Discussion popped up on Mudconnector related to someone wanting to run a game where there is an opt-in to run mining software in the background of your computer while you play to support the game. This seems to be a new development in niche markets because as I posted in the thread
I think this may be relevant to the discussion. TLDR is a webcomic has a subcription wherein people can view the comic and additional content with 0 ads. People who are not subscribed see ads. The companies fulfilling the ads are violating the stated restriction on ads. The owner of the website enabled a mining software which enables people to opt-in to running it and the revenue from this could remove ads for everyone. In addition people who are mining get in-website (ingame?) items which they can trade and interact with and collectibles.
Provided it was done in a non-invasive way, didn't conflict with base code license agreements (always free; not for profit) and the "perks" didn't become a means of lording favor/power over people who lack the system power needed to compute blockchains, it would be a really great way for niche games to support themselves. A mud running something like this could theoretically have no overhead costs due to community efforts and, assuming the worst human elements are kept at bay, could foster a real sense of community and joint-effort accomplishment.
With even a modest player base committed to it, it could potentially generate enough funds to afford advertising outside the normal sphere of M*'s. The potential to vivify M*'s by exposing a lot more people to a niche they don't currently know exists is very real.
In a harder, bleaker reality, I think it would turn into a favor system where if you aren't doing it, you're a second rate player. Imagine karma, but backed by the all-mighty dollar instead of Adhira's flabby abdominals. If not that, than you would have players acting like they're entitled to have it their way because they're using their video hardware to support the game. As much as we like to champion the player and vilify the staffer, we need to be very honest with ourselves... most players are selfish shithogs.
If given half an opening, most will at least try to leverage any favor they have for personal gain. If players are using their personal graphics hardware for mining, they're severely cutting the life of that potentially expensive hardware. Does anyone think there wouldn't be a band of "volunteers/donators" who wouldn't push for more and more beneficial perks, for their generous sacrifice? Necker, please.
Unless I planned to REALLY indie fund a graphical game project without selling my soul to kickstarter/steam, I would never invite his kind of headache into my life. The profit to be had in blockchain mining is on the decline as it becomes industrialized with mining farmers and specialized hardware. Even if it was focused on something like Etherium that was resistant to specialized mining farm hardware, you would still need to organize your players into pools to even have a hope of making it worthwhile on a hodgepodge of gamer cards.
I only glanced at one of the links, but when I seen "day 4" and "halfway there", I rolled my eyes and closed it. We'll see how successful it is in six months, when it isn't a trendy thing to do and people realize they're killing their expensive video hardware for... not much, really.
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2018 16:28:54 GMT -5 by legendary
mehtastic: Sure, but you don't actually know for sure if it's the player, or someone else inspired by the player's style. Staff know for sure, 100% of the time, who is playing whom. That's the difference.
Sept 5, 2019 10:53:34 GMT -5
delerak: the player base for arm has alwayus been small overall. it is almost guarnateed if you sort the memberlist for the gdb by posts the top 10-20 posters have been or currently are on staff with alternate names.
Sept 5, 2019 11:37:11 GMT -5
delerak: it's nice to be 'anonymous' in game though. players will absolutely go after you if they know you got them before in years gone byt
Sept 5, 2019 11:37:55 GMT -5
qwerty: While proooobably true
Sept 5, 2019 12:40:31 GMT -5
qwerty: I try not to think this way. A bit of a self delusion potentially, but it makes it for a much better gameplay
Sept 5, 2019 12:40:47 GMT -5
qwerty: If you just stop thinking about all the ooc bullshit and just fucking play the game
Sept 5, 2019 12:41:01 GMT -5
qwerty: and if someone is unexplainably hostile to you for no good reason. Chalk it off to being an asshole and slit their throat
Sept 5, 2019 12:41:42 GMT -5
qwerty: All in all, in my observation. OOC relativity comes about cliques, then hostility. As in, players might not care if you offed their previous character. But they might like and include another PC whom they talk to more often ooc.
Sept 5, 2019 12:42:44 GMT -5
qwerty: But again. You cant control it. Cant prove it. The nagging suspicion will ruin your gameplay. I just try not to worry about it and react to the gameworld events as if there is no ooc influence. Doing anything else makes for a really shitty experience
Sept 5, 2019 13:01:26 GMT -5
qwerty: You cant stop people from talking ooc. And if people talk ooc, it's bound to happen that they cooperate ooc. Or ... or not. But you wont know and therefore, you'll suspect. And this suspicion will kill the game for you.
Sept 5, 2019 17:46:21 GMT -5
qwerty: 4/5 times someone rages against staff, staff had nothing to do with it. It's just number one suspicion people go to.
Sept 5, 2019 17:47:19 GMT -5
mehtastic: Ignorance is bliss.
Sept 5, 2019 17:50:44 GMT -5
delerak: I recently accused staff of some nonsense. They showed me the log and I felt embarrassed. It's hard to shake the paranoia of days gone by when you were slayed by staff for going afk and using a script to forage wood.
Sept 5, 2019 18:32:02 GMT -5
jkarr: look east. near: agafari forest. far: agafari forest. very far: the ghost of halaster is here grinning evilly
Sept 5, 2019 22:30:43 GMT -5