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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With today's graphics, the Tamagotchis appear to be more expressive.
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I didn't see a penny of child support and word on the street was that he had abandoned countless more Tamagotchis.
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Be careful, though, you should watch out for the US date system: you don't want the Tamagotchis to think you're a Gemini when you're really a Scorpio.
Tamagotchis, the pocket-sized electronic pets which flooded schools in the 90s, are again back in vogue, as is a hand-held personal video player called VideoNow.
It's like the Tamagotchis, no one has them anymore,'' Feinberg said.
Surely the appeal of Tamagotchis is their size - they fit snugly into even the shallowest of pockets and can be easily hidden from teachers.
Prerecorded video has Beanie Babies and Tamagotchis.
The average life-cycle of Tamagotchis is just under three weeks, and then you have to reprogramme it to start all over again.
The more Tamagotchis a player collects, the more of the many different Tamagotchi "shells" - the egg-shaped design which houses the virtual pets - and specially designed wallpaper s/he will receive.