Friday, February 18, 2011

TAMAGOTCHI'S! [and the epidemic that ensued...]

Right around the time that Pogs became the "it" item another, much more sophisticated toy came onto the market.  I found out about this intriguing toy one morning as I entered continuous progress class [this in a nutshell means that my elementary school had too many students and not enough classrooms so they came up with this brilliant idea to combine the second and third grade into one class entitled "continuous progress" or CP].  That was a small rant, but back to the point.

I entered my second/third grade homeroom class on one dull morning to find one of the third grade boys surrounded by an awestruck group of classmates twirling some keychain around his index finger.  I found myself caught in the midst of quite a dilemma.  I, too, really needed to check out this new toy, but I was challenged in the height department and not only was I the shortest student in the entire second grade, but I was stuck in a class filled with mostly third graders, which essentially made me a smurf, or more appropriately a leprechaun as I stood a whopping three-feet tall with flaming red locks.

Anyhow, back to this toy.  I finally squeezed my way through my classmates and got a good look at this...thing.  What was it?  It was called a Tamagotchi.  It was a Japanese made toy that was a keychain, which fit in the palm of your hand.  It had a small black and white screen and three little rubber buttons.  Now the tamagotchi was like an innovative, robotic baby doll.  Basically, you bought this tamagotchi and the second you turn it on it hatches from its egg.  And then this tamagotchi is your child.  The three buttons are for the three essential needs of life: food/drink, bathroom, and playtime.

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So, basically what would happen is every few minutes your tamagotchi would need food.  You had to feed it or it would lose life.  If you neglected this tamagotchi it would die.  The tamagotchi would also leave you presents in the form of giant mounds of crap.  In hindsight this old school Japanese toy was effectively teaching us youngsters how incredibly demanding having children is.  The tamagotchi was extremely needy.

In fact, this electronic baby was so incredibly demanding of attention it became a mini-epidemic through the halls of the Fort.  I'm sure you can guess what happened after that third grader showed off his tamagotchi to the second and third graders.  If you're having trouble figuring it out: by lunch every elementary schooler was obsessed with the tamagotchi.  Thus, when each child got home to their parents that night he/she begged for the toy.

Come the following Monday and just about every elementary schooler was walking through the halls of the Fort with their eyes glued to their keychain child.  class time became disrupted as there were kids shooting their hands in the air every three minutes begging Miss Block to let them feed their tamagotchi. "Samara, we are in math class this is no time for toys." "But Miss Block!  My tamagotchi is my CHILD and he is going to DIE if I can't feed him!!!" This same conversation repeated itself endlessly throughout the week until they were officially banned from Fort Garrison Elementary.

And what happened next?  Well the cool kids ditched the original tamagotchi and upgraded to the Nano Baby [a tamagotchi on steroids with some more cool features].  Teachers beware!


  1. Anonymous2/20/2011

    like OMG!!!!! ..tamagotchis = my shit!!!!!

  2. Was it called a gigapet? You know the one with teh dinosaurs and was like a rough and tumble version of tamagotchis?

    Man I had those and that was some of the best six months ever lol.Even if it was annoying (not quite as bad as a furrby though lol)

  3. Anonymous3/18/2011

    Uggh I just left a comment and came across a complication that I don't feel like explaining. Any way I remember Gigapet, but never heard of tamgotchi. The song went like this "Don't forget your GIGAPET!".I had the Dinosaur and Salem from Sabrina the teenage witch. Good times.

  4. Anonymous4/01/2011

    haha reminds me of my childhood