I could rebuild). I feel that the vintage models with their programmed lifecycle are so much lifelike than the other versions due to expected death making their lives seem fragile, precious, a spectacle that is either witnessed or missed. In a way, it captures how animal lives appear so very short to us as we, as human beings, outlive them perhaps 3 times over. I've probably raised over a hundred virtual lifeforms by now and yet it has only been 4 years since I first activated a virtual pet. That's not very long at all, a mere fraction, in regards to our lifespans. As you see it, being able to start a new generation is the perfect way for the owner and virtual pet to mutually enjoy their lives while still allowing the lifecycle to occur via a new generation. In a way, this lifecycle reflects the life of a community, since young people tend to marry and move to a new community and being a new life, as occurs routinely in my church. Interestingly, the Osutchi and Mesutchi models are capable of living both lifestyles as they are vintages that can marry, thus allowing the tamagotchi to depart by either marriage or natural death. Most people run both counterparts at once to go through generations and reach higher Tamagotchi Mating Power levels which provide a new range of characters. I've been a bit curious about running one as a regular vintage and one day achieving a familiarity with each level that I can aim for specific characters routinely, in a similar fashion to the logs on It might be worth starting a topic about how long most people keep their colour tamas for. They can practically live forever and I here the system is very forgiving, but I find they are too high-maintenance compared to the older models that I usually marry them off within a week. I think the main problem is how the happiness bar can be a pain to fill since it's so long and if it goes to low, the tamagotchi starts sulking and making me feel bad. There are ways to keep it manageable but the fact that the screen turns off really breaks the connection for me. The Dream Town partially remedies this by having the background turn off while the tamagotchi still remains on the screen.
  22. I ran into a similar rut with my V4 who became an oldie. I totally didn't want to end up with another generation of Oyajitchis so I just starved him to death... which is terrible. At moments like this, it's better to just hit the reset button because either way your tamagotchi is going to have a miserable life and be discarded, so just flat out resetting it results in the same thing but is much more humane because it's so quick. It's a bit like euthanasia in the case of animals - absolutely not people - since it prevents the animal from experiencing needless suffering. If you want to feel a bit better about it, you could say your goodbyes to your nano before you press the reset button (a ritual I take up with my vintages). There's also a friendly bit of lore where whenever a Tamagotchi leaves its device, it is supposedly returning to Tama Planet or taking up residence in another part of the world its device is based on. In light of that, you could argue that reset tamas are not in limbo but are actually evicted with all of the resources needed to find a new home.
  23. 6 genetically modified Admin replacements in case he should need them to keep TamaTalk a runnin' because this is a historic forum and perhaps the last of its kind to be active about Tamagotchis because everyone either goes to Youtube or Facebook or Instagram or even Amino and leaves us with uncategorized tama knowledge although allot of our posts are very broadly categorized which is ineffective and I've been thinking about creating reference posts or even condensed topics to help and this is totally a run-on sentence for the heck of it and lacking punctuation to stress it since very few people here post much text to begin with and you totally need to know all of this rather than me just leaving a bunch of monkey emoticons to go along with my sequential number you're welcome 🐒🐒🐒 🐒 🐒 🐒 *Gasp*
  24. Yep, that's exactly how the Pastel Meets is designed. I had actually taken the wire out of its holders when I was tinkering with it earlier but based on my recent findings, the issue is arguably the overall faultiness of the design. I just did a tam-autopsy and all of you On owners can relax: the On is built so radically different from the Meets that it totally won't have the same problem! This seems to be primarily due to the fact that the On actually has a screw holding down its back cover - in contrast to the more sophisticated Meets and other Japanese colour models which actually use a button to hold the cover in place, thus making battery changes a breeze and child-friendly. (I actually removed the screw from my On and taped over the hole to mimic the Japanese back cover design, since both the Meets and On also use the reset button to keep the cover in place.) So here are the autopsy/tear down results for the On: As the second picture illustrates, the circuit board's underside is pretty much inaccessible due to the metal literally spearing through it. If I truly wanted to see what powers the screen, I would have to cut this metal or damage the existing structure - which I do not have enough technical skills to attempt that and rebuild it after I'm done. One consolation is that I was able to tilt the device enough to see there doesn't seem to be any wires on the underside of the circuit board at all but rather this long piece of metal running down the middle of the board. It was way too hard to take a picture of that, unfortunately, because its completely overshadowed by the board on top and I would need three hands to take the picture - one to hold the tama, one to hold my camera, and one to shine the light (I doubt any family member could focus on it properly, either). So yeah, a description is all that is possible for it. Now for my working Pastel Meets: This highlights that the problem with my other Pastel was that it was carelessly assembled so that the wire did touch the metal, as 321Boom notes. While the plastic prongs that hold the wire do indeed help it to stay put, there are no prongs securing the wire near the contact - the true problem. This does raise the question of whether my Pastel Meets is unplayable due to construction carelessness or actually due to faulty design. I did bend my working Pastel Meet's yellow wire closer to the translucent plastic before I close it up, just for extra safety. With this information, I think the life of my purple, defective Pastel Meets went like this: a tama fan purchased the Tamagotchi and played with it (since it was used with its box) before eventually coming to sell it to Japan You Want. Japan You Want tested the Meets and found it was working fine, since the wire had not yet been burned through enough to cause problems. I purchased the tama from Japan You Want, received it, and started it up around 11 p.m. to finally experience it. The baby stage went fine as Petunia grew from a baby to a toddler and went to sleep for the night. The next day, after playing with the device a bit more, the wire was finally burned through and then the freezing began which lead to me tinkering with it and posting on TamaTalk, believing I had found a solution. And the rest is history. I feel this matter has reached a conclusion - but all of you lovely people are still free to post your thoughts - as it appears that I have discovered why my purple Pastel Meets was freezing. A personal positive from this is that I can totally swap out the entire front cover of my white Pastel Meets for my purple one, thus being able to enjoy both designs. This might also be possible with the On, but it's probably an easier task just to swap the paper faceplates (which is a bit more difficult than the Meets because similar to the different innards, the prongs of the On's plastic faceplate are longer).
  25. Ooh, you're a double agent! But for which side? Will Miri present evidence in your favour!? Dun, dun ... dun!