Group Work: Tamagotchis and Digital Pets

Angus Baillie

Matthew Bernard

For our project we are looking to explore the culture surrounding digital pet ownership in the context of Australian audiences, online cultures and the Japanese-specific circumstances that have shaped their production.

As a part of this study we have each purchased a current model Tomagotchi virtual pet for the purposes of caring for them and documenting our personal experiences in raising them that we can compare and contrast with each other as well as other users online who may experience a different sort of connection with the device based on personal biases shaped within a range of cultural landscapes.

Our research will be presented as a digital artefact consisting of individual Twitter accounts that will document the virtual lives of our Tamagotchis, as well as a Prezi to give scope to our research and explain our findings.

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