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The future of HTML5 Games is...bitcoin mining?

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Pirate Bay stopped running ads on their website, and added Bitcoin mining Javascript code. If HTML5 game developers make free games that have built in Bitcoin mining logic, then it is a win-win for the developer and player. No more ads, no more licenses, better and longer playing games with real depth.

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I'll vote nope.  Just because PB tried a little mining doesn't mean that it was a good idea or generated better returns than alternatives.  Yes generic ads are painful, but cryptojacking is a worse experience for everyone.  Plenty of better alternatives imo ...

 

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Also, if most websites start running BTC miners, they can stop running Google ads - and then Google will go out of business. Maybe they could have an option, "Hello website visitor, if you want to turn off ads and run a BTC miner instead, click here!" People will pay the websites through their electric bill.  Website owners will be paid through BTC mining groups. It would be really weird if Bitcoin killed Google.

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I'm not sure if this is suitable for games. PB doesn't have any cpu/gpu intensive content on their site. It's just a list of links. If you do the same in your game then frame rate will  suffer and no one will play your game.

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It wasn't Bitcoin, but another cryptocurrency - Monero. The Pirate Bay published a blog post about the experiment, but not many people saw it. The mining script did run in the background on the website and many people were surprised by that, even angry.

In theory that's an interesting thing to consider and investigate in the future, but currently it's treated more like a scam than a viable option, at least that's what I'm seeing. It must be clearly visible, you should be able to turn it on/off and set how much CPU power it consumes, otherwise it will be treated worse than spam and will be blocked by adblockers, antiviruses etc.

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True. FPS vs bitcoin is a lose -lose.

QUESTION: win-win?

Tron stuffing game inside alt coin blockchain is onto something.

Hard to say no to what is not known. 

New use-cases.

Ideas?

:wub:

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