To quote from the Douglas Adams book, "The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy":
The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as "Your plastic pal who's fun to be with."Apparently Bandai took this view and created Tamagotchi, your plastic pal who's fun to be with.
A first of sorts. Tamagotchi is not quite a video game, not quite a toy, and not quite the virtual pet they make it to be. Tamagotchi combines characteristics of each of these into a brightly colored palmed-sized bit of electronics. It is a game, the goal being to keep the little electronic critter alive for as long as possible. This little critter does most of the things pets do, with the exceptions of tricks and most other learned behavior. These little cyber pets get sick, go to the bathroom, eat, play a game, need some disciplining and eventually die, similar to real pets. Unlike other video games, Tamagotchi does not turn off. Also, a "game" of Tamagotchi can last anywhere from a few hours to up to 99 days. It is very interactive.
Assuming you don't have to go underground to find one of these little plastic pals, they are rather affordable, running at under $20 US dollars. I personally got tired of running all over town trying to find one of these, so I turned to the internet and found someone sellinga NEW Tamagotchi in the box for $25. Considering the enjoyment this little gizmo has brought me, I consider it money well spent. It also forces me to take a short break from hammering out web pages every once in a while.
Unlike the other Tamagotchi pages that steal graphics from every other page, including Bandai's own pages, I opted to be more original. All graphics here are either original, or scanned in using Connectix color and B&W QuickCams, or a flatbed scanner. All graphics were obtained from either the box, the instruction book, or in some cases, the Tamagotchi itself. You won't find the usual tired and typical graphics, you'll see MY renditions of the usual tired and typical graphics.