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There is a huge amount of construction going on in the NFT gaming scene right now.

But work?this is difficult.

That’s because designing a normal game is hard enough. Throwing NFTs into the mix can create certain challenges that can harm the game more than it helps.

So what do we need to do and what should we expect from the upcoming NFT games? Today’s post will give you some thoughts on these questions!


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NFT games come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes.

At the simpler end of the spectrum they look like this: A simple on-chain strategy game.

At the other end of the spectrum, it could be an advanced, scalable Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) project that uses NFT resources to track player ownership beyond centralized servers.

So far we’ve seen a lot of experimentation on the simpler side of things.I recently played with andy8052’s one of his battle royale on chainVery simple, but still interesting!

what we do not What we’ve seen so far is more scalable NFT-enabled MMO projects. To be fair, many Such projects are currently in development and I am excited about some of them.

Conversely, it’s no surprise that the full-title NFT game sector is still establishing its footing. game design is hard!

from Combat animation to level design in game economical faucet and sinkin normal game design tons Linking complex moving parts as they are. So if you have a project, you inadvertently throw NFTs into the equation, Tokenize too much Their in-game assets only add to the complexity and challenges they face.

In fact, doing an NFT incorrectly can be a game killer. In a July 2022 post 0xKepler said, “Web3 Gaming Moving ForwardThe author highlighted how games that “tokenized the majority of their in-game assets” ultimately faced two major challenges. economic outflow When too much speculation.

As for the economic runoff, if everything were tokenized, revenue would become the main goal of the players, and everyone could cash out at the same time with little to no demand side interest. In other words, the collapse of the economy. 0xKepler wrote:

With no one seeing value other than money on the demand side of a currency or asset, prices will fall and player earnings will decline. The game becomes less fun — existing players leave and new players are less likely to join. P2E games often relied more on player growth than on repeated token sinks, resulting in a rapid downward spiral of the economy.

And, speculatively, 0xKepler used an episode of the auction house system. diablo 3 show how to make all Anything that can be easily traded can kick out real players and kill the in-game economy.

Easily traded assets take away the sense of accomplishment some players seek. Thus, games with in-game marketplaces reach less of this type of player (often value adders in the economy) and less likely to reach players attracted by monetary rewards (usually value extractors). More likely to onboard. Over time, speculators drive up prices, making the assets needed to play the game unaffordable to non-speculators.In the end, only speculators remained.

When it comes to what makes a good NFT game, we need to go back to the basics of gaming. To do that, we need to understand why people play games in the first place. I think Sal.xyz explained this perfectly in the tweet above. test our skillsto have unique independent experience,and connect with others.

With these pillars in mind, that is How to build smarter NFT games to optimize these fundamentals and mitigate the challenges of economic drain and over-speculation. Here, his aforementioned 0xKepler recommends the following principles:

Transaction tax is a giant sink/stabilizer of the Eve Online economy, the oldest virtual economy in existence – via 0xKepler

Via 0xKepler
  • NFT > Fungible Token (FT)By focusing on NFT rewards rather than FT rewards, games can emphasize fun and in-game utility over monetary ones.

  • land value taxMetaverse land tax (I wrote about it before!) optimized for builders promoting a sustainable economy

Proper implementation of NFTs can lead to new types of gaming experiences.

For example, consider the customizability and community empowerment that comes with openness. Suppose you have a team that builds the core of an on-chain game. Superstructure, which is forever free to use and build. This will modding community like never before.

Beyond literal openness, there is also an open window of opportunity for web3-native game projects that are ahead of the curve on web3 compared to major game publishers. This period of their ignorance should be used to set the tone for what a great NFT game can and should be.

Finally, one of the coolest The NFT aspect of gaming is how it can serve as a vehicle for moving player achievements across games and beyond. In today’s mainstream games, by contrast, game data is siled into each game, closing off many possibilities.

As an example, here’s one of the following NFT games that, to the best of my knowledge, does an interesting job of balancing the challenges and opportunities described above. Civitas.

Coming next year, Civitas is a strategy MMO built on Ethereum + L2. Civilization of Sid Meier previously franchised. A major difference in Civitas is that each city is a sub-DAO that is jointly owned and organized by citizen players.

From mechanics like free to play nomad By changing the mode to a CITI token trading tax on resource trading, we believe Civitas will have a lot to offer, allowing for a thriving in-game economy while also stabilizing against over-speculation. For now, time will tell!

What next for NFT games?

One easy feat is the continued boom in game development efforts around Layer 2 (L2) scaling solutions. These L2s represent the next on-chain ‘frontier’ for better web3 games with fast, ultra-cheap transactions.

Finally, there is a lot of fragmentation in the NFT gaming ecosystem right now. That means there are a lot of different projects that are built in an essentially siled way across dozens of blockchains that don’t “talk” to each other. That said, in the long term we need to see more interoperability solutions emerge to make these fragmentation schisms more trivial.

William M. Peester is a professional writer and creator of metaversal— Bankless newsletter focused on the emergence of NFTs in the crypto economy. Recently, we also provide content to Bankless, JPG, etc.

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