Well, apparently, they still exist, and they are a lot more complicated than they were back in the mid-nineties. Remo had one back then, (yes he was abut 15 years older than the typical tamagotchi owner, but even then had a love of gadgety toys). Well, said tamagotchi was fun for a couple of weeks, and then got left in a drawer or something and what with one thing and another 12 years pass…
Well, last summer, the boys found tamagotchi who had somehow made his way into a box of kitchen implements that remained packed after moving in 2004 and contained several items I had been looking for in the intervening years. They found tamagotchi, asked what it was and when explained they were delighted, enthralled, and a wee bit obsessed. Remo found the right size battery (which we actually had, the first sign that tamagotchi was meant to be with us), put it in and lo and behold it actually still worked (the second sign). He was a fun pet like inanimate object last summer, we took him to the beach in a plastic bag, he went on walks in the woods and trips to the playground and generally lived life along with us.
Then came the sad day that tamagotchi, in spite of being looked after most conscientiously, died a natural death and became an angel, or possibly a fairy, there has been much debate about that and the matter is still not officially put to rest. Well, the subsequent tamagotchi reincarnations have not been as successful. Whenever he is rediscovered and reset he is generally neglected until he turns up an angel (or possible a fairy) after only a few days of life after being left sleeping in several piles of tamagotchi poo. He has most recently spent several months under couch cushions, only to be found the weekend and given yet another chance at life. So far the boys’ attention to him has been at nearly the level of last summer with them remembering to not only feed and clean him, but to play with him too. I don’t know how long it will last, but I have higher hopes for his chances than I have had in a long time.
Oh, and have you seen how fancy the tamagotchis are now?
The can play games and talk to each other and have more than one creature inside them. There is even a celebrity family tamagotchi where if you don’t raise them right they turn into paparazzi. Let me tell you, by the time my children know what paparazzi are I want them to be much to old to be playing with tamagotchis.