‘Bit-tendo’ prototype offers Bitcoin retro games for bars, conferences

Play to earn retro games with bitcoin payouts, maybe coming soon to a bar, conference or meeting near you, according to to a February 12 Twitter post by Zebedee founder Christian Moss. The software is tentatively called “Bit-tendo”.

The Twitter post includes a video of someone playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on a small old school tube TV. The TV displays a QR code on startup and asks for a bitcoin payment. Only after the payment is sent, the game starts.

During the game, a “sats” counter is displayed, which apparently counts the number of sats the player has won as a reward – “sats” is the smallest divisible unit of bitcoin, equal to 0.00000001 BTC each. The display also shows a timer that counts down from 90 seconds to zero, and when the timer reaches zero, the game ends and a new QR code is displayed. The statement at the bottom and top of the image implies that the player can use the QR code to withdraw their Satoshi.

In his post, Moss said the software will eventually become “a free, retro-style bitcoin infuser for bars, conferences, meetups, and more.”

Cryptooshala reached out to Christian Moss for an explanation on how the software works. In response, he told us that he was running on a PC or other device capable of receiving a video stream. The game itself is created on a real Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console, but the video is altered along the way to show the Sats counter and timer. The software monitors the movements in the video stream to determine if the player has collected a coin and updates the Sat counter every time a coin is collected.

Moss said that in order to fund a payout wallet, a bar or club needs to register a Zebedee or LNBits custodial wallet. The wallet is connected to the Lightning network to ensure low transaction fees and fast payments.

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The Zebedee app is available on the Google Play and Apple app stores. Screenshots show that it has a “deposit” (deposit) and “cash out” (withdrawal) feature that can be accessed after the user completes the Know Your Customer (KYC) process.

Moss also explained how he came up with the idea for “Bit-tendo”. He said he tried to get people interested in Bitcoin “Play to Earn” games at Bitcoin conferences, but found that attendees preferred to play games they already knew rather than games developed “in-house”. Moss said he hopes to make the software work with any game, not just Super Mario Bros. 3:

“I also want the user to be able to teach the software to recognize events in any game they may have, eventually making it game independent.”

In a tweet demonstrating the software, Moss stated that he would integrate Sonic: The Hedgehog 2 with it if the post received the 200 retweets he has since received.

Christian Moss has been an innovator in the blockchain gaming space since its inception. In 2014 he created Sarutobi, a game that allowed players to collect bitcoins by controlling a monkey that was swinging in the jungle. Since it predated the release of EverdreamSoft Spells of Genesis beta for about a year, moss Sarutobi sometimes considered the first blockchain game.

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