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The Family Album of a Weird Little Ninja and a Very Fluffy Rabbit - Penguin-keeper's Virtual Pet Log

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Jamtchi turned out to look like the spitting image of her father, except wearing a bonnet.

This is not weird enough for me, so I've had her marry Hatakemotchi in the hopes of steering the family-tree back towards more unusual results. :P

Jamtchi and Hatakemotchi have just had a lilac baby girl, who I've named Spotchi in the hope of her inheriting her father's cow-spots! :lol:

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Now this is more like it! :D

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Although she didn't inherit any cow-spots, Spotchi certainly grew up to live up to her name regardless - she has a big bulbous purple head! :lol: She's also got the most fantastic face I've yet seen in the entire family-tree.

As site regulars may already know, I favour the "weird"/"ugly" Tamagotchi designs (with my favourite being Tarakotchi), and I think that Spotchi absolutely lives up to this, with her giant round shiny face, random tuft of hair on her forehead, cow-horns, stick-limbs, bow around her neck, hilarious grin, and gormless eyes. Out of all of the strange creatures from all of the generations so far, Spotchi is by far my favourite! :D

And I'm glad that I got a Tamagotchi this great today, because I've been running the Fairy Meets every day for over a month now, and with less than two weeks to go until Animal Crossing: New Horizons is released, with the Pac-Man Tamagotchi following soon after, I think that it's time for me to put the family-album on hiatus for a little while in order to prevent me from burning out on the Meets. I've had Spotchi buy a ring so that, when I return to it, she can select a suitor right away, and we'll pick up right where we left off.

In the meantime, I'm going to do a bit of coverage of the Pac-Man Tamagotchi when it shows up, and I might also post a few impressions from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, too, since, although it isn't a virtual pet, it is still a life simulation of sorts. :P

I didn't expect to enjoy running the Meets for this long non-stop, since I still prefer the older/simpler devices, which tend to have far shorter run-times than this - it's certainly a very different experience, though thanks to the Meets being simpler than other colour versions it's worked out well for me and I've had a great time with it so far. Hopefully I can continue getting more delightfully-weird Tamagotchis like Spotchi when I pick the device up again! :lol:

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I /SCREAMED/ when I saw Blobtchi, that is hilarious! I didn't even know the gene pool could result in such a blank slate like that! :D

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9 hours ago, mimitchi ^o^ said:

I /SCREAMED/ when I saw Blobtchi, that is hilarious!

So did I, I assure you! :lol: Then I struggled to hold my camera still because I kept laughing while I was trying to take a photograph of him.

 

9 hours ago, mimitchi ^o^ said:

I didn't even know the gene pool could result in such a blank slate like that! :D

Nor did I, and I'm still baffled by how it happened. Now, admittedly, I only check in on logs here on TamaTalk so I haven't seen what sorts of evolutions might've been posted elsewhere, but I haven't heard anyone else report anything similar coming out of nowhere like this.

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i actually had something similar happen on my m!x before, except on Mimitchi's body (i dubbed the result "Kuchipatchi Snowball"), i think it's prone to happening with Kuchipatchi's genes because the lips take the genetics slot where ears should be, and then any simpler Tamagotchi that doesn't have any lower body genetics (Kuchipatchi, Mametchi, Memetchi, etc) instead carries the chance of blanking those out, so you can end up with just Kuchipatchi lips on whatever body type you end up with and that's all, it's pretty funny :lol:

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2 hours ago, Ginjirotchi_lover said:

i actually had something similar happen on my m!x before, except on Mimitchi's body (i dubbed the result "Kuchipatchi Snowball"), i think it's prone to happening with Kuchipatchi's genes because the lips take the genetics slot where ears should be, and then any simpler Tamagotchi that doesn't have any lower body genetics (Kuchipatchi, Mametchi, Memetchi, etc) instead carries the chance of blanking those out, so you can end up with just Kuchipatchi lips on whatever body type you end up with and that's all, it's pretty funny :lol:

AHA! That explains it - thankyou so much for the insight, as I love this sort of oddball emergent behaviour in video games and life-sims, too. :D

It's so strange in this case, though, as Blobtchi's mother had the Kuchipatchi face and the Mochiusatchi ears and body, so the loss of ears seemed really weird given that.

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37 minutes ago, Penguin-keeper said:

AHA! That explains it - thankyou so much for the insight, as I love this sort of oddball emergent behaviour in video games and life-sims, too. :D

It's so strange in this case, though, as Blobtchi's mother had the Kuchipatchi face and the Mochiusatchi ears and body, so the loss of ears seemed really weird given that.

i think the explanation for that happening is just that some of the body types (like Kuromametchi's, Mochiusatchi's, Lovelitchi's, etc) have little stub ears built into the body so that even if you end up with genetics that don't give them ears or cover where they would be, it still looks like they have them

it's sort of strange that Mametchi's body is just completely bald if it doesn't end up with ears, though, were Mametchi's ears just a hat the whole time? :newmametchi:

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Here's something a bit different for the log: A little bit of coverage of Little Friends: Dogs & Cats - a title by Imagineering which is the first, and currently only, virtual pet/life-simulator game of any sort on the Switch. It seeks to fill the gap left by Nintendogs not (yet?) having a Switch installment, though unfortunately it falls a bit short.

Compared to Nintendogs (which is something that I will have to do several times here, since it's still the best-in-breed pet simulator for consoles of any sort :P), some of the models and movements are unnatural and occasionally uncanny, and sometimes animals will run right through each other. They also won't respond at all if you accidentally poke them in the eye or the nose - ouch!

The flow of the game is unnatural, as well. For example, Nintendogs is a game that has a slow pace, where you can easily slot quick bursts of play into your daily routine alongside, say, Animal Crossing and Brain Training, because all of them run in real-time and are designed for that. Meanwhile, Little Friends: Dogs & Cats is a victim of "Achievements" culture - everything seems to revolve around getting stamps and bits of text that say that you did something or went somewhere, and earning enough money to collect various types of items (whose effects and looks aren't as differentiated or well-detailed as what you would find in Nintendogs) and outfits (which all look a bit awkward when worn by your pets). You get text notifications rather than actually seeing gradual progress and behavioural changes - for example, you don't teach your dog to sit, you'll just randomly be told by a text pop-up that they learned it, after you've carried out several unrelated activities. It also constantly breaks immersion by having on-screen counters for marking and searching spots during walks, and by occasionally displaying giant, brightly-coloured "LEVEL UP!" text above your dog. It doesn't run in real-time, either.

Still, on the plus side, the game is cute, so here's a look at my German Shepherd, Donna;

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Different developers will always take different approaches to the same concepts, and there's nothing wrong with that (after all, I bought this one to see how the devs had approached the concept that Nintendogs popularised, since it's seeking to plug that gap in the Switch's library), but in this case I would recommend waiting for Nintendogs to show up if you want a proper life-simulator for the Switch.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is great fun, but it turned out that there's not really anything in it that I could cover in this log, so I haven't done so. However, my Pac-Man Tamagotchi has now arrived with me, which definitely works! :D I haven't started it up yet, as it's quite late in the day now, but I have taken some pictures. I already posted the images showing the packaging and the device itself over in the Pac-Man Tamagotchi reveal-thread, but I saved a couple of extra pictures for my log, too. ;)

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This is my first Tamagotchi Nano-based, uh, well, Tamagotchi. :lol: My first impressions are that it's super-cute and a little bit weird, and I'm looking forward to starting it up!

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Well, it doesn't feel like there's a whole lot to log with the Pac-Man Tamagotchi!

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I started it up yesterday evening, and with relatively little effort it's already a Mametchi today! This feels less involved than even the Mini does. :P

That said, I picked this up primarily because it's the weirdest Pac-Man 40th Anniversary merchandise that I've seen, so for me it's not disappointing, but for others it definitely would be. Your mileage may vary.

Some thoughts;

1: The games are alright, though the second one, which uses all three buttons, is very fiddly to play due to how tiny the buttons on the Nano are.

2: The graphics are cute, and they're not downsized like those on the Mini are.

3: The sound-effects are nice to listen to - and yes, they did include the Pac-Man theme-tune from the original arcade game. :D

4: I think that the real challenge with this one will be getting anyone other than Mametchi, as I didn't even tend to it for most of today and I still got him far too easily. :P It's very low-maintenance.

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5 hours ago, #mybroisthealolachamp said:

You know the green penguin in one of the pics? That is what my guy turned into!

As the caption for that picture notes, that Tamagotchi character is Kuchipatchi. ;) You can learn more about the Tamagotchi characters here: https://tamagotchi.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Tamagotchi_characters

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I was running my Pac-Man Tamagotchi again (May 22nd was Pac-Man's 40th anniversary!), and funnily enough...

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... I got Kuchipatchi. :lol:

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This blog is really nice and charming! I was honestly thinking about getting a Pac-Man tama as they're super cheap down here (compared to every other tamagotchi being sold online ;w;) and i'd like to give the Nano formula a go + have a low maintenance version for once. Also, Pac-Man is cool as heck! Even though it's not much, I feel it's good to at least see it blogged, and I just really like the charm of it (and the bug feature!! that's honestly such a cool shoutout). Either way, this is a pretty sweet blog and I can't wait to see the next post. :)

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8 hours ago, Tamacass said:

This blog is really nice and charming!

Aww, thankyou very much! :) I'm glad that you've enjoyed it.

 

8 hours ago, Tamacass said:

Even though it's not much, I feel it's good to at least see it blogged, and I just really like the charm of it

So do I, and I think that it grows on you the more that you run it. I would definitely pick up another themed Nano again, if they release more that fit my interests.

 

8 hours ago, Tamacass said:

(and the bug feature!! that's honestly such a cool shoutout)

They can actually die to this if you leave them with it for too long, and it's mildly creepy (I mean, listen to this, it sounds like it came from a creepypasta :lol:) - you'll find them fallen over with the bug surrounding them, and when you press the button to call Pac-Man to rescue them like he normally would, the bug consumes the fallen Tamagotchi and then the entire screen, and it all goes black before you see the final grave scene! :o

Honestly, I think that creepy bad endings like this can be pretty cool, and this one is done really well.

Incidentally, the grave screen in this version has one of the Pac-Man ghosts hanging around next to Obaketchi, which is a neat touch.

 

8 hours ago, Tamacass said:

Either way, this is a pretty sweet blog and I can't wait to see the next post. :)

Again, thanks very much. :D It's kind of on a semi-hiatus at the moment as I ran out of batteries for the Meets and haven't felt like running much other than the Nano which isn't especially loggable.

This kind of reminds me, though, that I need to look into the Giga Pets AR line (the recent Giga Pets remakes), as they're apparently going to be releasing a bug-fixed re-issue wave sometime soon, and I don't have one in my collection yet. I was holding out for the penguin one that they teased right at the beginning, but at this point I might just get the unicorn and call it a day. :P

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16 hours ago, Tacoburritotchi said:

Cute logs! :lol::D

Haha, thanks very much! :D I do intend to resume at some point. I really should restock on batteries sometime soon!

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