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Tomogunchi of Call of Duty is hungry and I have to feed him souls

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has just received an update that adds a new in-game virtual pet. The Tomogunchi clock is an object that you can add to your character that will allow you to take care of the Tamagotchi-like creature. And how does that “cure” work? Through murder, of course.

For zoomers who read this, Tamagotchis are dedicated portable games and simulate the needs of a digital animal. You need to feed, clean and feed the animal to make sure it remains happy and healthy. Modern Warfare’s Tomogunchi is similar, but you feed it by playing Call of Duty and getting kills.

Tomogunchi is hungry and eats only the souls of your enemies.

As you feed him death, your Tomogunchi will grow and evolve. If you can’t provide him with the nutritious death he craves, however, your pet may fall into depression. It may even “die from carelessness,” according to the Activision blog post. So kill and save the virtual animals.

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Why does Tomogunchi make me want to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

Call of Duty isn’t the first game to introduce a pet system. You can get them in World of Warcraft and in many other games. And Tomogunchi has the same purpose as those other examples: it’s another metaprogression to add an extra touch to the gaming experience.

And we get this kind of thing because it works.

Battle steps bring you back even if you don’t feel like it. Because if you are going to play, you may also get some levels to unlock more content. And now, in Call of Duty, you could also level up your pet in addition to enjoying the game.

What is remarkable here is that some developers are resistant to this type of mechanics. One recently told me that they see it as a distraction from the “real game”. But they also have the feeling that they need more of these gimmicks because that’s how the industry is moving. And if Call of Duty has virtual pets and Rainbow Six: Siege no, then someone could spend the evening with Call of Duty.

It seems silly. I know. But these games forever fight for every second of your time. That commitment turns into spending in a very reliable way and these games survive and thrive.

So if Tomogunchi is a hit, expect to find it in multiple games.

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