GAME NFT

players will not be fooled

players will not be fooled

Christian Lantz practiced for years stalker, a first-person shooter set in Ukraine in a post-apocalyptic landscape and whose immersive scenarios have made it a huge success. When the 18-year-old high school student found out that the sequel was coming out in 2022. [douze ans après le dernier volet en date, Call of Pripyat]he knew immediately that he would buy it.

But everything changed when GSC Game World, the Ukrainian studio behind the game, announced earlier this year that the new stalker [sous-titré Heart of Chernobyl] would offer irreplaceable tokens [“jetons non fongibles”]Where NFT. And that it would be possible to buy and sell them in the new opus, for example clothes for the character. According to the company, this news is a “decisive step” into a virtual world called the metaverse.

Christian was furious. He joined thousands of fans on Twitter and Reddit who raged against the intrusion NFT in continuation stalker [prévue pour décembre 2022]. According to them, the studio is simply trying to extort money from them. The mobilization was such that GSC quickly backtracked and abandoned his plan to NFT. “The studio abused its popularity, says Christian, who lives in [l’État canadien de l’]Ontario. They obviously want to hit the numbers instead of sticking to quality play.”

Crypto fever

For more than a year, crypto madness has been at its peak. The price of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum has skyrocketed. Virtual assets like NFT they are blooming. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey recently renamed one of his businesses Block in honor of blockchain, the decentralized computer protocol on which cryptocurrencies are based. Melania Trump was sold at auction NFT own. Proponents of the technology hope it will revolutionize every industry, from finance to social media to the arts.

But for others, it’s all going too far, too fast. In their eyes, cryptocurrencies and the assets derived from them, such as NFT, are a digital version of a Ponzi scheme and have artificially inflated prices. Some wonder if cryptocurrencies and blockchain, which are vague concepts, will have little long-term benefit.

Nowhere is this discontent more pronounced than among gamers, where debates over all things crypto have escalated between users and major studios like Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Zynga. The players have generally won, at least so far. “We give people trendy concepts”, Mutahar Anas, a gamer and YouTuber who has three million subscribers, estimates. According to him, those who want to integrate NFT in video games “trying to sell us pixie powder”.

Transitioning from one game to another?

In the past few months, at least half a dozen studios have announced plans to add NFT their games or stated that they are thinking about it. This virtual asset, which is certified

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