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  • - (children) Kids react to toys!

  • This episode: Tamagotchi!

  • - (Finebros) So for today's episode, you're NOT reacting to a video!

  • - Oh, I'm not?

  • - What am I doing?

  • - (Finebros) Instead, you're going to be reacting to this.

  • - (curiously) What is that?

  • - What is this?

  • - This looks almost like an alarm clock.

  • - I think it's an alarm. (Tamagotchi beeps)

  • - It's a beeper! No?

  • - It's something that a hiker would use.

  • - Some sort of little gaming console?

  • - A game where you have to take care of something?

  • - I think it's supposed to be where you take care of a pet?

  • (Tamagotchi beeps) (loud clatter)

  • - I hope that's not a bomb. Is that a bomb?

  • - (children) Question time!

  • - (Finebros) Well, what that is, it's called a Tamagotchi.

  • - Is that, like, a Mexican word?

  • - Like a Japanese word?

  • - "Tamagotchi?" What is this?!

  • - (Finebros) Have you ever heard of that? - No.

  • - No.

  • - I think I've heard of this!

  • - Sometimes you're just on Pinterest

  • and certain things pop-up on your home thingy,

  • and then I saw something like this.

  • - (Finebros) So this is a toy where you take care

  • of a little alien pet. - Really?

  • - (sceptically) This is a toy?

  • - How do you do it with just three buttons?

  • - (Finebros) So, okay, we're now gonna have you play

  • with the Tamagotchi.

  • Right now, what do you see on the screen? - I see a little happy face.

  • - Oh, my god it's... it's so cute!

  • - (giggling) This is so cool.

  • - It's really bad.

  • - It doesn't exactly look like an alien, but I'll take it.

  • - The Tamagotchi is so... pixely!

  • - (Finebros) So every once in a while the Tamagotchi will start beeping

  • at you to tell you, "Hey, I need something."

  • - Oh gosh, I'm-- where's my earmuffs?

  • - (Finebros) But you can check what it's mood is at any time

  • by checking various screens.

  • So go ahead and click on through and tell us what you're seeing.

  • - Oh, I can see-- yeah, they're lighting up.

  • - "Zero years... five O-Z?"

  • - It says, "Zero years, five ounces."

  • - (cooing) Ooh, five ounces? That's cute!

  • (Tamagotchi beeps) - "Dis-cip-line."

  • What does that mean again?

  • - Discipline? This is so cool!

  • - Discipline! Like, "EAT, CHILD!"

  • (Tamagotchi beeps) - "Hungry."

  • Zero out of four hearts are filled in.

  • (Tamagotchi beeps frantically) - Stop beeping at me!

  • - (Finebros) So that's what it will do every few minutes

  • until you take care of it. - (sighs) Ai.

  • - (Finebros) So it's hungry.

  • What do you need to do? - Feed it?

  • - Oh yeah, I see a little fork and knife.

  • (Tamagotchi beeps)

  • - "Meal/Snack."

  • - You're starving, so I think we'll go with "Meal".

  • - Oh, what the he-- it's, like, giving it a piece of bread.

  • - A peanut butter, jelly sandwich.

  • - Can we see how many hearts it has now? (Tamagotchi beeps)

  • - YAY! I feel accomplished.

  • It feels good. (Tamagotchi beeps frantically)

  • Oh no! What's happened? Oh, what do I do?

  • - "Happy." (sadly) Oh, it's not happy.

  • - (Finebros) To make it happy, we're gonna play a game with it.

  • - Okay, um, is that the bat and baseball one?

  • - (Finebros) There's only one game on the original Tamagotchi

  • that you can play.

  • You have to guess: will the Tamagotchi go left or go right?

  • And that's it. - Oh, okay then.

  • - Which way do you want to go?

  • (sarcastically) Oh my goodness! This is fun!

  • (Tamagotchi emits lively beeps)

  • (beep of victory) - (Finebros) You were right.

  • - Hey? Yes!

  • - Okay. (Tamagotchi emits lively beeps)

  • (beep of victory) - (giggling) Yay!

  • - Left. (game over beep)

  • (Tamagotchi beeps) (game over beep)

  • - And now it's getting mad because I guessed the other direction?

  • (Tamagotchi beeps)

  • - I can't believe I'm getting it right. This is so cool!

  • - Doesn't this get tiring after a while?

  • - It's a fun game, actually.

  • - It's not bad for the technology.

  • Even though the game will get old very quickly.

  • - (Finebros) So eventually, as you kept playing with it,

  • it would go to the bathroom. - Ew.

  • - (Finebros) So it'll leave a pile of poop...

  • - Pile of poop?

  • - What?!

  • - Oh. (Tamagotchi beeps frantically)

  • - (irritated) What do you need now?

  • - (Finebros) It'll go to sleep when it's night time.

  • - Would it wake you up?

  • - (Finebros) If you leave it on, and it needs something,

  • it might beep at you. - Ugh!

  • This is just like a kid.

  • - It's like having your own pet if you don't have one.

  • - I would throw this in the trash can if it kept on beeping.

  • - (Finebros) And if it doesn't listen to you,

  • you can discipline it. - Ooh, this is cool!

  • - What? You can actually make it listen to you?

  • - (Finebros) But it's basically like a real pet.

  • - Oh, that's cool.

  • - I have a cat and a dog and then you could be like,

  • "I have a Tamagotchi!"

  • - Is that all you can do on this thing?

  • Wow, phones are way better than this.

  • - (Finebros) What do you think about a toy that is basically

  • always around to take of? - Wow, I don't know if it's worth it.

  • - I want to live my life, just not take care of this thing.

  • - There are iPad games like this,

  • that you don't have to carry around like this.

  • (Tamagotchi beeps frantically) - Oh no. Why are you beeping?

  • - After one day of school, it's gonna be beeping ten times.

  • It's like, "Okay, I gotta feed it, I gotta play with it,

  • I gotta give it medicine, I gotta pick up its poop!"

  • (Tamagotchi beeps frantically)

  • - Oh, it... there's a piece of poop.

  • (giggles)

  • - (Finebros) Well, luckily, you can pause it.

  • - Oh, that's good.

  • - You can? Oh my gosh! How do you do that?

  • - (Finebros) But you do need to take care of it

  • 'cause if you're not careful, it will die.

  • - (snickers) I want to see it die.

  • - If you don't play it often enough... (Tamagotchi beeps frantically)

  • How can you stop--? It could die?

  • And that's a game for kids?

  • - And then what happens? Is that it for the game?

  • - (Finebros) You'd have to start over again.

  • - Why would they even have a dying thing in here?

  • - I'd probably torture my little brother

  • if he had it, and then he loved it,

  • I'd probably hide it, and then I'd be like,

  • "Your Tamagotchi is dead."

  • (Finebros cackles evilly) ♪ (horror music) ♪

  • - (Finebros) So real quickly, we have a little bit of a later model

  • Tamagotchi that we've kept alive for a bit

  • so you can see what it looks like

  • when it gets bigger. - Oh.

  • - Whoa!

  • - That's how it looks when it grows up?

  • - Ew! It looks like a big lump of poop.

  • - Hah! It looks funny all grown up.

  • - (Finebros) So is this a fun toy? - Kind of.

  • (Tamagotchi beeps frantically) (toy clatters)

  • - I think it's so great.

  • - It's annoying but fun.

  • - It's not good at all.

  • - If you play with it long enough, it'll get pretty boring.

  • - It's constantly beeping at you like...

  • It's like, "I'm dying! I'm sick! I need FOOD, woman!"

  • - (Finebros) So this toy has continued over the years

  • and they've made newer versions of the Tamagotchi even recently.

  • You can connect your Tamagotchis with your friend's Tamagotchi

  • and they can play together. - That's cool!

  • - (Finebros) They can even get married and have kids.

  • - Oh my god, that is so adorable.

  • - (giggling) Tamagotchis can get married?

  • - (Finebros) And if you do a good job, a Tamagotchi can live

  • anywhere between 22 and 25 years. - Twenty... five?

  • (toy clatters)

  • - You can... use this... for 25 years?

  • - Real life years? Like our years or Tamagotchi years?