BELLEVUE, UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 26: Portrait of American video game developer Gabe Newell, … [+] Photographed at the Valve Corporation offices on February 26, 2020 in Bellevue, Washington. (Photo by Ollie Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
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While promoting the Steam Deck, the new portable gaming PC from Valve that’s raving about all the reviewers, Gabe Newell is back doing interviews and saying lots of… funny things.
Back when blockchain gaming was first starting out, Steam took the initial stance that it would not allow blockchain-based games on its platform, while rivals such as Epic Games said they were more open to it. Now, Gabe is talking about that decision and all the tech hype surrounding “The Metaverse.” this is wonderful.
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On blockchain and NFTs (via Eurogamer):
“The things that were being done were super sketchy. And there was some illegal shit going on behind the scenes, and you’re like, yeah, this is bad. Blockchain as a technology is a great technology, by the way.” What has been used is very sketchy at present. And you want to stay away from that…. People who are currently active in that space are usually not good actors.”
And on the Metaverse (via PC Gamer):
“There’s a bunch of get rich quick schemes around the Metaverse. Most people who talk about the Metaverse have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. And they’ve clearly never done an MMO They’re like, ‘Oh, you gotta have this customizable avatar.’ And that’s okay… go to La Nocea in Final Fantasy 14 and tell me this isn’t a solved problem from a decade ago, not some cool thing you’re inventing, you know.”
Here, Newell is candidly saying what many in the gaming community are thinking when it comes to “metaverses” posing as a bunch of blockchain-based Second Life knockoffs that make stupid business brands worth millions. Selling virtual real estate. During this, Real Metaverse, immersive video games, have existed for decades and already do all things and more, much more than these newcomers.
When it comes to blockchain, NFTs, and the metaverse, very few people in this area would openly talk about the state of the current gold rush, but it’s great to hear from industry icon Gabe here to set the record straight.
The future of blockchain gaming and the metaverse remains bleak. Traditional publishers are mostly afraid to offer NFTs in their games after massive, violent pushbacks from players whenever an issue came to the fore. Blockchain gaming continues to have its place, mostly occupied by crypto enthusiasts and not core gamers. And for the metaverse? The main blockchain metaverse probably has no more than 10,000 DAUs combined, less than the top hundred games on Steam. Facebook has been pushing for its VR-focused metaverse with Horizon, but few trust it to be right, and they’ve already run into a number of privacy and harassment issues.
steam deck? Now that’s a progression that makes it all too easy to sell PC gaming on the go. And as a result no controversy is arising.
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