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23 hours ago, iTamannadi said:

Q: Is there a reason for the delay in the “Blue Ocean” and “Green Nature” shells? Also, is there any timeline on these for pre-orders and/or launch?

A: Based on our research and previous learnings, we decided to hold off. We’ll let all the fans know when pre-ordering begins.

4 colours was already too much? And of course, they picked the two girliest colours out of the 4. (Good thing I had already decided on pink...) This will hurt sales. And it shows how little faith Bandai has in the product.

23 hours ago, iTamannadi said:

Q: Will the Tamagotchi Pix be sold alongside the Tamagotchi On? Will this merely be added to the existing Tamagotchi lineup, or is it replacing the Tamagotchi On?

A: In today’s environment, does a product really ever go away? Our marketing focus will be moved from the Tamagotchi On to the Tamagotchi Pix, though the application and website will continue to be available!

The Tamagotchi Friends website was just suddenly replaced with the On website, after the account system corrupted without being fixed 2 years earlier. Good that they're keeping the On site on a subdomain this time.

23 hours ago, iTamannadi said:

Q: Can you transfer pictures from your Tamagotchi Pix to your computer or another storage device (via Bluetooth or USB connectivity)?

A: No, due to childhood privacy, we wanted to keep the images on the device.

How does that protect your privacy? Obviously the actual reasons are that they had to drop Bluetooth to stay under the £60 budget, and that the pictures are too low-resolution to look good when stretched to a larger screen. You can still take a picture of your Tamagotchi's screen with another camera (which will be the only way to preserve the photo's in case of a reset), this just brings the quality down even further.

23 hours ago, iTamannadi said:

Q: Can you name your Tamagotchi on the Tamagotchi Pix?

A: No you cannot since you are raising a pure Tamagotchi that already has a name!

But that also goes for the Connexion games, and you do have to name them there…

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1 hour ago, Joc said:

4 colours was already too much? And of course, they picked the two girliest colours out of the 4. (Good thing I had already decided on pink...) This will hurt sales. And it shows how little faith Bandai has in the product.

......,.....What?

 

1 hour ago, Joc said:

4 colours was already too much? And of course, they picked the two girliest colours out of the 4. (Good thing I had already decided on pink...) This will hurt sales. And it shows how little faith Bandai has in the product.

Thankfully,Tamagotchi Friends:Dream Town Closed down.

 

1 hour ago, Joc said:

How does that protect your privacy? Obviously the actual reasons are that they had to drop Bluetooth to stay under the £60 budget, and that the pictures are too low-resolution to look good when stretched to a larger screen. You can still take a picture of your Tamagotchi's screen with another camera (which will be the only way to preserve the photo's in case of a reset), this just brings the quality down even further.

They want to keep the images on the device due to Childhood Privacy. (Childhood Privacy might mean to protect people in their childhood)

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5 hours ago, Joc said:

4 colours was already too much? And of course, they picked the two girliest colours out of the 4. (Good thing I had already decided on pink...) This will hurt sales.

They also changed the shades on the pink device, as far as I can see! (Though maybe the prototype picture was just kind of washed-out.)

Anyway, I agree, and this is my only major concern about the device so far - we've already seen for the last two years that there's an audience who wants to buy into the colour Tamagotchis, but finds the available casings to be off-putting (and that audience is not entirely male, either). The monochrome releases don't have this problem, so why do the colour ones? The franchise hit its heights when it offered a wider range of casings to suit all tastes - both gender-specific and gender-neutral.

Maybe the research concerned was geared towards confirming existing biases, much like the minor controversy that sprung up around the product-research for the Lego Friends line, some years ago? I would hope that's not the case, though.

Myself, I'm a lass who's not into girly-girl colourways, and I liked the look of the blue prototype with the 1990s-esque faceplate-art. I had to settle for the purple one here. :P These being the launch colours, I won't be inclined to buy a second device (it's different when we're talking about the low-price monochrome versions, but the Pix is £60!), but I do hope that they widen the scope of this later on.

 

5 hours ago, Joc said:

How does that protect your privacy? Obviously the actual reasons are that they had to drop Bluetooth to stay under the £60 budget, and that the pictures are too low-resolution to look good when stretched to a larger screen. 

That's true, though after a rash of security issues regarding "connected" toys over the last several years, I can't blame them for naming that as a concern too - to be fair it probably was one, since some of the affected products in those cases included cameras (see the 2015 VTech breach, for example - no toy company wants something like that on their record). If they don't let you take the photos off of the device or connect that device to the internet, then they can't fall foul of anything like that.

 

5 hours ago, Joc said:

You can still take a picture of your Tamagotchi's screen with another camera (which will be the only way to preserve the photo's in case of a reset),

This reminds me of the Game Boy Camera, where it was never intended to let you transfer images off of the device, but which allowed you to use the Game Boy Printer to print them onto little stickers. Later on, people found out that the printer data could be captured and turned into an image, and it led to a revival of the device for novelty photography due to the Game Boy Camera's charmingly unique look. I wonder if we'll see any sort of hacks like this for the Pix?

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As this is an English exclusive and the resolution is high enough, I wonder if it will finally have a lowercase font instead of all text being in caps again.

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3 hours ago, Joc said:

As this is an English exclusive and the resolution is high enough, I wonder if it will finally have a lowercase font instead of all text being in caps again.

I'm so used to them intensively shouting at me in every possible way, it never even occurred to me that tamas could manage polite speech. That would be very interesting to see! :D

 

(Joking aside, I know capitalized font is easier to read for some people, so I hope the lowercase is a type that is clear enough for everyone to understand.)

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3 hours ago, cobratala~goddess of necrocy~ said:

This was posted today from Toys R Us! I think I have to say I'm sold on it! It was super cool to see in action

 

https://youtu.be/E8iqv94XGic

Ive already said it before but the animation is so smooth, I love it! I'm actually really impressed by the camera, I can't tell if the video is highly edited to look better but that camera quality is WAY better than what I was expecting. and the fact that it's able to detect colors apparently?? that's pretty awesome, i just hope it works as good in person as it does in the footage.

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1 hour ago, PurplePyonkotchi00! said:

Ive already said it before but the animation is so smooth, I love it! I'm actually really impressed by the camera, I can't tell if the video is highly edited to look better but that camera quality is WAY better than what I was expecting. and the fact that it's able to detect colors apparently?? that's pretty awesome, i just hope it works as good in person as it does in the footage.

I was also worried about them getting rid of the tactile buttons, but it seems pretty cool with how they're utilizing them. 

But agreed. I can't imagine the resolution is much higher than our current iteration of color tamas, so I don't have MUCH hope for a phenomenal camera. It'd be nice if they were at least decent, however. 🤩

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On 5/15/2021 at 1:12 PM, Eozeda said:

I'm so used to them intensively shouting at me in every possible way, it never even occurred to me that tamas could manage polite speech. That would be very interesting to see! :D

 

(Joking aside, I know capitalized font is easier to read for some people, so I hope the lowercase is a type that is clear enough for everyone to understand.)

Dad handwriting! All caps with slightly larger capital letters to symbolize when something is actually capitalized :D

I know e-readers and phones tend to have fonts made to be easier to read for people who have dyslexia- and the font looks really cool to boot(I don't have dyslexia but I find it easy to read that font quickly so I also use them). Maybe it'll end up having a font like one of those?

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The Tamagotchi Pix is now available to pre-order from other UK retailers, in addition to The Entertainer as mentioned on the previous page.

Smyths Toys lists both the pink and purple versions for £59.99 each;

Tamagotchi Pix Pink

Tamagotchi Pix Purple

And, at the time of writing, Amazon UK is listing the purple version only, also for £59.99;

Tamagotchi Pix Virtual Pet, Purple

Smyths lists their expected in-stock date as being between the 2nd and 9th of August, and Amazon UK lists theirs as August 1st.

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On 1/23/2021 at 12:33 PM, Knighttchi's Ballad said:

That's... actually how it supposed to be pronounced.

here i was talking with my friends about how the commercial mis-pronounced it. thats some hard irony for me right there.

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On 5/30/2021 at 4:41 PM, TamaHog said:

here i was talking with my friends about how the commercial mis-pronounced it. thats some hard irony for me right there.

The commercial does mispronounce it. ;) See the explanation at the top of page 2;

 

On 1/23/2021 at 10:41 PM, Penguin-keeper said:

The word "Tamagotchi" is a portmanteau of the Japanese "tamago" and the English "watch", with the "gotch" part intended to rhyme with "watch".

The small "つ" (tsu) in "たまごっち" ("Tamagotchi" in hiragana, but this also applies to katakana as well) indicates a very brief "break" in the middle of the word that changes the sound of it. Accordingly, per the IPA note on the Tamagotchi Wikipedia page, the correct pronunciation is "Tam-a-gotch-ee" for English speakers (where the "i" is not silent) or "Tam-a-gotch" (where "gotch" rhymes with "watch") in the original Japanese.

As I said there, hiragana and katakana are their own pronunciation guides. :)

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Does anyone know of anywhere else they can actually get the tama on release day? So far it's only looking like it's possible through gamestop's website.

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I tried going to my local gamestop to preorder in person and not be subject to the shipping delay dieties. As I'm sure most of y'all know, shipping has been a mess and I'm wary of spending an extra $10 to maybe get it on release day. Tbh I'd prefer to just go to the store and buy it; maybe I'm just old-fashioned but there's no guarantee of any of my nearby stores stocking it. (The screenshots are my looking at amazon, walmart, and gamestop's websites).

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15 hours ago, PurplePyonkotchi00! said:

https://tamapalace.tumblr.com/post/653448509368958976

so the pix's manual got posted apparently, looks promising! I like the idea of ordering your tama food, and the babysitter costing money is an interesting choice. 

It's difficult in the beginning with a first generation to manage my spending on ridiculous accessories, and indecisively switching rooms. I'll have to restrain from spending all of my earnings if I'm not planning to carry my tama to work – after which a portion of my actual earnings go to tamas, coincidentally. :rolleyes:;) An interesting choice it is! I wondered how that would work without being able to dump our tamas on their parents.

On a different note, it recently occurred to me that I won't be able to use one of my current pusheen cases that I love dearly. It's going to be hard not scuffing these guys... Hopefully a solution will appear that gives the lens an opening and protects the shell, while staying flexible enough for the top button!

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23 hours ago, Eozeda said:

It's difficult in the beginning with a first generation to manage my spending on ridiculous accessories, and indecisively switching rooms. I'll have to restrain from spending all of my earnings if I'm not planning to carry my tama to work – after which a portion of my actual earnings go to tamas, coincidentally. :rolleyes:;) An interesting choice it is! I wondered how that would work without being able to dump our tamas on their parents.

On a different note, it recently occurred to me that I won't be able to use one of my current pusheen cases that I love dearly. It's going to be hard not scuffing these guys... Hopefully a solution will appear that gives the lens an opening and protects the shell, while staying flexible enough for the top button!

I think crochet cases are going to be very popular. Very flexible for the shutter as it is essentially a fabric, thick and cushioned to protect against scratches.

I wonder if it has a spot for a strap to keep from dropping it. 

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On 6/10/2021 at 5:41 AM, cobratala~goddess of necrocy~ said:

I think crochet cases are going to be very popular. Very flexible for the shutter as it is essentially a fabric, thick and cushioned to protect against scratches.

I wonder if it has a spot for a strap to keep from dropping it. 

Definitely the only option I can think of at this point too, but I always think of those as being something a tama would fall out of? The idea of smooth plastic in fabric material never appealed to me enough. I'm sure it depends on the make, and nobody would use them if they didn't work of course! ^_^

 

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