South Australian No Pokies MP Nick Xenophon said it was outrageous that a toy marketed at children aged four and over featured a pokies-style game.
Mr Xenophon wants the toy banned or at least given an R rating by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.
The toy has a G rating.
“This virtual pet encourages children as young as four to participate in poker machine-style gambling,” Mr Xenophon said today.
“Kids become so emotionally attached to these toys that they grieve for them when they die.
“This version … should not be available to children.
“Research here and overseas shows that these games can turn the kids of today in to the gambling addicts of tomorrow.”
One Adelaide father had taken the toy away from his six-year-old son after becoming concerned about the pokies game, Mr Xenophon said.
Incidentally, my second generation Tamagotchi, Bodah, passed away quietly on the 15th of July. He was handsome, but otherwise undistinguished.