HK Magazine - - UPFRONT -

Be­fore kids started crush­ing candy and hurl­ing birds at pigs, there was a time when we strung along a black and white pix­e­lated Mario to save his princess. Be­fore that came the Nin­tendo Fam­ily Com­puter, bet­ter known in Hong Kong as the “Red and White Ma­chine.” It was re­leased in 1986, mak­ing it the city’s first games con­sole. The age of hand­helds didn’t come un­til the early 90s and the first hand­held dig­i­tal “pet,” the Ta­m­agotchi, was re­leased in 1996.

Th­ese wildly pop­u­lar de­vices would have to be “fed” and looked af­ter, and they could even be “mar­ried” to other pets. Sounds like a lot of ef­fort, doesn’t it?

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