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An opinion on how Bitcoin is good for gaming [xpost r/truegaming]

A few days ago, I was a bit bored (read: procrastinating), and I ended up reading about Bitcoin. For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, the gist is this:
Bitcoin is a decentralized currency based entirely in cyberspace which is derived based on cryptographic hashes. The value is based on whatever value the market as a collective assigns to it, much like most modern currencies (USD, Euro, etc.). Transactions are enacted entirely over p2p systems, so it has useful applications ranging from legal online marketplace deals, to gray-area deals such as Wikileaks donations, to illicit activities on Silk Road, much like real world cash. New bitcoin units are 'mined' by using a computer to crack the encrypted provided by the p2p system.
Summarized from wikipedia and the official site
What applies to gaming is the mining of new coins. Originally users would let their cpu mine out the encryption blocks, but as the difficulty of mining increased, the users had to pool resources and work together. Eventually, someone realized that more efficient mining could be done using a computer's gpu as opposed to the cpu. The reason this was a big step has to do with the gpu's ability to much more effectively crunch the numbers of the encrypted block (for more information read the informative wiki page on it). As more users switched to this method, the difficulty increased to balance the new abilities. Avarice finds a way though, the more devoted users are employing devoted 'mining rigs' to increase profits. Some entrepreneurial souls have started producing and marketing advanced rigs for extreme mining (e.g. ztex and butterflylabs ).
This may not be good for the Bitcoin economy as a whole though, because it generates an upper echelon of powerusers who can afford the economic arms-race, and it may not be ultimately sustainable. BUT, this would be good for gaming because if the arms race continues we could see accelerated the development of gpu technology. This is all conjecture of course, but in my opinion, a Bitcoin bubble may be good for the community as a whole.
Conflict of Interest note: I am not affiliated with Bitcoin and do not personally invest in this currency.
Comment from thread:
You wrongly assume that bitcoins are even a factor in pushing hardware manufacturers to improve. It's not even a drop in the bucket compared to all other more relevant types of software that make use of graphics cards. -FromMars
Reply:
My view was that this niche allows smaller companies to come in and compete with the larger manufacturers (AMD/Nvidia) and bring new ideas to the table for efficient processing. I concede that high end applications will probably drive the gpu industry, but I posit that there is a chance for outside development ideas. -wessubba
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An opinion on how Bitcoin is good for gaming.

A few days ago, I was a bit bored (read: procrastinating), and I ended up reading about Bitcoin. For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, the gist is this:
Bitcoin is a decentralized currency based entirely in cyberspace which is derived based on cryptographic hashes. The value is based on whatever value the market as a collective assigns to it, much like most modern currencies (USD, Euro, etc.). Transactions are enacted entirely over p2p systems, so it has useful applications ranging from legal online marketplace deals, to gray-area deals such as Wikileaks donations, to illicit activities on Silk Road, much like real world cash. New bitcoin units are 'mined' by using a computer to crack the encrypted provided by the p2p system.
Summarized from wikipedia and the official site
What applies to gaming is the mining of new coins. Originally users would let their cpu mine out the encryption blocks, but as the difficulty of mining increased, the users had to pool resources and work together. Eventually, someone realized that more efficient mining could be done using a computer's gpu as opposed to the cpu. The reason this was a big step has to do with the gpu's ability to much more effectively crunch the numbers of the encrypted block (for more information read the informative wiki page on it). As more users switched to this method, the difficulty increased to balance the new abilities. Avarice finds a way though, the more devoted users are employing devoted 'mining rigs' to increase profits. Some entrepreneurial souls have started producing and marketing advanced rigs for extreme mining (e.g. ztex and butterflylabs ).
This may not be good for the Bitcoin economy as a whole though, because it generates an upper echelon of powerusers who can afford the economic arms-race, and it may not be ultimately sustainable. BUT, this would be good for gaming because if the arms race continues we could see accelerated the development of gpu technology. This is all conjecture of course, but in my opinion, a Bitcoin bubble may be good for the community as a whole.
Conflict of Interest note: I am not affiliated with Bitcoin and do not personally invest in this currency.
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Bitcoin Mining with FPGAs (EC551 Final Project) Quad FPGA Bitcoin mining Board unboxing ELE 432- FPGA Bitcoin Miner Finally!! Quad FPGA Bitcoin mining Board unboxing First bitcoin ASIC working!

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Bitcoin Mining with FPGAs (EC551 Final Project)

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