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The Simpsons: Tapped Out Embraces Bitcoin By Adding “Crypto Cool” Quest
The Simpsons is helping Bitcoin reach a bigger market by including a cryptocurrency-centric quest in its mobile game Tapped Out. The ultimate objective of the new game content is to encourage three youngsters in Springfield to mine Bitcoin on their computers.
The Crypto Cool quest starts by getting players to convince Martin to say the word “blockchain” several times without explaining what it is. Players also need to make him say things like, “I mined some Bitcoin with my computer, and then the value went through the roof” and “I’ve never heard of blockchain until last week but now I act like I’m an expert on it!”
The quest is a jab at people who aggressively preach that Bitcoin is better than any other investment asset. It’s a reality that investors face every day, and The Simpsons, being a mirror to the current state of American politics and economy, picked up on the debate.
Apart from Martin, the in-game quest involves several main characters in the show including Kearney, Bart, Marge, and Homer.
At the end of the Crypto Cool quest, players are rewarded with $100 in-game cash, as well as 10 experience points.
Bitcoin Going Mainstream
Bitcoin has undergone rapid changes over the course of its history. Nadex asserts that since its hacker beginnings, Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market in general have gone both mainstream and soared in value. In 2017, Bitcoin almost reached a phenomenal $20,000 per coin, and it was because of this feat that Bitcoin fascinated the mainstream media.
The Simpsons have mentioned Bitcoin several times in its show. In 2013, when Lisa asked Krusty if he was broke, he responded, “all it takes is bad luck at the ponies, worse luck in the Bitcoin markets…” In 2014, a billboard of bully Jimbo Jones was caught on camera saying that he accepts Bitcoin as payment.
Other TV shows have caught the Bitcoin bug as well. In Parks and Recreation, a web designer asked Leslie Knope to “PayPal me some Bitcoins” to which Leslie had no idea what to do. In Mr. Robot, Bitcoin was an integral part of a season 2 plot. Even the mysterious creator of the cryptocurrency has found his way into pop culture. The Good Wife featured an episode titled “Bitcoin for Dummies” where one of the characters became the lawyer of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Tapped Out Game
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is an Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire-based “freemium” game. It was first launched in North America in 2012 by EA Mobile. The progressive game allows players to customize and maintain their own version of Springfield by using the show’s proprietary characters and buildings. It remains a popular game in the mobile market because it is updated regularly with new content, which is often holiday-based. The game has content related to Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas among other popular themes.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is available in several languages such as English, French, Turkish, Italian, German, Simplified Chinese, Peninsular Spanish, European Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese.