Truth. (at Treats Truck Stop)
Mario is made up of four eight- by eight-pixel tiles. So each frame of animation is created with four tiles, each having three colors from the same palette. Two nights after my daughter’s request, I was knee deep in the Donkey Kong ROM, trying to make sense of the graphics. If I was going to replace the sprites, I needed to go all in.
Fact: Every Virtual Currency Eventually Fails.
I started writing this four months ago when Microsoft Points bit the dust.
Today’s news about Amazon Coins prompted be to shake my head and dust off this draft.
Important exception: Bitcoin. I hereby define “virtual currency” to be an exchange rate of real currency to an arbitrary “point” system which is controlled by any sort of corporate entity (either for-profit or not-for-profit). This definition thus excludes Bitcoin, which is a decentralized peer-to-peer cryptographic technology. Totally different animal, capisce?
Why is this? Theory: It’s frustrating to people to have to do the conversion in their heads. It can change arbitrarily.
Prediction: Amazon Coins will cease to exist. Probably within the next 1-2 years.
I’m sure I missed a few. Feel free to reblog and add.