For years, Christian Lantz practiced Pursuing, 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 was told that a sequel was coming out in 2022 [douze ans après le dernier volet en date, Call of Pripyat]he knew at once 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 Pursuing [sous-titré Heart of Chernobyl] would offer non-fungible 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 a character. According to the company, this news is one “decisive step” to the virtual world called metaverse.
Christian was furious. He joined thousands of fans on Twitter and Reddit who raged against the intrusion of NFT in the sequel to Pursuing [prévue pour décembre 2022]. According to them, the studio is just trying to extort money from them. The mobilization was such that GSC quickly backed away and gave up his plan to NFT. “The studio abused its popularity, says Christian, who lives in [l’État canadien de l’]Ontario. They are obviously looking to make numbers instead of sticking to quality games. ”
For more than a year, the crypto craze has been at its peak. The price of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum has risen. Virtual assets like NFT boomer. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey recently renamed one of his companies Block in honor of blockchain, blockchain, that is, the decentralized computer protocol on which cryptocurrencies are based. Melania Trump has auctioned off NFT of its own. Proponents of the technology hope it will revolutionize any industry, from finance to social media to art.
But for others, it goes too far, too fast. In their eyes, cryptocurrencies and the assets derived from them, such as NFT, is a digital version of the Ponzi scheme and has artificially increased prices. Some wonder about cryptocurrencies and blockchain, which are fuzzy concepts will have little long-term benefit.
Nowhere is this dissatisfaction more pronounced than among gamers, where debates about all things crypto have escalated between users and large studios like Ubisoft, Square Enix and Zynga. Players have generally won their way, at least until now. “We provide trendy concepts to people”, estimates Mutahar Anas, a gamer and youtubeur that has three million subscribers. According to him, those who want to integrate NFT by video games “trying to sell us pixie powder”.
Transfers from one game to another?
In recent months, at least half a dozen studies have announced plans to add NFT to their game or declared to think about it. These virtual assets, which are certified
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