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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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