cageymaru

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Robot Cache is a new digital video game storefront and platform that gives gamers an option to run their parent's electricity bills up in order to mine cryptocurrency that is used to purchase games. It uses blockchain technology to keep a track of the ownership of games on the service. This allows gullible gamers to trade games in for a pitiful 25% refund. Imagine a digital GameStop! If the gamer runs out of "real money," they can opt in to mine "virtual money," with their computers called "tokens." Mom's purse will eventually pay the electricity bill. Anyone ready to let their kids create "tokens" to buy video games by leaving their PC running overnight, mining cryptocurrency? 505 Games, inXile, Paradox, and THQ Nordic have been announced as publishing partners with many more to come.

Jacobson describes mining as a useful "hedge," though it's not hard to see the potential value should the platform achieve a large userbase. Jacobson is also keen to stress that the mining aspect of the client is strictly optional, and you have to opt in to start the mining process. "For those people who don't want to deal with it, maybe it's Johnny, he's 15 years old, maybe he has a limited amount of income and he wants to say 'in addition to selling my game I may want to supplement that with some dollars on my account and buy 6, 8, 10 games a year.' It's completely up to them, we don't care one way or the other. We back it all up with currency on our side so there's never a token that doesn't have a value."
 

arnemetis

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They launched too late, crypto fever is over. You'd have to spend $50 in electricity to make $10 in tokens I'm sure (numbers pulled out of my rear.)
 

SomeoneElse

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They launched too late, crypto fever is over. You'd have to spend $50 in electricity to make $10 in tokens I'm sure (numbers pulled out of my rear.)
But they used the words block-chain and cryptocurrentcy......that must mean they are going to be the next up and coming! /s

Just sounds like another way to scam people, "here mine for us and your return will be us letting you play a crappy game but we will make more money buying and trading bitcoins that you mined for us" !
 

BSmith

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Any game company supporting this is a game company I will boycott. No drama, just voting with my wallet.
 

SixFootDuo

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I read a few sentences of all that garbled mess, run up your parents electricity, block chain, sell games back for 25% ... had to stop reading. Got too complicate too fast.

Ill just download a game and play it. How can it be any easier than that.
 
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Any game company supporting this is a game company I will boycott. No drama, just voting with my wallet.

targeting kids to take advantage of parents. lootboxes, gambling, now crypto mining. that is just malicious business practice.
 
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Chimpee

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Cannot wait until someone founds out that program does cryptomine when you have the option off!
 

FrgMstr

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Awe. Scammer e-sports crypto near an all-time low.

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Zarathustra[H]

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They launched too late, crypto fever is over. You'd have to spend $50 in electricity to make $10 in tokens I'm sure (numbers pulled out of my rear.)

The kids (or even college students on campus) don't care. They aren't the ones paying the electric bill. :p
 

atp1916

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Parenting is at an all-time low these days (it seems), so did it ever matter?

Enough with the tech-shaming already.
 

Zarathustra[H]

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This is the real problem right here. They have a huge market potential that nobody can stop.


Parents at home can if they just behave like parents and actually monitor and control their kids activities. (I know, many don't these days)

In colleges this will likely just be one more contributing factor in the ever increasing costs of the college education.

It's the age old problem of the commons. Just because you don't waste power, doesn't mean everyone else won't. Might as well waste it for your own benefit then, because even if you stop it won't have a significant impact.

Unless colleges start putting electric meters in every room and either bill or sanction those who use too much, but that would be damned expensive too.


Or they could try to firewall off the resources anyone would need to do this network wide and block all VPN services.
 
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