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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Bitcoin trademark on: March 26, 2013, 09:09:27 AM
MtGox may or may not have good intentions, but considering that MtGox is probably making more money/value than any other entity in the Bitcoin community, the CEO is one of the board members of Bitcoin Foundation and they own the Bitcoin trademark. This means that they can if they like close down a competing exchange that is using the term Bitcoin, especially if it is used in the domain (most countries top-domains registrars can force a transfer to the owner of the trademark). They would most likely loose more than they gain starting such a process at the moment, but a company is not evil or wrong if it uses its assets to gain a bigger market. It is how the economy works. It feels a bit awkward that a commercial company have such power over a decentralized thing as Bitcoin and even more so that the community does not seem to care? 

Please note that I'm not in anyway accusing MtGox, they may very well do this for the good of the community. I would just like to rise my concerns and get a discussion going.
2  Other / Beginners & Help / Massive online game - competing for Bitcoins on: February 12, 2013, 07:08:34 PM
I'm working on a project. A small game with a large world. A tiny, tiny MMO one might say. It plays out in rounds where a Bitcoin planet is hidden somewhere in space. The goal is to find that planet. The first player who finds it wins that round. You can not interact with other players as of now, but you can see them in the world. The cost of playing one round is yet to be decided but 0.1BTC sounds about right and the prize will be [number of players] x 0.1BTC x 0.9. It is in 2D and played in the browser so it will run on all major platforms including iPad and iPhone. To get a feel for the size of the world, the default speed is 100 units / s and the world grid is 100000 x 100000 units.

There will be ways of finding in game money which can be used to buy items. Speedboost and teleport are two that will be available from the start. The in game money will NOT be reset for each round.

I will soon start a closed beta (free, of course) with free prizes.

Do you think this will fly? Please share your thoughts. I'm all for being shot down Smiley
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