so, if i bought your game, it would mine on my computer on your behalf? and how did you get CryEngine3?
Not exactly, if you bought it there'd be no mining component in the game (obviously consuming less resources etc)
Basically, the copy that mines would be for people who want the game without paying the $10 or whatever for it. The game is likely to wind up fairly resource intensive as-is due to cryengine, so we'll only make money out of the high-end machines, but the hope is that we'll get enough interest that enough people will be playing/mining at any one time to make us some money.
so, if i bought your game
My understanding is that if you buy, you will get the game. If you download for free, you will get game with miner.
Yep, exactly this.
There are still a few things to sort out with this though - the need to set up a pool of some kind (could be avoided with some clever p2pool implementation perhaps?) or get an agreement with a pool op to handle the game client's traffic, and the relevant tax situation, the company structure at the moment is all based in Thailand, and I have to admit I'm not familiar enough with tax rules over there as of yet to work out how to have Bitcoin mining activity on our books.
Sounds like a good idea i was actually thinking of something similar. Something which is free but only uses your resource which you cannot really use to pay in any other way. Its great idea but people these days are worried about being "hacked" and connecting to people they don't know and all.
This does remind me of a book i read once, it'd been a PDF i downloaded and it talked about a "Chinese lottery". It'd had something to do with trying to crack high level encryption by brute force (I think it was, Something to do with guessing). They'd put these decryption algorithms into all kinds of devices from radios to CD players and sent them a code to crack, if one person is lucky enough to have cracked the code all they do is send it to the government and they get money! I thought that would be relevant
Its similar to what you are doing except your not trying to crack a code your mining a block to make capital to pay for the game!
Anyways Good luck seems like a legitimate idea and a few people should be interested in this!
This is the biggest concern for us right now, we think that we're fairly well covered against people claiming abuse if we make it very very
clear why the free version is free on the download page, and also include a notice of some kind on startup for the free version. Sure it'll put a few people off, but hopefully not as many as a "please pay us $10" notice
The other issue is performance impact, I'm not sure personally how to make a client throttle the amount of work it's giving to the GPUs based on current framerate, so that's something we'll have to look into.