We all know the feeling. You’ve got it all figured out in your favourite MMO. Your character is a boss. Then it gets nerfed. You rage quit. You swear to never play the game again. You create the second most valuable cryptocurrency in the world. It happens to the best of us.
“I happily played World of Warcraft during 2007-2010, but one day Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock's Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon decided to quit.”
This turn of events led Buterin to “search for a new purpose in life”. A search that led him straight to Bitcoin and his subsequent co-founding of Bitcoin Magazine. Eventually, Buterin’s worldwide tour of crypto projects led him to the birth of Ethereum, the blockchain that hosts the Ether cryptocurrency. And the culmination of Buterin’s dream of a decentralized world.
WoW has led to some crazy player actions done out of spite. There was the heinous crashing of an in-game funeral by a rival guild. And the time one guy got sent to real-life prison for orchestrating a DDoS attack because he was upset about the ‘division of loot and membership in raid teams’.
But as far as a spite-fuelled reaction to WoW goes, creating a blockchain that is now a crucial part of most NFTs today is definitely up there as the most productive. That’s the kind of rage-quit we can get behind.
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