I went to an all girls private high-school where the hallways grew thick of divas trying to out style each other with the latest trends.

However the age of the “digital pet” was a bandwagon I didn’t hitch a ride on.

So what on Earth is a Tamagotchi?

The name is derived from Japanese words  “たまご” (tamago) meaning egg and “ウオッチ” (uocchi) meaning watch.

Stemming from Japan, the Tamagotchi (たまごっち) is a handheld digital pet first sold in 1996. A typical Tamagotchi is housed in a small egg-shaped computer with the standard interface consisting of three buttons.

Yes, I agree at first this keychain-sized virtual pet appears trés  cute but that’s short lived once you hear them beep non-stop.

A simulation game designed for children, the characters are simple with one purpose – to see what life was like on Earth.

Your pet will go through several stages of growth and will develop differently depending on the quality of care you provide resulting into a smarter/happier pet that requires less attention.

Interface options:

  • Health meter: hunger, happiness and weight
  • Food menu: feed the pet a meal or snack
  • Play icon: entertain the pet using a mini-game
  • Toilet icon: clean up after the pet
  • Discipline icon: to scold a misbehaving pet
  • Medicine icon: to administer medicine to a sick pet
  • Lights icon: to turn off the lights in a pet’s room while it sleeps
  • Attention icon: lights up when the pet is in need of attention

The pet goes through several distinct stages of development throughout its life cycle. Each stage lasts a set amount of time depending on the model of the toy and the pet can ‘die’ due to poor care, old age and sickness.

I’d chuckle *insert villain laughter* when a class would go overtime and girls wouldn’t be able to tend to their insanely beeping Tamagotchis. For a while there we had devastated princesses preparing virtual funerals and questioning the meaning of life.

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