In October, an early access game called Crypto Crisis was released on the digital distribution platform Steam. The recently launched title rewinds time to the year 2009 and lets players mine coins on a simulation of the Bitcoin network by utilizing historical data from the last decade.
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Simulated Bitcoin Mining Operations
The new simulator game, designed by Armoured Beans, allows players to relive a “closely simulated” version of the Bitcoin network. Essentially Crypto Crisis players spawn back in 2009 and start a mining operation while improving mining equipment and selling bitcoins throughout the duration of the game. Crypto Crisis was released as an early access game, which means it’s currently incomplete, but players can still try the game as it develops. On Nov. 16 and 28 Armoured Beans published two major updates which improved the game’s maps system and added new models for utility equipment.
“[You] have fallen into debt with very little to your name, and you decide to start Bitcoin mining to turn your life around — Compete for and increase your share of block rewards by building and upgrading your mining rigs while carefully managing your resources,” explains the developer’s summary of the game.
The Bitcoin-infused game is very similar to simulators like Sid Meier’s “Civilization” and Will Wright’s “Sims.” Instead of conquering the world or attracting all the babes at a Sims party, Crypto Crisis users manage energy consumption, data facilities, and their mining rig’s heat output. As the game progresses, players slowly improve their mining operations by unlocking new maps and additional space in order to accumulate more bitcoin miners.
Just like in the early days, when everyone could mine, the game starts you off with a basic central processing unit (CPU) to mine coins. Not long after that, players can upgrade to graphics processing units (GPU) and then facilities full of next-generation application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) machines.
Reset and Start Over
At the moment there are four 3D maps available to play and over 20 different mining chassis types. There’s also a wide variety of rigs to choose from alongside more than 170 CPU, GPU, and ASIC parts. Besides dealing with buying and upgrading mining devices, users also have to deal with the cryptocurrency market. They must choose whether they hold the coins in order to gather more profit or sell them right away for immediate funding.
Crypto Crisis users can also rank up while they play the mining simulation, with rankings logged on the Steam leaderboards. Developers recommend about 1 GB of storage space and at least 768 MB to 1 GB of random-access memory (RAM) for the game to run fluidly. According to Crypto Crisis reviews, Steam players seem to be enjoying the early access game development so far.
One player says it’s a fun game but he’s restarted back to 2009 over 17 times because he “can’t figure out how to make enough money to stay afloat.” Another player attempting to rule the virtual mining world started off well only to find that the game was prone to freezing during play.
“Actually quite enjoy this game — I have played quite a few opening scenarios to determine the best path and I finally settled on one that I have been quite successful at making money,” the player wrote. “Unfortunately, I just moved into the apartment and purchased my second 6kw generator and large A/C unit, when I selected my 3rd super gaming chassis, the system completely froze.”
Getting to mine bitcoins back in 2009 is not so easy, unless you have a flying Delorean and a working flux capacitor. However, cryptocurrency fans can get a taste of what it was like with a historical simulator based on the most innovative money of our time. And unlike in real life, if players fail to become mining barons, they can always reset and start over.
What do you think about the game “Crypto Crisis?” Let us know what you think about this historical Bitcoin network simulator in the comments section below.
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Major global tech giant IBM has applied for another blockchain patent, this time aiming to deter augmented reality (AR) game players from intruding on undesirable locations. The tech firm’s latest patent document was released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday, Nov. 1.In the patent, IBM, also known as Big Blue, describes a blockchain-based method and system of interactions between a AR-running mobile device and locational database in order to set and maintain safe boundaries between AR objects and real-world physical locations. According to the document, a distributed ledger is set to continuously maintain a growing list of data records protected from forgery and alterations.Based on a blockchain-powered location database, the “exemplary method” AR-game allows mobile devices to obtain a signal about whether a certain location on AR is undesirable. Moreover, the described system is able to modify certain AR objects that are indicated as undesirable, also displaying them on mobile devices.In the patent, IBM provides a brief description of augmented reality, stating that such a form of gaming is tied to a location that is overlaid by images of more game items such as characters, resources, or internal game locations. By applying the new blockchain patent, IBM can provide a guarantee of “trust” between real world locations and location-based AR games.International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is one of the biggest providers of blockchain-related patent technologies in the world in terms of the number of applied patents. Having filed a total of 89 blockchain patent by Aug. 31, the tech giant took second place after China’s Alibaba with 90 patent applications.In mid-October, Cointelegraph released an analysis devoted to the history of IBM blockchain patents in a number of industries, such as logistics, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain hardware, and others. window.fbAsyncInit = function() FB.init( appId : ‘1922752334671725’, xfbml : true, version : ‘v2.9’ ); FB.AppEvents.logPageView(); ; (function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); (document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function()n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments); if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′; n.queue=;t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e); s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)(window,document,’script’, ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’); fbq(‘init’, ‘1922752334671725’); fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);
A new mobile “multi-blockchain” game, supporting a whole range of different cryptocurrencies, is ready to be launched in late November 2018. Estonian game-developer Ether Dale, created Glitch Goons, a player versus player (PvP) automatic fighting game where users can buy special items during their presale to customize and upgrade their characters.Features of the gameEther Dale describes Glitch Goons’ universe as a futuristic post-apocalyptic world where cybernetic animal-humanoids fight with each other. There is also an advanced character management system which allows players to modify and upgrade their fighters with special stats and abilities.Players can also take part in tournaments and get real prizes. The company says the prize pool will be taken from revenue gained during the presale which also gives players a chance to get advantages in the game before it launches. The presale begins on October 22, 2018, and for the following three weeks, future players can buy two types of packages: exclusive item chests and GameCoin (GC) tokens.GC tokens are valued as follows: 1 GC = $1 ≈ 0.005 ETH.Each item package includes five random unique gear items, like armor, weapons, modifications (chips), necklaces, boots, gloves, and helmets. There are four different level of rarity for those pieces: they can be common, rare, epic, or legendary. The company says the items won’t be duplicated or sold again in the in-game shop. The packages are available with a 50 to 90 percent discount and cost from 0.5 to 10 ETH.GC is an ERC-20 based token issued by the game developer. These coins will be used as a hard currency in Glitch Goons. Currently, users have the option to buy a gamer pack, containing 4,000 GC or an investor pack, which contains 1 million GC. There are 50 packs for sale in total which have been issued by the developer.The first tryEther Dale initially attracted attention because of its first product, blockchain fantasy RPG game Ether Quest, which contained its own collectible warriors. It was the first attempt by the company to introduce blockchain technology as a useful financial tool. Smart contract technology was used to guarantee ownership of the unique characters which players can collect, sell, or trade. Apart from purchasing, users can also obtain a warrior by mining, referred to as a “summoning ritual” in the game. For the first six months after the game was released in February 2018, there were 20,000 transactions between more than 1,500 players.The features that are common for both of Ether Dale’s games are the range of rarity. Ether Quest contains levels, ranging from common to legendary, which have their own unique stats and bonuses. The second thing to keep in mind is the real-money profit that players can also win in arena battles or tournaments. Ether Dale also developed a mobile version of Ether Quest, which was released in June 2018.Disclaimer. Cointelegraph does not endorse any content or product on this page. While we aim at providing you all important information that we could obtain, readers should do their own research before taking any actions related to the company and carry full responsibility for their decisions, nor this article can be considered as an investment advice. window.fbAsyncInit = function() FB.init( appId : ‘1922752334671725’, xfbml : true, version : ‘v2.9’ ); FB.AppEvents.logPageView(); ; (function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js”; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); (document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function()n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments); if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′; n.queue=;t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e); s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)(window,document,’script’, ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’); fbq(‘init’, ‘1922752334671725’); fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);
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