We’ve all seen the resistance, the backlash, and the vitriol towards NFTs within games, primarily by gamers. But as gamers for 30 years, Dave and I feel conflicted. While many of the concerns are fair, many aren’t, so we decided to have a conversation about it, on air.
Token Gamer and NFT Insider have decided to combine forces to launch a weekly podcast, Mint One (formerly WAX Lyrical). John Nichols of NFT Insider and I will discuss a new topic every week, as well as feature special guests. If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, make sure you let us know through the Token Gamer Discord or Twitter, or the NFT Insider Discord or Twitter.
In last week’s episode, we regrettably had to discuss the crypto crash and how it has impacted NFTs and blockchain gaming. This week, with John galivanting around Spain, Dave — the co-founder of Token Gamer — joins me to discuss why gamers appear to hate crypto.
Episode 25: Why Do Gamers Hate Crypto?
When Dave and I started Token Gamer, nobody really knew what blockchain gaming was or what it would become — ourselves included. We knew the concept had value, but we couldn’t be sure what form it would take. Then, Play-to-Earn emerged alongside the term “metaverse” entering the global lexicon, and suddenly, everyone had an opinion.
I’ll be honest, I was naive about how gamers would react to blockchain technology. I expected there to be genuine relief at what blockchain could bring to the table. What I didn’t anticipate was the degree to which NFTs would become relevant in mainstream culture and the suspicion around crypto as a whole.
There are a lot of threads as to why games appear to hate crypto. While many will strawman the arguments of gamers against crypto, there are a lot of important criticisms raised that Dave and I discuss in this episode. It’s a topic we could have comfortably discussed for another hour or two, but to keep it self-contained, we instead focused on the most common issues gamers have with blockchain in games.
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