Penguin-keeper

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    ROM Versions

    Not at all! It's human nature to be curious about creative processes, really - that's why they examine old paintings to see what's beneath the paint, too, after all. I've lost count of how many hours I've sunk into reading random things there.
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    Digapet? (Fake Gigapet)

    I particularly like the whale and the strange thing that resembles some sort of pudding, myself. It's not a fake if it's being sold as its own thing, really - it's just a generic product, in that case. It's just whether this counts as trying to fool people or not that would define that, and I'm not entirely sure that it is.
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    Tamagotchi Meets battery life?

    That's not just opinion - it's a fact! The voltage drops off quicker with rechargeables (and, at 1.2v, is lower than the 1.5v initially provided by non-rechargable batteries), so they're not as useful for certain applications. That's why manufacturers of certain device categories, toys, and so on, recommend against using them in their products. It'll certainly save you money, and they're better for the environment. There's a page with good information on the topic here: https://michaelbluejay.com/batteries/rechargeable.html The relevant part is about NiMH rechargeables, since that's what you're most likely to encounter.
  4. The most notable thing about the remakes is that they have penalties for overdoing snacks, which can lead to poor-care characters or an early death, depending on how much you overdo it. Other than that, the remakes use one CR2032 battery each, and the originals use two LR44 batteries each. If you already run other later Tamagotchis that use CR2032s, the remakes might work out to be more convenient in the long run for this reason.
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    ROM Versions

    No problem! I'm glad that I was able to contribute something, even though it's only small! I'll continue to enjoy any and all updates to this thread, now. It's not the clearest, to be fair to it - I can easily see how it could be misread as a stylised "A". I can see why they dropped that information down a line later on - it's a lot more readable on the V4! I would imagine that bug-fixes are by far the most likely thing, there, yes. There could well be other running changes too, but even I know that this version is famously glitchy, so I would assume bug-fixes before anything else.
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    ROM Versions

    Here we go! I had to hold in the reset button and then hold down A, B, and C to do this - holding A, B, and C and then pressing reset while they were being held didn't work for either unit. I bought these as a pair from an eBay seller about a year ago, so I don't know what shops they originally came from (just in case there might be some sort of differences in what revisions got distributed where). The original ballchains were missing, so I just replaced them with split-rings because I had some on-hand. I don't have the time or the inclination to run these guys, but here are some things that I noticed; 1: The V4 did not attempt to perform a connection-test once the ROM test was over, and simply stayed at this point. 2: The V2 automatically went on to perform a connection-test once the ROM test was over. 3: Both units use day/month for the date-format. 4: The V4 does not show any names for the food. Also, I really liked how the V4 showed Pochitchi on its version-number screen. That was unexpected and it raised a smile.
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    Digapet? (Fake Gigapet)

    There's so much that's bizarre about these things that I've lost count, by now. I wrote a big post about their merits as a pocket-change introduction to the virtual pet concept one time, about a year ago (it's over in the Tamagotchi Cousins section somewhere). I did have it as part of my log, back when I was running it and was writing a log, but I honestly just got bored with the thing (Bob the penguin, I'm sorry, but you are not missed).
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    Digapet? (Fake Gigapet)

    That's really unfair on the original Tamagotchi - the programming for these 168-in-1 multi-pets is nowhere near that advanced. They don't have a life-cycle, or sleep, or die, or even keep time, or evolve in any way, they age by receiving exploding letters from their workplace, they'll poop endlessly even if you never feed them, food makes no difference to them, and you can make them as fat as a house and they'll never refuse to eat.
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    Bad battery connection?

    If it was brand new, then I presume that you've removed an old battery that had been in there since manufacture? That being the case, you may want to VERY carefully use a small, flat-head screwdriver to slowly and carefully slightly bend the battery contacts upwards/outwards. The old battery is likely to have flattened them over that amount of time, causing a bad connection. Again, be careful - you don't want to break anything. I can't comment on the reset button, unfortunately, but the above is what I would do to address a bad connection in a brand new device that was released a long time ago.
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    ROM Versions

    Yes, I do. Sometimes it takes years for prototype toys or games to surface again after being seen at trade-shows or in other venues, but they may very well do at some point. These things certainly aren't always lost. In the specific case of Tamagotchis, we know how there were prototypes given out to Japanese high-school kids for them to test the product in the late 1990s - this is one avenue by which these things find their way into the wild. I know of stories of Atari 2600 video game prototypes showing up in US thrift-stores, for example (and we're talking years or decades after that system's heyday, here) - these things can pop up in the most unexpected of places! It's just a matter of whether or not you can track them down, and where to start with doing that. They could've ended up with, say, a former employee, or with a collector who knows one, or something like that, or they could've been sent out to product-testers or review panels. Or maybe they're in a warehouse, or goodness knows where. Sometimes such prototypes inexplicably pop up on eBay, too. Keep an eye out and persevere! Please do! I don't have anything useful to contribute here (I'm not a fan of the Connexion line, and only have two - a UK V2 and a UK V4; Still, if you can tell me how to perform a ROM Test and anything else that you'd like to be checked, I'll put batteries in them both and do so), but I am thoroughly enjoying reading the updates to this thread.
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    Welcome to the NEW TAMATALK!

    Hey Admin, I'm still getting the odd "Site Marked as Read" thing that I described before, even after clearing the old cookies. I just thought that I'd better let you know!
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    Your Collection (2018)

    My Tamagotchi Meets arrived today, so it's time for an updated collection shot. But first, a look back, because I signed up here one year and one day ago! This is how my collection looked on December 23rd 2017. And this is how my collection looks today; Top row: 20th Anniversary Tamagotchi Mini, Tamagotchi Gen 1, Tamagotchi Connexion V2, Tamagotchi Connexion V4, Dinkie Penguin, Cyber Pet 168-in-1, Chuppi Middle row: Penguin Watch, Virtual PETs (32-in-1), Shuku 20 Shunen Tamagotchi Gen 2, Super Gyaoppi 9 in 1, Digimon (Version 1), Toy Story Virtual Friends Space Explorer Bottom row: Penpy, MGA Penguin (Penguin Time), Digi Pets Jia Yuan 168-in-1, Tamagotchi Original Gen 1, Tamagotchi Meets Fairy Version
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    what have you got in the mail today *continued* <3

    I finally got my Tamagotchi Meets in the mail today! Unfortunately, I have no AAA batteries, so I won't be able to get started with it until after Christmas. That's just as well, though, since I'm going to be too busy to deal with it! This is my first colour Tamagotchi, and I'm really surprised by how small it is - they always look huge in photographs, for some reason!
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    Digapet? (Fake Gigapet)

    Thanks for the picture! The name and packaging for this one really are good. There's a real charm to them. The text on yours says "Jia Yuan". I have a blue one of these that was sold under the name of "Digi Pets", and it has the same cursive name printed on it.
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    Digapet? (Fake Gigapet)

    I've never heard of such a thing before! Can you post a picture, please? I'd love to see it.
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    Welcome to the NEW TAMATALK!

    Yep, I do - I'll give that a try after, and I'll let you know if it recurs after that.
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    Welcome to the NEW TAMATALK!

    I'm encountering a very small bug that's almost nothing, but I ought to mention it, anyway: Sometimes, when I visit the site, I see the "Site marked as read" message displayed at the top, even though I haven't clicked the link to mark it as read. It doesn't actually cause the site to be marked as read, but it's odd that it occasionally displays for no apparent reason.
  18. Depending on the age of the item, plastic turning yellow is usually due to flame-retardant chemicals in the plastic rising to the surface, causing the discolouration. Contrary to popular belief, it's entirely possible for something only exposed to sunlight once or twice to have this eventually happen. This doesn't happen with plastics made after a certain time, but it definitely does affect plastics from the 1980s and 1990s, at the very least.
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    Tamagotchi 2018 Gen 2 Glitches?

    Neither did the originals from 1996 and 1997, to be fair.
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    Welcome to the NEW TAMATALK!

    Aha! That takes you to the same place - thanks! It's handy having a shortcut to get there at the bottom of the site, too.
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    Welcome to the NEW TAMATALK!

    No problem. And now I can reply! Firstly: Congratulations on a trouble-free upgrade! It seems to be a lot quicker and more responsive than the old version of the forum software, never mind all of the new features! (The emoticon search that pops up while you're typing the name of one is really handy, I think.) Secondly, in case anyone drops in here wondering where the option to view new content since your last visit has gone, it's now at the very bottom of each page of the forum, instead of its former location at the top. I haven't encountered any bugs or issues other than being unable to reply here, so that seems like a good sign!
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    +Color or ID?

    I'm really sorry to say this, but you were severely ripped off on the delivery charges. The import-limit in the UK is about £18 (in my experience, this includes the price of the shipping), and if the standard shipping was free (it very often is from Chinese sellers), then you would've gotten it in about the same amount of time, and you wouldn't have had the customs fee. The customs fee isn't a surprise, by the way - it's legally required that you pay taxes on goods that you import from abroad, because you imported them and thus there is no UK distributor paying those taxes for their customers before the item can be purchased. You will always get fees upon an item's arrival in the country if you go over the import limit. For £50 to £60, you could've imported a new Tamagotchi Meets from HobbyLink Japan with standard shipping (mine cost me £47 including the shipping, and once it gets here the customs fee is most likely going to be about £10 to £12), or any of a number of used colour Tamagotchis from Japan You Want. My apologies for deviating from the topic a bit, here!
  23. A report by Serebii.net today suggests that an officially-licensed Pokemon Eevee Tamagotchi Nano might be on the way! To quote; This is the image that the report mentions; I like Eevee, so if this turns out to be true, then I absolutely want this Tamagotchi.
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    Pokemon Eevee Tamagotchi Nano on the way?!

    That's got to be due to scalpers who got those early pre-orders, surely?!
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    Pokemon Eevee Tamagotchi Nano on the way?!

    I hate multi-posting, and I'm very sorry to do this, but I have something relevant to add to the thread, and I have no way of editing my previous post. They've released a promotional video for the Eevee Tamagotchi.