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
psyxypher: Thing is, Vex, I grind to all hell. Sadly, I always get killed by something. This time, I think I'm just gonna store 'cause playing a crafter is so boring.
Mar 26, 2020 20:13:26 GMT -5
psyxypher: Not even a full crafter. It's my subguild.
Mar 26, 2020 20:27:52 GMT -5
vex: Tbh, all crafting subs are good for, is eliminating coins as an issue. I'm happy to have them, if it comes as a part of my class/guild, or its an add on to a sub I want for other reasons (like, Outlaw sub), but add little, other than easy money.
Mar 26, 2020 21:53:55 GMT -5
vex: Even main class crafters, almost never, ever, really stand out because of their crafts, even when they're trying REALLY hard, to make super amazing stuff.
Mar 26, 2020 21:55:25 GMT -5
vex: Only crafters who are, like... plot significant, or get lasting recognition, are the precious few, who actually get staff benevolence, to make a new booze, or create a room, or get a special doodad that normally, are off limits to pc crafting.
Mar 26, 2020 21:56:20 GMT -5
vex: Nobody gives a shit, about pretty boy crafter #113, who makes what is totally not a ripoff of Links Master Sword, or how much money he has, because nobody cares about money.
Mar 26, 2020 21:57:39 GMT -5
vex: If you're master assassin w/maxed backstab? Or master pick pocket, or master ANYTHING else, people will take note of you at the least.
Mar 26, 2020 21:58:27 GMT -5
vex: If you can make a fancy sword? No one cares, because it'll get garbage stats, compared to that old school sword the vets/staff know has better stats, and everyone uses.
Mar 26, 2020 21:59:12 GMT -5
vex: Like that crimson spear that is just, completely, ridiculously powerful, that there is literally no reason to use anything else, if you're high str/skilled for piercing.
Mar 26, 2020 22:00:01 GMT -5
vex: Everyone will use that, instead of your much cooler designed spear, because the boring old warspear deals 3x the damage. Thats why being a custom crafter is a joke, at least in arm.
Mar 26, 2020 22:01:00 GMT -5
vex: Maybe not arm does it better, idk. I should probably try it, but it sounds like all the shit wrong with arm concentrated, without any of the new features.
Mar 26, 2020 22:03:47 GMT -5
vex: Like, going backwards on the karma scale, or just plain having karma at all, wtf. Ridiculousness, is the fate of everything related to Arm, I guess.
Mar 26, 2020 22:05:40 GMT -5
psyxypher: I'd be ashamed of myself if my bad experiences stopped you from /at least/ trying.
Mar 27, 2020 0:15:17 GMT -5
psyxypher: Though, I would like an alternative to Karma. I've come up with a few.
Mar 27, 2020 0:15:36 GMT -5
nile: not arm does a lot of call outs for crafts etc...tough to be one as your subguild but it shouldn't be your main focus either. i also tend to find them just useful for coins etc really...that said, not arm is far more accommodating if you want shit done
Mar 27, 2020 2:44:44 GMT -5
psyxypher: Would be nice if when you use the Craft command to see recipes you could make, that you could piece together what other ingredients are. Right now I'm flopping between trying for another character or seeing if I can weather this out.
Mar 27, 2020 15:08:04 GMT -5
psyxypher: Both sound like pretty terrible options, to be honest.
Mar 27, 2020 15:08:17 GMT -5
vex: If you aren't having fun with it, do something else. Why waste leisure time, on something not making you happy? It makes no sense at all.
Mar 27, 2020 15:36:32 GMT -5
psyxypher: Mainly 'cause I'm worried my next character will be even less fun....but you're right.
Mar 27, 2020 17:26:41 GMT -5
psyxypher: Is there a board for ideas you'd want to add to the game?
Mar 28, 2020 18:52:21 GMT -5