Why people are buying cartoon cats on the blockchain

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Forget cryptocurrencies. These are cryptocollectibles.

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    Every time you send something on the internet, it’s a copy. But using new technology, can we make digital goods that are... rare?

    That’s the question behind CryptoKitties, a new game to buy, breed, and sell digital cats on the blockchain. These cats are more similar to real-world collectibles like beanie babies or baseball cards than they are to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

    In just the last few months, a whole community of third party sites and services has formed around CryptoKitties. And fans have spent more than $23 million playing along.

    All of this is made possible by the clever and surprising code behind the game.

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  • Vox  (May 24, 2018)

    Watch the Verge video on prescription gaming, that Cleo mentions at the end, right here: http://bit.ly/2kld1op

  • Gabriel Lundberg  (Aug 4, 2018)

    Look at steams community market for this pattern which has been going on for basically a century.

  • ElyssaAnderson  (May 24, 2018)

    This is absolutely silly, and proof that people will waste money on anything....I want one *right now* ☺️

  • Lewis Likes Explosions  (Aug 16, 2018)

    Same

  • Brinley Liddell  (May 27, 2018)

    ElyssaAnderson and uu o

  • Baked Potonion  (Jul 16, 2018)

    *over priced adoptables*

  • CloudNineFeline  (Sep 21, 2018)

    THIS

  • vinyl  (Sep 8, 2018)

    Baked Potonion lOUD SCREAMING

  • VoB  (May 25, 2018)

    I am definitely not from this planet.

  • person named cian  (Nov 18, 2018)

    True

  • SaltedSaltr  (Jul 19, 2018)

    Trader Jedi “99%”

  • Darren D. MacDonald  (Jun 6, 2018)

    Or... I can draw my own cat... It's completely unique, I can make it however I want and I spent nothing... Top that Neopets2018....

  • Glenn Wilkinson  (Oct 1, 2018)

    People could draw their own baseball cards, but that’s not the draw (pun very much intended).

  • Trader Jedi  (Aug 21, 2018)

    Yes and people can duplicate it and you wont be able to prove that its yours.

  • Dragon Artz Studios  (Jul 7, 2018)

    Yo. Artists have been doing something like this for years. These are just glorified adoptables/breedables. I find it funny when someone does something that literally a bunch of people have done before and then all of the sudden it's new and innovative. There are no use for these. At least with most adoptables you can use the character and not waist a bunch of money on em. A lot are relatively cheap for what you're actually getting.

  • Deoxal  (Jan 12, 2019)

    But now there is a block chain involved. A lot of people don't actually understand them, but lots of people want to be part of it.

  • DaCupcake Draws  (Sep 2, 2018)

    Dragon Artz Studios thank you! Oh my god I’ve been looking for this comment!

  • Zuzu  (May 24, 2018)

    What new pokemon game is this

  • Mr Oof  (Jan 29, 2019)

    I think its called Pokemon: generation 0

  • EE Hm  (Aug 18, 2018)

    I see you in like every comment section i browse through

  • uncle ben  (May 25, 2018)

    not sure if i'm more impressed by the creators or disappointed by the consumers...

  • Jonathan  (Aug 9, 2018)

    You should be just compare them to skins

  • THE TITANIC X  (Jul 18, 2018)

    welp, this world is weird. never knew there are so many people out there with so much spendable money

  • paraki-la  (Jul 6, 2018)

    deviantart adoptables

  • Alrakia serpent  (Jul 22, 2018)

    Linda but Not reale because if you by an adobtable you own complete rights on the character Design but Here only a Code.

  • a millennial  (Jul 16, 2018)

    It made me think of that too!

  • Jonathan Palmquist  (May 25, 2018)

    She looks like a cross between Natalie Portman and Eleven from Stranger Things. They must have bred her on the blockchain.

  • Xoopa Xoopa  (Jul 8, 2018)

    Nah she looks like Cleo Abram

  • Jonathan Palmquist  (May 27, 2018)

    Christian B Yep, gotta spread the word. Plus I made this one before any of the others.