Picture this you’re deep in a dank dungeon, you’ve battled your way past many challenges and finally defeated the level’s gargantuan and fiendishly difficult boss and now, and now, you stand before a chest…not any old end of level chest mind you….a blockchain connected chest. You say your prayers and push to open…and up pops an-in game scatter notice, you sign off on the proposed transaction and the game kicks back in and generates…..an entirely mundane two-handed sword with mediocre stats and you’re a bloody rogue in any case. Yet, even so, there’s a moment of interest, this item, after all, is yours to keep, scrap (another scatter interaction) or sell on a marketplace. Sure, no-one wants this item, but who knows the next level might just be your lucky day.
Sure enough…two levels and four coffees later you get that very rare multi-stat boosting drop that has an inbuilt bonus to experience in 50+ blockchain connected EOS games, now you’re talking. But should you sell it, it looks pretty good and your character can make good use of it? Well, no rush it’s yours forever, whether this dungeon brawler goes under or not, whether all the servers close down and the dev team moves on…this item has ‘permanence’ – Jeez, you could pass it on to your grandkids.
OK OK, so I’m dreaming, but just for now. It’s only a matter of time before Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT’s) become integrated into AAA games and from that point the gaming industry will be revolutionized. The companies that encourage and expand NFT’s within not just their own individual games but throughout their network or networks will become the next gaming titans and I for one am looking forward to seeing all the weird, wonderful and idiotic ways this blockchain item/gaming nexus pans out.
Sure, endless tech challenges and hurdles will need to be overcome. New models of revenue will have to be constructed (in-game transactions anyone?) and the relationship between gamer game developer and the wider-world rewritten. However, it’s all just a question of time and perhaps many failed attempts before stomping down the dungeon corridor takes on a whole new meaning.
NFT Expo focusing on ERC-721 standard: https://youtu.be/7tfP640zzNg