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
    Vox  4 months ago +180

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

  • FanGGamer
    FanGGamer  12 hours ago +1

    Rare pepes where better!

  • Laurel Cook
    Laurel Cook  yesterday

    I'm contemplating as to whether someone will be stupid enough to buy a crypto kitty from me in December that I spent like $10 on.

  • Grandma love.
    Grandma love.  2 days ago

    If you use your money on something like this, you need mental help. Children are starving . What the hell is wrong with you. No, I realy don't want to know. Stupid, selfish, shallow. I am glad I will never have enough money to buy my way into being bigger than the eye of a needle. Camel size. Yah, I know you don't get it.

  • Chris Oscelot
    Chris Oscelot  3 days ago

    So it is as worthless and not yours as Etherium.

  • Rosiebeautystar
    Rosiebeautystar  5 days ago

    I looked on the website and I really want a purrity but I have one question
    How do you use this catalog thing, and what currency is this, like I found one just saying '10' and one saying '7.5' and it said 'for sale' on them both and like, is that the price or something else im so confused lol. I also really like the aquarium background some of the cats have. I just need a tutorial on how to use this website its too confusing for me lol. I also really like Meowstro and I need them lol but I am confused about everything as soon as I go on the website.

  • K͙Y͙R͙E͙V͙O͙I͙R͙

    Whyyyyyyyy

  • SirDuck
    SirDuck  10 days ago

    lmao you can just use the sniping tool to screen shot them

  • fruitcronch :/
    fruitcronch :/  10 days ago

    Oh I love them

  • Oreo Slushie
    Oreo Slushie  10 days ago

    animal jam did this before this was popular smh

  • TheDarkever
    TheDarkever  11 days ago +1

    Funny how often *flavor and style are everything*. If the unique code was used to draw a 3D face or a different physic model of the universe, almost nobody would buy them. But it's KITTENS, so they got 23 millions out of them. Morale: You can sell almost anything by sticking kittens on them :)

  • Jeffrey Phillip
    Jeffrey Phillip  11 days ago

    Stupid...

  • Dr Villarreal
    Dr Villarreal  12 days ago

    yeah i got 1m robucks in hat limiteds from robloxmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Cheetah
    Cheetah  12 days ago

    Ever played CSGO?

  • Purple Demon
    Purple Demon  12 days ago

    hit me up when deviantart adoptables are coded and can be bred

  • Purple Demon
    Purple Demon  12 days ago

    sounds like fun- if only it wasn't this expensive

  • James Chan
    James Chan  12 days ago

    can a digital item be rare?
    asnwer: CS:GO

  • Lps Page
    Lps Page  13 days ago

    More like corrupt kittys.

  • The Person
    The Person  13 days ago

    ᗩᗰ I Iᑎ TᕼE ᖇIGᕼT ᑌᑎIᐯEᖇᔕE?

  • M. Grimm
    M. Grimm  13 days ago

    Shame on them using Sims Plumbob