Bitcoin --the virtual currency that is completely independent from governments or banks-- has proven to be one of the most controversial technologies since maybe the internet itself. And here in MEGO we've been very busy working on a experiment that hopefully lives up to that hype.
BitQuest is a game with a complete Bitcoin economy: A custom Minecraft server where emerald (a rare natural resource in the game) can be exchanged for bits: tiny fractions of bitcoin. Players can find, sell and buy virtual goods using this currency and we also added new features to the game to make it more challenging and social.
Inside the game there's a place called Satoshi Town, with a bank that allows you to exchange emeralds for bits (1 emerald = 1 bit) or if you prefer, buy special items like enchanted weapons, building materials or even a horse to travel around the city. In the nights the town is invaded by monsters or "mobs", who leave emeralds to whoever is brave enough to challenge them. The fight, damage and levels system was completely reworked from the original to a more deep, Dungeons & Dragons inspired gameplay.
Once you acquire enough resources in the game you can claim your own land and build a house that one day might become a nation or an empire. Many players have built impressive constructions, starting this incipient virtual city with lots of trading, adventure guilds, tournaments and events.
It's free to play if you have a Minecraft account, and all the Bitcoin players have found in the game was contributed via donations or sponsors. There are no ways of purchasing the in-game currency or anything similar to a free-to-play model.
We are very excited about this experiment because we believe Bitcoin works perfectly as the official currency of virtual worlds and hope this is a giant step towards that direction.
Everyone is invited to play or learn about the game at: http://bitquest.co
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