What’s Going On?
Cryptocurrency holders are being invited to take part in a Pokémon-themed blockchain experiment, but not everybody is ready to play along.
Why Does It Matter?
Software engineer João Almeida has developed a new game – Poketoshi (https://poketoshi.com/) – using the Lightning Network, an additional layer that sits on top of a cryptocurrency’s blockchain designed to make transactions faster and cheaper, explained The Next Web.
Poketoshi is hosted on the live stream video platform Twitch and builds on previous ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ co-op games which have taken the internet by storm in the past. Commands are entered through a Lightning-enabled virtual controller and payments are made through OpenNode, a Lightning-enabled Bitcoin payment processor for merchants.
All Fun And Games?
Not everyone is a fan. “With Twitch Plays Pokémon, the anarchic stream of endless conflicting orders and commands is what made the game so endearing,” wrote scientist-turned-journalist Dan Robitzski on Futurism.
“Now it costs 10 Satoshi, equivalent to one ten-millionth of a bitcoin or 68 thousandths of one US penny, to move the game character or input any other command,” said Robitzski. “This is the absolute worst form of distributed gaming, of online gaming microtransactions, and of throwing something on the blockchain for the hell of it.”
EconoTimes reported: “It seems this project was simply a means of showing how fast the Lightning Network can process Bitcoin transactions. The game was just a medium.”