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On 8/28/2019 at 4:06 AM, OneSummerDream said:

Some of these characters are also from the Scholastic V-Pets, which is no surprise as it plays similarly. Here's another version of the Scholastic pet I found a while, btw:

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Wow, I already figured bootlegs were legal because of school-related concerns regarding the real things, but I didn't know that officially school-related organisations actually distributed them themselves. Thanks for affirming my paranoia.

This forum has an old thread about it, which shows it was distributed around 2007.

Any listings with this programming or shell on eBay?

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12 hours ago, Joc said:

Wow, I already figured bootlegs were legal because of school-related concerns regarding the real things, but I didn't know that officially school-related organisations actually distributed them themselves. Thanks for affirming my paranoia.

Just curious, since educators' concerns are about how devices like this are a distraction in class, how is a bootleg exempt from those concerns? Additionally, what power do educators hold over international copyright law that allows for it to be circumvented by companies with zero relation to educational institutions in any country? Moreover, this isn't even a bootleg - there's nothing about it that's trying to fool anybody. :P This conspiracy theory really doesn't hold up.

Also, Scholastic isn't officially related to any schools - they're a global publishing business that aims their offerings at schoolkids and their parents. That's why they carried this not-even-a-bootleg virtual pet in the first place. ;)

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5 hours ago, Penguin-keeper said:

Just curious, since educators' concerns are about how devices like this are a distraction in class, how is a bootleg exempt from those concerns?

Because these bootlegs aren't fun for more than a few weeks. From my experience, that death screen in the picture is the only mechanic guaranteed to work properly.

5 hours ago, Penguin-keeper said:

Additionally, what power do educators hold over international copyright law that allows for it to be circumvented by companies with zero relation to educational institutions in any country?

They don't, but the people who do won't put effort in protecting what does not benefit adult society.

5 hours ago, Penguin-keeper said:

Moreover, this isn't even a bootleg - there's nothing about it that's trying to fool anybody.

The thread mentions it has Maskutchi and Memetchi. I suppose the case/shell is pretty distinct though.

5 hours ago, Penguin-keeper said:

Also, Scholastic isn't officially related to any schools - they're a global publishing business that aims their offerings at schoolkids and their parents. That's why they carried this not-even-a-bootleg virtual pet in the first place. ;)

Schools run off these books... But I suppose "official" isn't the right word.

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7 hours ago, Joc said:

Because these bootlegs aren't fun for more than a few weeks. From my experience, that death screen in the picture is the only mechanic guaranteed to work properly.

But they're still a distraction in classrooms, which is the only concern of educators (and, as one of the posts in the linked thread said, "Copies don't sell as much as a real thing though."). This conspiracy does hinge on an ongoing 24-years-and-counting conspiracy amongst the mysterious adult world to take down Bandai and the Tamagotchi, rather than personal opinions about the death screens on competing virtual pet products, correct?

 

7 hours ago, Joc said:

They don't, but the people who do won't put effort in protecting what does not benefit adult society.

So, how come the similarly-decried "fad" that was Pokemon, which had even more items banned from schools due to them being a distraction and a well-documented cause of playground and classroom fights and violence towards teachers, and which was the subject of far more criticism from educators and other community figures than Tamagotchi ever was, became the world's biggest media-franchise, which it remains to this day?

Likewise, why is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or, as it was dubbed in the UK at the time due to the 1980s UK and Europe ban on ninjas, "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" :P) still huge more than 30 years later?

Superman? Batman? Rock & Roll? The Simpsons? Rap? Boy-bands? Video games? Loom bands? Fidget-spinners? Video games again? We're talking just some of the major educator/community concerns of the 1930s to the present-day, here.

All still around, all doing just fine, and none of these much bigger cultural phenomena were the subject of anything like this alleged quarter-century-long conspiracy to take down the Tamagotchi, and only the Tamagotchi. Why was the Tamagotchi selectively singled out for a worldwide adult-run conspiracy, when the nurturing toy wasn't ever anywhere near as big of a concern to parents, educators, and their communities as any of these other things, which all stood accused of corrupting the youth or even encouraging violence and cruelty in their respective times?

With loom bands there were even documented cases of physical injuries that were caused by the bands cutting off circulation, and at least one case of a blinding that occurred due to a band striking a child's eye when a sibling lost their grip whilst using them to make a bracelet, but I haven't heard of any adult-run conspiracy against those - apparently kids injuring wrists and hands, and being blinded, was ok by these conspirators, even though these are things that will affect future employment opportunities for the victims. I guess that they were too focussed on combatting Bandai by selectively allowing school-teachers to relax international copyright laws because one type of beeping thing is a distraction in their classrooms but another type of beeping thing isn't?

 

7 hours ago, Joc said:

The thread mentions it has Maskutchi and Memetchi.

The thread mentions that, though the first mention comes from a post that also uses the description "It starts out looking like a Tamagotchi Babytchi; It's worth noting that "looking like" is usually used as a synonym for "similar to". A later post, which claims that real Tamagotchi characters were copied provides no proof and is no more descriptive than the post that uses "looking like", but it does provide a frothy amount of exclamation-marks in its stead.

It also bears mentioning that, because of the TamaTalk era that it's from, the thread also features generous amounts of such well-considered criticisms as "It's soooo copying!", "i hate schoolastic!!!!", "LOLZ", "Real Tamaz are wayy bata!!", "The fake tamagotchi ,copy is such a big huge fat... DUMB THING THAT I'M MAD AT!!! IT MAKES ME SICK!!! D:<", with only a couple of reasonable posts mixed in (of particular note, the ones by @Gejitchi and @Rainbow_flower, as well as @binary's sensible rule about the likely quality of books with included premiums), and very few people understanding that it's not a fake; This doesn't exactly inspire the greatest confidence in what little information is provided about the product.

 

7 hours ago, Joc said:

I suppose the case/shell is pretty distinct though.

It is! :) It also very clearly says "MY PET" on it - there's nothing on it or about it that would make anyone think that it's a Tamagotchi or even a Bandai product. It certainly wouldn't trick anyone, as one post in that old thread suggested.

Those calling it a "fake Tamagotchi" in that thread are just as guilty of genericising the noun as anyone who mistakenly uses "Tamagotchi" as a term to mean any kind of virtual pet, incidentally. Deliberately misusing the word to damage the brand is part of the conspiracy to take down the Tamagotchi, if my memory of other threads where it's been mentioned serves me correctly - clearly those posts are involved in trying to discredit Bandai and trick the world into forgetting what a real Tamagotchi is, so wouldn't that make your newly-added likes on those old posts an actively-contributing part of the conspiracy too, now? ;)

 

7 hours ago, Joc said:

Schools run off these books... But I suppose "official" isn't the right word.

Not even close, on either count, I'm afraid. ;) According to Scholastic here, schools can earn tiny commissions that are basically analogous to supermarket loyalty-card points by offering Scholastic book club sales leaflets and running Scholastic Book Fair events, and those tiny reward amounts can be saved and put towards buying more children's books for their school - they don't even get a discount on the books, nor can the commissions be used to purchase study materials.

It's just a way of stretching their budget to procure more reading materials, and their company is no more associated with running a school than the British supermarket Tesco was when they were running their "Computers for Schools" voucher schemes back in the 1990s (in those, people saved up tokens from said supermarket, which were worth less than 1p each, and then contributed them to their local school en-masse, and when the schools had enough they could then exchange them for new computing equipment at a reduced cost; Tesco had no say in running their schools as a result of this).

There really is no conspiracy here - as Occam's Razor tells us, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one, and the single-point "Teachers don't want distractions in their classrooms." is a far simpler explanation than the "There is an international conspiracy and collusion by adult society to encourage bootleg Tamagotchis so as to make people forget about the real ones and teachers would rather have bootlegs in their classrooms for that reason and that's why a company that sells products to schoolkids was offering a virtual pet during a 2000s comeback of the virtual pet toy-category."

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This has nothing to do with OneSummerDream's log anymore, maybe the thread should be split...

On 7/17/2020 at 8:22 PM, Penguin-keeper said:

But they're still a distraction in classrooms, which is the only concern of educators (and, as one of the posts in the linked thread said, "Copies don't sell as much as a real thing though."). This conspiracy does hinge on an ongoing 24-years-and-counting conspiracy amongst the mysterious adult world to take down Bandai and the Tamagotchi, rather than personal opinions about the death screens on competing virtual pet products, correct?

A bootleg is only a classroom distraction for a brief time before it disappears into the junk drawer forever because it isn't fun. Individual copies don't sell anywhere near as much as a real thing, but all copies combined probably sold more in many countries.

The death screen comment was just a joke about the quality of bootlegs. Nothing happens on the death screen, so at least you can't mess that up.

On 7/17/2020 at 8:22 PM, Penguin-keeper said:

So, how come the similarly-decried "fad" that was Pokemon, which had even more items banned from schools due to them being a distraction and a well-documented cause of playground and classroom fights and violence towards teachers, and which was the subject of far more criticism from educators and other community figures than Tamagotchi ever was, became the world's biggest media-franchise, which it remains to this day?

Likewise, why is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or, as it was dubbed in the UK at the time due to the 1980s UK and Europe ban on ninjas, "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" :P) still huge more than 30 years later?

Superman? Batman? Rock & Roll? The Simpsons? Rap? Boy-bands? Video games? Loom bands? Fidget-spinners? Video games again? We're talking just some of the major educator/community concerns of the 1930s to the present-day, here.

Pokémon became the world's biggest media franchise because The Pokémon Company, Nintendo of America, and Nintendo of Europe are competent companies who kept working through the onslaught, unlike the morons at Bandai America and Bandai Europe who let themselves be bullied out.

But even they took massive hits. When the Nintendo DS got bombarded by widely available flashcards and the DSi failed to combat them, Apple and Google took advantage of the decline in portable game development to allow In App Purchase-based games into their stores, which they previously forbade. Now many children are only allowed by their parents to play IAP-games, which are unfun on purpose (to goad you into the in app purchases).

Music suffers as well. Spotify and YouTube pay artists very little but get away with it because the alternative is piracy.

Bootlegging is less effective against TV series, because most people watch these on TV channels, and if a TV channel makes a fake version of your series you can easily sue them.

On 7/17/2020 at 8:22 PM, Penguin-keeper said:

All still around, all doing just fine, and none of these much bigger cultural phenomena were the subject of anything like this alleged quarter-century-long conspiracy to take down the Tamagotchi, and only the Tamagotchi. Why was the Tamagotchi selectively singled out for a worldwide adult-run conspiracy, when the nurturing toy wasn't ever anywhere near as big of a concern to parents, educators, and their communities as any of these other things, which all stood accused of corrupting the youth or even encouraging violence and cruelty in their respective times?

Most of the time a product either survives or doesn't. Tamagotchi is an unusual case because it's alive yet has been barely available. If Bandai Japan was just as incompetent as Bandai America and Bandai Europe, this forum would probably not exist. Makes you wonder what dead products from smaller creators we're all missing out on.

On 7/17/2020 at 8:22 PM, Penguin-keeper said:

There really is no conspiracy here - as Occam's Razor tells us, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one, and the single-point "Teachers don't want distractions in their classrooms." is a far simpler explanation than the "There is an international conspiracy and collusion by adult society to encourage bootleg Tamagotchis so as to make people forget about the real ones and teachers would rather have bootlegs in their classrooms for that reason and that's why a company that sells products to schoolkids was offering a virtual pet during a 2000s comeback of the virtual pet toy-category."

There doesn't need to be a conspiracy. Teachers don't like product ➔ News complains about product ➔ People supposed to be in charge of enforcing copyright neglect their duties.

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21 hours ago, Joc said:

This has nothing to do with OneSummerDream's log anymore, maybe the thread should be split...

There's not a lot of point, here - there's not a lot else left to be said, really. :P

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

A bootleg is only a classroom distraction for a brief time before it disappears into the junk drawer forever because it isn't fun. Individual copies don't sell anywhere near as much as a real thing, but all copies combined probably sold more in many countries.

The death screen comment was just a joke about the quality of bootlegs. Nothing happens on the death screen, so at least you can't mess that up.

That doesn't matter - it's still a distraction, and that is literally the only issue for teachers. It begins and ends there - genuine or competitor or bootleg or just someone's beeping alarm on their watch or their phone*, it doesn't matter. And they have no reason to go beyond that - they just want to get on with doing their jobs, and attacking international business doesn't fall under their remit.

*Let's not even get started on how distracting those are. :lol:

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

Pokémon became the world's biggest media franchise because The Pokémon Company, Nintendo of America, and Nintendo of Europe are competent companies who kept working through the onslaught, unlike the morons at Bandai America and Bandai Europe who let themselves be bullied out.

Bandai didn't let themselves get bullied out, though - the business prospects for the virtual pet toy category became less rosy in the 1990s because of market oversaturation, so they put their products on hiatus for a few years, as did plenty of other companies who had been making competing products. That's really all that happened.

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

But even they took massive hits. When the Nintendo DS got bombarded by widely available flashcards and the DSi failed to combat them, Apple and Google took advantage of the decline in portable game development to allow In App Purchase-based games into their stores, which they previously forbade. Now many children are only allowed by their parents to play IAP-games, which are unfun on purpose (to goad you into the in app purchases).

The Pokemon franchise started on the original Game Boy, though, and there were several generations between that and the DS. And the Nintendo DS family was and remains the best-selling video game console of all-time at the time of writing, so it wasn't affected that badly. It was for this reason, and no other, that the 3DS did not catch up to it - it simply couldn't after that sort of performance, and that merely happened to coincide with the acceptance of a general-purpose technology that could also be used to run passable games. Video game piracy happens on all platforms, unfortunately, and it always has - no conspiracy against one particular media franchise there.

You're right that cheaply-made mobile games are just manipulative cash-extraction programs (though such schemes started on dedicated consoles, to the best of my knowledge), but many parents only allowing these is a simple side-effect of the cost of living - these things appear to be "free", and to non-enthusiasts one game is the same as any other, so they don't see the difference between getting a manipulative freebie and paying £30 to £70 for a complete product, nor the difference between a dedicated machine meant for video games versus an all-purpose phone or tablet, thus we have this situation. No conspiracy there, either - it wasn't much different during the era of the Nokia 3110, where some parents would give their kids the built-in Snake game to play, rather than purchasing dedicated gaming equipment.

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

Music suffers as well. Spotify and YouTube pay artists very little but get away with it because the alternative is piracy.

Artists have other forms of income, though, and tours and merchandise have always had higher profit margins than the music itself, because the record-labels have always given them a raw deal since time immemorial, too. Unfortunately, music-piracy existed long before public internet access did.

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

Bootlegging is less effective against TV series, because most people watch these on TV channels, and if a TV channel makes a fake version of your series you can easily sue them.

Actually, I haven't seen anyone managing to sue Chinese companies for bootleg shows (yes, these exist, the same as bootleg toys do, amazingly enough - they're very much like people who trace over artwork, and often involve exactly that! :lol:). This, as with bootleg toys, is because of a lack of observing international copyright laws and their associated treaties that a lot of countries are signed up to.

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

Most of the time a product either survives or doesn't. Tamagotchi is an unusual case because it's alive yet has been barely available. If Bandai Japan was just as incompetent as Bandai America and Bandai Europe, this forum would probably not exist. Makes you wonder what dead products from smaller creators we're all missing out on.

I wonder too, but as I said above, it's nothing to do with incompetence - just simple unfortunate business circumstances that I'm guessing that they weren't prepared for. The Tamagotchi line blew up in an unimaginable way back then because it hit all the right notes, after all. It all ended up a bit like a microcosm of what happened with the Atari 2600...

 

21 hours ago, Joc said:

There doesn't need to be a conspiracy. Teachers don't like product ➔ News complains about product ➔ People supposed to be in charge of enforcing copyright neglect their duties.

What you are describing is a conspiracy, though. ;) And what is described here simply doesn't happen - people wouldn't risk losing their hard-earned business-related jobs because of school-teachers' eternal concerns about toys and fads disrupting classrooms. The news simply makes a big deal about things because that's part of their business-model - sensationalism still sells papers, after all! (Or, clickbait sells subscriptions, in this day and age, I guess. :P)

We could go back and forth on this all day, though, I'm sure. ;) All that I can suggest to you at this point is to learn more about the adult world, and in particular about the simple basics of business (businesses exist to make and keep customers, competition hinges on this, counterfeits are inevitable for both the originals and the competitors because not all businesses are honest and that's a whole rabbit-hole in and of itself, and if governments have to interfere in businesses it's usually with very good reason and those reasons are very well-publicised and all parties are subject to scrutiny), and also international copyright laws and why and how certain countries who aren't part of international treaties disrupt them, and you'll see how paper-thin such conspiracy-theories are - learning about these things cuts out all of the "middlemen" that make up the conspiracy part, and you may very well find the facts to be much more interesting than the fiction.

I'm one of those rare types who finds following business affairs to be interesting - I have a great time with it and I highly recommend it. You already see right through things like the business-model of free-to-play mobile "games", and you see the raw deal that musicians get from their core business offerings, which puts you ahead of most of the population if we look at the figures that these things pull in (and I'm sure that you also see that corporate social-media presences aren't our friends even though many people act like they are and end up being manipulated by this, and so on, too) - this only scratches the surface, and there's so much more to get your teeth into beyond that. Actually, I recommend this to everyone, because even knowing the barebones basics about this stuff provides benefits in daily life, since we live in an era where we interact with companies on a daily basis, in far-reaching and sometimes manipulative ways that were never possible in previous decades. I started out with learning about the "Blue Ocean" theory and went from there, so if you're interested, that's a good place to start, because it's quite easy to digest, and will teach you about both conventional and unconventional approaches to business from the get-go.

I'm going to bow out, here, as we have our own takes on the Tamagotchi bootleg situation, and that is what it is. :) Still, please do keep making high-quality posts - I may not agree with conspiracy-theories, but I always respect and enjoy your contributions, as they're always well-written and interesting to read and they always contribute positively to discussions, and I very much enjoyed this exchange. Thankyou, and please keep it up. :)

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On 2/9/2019 at 12:59 AM, OneSummerDream said:

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Hello and welcome to my mega bootleg log, and also first log ever! 
I will be running a bunch of different bootlegs and knockoffs, some of which are obscure. If you have any questions about one, please leave a question and I will reply to it in the next entry.

Where to find fakes: eBay is good for older knockoffs from the 90's, while Aliexpress is great for finding new ones. Taobao also has a lot,  but you might need a middleman depending on where you live. I don't recommend buying any besides M&D ones (QPet, Nana Moon, etc.) because they tend to be really bad otherwise.

First up is the Crystal Warriors 10th Anniversary game. Info links:

English instructions here.

Baidu article here.

 All 130 episodes of Crystal Warriors here.

Pics of the box.

After doing some research it turns out the cartoon was only 8 years old at the time these were released, but apparently in order to coincide with the Pendulum 20th Anniversaries M&D made this rerelease. The instructions also state that there are 4 different versions, similar to the real Pendulum releases, but this is false and they all have Vritramon. (However, the original release of this did have 4 and had more care features, and there's always a possibility of M&D releasing more in the future.) This probably isn’t going to fool anyone, but is it a bad knockoff? Surprisingly, no. I’ve never played a Digimon before and am not that familiar with them, but from what I’ve seen it is kinda similar.
There are 6 different tournaments, and I have 3 more to go. Then, there is a final boss. After that I have to replay through everything again in order to get 200% completion, so nothing will be missed. 
 

Recap of Day 1, Sorry no photos this time: 
I started the Crystal Warrior up, and right off the bat I knew this wasn’t going to be a standard vpet. It’s more of a game that mimics a virtual pet. This was surprising since the Nana Moon minis have all their features entact, but not these. Unfortunately, when M&D pumped these out to cash in on the anniversary Pendulums, they got rid of pet functions. There's still an incentive to check on it, since its power will slowly deplete every few hours. I just put the tab back in when I'm busy since it has a save feature.

After reading the instructions and grinding with the 3 games to buy a crystal, it was time to enter the first tournament. Evolving the monster makes it very OP, rendering the Help feature obsolete since using crystals to evolve is necessary to win. I had no idea what was going on, but it was a swift victory. The second one was harder, since I tried relying on the Help. That ended up backfiring, and I lost during the 4th round. For “Help,” there are 3 other characters to choose from, which are from the 3 other versions. Each swapped warrior replaces Vritramon and evolves into its second form to attack, but can only be used once per tournament. Battles only last a few rounds, even if both are still standing. Whoever has the most HP left wins. Since HP doesn’t replenish between rounds, I was lucky to have even made it that far. When you lose, the warrior’s power/training bar stays the same but you have to try again. There’s a progress page that shows total battles won (regardless if the tourney is lost) and the total completion rate. 
After grinding for more money and rebuying the crystal, it was pretty easy. Rinse and repeat for round 3, and I have 3 more to go.

Now, this is kind of a nitpick, but the spritework on this is kind of mediocre. Some of the characters look poorly drawn. I understand that a lot of detail needs to be added in a small space, but sometimes the results leave me scratching my head.

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I mean, I can kind of see how the sprite matches the drawing, but this was my first impression without knowing what it was supposed to be.

This is the same v-pet I have except mine is called "Distal-4 Crystal Fighter". From what I've seen the version I own is newer and has more features than this one. I will try to post some more info on it elsewhere. Great topic by the way!

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Never mind. I have the same kind. I just didn't read the first post too closely😅.

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I successfully changed the character on the Distal-4! This proves the other characters are (technically) available. All you need to do is disassemble the Distal. Just under the LCD screen you should see several jumper pins with the letters NC nearby. Get a soldering iron and put a glob of solder on one of the unused jumper pins. Different pins equals different characters, so experiment till you find the one you want. That's all you gotta do! Basic soldering skills required 😀

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      When I woke up this morning, my young lad evolved into a full grown Kuchipatchi! Ah, they (literally) grow up so fast. He still goes to school at the moment, but soon he'll have to get job hunting. Hoping for the Onsen job but I think he'll do just fine in anything he does. Then, it'll be time to find a partner. Oh man, they get so big so quick..
      Well, that's all for Mr. Akira for now. He says "hello" and to have a nice day.
    • By Erilies
      Hey everyone! It's been a while hasn't it? Seriously, I can't believe the last time I was on this site I was 17 years old whew time sure flies by! I recently went back to my Tamagotchi M!x after watching a Tiktok lol so I figured I would start a new tamagotchi log here.! So! Let me introduce you to my Tamagotchi~ I'm hoping to later bring back my other Tamagotchis but I need batteries rip 
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      Name: Alice
      Type: Bellchi
      Stage: Baby
      Gender: Female
      Happiness: Cyan
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      Apparently Alice wants to be a bit of a pain in the butt because as soon as she hatched she decided she would be depressed and wouldn't stop untill I gave her a bunch of sweets....and then after that proceeded to begin going to the bathroom every 5 seconds.  

      Then before I knew it though she grew up into Bellchi! Admittedly I didn't take the best care of her cuz most of the time she was a baby I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to connect it to the M!x website (I eventually figured it out but apparently Bellchi cannot identify flowers for the life of her). Luckily I actually quite like Bellchi cuz she is pretty cute! Nice to have a reminder of the old Tamagotchi log I did like 4 years ago now. Anyway, sorry this log was rather short, I started Alice up fairly late so unfortunately she has decided it's time to sleep no but I'll try keep this updated as much as I can! 
    • By KuchipatchiPod
      Hello everyone  My name is KuchipatchiPod or you can say Pod for short. I am new here but saw the log forum and decided to give it a try
      I've mentioned in other threads, but recently my father delivered to me my original 97 P1 Tamagotchi that I played with as a young tween. I decided to get some batteries for it, and while I was at it, grab a Japanese OG P1 so I could try to get Oyajitchi. I'd always been interested in collecting Tamagotchis, and my friend sent me a link to where you can buy the new Digimon ver20th vpets. I had to grab one. Then you know how online shopping goes... you get a little carried away sometimes. I had just received a Twitch payout and decided to blow it all on Tamas and Digis. I grabbed up six Digimon total (one of each variation, and then a sixth so I could ge thte "connect to 5 unique devices" mons... )
      After playing with my new Tamas and Digis for a bit, I decided I wanted some "fresh" Tamas, as my OG ones have seen better days. So I ordered a rerelease P1 and P2... Definitely going to stop for now because I'm quickly depleting the little bit I have in my bank account...
      At first it was just the two Tamas and a yellow Digivice. But then my purple one came in (for some reason the other 5 got shipped in two different packages despite buying them all together) early in the morning, so I decided to open it and play with it, even though it's the same "variation" as the yellow one. But I was eager to start another Digimon. Then the others came in later in the day. I was feeling obsessive and wanted to try out some of the other ones, too. Since the black and white ones have forms that can Jogress with each other, I decided to open BOTH of those. Bringing me to a whopping total of 6 active pets. 
      So let's meet the crew...

      I named each device (I'm not going to name each individual monster/creature). In the Digimon, you actually get to type in the names, so I was limited to 4 characters, but with the Tamagotchis you don't enter a name, so I just refer to them by the names I gave them.
      Tyson is the translucent blue Tamagotchi shell. He's my OG P1 from when I was a kid. I started him on the 19th after learning I could take him apart and clean him out (thanks to the members here!) Takao is the all-white Tamagotchi shell. He's the OG JP P1 that I ordered from eBay. I started him on the 20th when I got him in the mail. Kudos to you if you get the naming theme of the two Tamas. THAO is the translucent yellow Digivice. It's the first one I received when I thought I was only buying one of them. I started it on the 19th when I first got it in the mail after trying to get Tyson to hatch before learning I could clean him out, so THAO has been the longest-running pet so far. META is the translucent purple Digivice. It's the second one I received and started early in the morning of the 21st because I was eager to start another Digivice. POD is the black Digivice with white buttons. It was the third Digimon to get started, after I got my shipment of the rest of the Digivices that I had ordered on the 21st. TRAN is the white Digivice with black buttons. It is the most recently started one; I waited til the Baby stage of POD was finished before starting it so I wouldn't get too overwhelmed. I decided to take a photo of each evolution I get in the P1s, so I can have photographic evidence that I got each 'gotchi. My goal is to see all twelve forms!
      My memory is kind of bad so I think the timeline here is a bit off, but I'm trying to make it as accurate as possible as to the last three days.
      MAY 19th - THE BEGINNING
      The 19th was easy as I was only caring for the THAO for the first part of the day, enjoying my first little Koromon. Later in the evening, after learning I could clean out my Tama, I started raising the newly-revived Tyson. Babytchi is so needy! Koromon hardly needed any care, so I was focused completely on Babytchi. It was getting pretty late, so when Babytchi went to sleep, I thought it was done for the night. I sat it aside and got online to watch some Twitch. Then a bit later I heard him crying out! To my surprise, there were four poops and a sick Babytchi waiting for me. I nursed the poor little guy back to health, and that's how I re-learned that Babychi takes a nap shortly after hatching instead of going to sleep for the night.
      Finally, Tyson evolved into Marutchi! Then I was wondering why it was not falling asleep for the night, as it was after 10PM. I checked his clock and realized I had mixed up the AM/PM. Oops! I fixed it and Tyson fell right to sleep.
      MAY 20th - TAMAGOTCHI DAY
      The 20th was an exciting day because my Japanese Tama was set to arrive in the mail! I anxious awaited its arrival while keeping an eye on THAO and Tyson. It was pretty easy as Marutchi is not nearly as needy as Babytchi, and I was having fun checking on THAO every now and then because I was still feeling quite obsessive and not wanting to do much else.
      Takao finally came in the mail in the early afternoon. Sadly, I was not able to get his battery compartment open because the screws are stuck! But the existing batteries, despite being 25 years old, seemed to work when I pulled the tab out, so I gave him a reset and started to care for him. Another needy Babytchi... The screen would fade in and out sometimes shortly after pulling the tab, but since then it seems to be running fine. Eventually, Takao evolved to Marutchi as well and it was easier to keep track of them.
      I decided to try an experiment, since Tyson's buttons are particularly hard to press. I would raise Tyson's happiness only by feeding candy, and Takao's happiness only by playing games. Let's see how they evolve!
      THAO's Koromon evolved to Agumon and I was able to start another egg! I picked the horizontal stripey one because I knew it could evolve into Kunemon eventually, which is my favorite Digimon. I had to be careful to neglect Tokomon just the right amount to get three care mistakes. I didn't want to hurt the poor thing any more than that. Once I got the mistakes, I took good care of him well.
      MAY 21st - DIGIMON DAY
      Normally I wake up around 10-11AM, but on this day, Tokomon decided to cry at 730AM! I can't believe the Digimon wake up so early! Thankfully, the cry did not wake up my husband, who is a pretty deep sleeper. I waited 10 minutes to get my final care mistake I needed, and then started taking good care of Tokomon. Later in the day, he evolved into a beautiful Kunemon.
      Earlier in the afternoon, my package arrived with META, my purple Digivice. I was originally going to put this one away and just play with one of the Black or White ones when they came in, for a total of two Digimon. But while waiting for my package to come with the rest of my Digimon, I got so anxious to play that I ended up opening up the purple one anyway. I neglected Koromon just enough to get him to evolve into Betamon (so I could have two different mons).
      Later in the afternoon, my other package came in with the rest of my Digimon. I still wanted to have a type A or B digivice running, so I decided to open POD. Hubs was taking a nap, so I decided to stay in the guest bedroom and take care of my pets while playing phone games. This way the sound wouldn't bother him while he slept. Without much else to do, I was checking my pets constantly, and felt like there wasn't enough to do with the pets. So I decided to open TRAN. Maybe I was making a big mistake, running so many pets at once...
      I was having so much fun with my pets, but the buttons on Tyson and Takao were kind of hard to press, making me have to exert my thumb more than I would like. So I decided... why not get even more pets? So I ordered a P1 and P2 rerelease to be delivered on the 23rd...
      MAY 22nd - THE FIRST FULL DAY OF 6 PETS
      And that catches us up to today  Outside of getting the Child/Rookie stages of the Digimon I wanted (since I really wanted Betamon and Kunemon), I'm trying not to use any guides or help. I did look at a P1 growth chart to make a checklist of all the forms you can possibly get on the P1. I'll try to update if anything major happens from here on out.
      CAPTURE PROGRESS
      Babytchi - Tyson 5/19/21 Marutchi - Tyson 5/19/21 Tamatchi - Not Found Kutchitamatchi - Not Found Mametchi - Not Found Ginjirotchi - Not Found Masktchi - Not Found Kuchipatchi - Not Found Nyorochi - Not Found Tarakotchi - Not Found Oyajitchi - Not Found Bill - Not Found