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15 Feelings Every Virtual Pet Parent Experienced In The '90s

You took better care of it than of yourself.

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If you were a kid during the '90s, without a doubt you caught virtual-pet fever and felt the plethora of mixed emotions in raising one.

Some people had Tamagotchi, some people had Giga Pets, but the best of them was the coveted Rakuraka Dinokun (or the famed "Dinkie Dino").
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Some people had Tamagotchi, some people had Giga Pets, but the best of them was the coveted Rakuraka Dinokun (or the famed "Dinkie Dino").

1. Nothing compared to the happiness you felt pulling out that little battery tab and bringing your virtual pet to life for the first time.

2. And that little bit of anxiety you felt waiting for the egg to hatch so that you could finally shower your new pet with love and affection.

Even if it only took about 10 seconds for it to finally hatch, it was the longest 10 seconds of our young lives.

3. And that apprehension you felt in the early stages of its life, checking it all the time just to see if it needed your attention.

What if it whistled and you hadn't heard?
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What if it whistled and you hadn't heard?

4. The pride you felt seeing your baby growing up.

Which was also validating, because it was proof that you were taking really good care of it.
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Which was also validating, because it was proof that you were taking really good care of it.

5. Not to mention the overwhelming feeling of responsibility you felt choosing how you intended to bring up your little one. Should it be a Tyrannosaurus, a Triceratops or a Brachiosaurus?

6. Which boiled down to a real sense of indecision when it came time to feed your critter correctly.

7. The enthusiasm you felt making sure your little dino was at the perfect temperature and weight.

8. The care you took always keeping an eye open to see if you'd left your critter feeling thirsty or hungry.

9. And that false sense of sternness you felt seeing it burp after eating or drinking.

That's so rude, little guy! (But so cute).
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That's so rude, little guy! (But so cute).

10. And the sense of hopelessness you felt when your little critter didn't do better with his studies.

You weren't mad, you were just disappointed.
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You weren't mad, you were just disappointed.

11. But you couldn't stay upset for long, especially after playing with your little one and seeing it happy.

12. Or the extreme cuteness of seeing it fall asleep.

"Aaaaww".

13. The joy you felt caressing your pet (even just virtually) as if it were real.

14. Nothing stung like spending weeks with your little critter just to see it turn into a little demon.

YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE CHOSEN ONE!
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YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE CHOSEN ONE!

15. And that sad understanding that, one day, it wouldn't wake up anymore. :(

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever.
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Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever.

But then you just had to do it all over again with a new critter!

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