I had hamsters as pets when I was young and my daughter has had them too. It is important to handle them daily and when you do this you learn the character of the hamster. They are fun and can be little houdinis. I think that golden hamsters are easy to handle and tend to have a nice nature.
So my answer to your question is a definite yes, hamsters do make good pets that you become attached to.
The only downside of keeping hamsters is their short lifespan.