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A gamer's review of CryptoKitties

2. August 2019

Alex Kim

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Bonjour! I am x66x. All you need to know about me is that I hate macaroni casserole with a passion. I am on a new diet consisting of salad and sausage links, reading my kitten's profile. Fortunately for x66x, it inherited its resemblance from one of its androgynous parents 10, from whom it inherited its love for sausage links. I refer to my adorable kitten as it to avoid being gender normative because just like his parents, x66x is neither male nor female; It's just a 2nd generation kitten with smooth, beautiful Sphynx fur.

As crazy as it sounds, if none of it makes sense, it's because it doesn't. x66x is a virtual kitten that I bought at auction on CryptoKitties with a humble bid of 0.003 ether for no other reason than to fill an emotional void that I never knew existed. Between sitting in law school and playing League of Legends while rehabilitating myself from my torn Achilles, I needed an extra kick to overcome the remaining boredom in my system. If for nothing else, x66x can be my virtual house cat for therapy before I try to trade it in for another adorable virtual kitten. So did CryptoKitties help me defeat my Jurassic demons? To avoid sounding like your pedestrian cryptocurrency evangelist on r / cryptocurrency, let me share my unfiltered thoughts with CryptoKitties, the game.

Set up: 4/10

Metamask, your curious neighborhood fox.

To play CryptoKitties, you first need to have some ether. Ether can be purchased through many different channels. I acquired mine by trading some bitcoin for ether on Changelly, mainly because I didn't own any ether on Coinbase and didn't have enough time to go through Coinbase's vomiting confirmation process. But simply possessing ether is not enough; I need to transfer my ether to a web-based wallet called MetaMask. MetaMask is a Google Chrome extension. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to confirm the transfer. As soon as I have some ether in MetaMask, I need to link my MetaMask account to CryptoKitties. This process only takes two clicks once https://cryptokitties.co . Overall, the steps required to even start playing CryptoKitties are not worthwhile at all.

Buying a CryptoKitty: 6/10

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Once the CryptoKitties account is set up, I can search the catalog (pun intended) looking for the perfect virtual cat. The Novelties section shows Gen 0 kitties, which are rarer than the average street cat and therefore more expensive. The Latest Cattributes section features kittens with newly discovered phenotypes. The rest are Fancy Cats and Exclusive Cats, which look more like crossbreeds between Digimon and Pokemon than cat avatars. Clicking on an individual cat will take you to their profile, where I can read all about the cat's personality, physical traits and ancestry. I bought x66x because it was pretty cheap and looked grumpy. It stared at me with a stern look as if it knew the economy was nearing the end of a historic bull run, but I am powerless to stop the coming downturn. At least then, ether is worth something ... isn't it?

6/10, is amusing.

Breeding: 6.5 / 10

H E R E Y E S (left) has some serious eyelash action going on.

Now that I have my own CryptoKitty, I can trade it, sell it, or mate it with other kitties to breed new cats. Once it mates, it has a refractory period of anywhere from a minute to a week (uof). The cooldown increases every time a kitten is successful. x66x has a snappy cooldown of 10 to 30 minutes because it has already given birth to two kittens, H E R E Y E S and Camo # 7. Any time a kitten hatches, there is a chance that a genetic predisposition may or may not lead to desirable traits. All in all, I think x66x has gorgeous kittens. However, I have absolutely no intention of breeding virtual cats for money, so I still have no idea why I decided to buy one in the first place.

6.5 / 10, is hilarious.

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Judgment: 5/10

Playing CryptoKitties is just like playing Neopets with the added novelty of cryptocurrency transactions. However, as an amateur gamer who has spent some serious hours in RPGs, RTSs, MOBAs, and various sports titles, CryptoKitties is not overwhelming. It doesn't have the addicting futility of Cookie Clicker and isn't as interactive as Pokemon to make it memorable or adorable. I wish the game had virtual accessories and tasks. I'm sure there are plenty of enthusiasts out there who would pay to take their CryptoKitties to the vet to keep them healthy and adorn them with brightly colored sweaters. I also wish CryptoKitties had sentiment indicators. I would certainly be more concerned if my kitty felt blue and didn't like my cat food. In conclusion, CryptoKittties has done enough to get me started, but not enough to keep me going.

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