Terms like “metaverse” and “NFT” have been popular on the Internet for some time.
These are really two important concepts of web3. The gaming world is progressively integrating these two elements, which according to some could constitute the future of video games.
What is the metaverse and NFTs?
To summarize, the metaverse, also called the metaverse, is a living 3D digital universe. It consists of several virtual spaces that allow users to have social interactions in a dematerialized world. You can talk, work, play or even meet and chat with other users represented by their avatars.
The term NFT comes from the English “Non-Fungible Tokens”. Translated, this literally reads “Non-fungible tokens”. It is a Blockchain authenticated digital asset. This authentication certificate makes the token unique and not interchangeable. The owner of an NFT thus becomes the sole holder of the digital asset, be it a video, an image, a video game object or any other virtual currency.
In addition to the existence of the metaverse created by companies such as Half, Decentral Where is it The sandboxvideo games were the forerunners of this technology with “persistent worlds”. EVE online or MMORPG like Warcraft. Online games P2E (Play-to-earn) have also started introducing NFTs and other paid items that allow users to earn money from their play time.
Online game, pioneer of the Metaverse?
Most audiences have probably taken note of the metaverse with Mark Zuckerberg and the renaming of Facebook in Half. This dates back to 2021. However, pioneers exist and have paved the way for virtual worlds. These actors almost all have one thing in common: video games.
The relationship between gaming, metaverse and NFT
Before 2021, gaming companies have already offered universes where interactions between players are possible. As in the metaverses of Decentral, The sandbox and others, users already had an imaginary avatar or one inspired by their real characteristics to move and interact with.
These games, which we will see later, are based on worlds that can evolve, even in our absence. Some universes have competition areas, housing areas, etc. It is also possible to have your own residence and customize it as you see fit. This persistence is very attractive to gamers. In the metaverse, for example Decentral, you can buy a piece of land to build a neighborhood, shop, mall or other. This transaction requires cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, Ethereum …
NFTs were already similar to the loot gained from missions and from completing objectives. The value varied according to the rarity of the items received. Non-fungible tokens also apply this classification system to evaluate a token.
The difference between metaverses and worlds in games
However, there are differences between the virtual worlds of video games and the metaverse. If the game is for entertainment only, metaverses allow for professional interactions. It is in fact possible to attend conferences, concerts, fashion shows, or virtually participate in courses.
The P2E games allow players to earn money by paying for items such as skins or items. In the case of metaverses, this is similar to job postings. These digital worlds are often looking for artists for the looks and fashions of avatars, architecture and decoration of virtual cities and residences. Creators, be they NFTs or applications, are also in vogue.
Pioneers of the Metaverse
We have already mentioned the presence of metaverse and NFT precursors. The gaming world has already offered similar experiences to these two concepts, long before they became so popular. The experience of the virtual in-game concert Fortnite (2017) ofEpic games it shows that the actors are at the forefront.
Roblox released a game of the same name in 2006 on PC. Currently available on Xbox, Android, iOS and Mac OS, the title boasts over 50 million user-created games. This world can offer you the experience of shooting, management and simulation games. You will be able to customize your avatar and your home. It is also possible to create accessories and sell them to other players to get them Robuxthe in-game currency.
It is impossible to miss Minecraft created in 2009 by Mohjang. Microsoft saw the potential of the metaverse through this open world title. The player can practically shape the Minecraft world as he prefers. The watchword is “build and model”. The transposition of the virtual and real world is also a possibility. Niantic done with Pokemon go (2016) with augmented reality (AR). It is more of a reverse approach to the followers of the metaverse where society brings the digital universe closer to our reality.
Technologies behind metaverse games
The metaverse allows video games to provide a more immersive gaming experience. Providing a populated and diverse world, however, requires advanced technologies. Developers are turning to Blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, cryptocurrencies and blockchain play a fundamental role in metaverses and NFTs.
Games that use virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are also in vogue. The PlayStation-VR and the helmet Oculus Quest they are the main gear for VR titles. The 3D reconstruction is also at the center of the metaverse. This technology faithfully reproduces real-world elements in 3D and complements other existing techniques.
NFT in games
In the specific case of NFTs, they may or may not be part of the metaverse of the game. This is an example ofAxie Infinitewhich requires the purchase of avatars before you can start the game. The price of a character will obviously depend on its rarity.
An NFT can also be part of an object game. It can be a skin for a character, a weapon or a piece of equipment. These exclusive items can be obtained through lootboxes that require transactions or through direct purchase on a dedicated platform. Non-fungible tokens can also be independent of a game: publishers or rights holders can simply decide to produce tokens on one license or another for profit.
How do you play a metaverse game?
The equipment for playing a metaverse game can vary greatly from title to title. For an online gaming session, some only require the presence of a PC and a good connection. Others will require the creation of a digital wallet such as Metamask or the crypto wallet of Coinbase for the purchase and sale of NFTs.
VR games will require a headset, such as Oculus Quest Half o PlayStation VR for sony. Games that take advantage of AR on consoles currently require accessories such as kinects, but researchers would prepare the glasses for greater practice and mobility.
The metaverse in games is still in its infancy and continues to grow. The introduction of purchasable and salable items such as NFTs also opens up new possibilities for both developers and gamers. One thing is certain: there will be diving.