A virtual pet refers to a form of simulation video game in which the player is given a "pet" or multiple "pets" that they must raise and care for. Virtual pet games naturally have the player feed the pet as the primary goal, but also tend to feature walking, exercising, and bathing as well. Virtual pet games are notable for lacking the ability to turn themselves off, such as the famous Tamagotchi pets, which had to be fed and taken care of nonstop or else it would die. Virtual pet video games are a popular genre, with most versions being centered around real life pets such as dogs and cats, and the genre is primarily found on handheld consoles.
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