I should learn never to underestimate toy designers. Look at this:
Now, a decade ago when the Furby was brand new and I was just starting high school (’98ish?), I admit to being more excited about it than I probably should have been. I thought they sounded like a cool idea, I was under the mistaken impression that I’d get a damn good deal on one via eBay (I had a checking account; don’t look at me like that), and hey, I never had a Teddy Ruxpin, okay? My brother did. I wanted my virtual pal, too! (I skipped the Tamagotchis, for the most part.)
Since I didn’t get a good deal on eBay, it wound up taking me a lot longer to get around to the Furby than I had planned, and when I did (maybe a year or so later) it was clearly the lamest thing on the planet. And creepy. I took its batteries out pretty quickly. It’s a good thing for retail stores that I’m lazy as hell when it comes to returning things.
But now, the Furby is going to be even creepier. Somehow.
…On the other hand I can’t wait to see how people manage to hack it.