CryptoKitties

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Overview

CryptoKitties is a blockchain-based virtual game developed by Axiom Zen that allows players to purchase, collect, breed and sell various types of virtual cats. It represents one of the earliest attempts to deploy blockchain technology for recreational and leisurely purposes. Each cat is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you; it cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.

The game’s popularity in December 2017 congested the Ethereum network, causing for it to reach an all-time high in transactions and slow down significantly.

How Does it Works

Start with getting one kitty (or better two as you would be able to breed them) and pay for it with Ethereum via the MetaMask wallet.

The game starts getting interested as you begin to figure out which traits are rare and valuable, and how to get them.

Even though there are thousands of kitties in the game, only some of them would belong to a unique breed or have rare visual characteristics.

Kittens with the most unique features cost a hefty amount of money – some of them going up to millions of dollars already.

While buying a kitty, there are two essential things you should look at besides the visual traits – the generation number and the cooldown.


#Generation number
The generation number describes how many generations a kitty is removed from the Generation 0 kitty.

The Gen 0 is introduced every 15 minutes, and it’s the beginning and kitties from the Gen 0 are considered the most desirable. Some of them can cost you up to 8 ETH.

For instance, if a Gen 0 kitty breeds with another Gen 0 kitty, the offspring will be Gen 1. If a Gen 6 breeds with Gen 7, the offspring would be Gen 8.

The higher the number, the worse qualities the kitty has, and it won’t perform well long-term.

However, in the beginning, anything between Gen 8-15 will do well, as you want to get the feeling of the game first.

#Cooldown
The cooldown tells you how much time a kitty needs before it can breed after it gave the last birth.

As weird as it sounds, the scale can go from ‘fast’ to ‘catatonic’, and naturally, the faster a kitty can breed, the better.

The problem, however, is that every time a kitty breeds, its cooldown drops and it becomes less desirable.

While you can compromise the Generation at the beginning, you should pay more attention to the Cooldown time, as you would want to breed your kitty.
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