Tamagotchi

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Tamagotchi

[Japanese; cute little egg] space-age cyberpet; a solely electronic state; indigenous to Japan, appearing as an egg on a liquid-crystal screen. Life history, consisting of hatching, feeding, beeping when not fed, sleeping in 12 hour snatches, growing, dying prematurely if neglected, flying away, is completed usually in 2 weeks with maximum recorded life span 4 weeks. The low maintenance costs and brief life span appear to have been designed to suit society's average desired investment level and affection span for a house pet. An unfriendly addition to the veterinary profession's list of exotic companion animals.
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Mr Richards, whose early business ventures saw him cash in on Tamogotchi trend in the 1990s by importing the Japanese "digital pets," now lives in Tenerife much of the year.
50 and the craze of 1997, Tamogotchi, which cost pounds 10.
These screen savers have menus that enable users to manipulate the 3D images on the screen and raise pets like fish on other screen savers, an activity that was popularized in Bandai's Tamogotchi toys.
American kids have already gone crazy for Digimon - sophisticated versions of the old-style Tamogotchi cyberpets.
17 /PRNewswire/ -- Bandai America Incorporated, the company responsible for the highly successful Power Rangers and Tamogotchi virtual pets, unveiled a new line of toys based on DIGIMON(TM): DIGITAL MONSTERS(TM), at an event held today at FAO Schwarz in New York.