9 old school tech toys that will make you want to rewind time

Children these days will never experience the true joy that Digimon, SEGA, and Neopets brought us

9 old school tech toys that will make you want to rewind time
9 old school tech toys that will make you want to rewind time
30 Dec 2016

9 old school tech toys that will make you want to rewind time

Kids nowadays have to settle for staring into their iPads and smartphones all glassy-eyed.

They'll never experience the wonderful world of the first generation of tech toys, when a robot dog was revolutionary, or when 8-bit was considered as high resolution as it got. Here's a trip down memory lane on us, in 8-bit of course.

This story first appeared on Stuff.

Tamagotchi
Tamagotchi
30 Dec 2016

Tamagotchi

When the virtual pet was first released in 1996, the craze swept the world by storm. As a result, Tamagotchis made headlines for being banned from several places of work and school for distracting people with their incessant needs. Good thing you can switch it off. After all, there’s only so much digital poop cleaning that one can deal with.

Replaced with: The Tamagotchi lives on in a far more complicated form. You can play games and earn Gotchi Points now to spend on things for your virtual pet.

Image: Guff

Sega- Megadrive
Sega- Megadrive
30 Dec 2016

Sega- Megadrive

Before there was PlayStation or Xbox, there was SEEEEEGAAAAA. Who can forget the heyday of Sonic the Hedgehog and other classic games like The House of the Dead and Virtua Fighter. And more importantly, who can forget the tangible frustration of blowing into the game cartridge to make it work? We know we can’t.

Replaced with: Sony's Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox of course. The two continue duking it out every year at E3.

Image: The Liberator

View-Master
View-Master
30 Dec 2016

View-Master

Don’t you remember this? With its discs and little squares of film that you can look through, it was everyone’s first experience of the 3D experience. Although there wasn’t much you could do with the View-Master, it was just fascinating to click through the reels and marvel at the images projected. We used to be easily satisfied.

Replaced with: VR headsets. That Oculus Rift is just a fancier and more interactive version of the original View-Master. We’re just kidding. Mattel has made a higher-tech version that incorporates smartphones into its operation.

Digimon
Digimon
30 Dec 2016

Digimon

Just like Tamagotchi, except for boys. The point of having this virtual pet was to raise it into a lean, mean fighting machine to do battle with your friends’ for the glory of bragging rights. Part of the fun was not knowing what your baby Digimon would evolve into. And many a time, they’ve been reset when they didn’t grow into what their owners wanted them to be which is … the rare and elusive Teddymon.

Replaced with: It has shape-shifted into television instead. There has been nine Digimon movies and even more Digimon cartoon episodes. We’re sorry to say all these still aren’t enough to fill that Digimon-shaped hole in our hearts. But there's hope for us because a mysterious countdown site, courtesy of Bandai, has surfaced in time for the little gizmo's 20th anniversary...

Photo: YouTube

Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Entertainment System
30 Dec 2016

Nintendo Entertainment System

Few might know this, but Nintendo first started out as a playing card company. After a few failed ventures, it found success with Game & Watch, a handheld video game series. And from then on, it found its place in the world with NES, Super Mario Bros, and also the Game Boy.

Replaced with: The brand is back in business with the Nintendo Switch. The transformative console looks set to breathe new life into Nintendo, and the gaming console industry. Sony and Microsoft, you've got competition.

Neopets
Neopets
30 Dec 2016

Neopets

The fictional pet paradise had everything you could need to while away your after school hours on - tons of imaginary worlds to explore, plenty of games, and even a bustling marketplace to trade on. It was less of virtual pet care and more of an all in one entertainment platform.

Replaced with: The virtual pet platform is still in operation. In fact, if you can still remember your password, you can revive your account and continue from where you left off all those years ago. It might look slightly different, but you’ll be glad to find out that your pet is still alive, just starving because you abandoned it.

Furby
Furby
30 Dec 2016

Furby

The 1998 version spoke Furbish, blinked its eyes, and responded to your petting. This cuter version of the Gremlin could even interact with other Furbies via infrared. They were also programmed to grow as represented by their learning of English and weaning off of Furbish. However, probably no one played with them long enough to find out.

Replaced with: A more hi-tech version. The new Furbies have more expressive digital eyes and evolved with the times to come with their own iOS and Android apps. There's even a Chewbacca variant uncreatively named Furbacca. They’ll now develop personalities according to how you treat them, so don’t leave them unattended for too long...

Game Boy
Game Boy
30 Dec 2016

Game Boy

When the first Game Boy emerged in 1989, it was in glorious 8-bit. The second handheld to be made by Nintendo following the original success of the Game & Watch games, the Game Boy proved to be a mega success, beating out the competition to be the most popular handheld console.

Replaced by: Long live the Game Boy. It might have changed form, evolving from Game Boy Colour to Game Boy Advance, then to Nintendo 3D and finally to Nintendo 3DS, but it’s still pretty much the same thing - the most successful handheld console to ever exist.

Aibo
Aibo
30 Dec 2016

Aibo

Sony’s original robotic dog was revolutionary, the most intelligent mechanical canine of its kind. But what everyone probably remembers most is baulking at the price when it was revealed. Sony has since stopped repairing Aibos due to a lack of parts, and the New York Times reported on the plight of current Aibo owners. Who would have thought that even mechanical canines don’t live forever.

Replaced with: Real dogs. Or rather, it will never replace real Rover. A robot dog might be low maintenance, but you’ll never experience the joy of a warm, furry body.

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