Thursday, April 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 173: Virtual Petz

Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about our experience with virtual pets, although more specifically with virtual Petz, because that was a thing in the 90's. It's interesting that Tobie and I had little experience with the big virtual pet franchises like Tamagotchi units and Neopets but we had both spent time interacting with PF Magic's Petz Dogz and Petz Catz, at the very least.

This episode got me thinking about whether or not gamers today have become overly distracted by the "game" elements even in casual experiences and don't always play for the sake of playing. This is not to say everyone is achievement-driven, but it does feel like there aren't too many games that celebrate an experience in a simpler fashion without too many bells and whistles. And that's part of the elegance of the original Petz games - they just worked.

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