Man.. oh man, do you remember the Tamagotchi craze? It was like Beanie Babies or fidget spinners, a passing fad that still exists but only a much smaller audience cares. I never had the Tamagotchi, but I did have two Giga Pets, a similar device that focused more on realistic animals and licensed characters.
When Giga Pets hit stores in 1997, I was arguably a little old for them clocking in around 13. Still, I wanted to carry this amazing digital device around so I bought a Giga Pet dog.
It was fun, I’m not going to lie. I had a blast trying to keep the dog alive and training it. Then I ran across a T-Rex from The Lost World so I let my dog die and I focused on my dinosaur.
Like all fads, this didn’t last all that long nor did my interest in it. After about the third time of losing all my hard work because of a particuar busy day of school or just general forgetfulness, the Giga Pets made their way onto my bookshelf as a display item where they remained for a handful of years before being donated.