Trying to learn how blockchain works, beyond just throwing money in and crossing my fingers.
I was watching an interview between Justin Wong and Maximillion Dood about Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (TIL there’s no legitimate way to buy the game new right now.)
They talk about when MvC2 first came out. It wasn’t something that was leaking piece by piece on the internet. It just appeared all of a sudden. (That’s how I remember it, too. Thought I’d go to the arcade to play Marvel vs. Capcom and then part 2 was there from out of nowhere.)
In those initial weeks, you had limited characters until people played and unlocked characters over a few weeks. They weren’t time released, it was all through points accumulated by everyone playing the game.
(The Dreamcast was the same, but you could go online and download save data with everything unlocked and somehow throw it on a VMU.)
Digital characters were unlocked by players in the physical world.
Proof of play.
Now, let’s say that you need to get some exact score by the time you beat the game.
You have no idea what the exact score is. You just have to keep playing the game and beating it and finding out if the score matches or not.
Then imagine every MvC2 machine is networked, and everyone is trying to get that exact score match.
Some machine in a Las Vegas arcade has people playing 24/7 so more end game scores are generated. It gets more chances to match.
At some point, one of the machines gets a match. That machine releases 6.25 Bitcoin.
A new number to match is generated.
The machines keep running. The game goes on.