Surely a result of Hamtaro’s influence, my daughter (Marisa) just had to have a hamster. Luckily for her, I’m down with having any type of critter, so a few months ago we headed to PetSmart and bought her a “ham-ham”; a golden hamster that we named “Penelope”.

At four-and-a-half, Marisa’s too young to take proper care of Penelope (that is, of course, my job), but thanks to a recent visit to GameStop and the acquisition of Hamsterz Life for the DS, now she can help take care of the virtual version of her hamster all by herself.

I haven’t really played the game very much myself, but from what I’ve seen, it’s an alternative to Nintendogs that’s as good as — if not better than — Nintendo’s crazy-popular puppy simulator. If you’re to believe my little girl, then it’s the greatest game since Mario Kart DS (a title with which she has much experience). Of course, I think the following picture pretty much sums it all up:

Hamsterz Life

By the way, of all the things that she’s been able to do in the game (talk to her hamster, clean the cage, play mini-games, etc.), her favorite part so far has been the acquisition of a bandana for her hamster…or as she calls it, the “pirate hat”.

Fatsquatch Written by:

Professional nerd. Enemy of nonsense. Failed musician. Friend to the animals. Misanthrope. Jaded gamer.


  1. December 24, 2007

    Hmmm… If I were a bit more cynical, I might think the whole point of this article was really just to show off your sweet palm tree couch cushions. Those things are great!

    Oh yeah, the kid’s cute too.

    • December 24, 2007

      Sadly, I cannot claim ownership of that particular sofa and its fantabulous palm tree print. 🙁

  2. Rhett
    December 24, 2007

    Awww, I don’t know why but she looks like strawberry shortcake to me.

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