Saturday, September 12, 2009

What do Yoda, George Foreman, and 13 Year-Old Girls Have in Common?

The answer...drum roll...nothing! Sorry to disappoint but this post has nothing to do with The Force, slanted grilling machines, or puberty. Instead, I want to talk about something far more interesting: 1996! In 1996, Bandai released the first versions of Tamagotchi's! Around the world, 13 year-old girls flooded the stores and bought their newest companions! Check out Kendra's page for more info! The name comes from a combination of the Japanese word "tamago" which means "egg" and the English word "watch" as in a wristwatch or a clock. The "i" at the end was thrown in for fun! Thus, Tamago+tch+i = no more need for a real animal! Instead of long walks, teaching tricks, buying real food, and picking up real poop you can now just press a few buttons and accomplish just as much! Plus, if your digital pet dies, the stakes are much lower!

Between 1996 and 2009, over 44 different versions have been released. Some of them even fight when you get them close. These were called "Nano Fighters" and were targeted at boys. They were first premiered at a knockout event, featuring former heavyweight champion George Foreman!! Talk about exciting!

Eventually, as most things do, the Digital Pets began to 'cross breed' with other franchises. Before you knew it, there was a Salem the Cat (from Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) giga pet, Looney Tunes, Giga Farm, and various Star Wars characters, among others. There was even one of Yoda!
Although it would seem likely that this fad would die off quickly, that is not the case! In fact, there was a Tamagotchi videogame released for the Wii in May, 2007! Woo-hoo, Party On!

Aaron's Thoughts: Hmm, I'm thinking we haven't fully tapped into the potential of Tamagotchis. Maybe we could use them to teach people how to take care of animals. But why stop there? We could also give them to service dogs to teach them how to take care of people. Yeah, that sounds practical to me.

Daniel's Thoughts: I distinctly remember not really getting what the hype was about for this one. I also distinctly remember throwing my sisters Tamagotchi on the roof so it would starve to death! Mwah hah hah haaaaa!!!

Bottom Line: You know, come to think of it, perhaps Yoda, George Foreman, and 13 year-old girls do have something in common... Whether you prefer having a real pet or a digital pet, you can agree that Yoda should never be caged like that! Of course, in 2009 it's easy for us to look back and say, Guess you had to be there!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT!! check my post on tamagotchis if you wanna!