Author: Gan Jia Ci
In its goal towards mass adoption, Bitcoin has teamed up with popular freemium game The Simpsons: Tapped Out to promote the cryptocurrency.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out was originally released in 2012 by EA Mobile, based on the popular animated TV series The Simpsons. The game is available on both IOS and Android. It allows players to design and manage their own version of Springfield using characters and buildings from the series.
In the game scenario, Homer was neglecting his task to monitor the Springfield nuclear electric power station, choosing to play a mobile game instead.
Crypto-Cool, the new quest added about a week ago, requires the player to make Martin mention blockchain a few times, without ever explaining what it means. During the dialogue, Martin mentions, “I mined some bitcoin with my computer, and then the value went through the roof,” adding that he has never heard of blockchain “until last week” and that he now acts like an expert on the subject.
Upon completing the quest, the player will also be tasked to encourage three youngsters to mine Bitcoin on their computers.
— Armin van Bitcoin ⚡ (@ArminVanBitcoin) May 15, 2018
This is not the first time the mention of Bitcoin has appeared in the cartoon. In the 2013 episode of Fox’s The Simpsons, when Lisa asked Krusty if he was broke, the latter replied,
“Yeah, all it takes is some bad luck at the ponies, worse luck in the Bitcoin markets, and heavy investments in a high-end bookmark company.”
In an episode back in 2014, there was a picture of school bully Jimbo Jones plastered on a billboard stating that he accepted payments in the form of Bitcoins.