So I read the article on CNN about bitcoins days are numbered ( http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/06/17/the-clock-is-ticking-on-bitcoin/
) and the Mario/Matrix comment got me thinking. I can exchange USD for Sony Station Cash, Microsoft Points, Facebook Coins and thousands of other different virtual currencies out there. I can then use those Rubies/Smurfberries/Zombie Brains to buy items for that particular game. To me, the only difference between BTC and these other currencies is that they are able to be used in many more places. Of course I am speaking from the point of a consumer and not as someone who is mining or excited about the technology and its implications.
So if my assumption is correct and they are no different, won't the government also have to get bent out of shape about all those other virtual currencies too?