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Game review: Adoraboos is free and that’s the best thing about it

Distance learning gaming app claims to teach blockchain for all ages… fails miserably.

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Working for Cointelegraph, we are regularly contacted by PR agents giving us advance notice of their clients’ forthcoming announcements. Those which seem interesting tend to be followed up with some additional research into the subject, before a decision is made on whether to publish a story.

It was following one such contact, bearing the legend, Distance Learning Gaming App Teaches Blockchain for All Ages, that I found myself in the unlikely position of downloading an app called Adoraboos onto my phone.

The game comes from an “award-winning game studio”, and was designed to help relieve the education crisis which has developed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, so good… so why did it leave me so cold?

While Adoraboos was unsurprisingly sold to me on its blockchain learning functionality, its main focus seems to be the SAT exams which are taken by students aged 17-19 in the United States. Other topics covered are cybersecurity, networking, and computer operations, along with sustainability and social/emotional development.

You could argue that some of this is willfully ‘right-on’. But it would seem a bit churlish to criticize a learning game for covering currently fashionable topics… especially when there are so many other things to criticize.

The ‘learning’ involved essentially revolves around memorizing definitions for a number of topic-related words and phrases. This is presented in the form of a number of minigames, success at which charges up word-darts. Once charged you can compete in an Adora-Battle, in which your Adoraboo pops the balloons of an opponent Adoraboo, one assumes causing it to plummet to its death.

If none of this really makes much sense to you, then it didn’t really make much sense to me either.

Why would a late teen choose to play a game called Adoraboos, with cutesy characters seemingly aimed at young children?

Fortunately, I had one available in the form of my 17-year old nephew. Unfortunately, he couldn’t come up with an answer either.

The first mini-game is called Dragger. This presents players with a hex-grid of 42 icons in four different varieties, along with a series of words and their definitions. All you have to do is make a chain of similar icons which is as long as the word has letters. You don’t even have to look at the word or its description, as my nephew quickly realized:

“There isn’t really any inclination to read the definition other than to learn, but as teenagers we can’t really be bothered with that.”

He then went on to smash the stereotype of a lazy teenager by offering a number of ideas for improvement. These included the potential for a high score board ranking friends or a school to provide added motivation. If only the game developers had access to a teenage nephew that they could have used for user testing and quality control …

The game gives bonus points for any matching icons over and above the number of letters in the word. This makes it super-easy to beat the target if you are given a short word and can chain a bunch of extra letters. But good luck finding a chain of 14 matching icons to get through “Cryptocurrency”.

In addition, there is no real indication whether you have succeeded or failed in matching enough letters/icons. You get the same sound and the icons disappear in either case, but the word doesn’t change if you failed.

The next mini-game is Decipher, which gives you a minute to unjumble the letters of a series of words when given the description. But if you didn’t read the description in the last game and/or don’t know the words then this can be quite difficult, especially for longer words.

Up next is Definition, which my nephew felt at least had some potential. You are given a word along with its definition cut into chunks. You have to put the chunks in order to make the complete definition. This wouldn’t be too bad, but you are again faced with a time limit. In reality this means that you are just trying to make a definition which flows as a sentence, and don’t really read or learn it.

The final mini-game is called Quiz. This presents you with four ‘answer’ words and gives you four definitions in turn. If you choose the right word it is removed, meaning the ‘Quiz’ becomes exponentially easier as you go through it.

This section at least makes you think about the words and definitions. But the definitions are so clumsy that I would again question whether there is much useful learning going on. Take this example for the word “Bitcoin”:

“The first practical solution to the Byzantine General’s Problem to be implemented as a cryptocurrency.”

I mean, it’s not wrong, but it’s hardly the most useful description one could give if they wanted to teach someone about the topic. Many other definitions are similarly obtuse, obscure, and on occasions just plain wrong, not just in the blockchain topic but across all of the vocabulary lists.

As a final blow, many of the tech terms are acronyms, so the answer is already given in the definition. D’oh!

Finally you get to the Adora-Battle. The darts that you have charged can be used to pop balloons, although the aiming mechanic is clunky. Despite this, you should easily hit most of the time.

When you are out of darts you are given one of the vocabulary words in context and asked if the usage is correct or not. If you are right you get a bunch more darts, but even if you are wrong you still get one.

After your darts are depleted, the opponent Adoraboo throws its dart. Unlike you, the opponent can burst more than one balloon with its dart.

This is the only thing that gives the game any kind of difficulty curve, as all of a sudden you will face Adoraboos who burst five or more of your balloons at a time.

If you survive then you go back to another context question.

Winning the match can net you stickers, outfit changes for your Adoraboo, and even an additional Adoraboo every 10 levels… although why you would want one is anybody’s guess.

Perhaps I (and my nephew) missed the point, and it is meant for much younger children. Certainly the name and presentation suggest this. However the vocabulary certainly doesn’t… unless the child is one of those annoying little brats you see competing in spelling bees.

I can’t really find much in this app to redeem it. Learning definitions can be a good way to understand a topic, as I discovered when I reviewed Decoding Digital’s What is Cryptocurrency. But that had a flow and led the reader on a journey.

This is a random hotch-potch of stuff, from the “Truffle” Dapp test suite, to an “Eclipse” attack, to a “Stake”. Not that there is any real incentive to learn the definitions anyway.

However, I do like to try to give a balanced review and highlight both good and bad points. So, erm… Adoraboos is at least free and you won’t waste any money by trying it.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.



Bitcoin Price Prediction: BTC/USD Nosedives Toward $45,500

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Bitcoin Price Prediction – May 15

According to the daily chart, the Bitcoin price loses traction after hitting $50,730; losses likely to continue in the near term.

BTC/USD Long-term Trend: Bearish (Daily Chart)

Key levels:

Resistance Levels: $55,000, $57,000, $59,000

Support Levels: $42,000, $40,000, $38,000

BTCUSD – Daily Chart

Looking at the daily chart, it can be easily seen that the market is back in the red zone as BTC/USD is posting losses of 5.27% on the day after touching the $50,730. It has an intraday high close to $51,000; although the world’s largest crypto faces a serious downtrend as it is currently trading at $47,265.19.

Bitcoin Price Prediction: BTC/USD May Return to Red Zone

Bitcoin price just plunged below $48,000 one more time, marking $47,250 as the current daily low at the moment. Does this mean that Bitcoin (BTC) is finally leaving the significant $48,000 level and searching for a new low? Nevertheless, looking at the declining daily volume candle, together with the steady movement below the 8-day and 21-day moving averages; it can be assumed that a serious bearish movement may be coming up soon into the market.

Moreover, at the time of writing, BTC/USD is struggling to maintain the $50,000 level and if the Bitcoin price follows the downward trend as the Relative Strength Index (14) moves into the oversold region, the next supports may likely come at $42,000, $40,000, and $38,000. From the upside, by maintaining the current level of $47,265 and any bullish movement could go above the 9-day and 21-day moving averages and send the price to the resistance levels of $55,000, $57,000, and $59,000 which could be well above the channel.

BTC/USD Medium-Term Trend: Bearish (4H Chart)

On the 4-Hour chart, BTC price hovers below the 9-day and 21-day moving averages around $48,446 which may take time to persistently trade above $50,000. In addition, if the bulls gather enough strength and regroup, the upward movement may be able to near the resistance level of $52,000 and above.

BTCUSD – 4 Hour Chart

However, on the downside, immediate support is around the $47,500 level while the main support is at the $47,000 level. The price may likely fall below $46,000 if the bears step back into the market, a further movement could reach the critical support at $45,000 and below. Technically, BTC/USD is still moving in sideways while the Relative Strength Index (14) moves around 35-level, indicating an indecisive market movement.

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Chainalysis: $81 Million crypto already stolen in 2021

TL;DR Breakdown At least $81 million in crypto already stolen in 2021 US authorities and their relationship with Chainalysis Chainalysis, a blockchain data analytical company, has said that at least $81 million has been stolen in crypto in 2021 owing to ransomware attacks. The attack led to $406 million crypto theft in 2020. The firm […]

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TL;DR Breakdown

  • At least $81 million in crypto already stolen in 2021
  • US authorities and their relationship with Chainalysis

Chainalysis, a blockchain data analytical company, has said that at least $81 million has been stolen in crypto in 2021 owing to ransomware attacks. The attack led to $406 million crypto theft in 2020.

The firm noted that ransomware attackers are growing more dangerous, more sophisticated, and sharply more profitable in extracting crypto from their victims.

The analytical firm notes that the number may likely rise as new criminal activities are still being uncovered.

Chainalysis said this in a blog post on Friday in a fraction of a forthcoming report on the state of ransomware in 2021. They are yet to announce when the entire report would be dropped.

A practical reference to the chainalysis claim is the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, an American oil pipeline system.

The ransomware attack on the system resulted in a major gas shortage across the Southeastern US; the fuel provider reportedly paid out nearly $5 million in Bitcoin to a Russian criminal enterprise called DarkSide.

The analytical firm, in its reports, notes that the “Russian-affiliated cybercriminals so far this year have been the biggest financial beneficiaries of cryptocurrency-based crime.” Russia-linked strains have taken in 92% of this year’s ransomware proceeds, compared to 86% last year.

Ransomware payouts are also steadily growing. Victims paid an average of $54,000 in Q1, compared to $46,000 in Q4 2020 and just $12,000 on average in Q4 2019. There tends to be at least one $10 million ransom paid a quarter, but groups have demanded as much as $50 million.

Chainalysis, apart from providing analytical data about happenings in the crypto space, the firm also works with government agencies to help track down crypto criminals.

US authorities and Chainalysis

In 2020, the US Air Force agreed to a third contract with Chainalysis for crypto-related analytics.

The force partnered with the company to use its blockchain analytics services for largely unspecified reasons. According to the contract, they paid chainaysis about $779,740 for its service, which is dated May 19, 2020.

Combined, the Air Force has now spent $900,000 on Chainalysis’s analytics services.

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Dogecoin Has Fallen, but People Still Love It

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In the cryptocurrency space, it is usually considerably easier to focus on the negative than it is to look at the positive. As of late, Dogecoin is enduring some heavy suffering, with the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market cap falling as much as 20 percent in recent days, so for the most part, we are likely to see a lot of news coverage about this drop.

Dogecoin Is Still a Beloved Asset

However, despite this little setback, there is nothing to suggest that the currency has lost its appeal. The asset has reached a heavy pinnacle in a rather short amount of time, and the currency is doing better than it ever has largely because it has gotten heavy attention from the likes of Elon Musk and several other mainstream investors and businessmen, and the asset is almost as popular as BTC in many ways.

Billy Markus – the software engineer that helped establish the asset – acknowledges that this kind of attention is rather solid for Dogecoin, though he is confident that this is not the only reason behind its recent success. He says that the community surrounding Dogecoin has also contributed greatly to its growing status. In a recent interview, he comments:

The crypto community can be pretty elitist and not very inclusive, and we wanted to make a community that was more fun, lighthearted and inclusive. It worked, and that is why the Dogecoin community consistently maintains a presence.

He further added:

It is definitely absurd, but there is something pure about it, too.

The popular cryptocurrency was started in the year 2013 as a joke and was never meant to be taken seriously. Largely considered a “meme coin,” the currency took about two hours to create according to Markus, who was primarily looking to develop something that would make fun of cryptocurrency.

Often recognized for the cute little Shiba Inu dog that serves as its mascot, Dogecoin – Markus explains – has also become a big hit with people over the last year because of the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused heavy lockdowns and prevented many people from leaving their homes and living normal lives. He says that many people have been stuck sitting around watching their money remain stagnant, and Dogecoin trading has given them something to look forward to.

He states:

People have been suffering, stuck in their homes and struggling, seeing their dollar not go as far as it has previously.

It’s Brought Attention to the Market

Mike Bucella – a general partner at crypto investment firm Block Tower – says that where Dogecoin has really succeeded is in driving more attention to the crypto space. He claims:

Very few things have done as much to bring eyeballs and people into crypto. That is a crazy thing to say, but Dogecoin specifically has brought in the retail masses.

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