Friday, August 10, 2007

Can't sleep, clowns will eat me...

"Did you get Iron yet?" No, I know, I know... I will, I will. I was completely exhausted at my 7 p.m. so I logged and curled up on the couch. I don't even remmy what I was watching on t.v. I think it was Courage the Cowardly Dog. That cartoon rocks! Anywho must of been one I already saw cause I passed the fook out. Around 9:30 p.m. I woke up starving. "Oi you missed dinner." . No one could wake me? Apparently.

So I mosey into SL at almost 10 p.m.ish. BORED! BORED! BORED! So I set up & play with the new piano. Okay enough of that. I blog surf. This is the part where I point out that SL has some really ignorant older residents. I read the newest Linden blog post regarding gambling. The only reason why I think this policy would have any affect on my slifestyle is tringo. There's no clarity on either or not it is considered gambling. So some resident older than me says in the comments:

"So, Tringo’s out then, right? It does involve random numbers."

Okay, have you ever played Tringo? Are you confused? Mayhaps you meant Slingo, Zyngo or some other 'ngo' game? I mean you say it with such conviction. Let me show you numbers... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Those are number examples, and here's a Tringo example:

The only numbers in tringo are "score" and "pot" total. It's all shapes and in my honest opinion based on skill. According to LL official blog post, it states:

"As we said initially, we can’t post a list of acceptable or unacceptable games, as it’s impossible to create an accurate and comprehensive list. If you aren’t sure, ask yourself if your game meets the criteria in the policy: Linden dollars are paid in, the outcome is random, Linden dollars or something else of value is paid out. Ultimately you’ll need to decide if you’re comfortable that your game or activity is legal within the policy."

So let's break this down... Yes, Linden dollars are paid in. No, the outcome is not random (I'm confident I could beat any Linden at Tringo). Yes, Linden dollars are paid out. So basically though you have a chance of winning or losing the pot, it boils down to skill.

The opposite argument is this, Tringo is gambling in one way and I'd love to debate this. I'm sure Hawks could write a better synopsis but I'm giving it a go anyways. When playing for example Tringo 2.0, and some one chooses "Spotless" as the pattern to be played... Are you more likely to bet (by the amount you pay into the pot) that you can win this pattern? I only think about this in the Tringo 2.0 aspect because there are so many different patterns that require different levels of skill. For example if the pattern is "Deathstar", (Nahm! Nahm! Nahm!) as many know is my favorite T2 pattern, I'm more likely to pay in 50L-100L into the pot on the assumption that I know my chances are higher to win it. The odds are usually with me. Now in patterns such as "Spotless" & "Windmill", I am less likely to put more than 25L into a pot. So I'm gambling by the amount I place into the pot on the odds of winning based on pattern difficulty. Make sense?

In either case... I have read the Linden Blog and as for asking myself "if you’re comfortable that your game or activity is legal within the policy?" I'm going to say... Yup!

Okay I'm going to go watch Bounty Bitches, errr Bounty Girls on CourtTV until I can fall back to sleep. Sweetest Creams!


tiana meriman said...

i dont think tringo is gambling at all. like you said its a skills game.

also in the way you think it could be gambling i think it doesnt really work either,meaning you put in different ammounts depending on the type it is but that doesnt mean everyone does that. maybe someone puts in 25L no mather the card. in that case it would be gambling for you but not for him?

so at the base its not gambling at all no mather the way you look at it ^^

lori panacek said...

You've peeked my interest. I now am going to learn how to play this game.

And I'd agree. Sounds within the rules.