In honor of the 20th anniversary of those annoying plastic keychain pets, Bandai America is releasing new Tamagotchi into the wild. The egg-shaped devices will hit stores in limited quantities on November 5 for $14.99. A small price to pay for an eating, pooping and dying digital friend.
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Remember Tamagotchis? Of course you do. They taught you about responsibility. They taught you about friendship. But most importantly, they taught you that friends don't leave friends in rooms filled with their own feces. Now, it's time to reopen those old, grief-stricken wounds. The Tamagotchi is back—and it is still…
The toy that taught an entire generation to care for something that didn't exist is returning soon, and I've never been so excited about the prospect of cleaning up poop. Bandai Co. and Sync Beatz Entertainment are breathing new life and love into the Tamagotchi on Android and iOS.
During the 1980s, Japan saw trends like Hello Kitty-type character products and brand-name fashion. The 1990s gave birth to Tamagotchi, Bandai's portable game character, as well as sticker picture machines and even Windows 95 fever. Now?
I poke fun at the Virtual Boy as much as the next guy, but does it belong on the same list as New Coke, Clippy the helpful paper clip, the Segway, and Agent Orange?
Diana Hughes from the University of Southern California created Pluff to function is a combination Furby/Tamagotchi pet that's both a controller and a virtual pet. Petting him makes him happy, slamming his head against a desk makes him sad. The better you treat him, says Hughes, the easier it is for the user to teach…