The biggest ideas in technology start with phrases and develop into something meaningful and revolutionary. Like the Internet. Another such idea is the metaverse. First mentioned in the 1992 novel “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson, re-mentioned in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and brought to public notice by Facebook’s rebranding to Meta, the metaverse is an immersive world and network with real-time simulations, 3D worlds, avatars and much more, each having an identity and sense of presence. Metaverse is slowly seeping into the world of gaming, especially, given its already visual and engaging nature. In this article, we discuss how metaverse will power the world of gaming and look at some metaverse games.
Metaverse, as described by Facebook, offers peer-to-peer, lifelike interactions in digital work environments that converge physical and virtual realities. It’s a “digital world” in which digital objects represent real people. During a collaborative effort, AR and VR elements would be combined to mimic real-world experiences without constraints. There is no limit to what one could do on the metaverse, such as social interaction, working, travelling, shopping, you name it. Metaverse apps would be like the real world in terms of space and time, offering dynamic visual and auditory interactions and collaboration experiences. Some of the features include:
- It’s infinite; there’s no end to the metaverse (and the experiences).
- It’s synchronous, where users can interact with each other in real-time.
- It’s interoperable, as in, multiple metaverses could exist, thrive together, and interact among themselves.
Metaverse And Gaming
Metaverses are digital spaces populated by digital representations of people, places, and things. The term gained popularity following Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at Connect 2021, and many companies are coming up with their own metaverses. The incorporation of games into metaverses seems like a logical step since many gamers enjoy playing online and a few games already have a metaverse component.
Companies in the gaming sector are already setting the pace for the metaverse. Playing and socializing in virtual settings have become normalised thanks to games like Fortnite. Platforms like Roblox, one of the latest gaming platforms, allow users to create and play across immersive worlds they can monetize.
With 120 million users, Roblox, the game platform with metaverse ambitions, offers a similar set of descriptors. The concept is to create a vast, immersive, persistent, and diverse experience that enables users to define their own identities by combining experiences from across the web; add a social network component; provide seamless access to the experience across all devices; and use rules-based regulations.
There are several big games with huge user bases, such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Animal Crossing which are paving the way for collaborations from brands.
In recent years, for instance, brands like Marc Jacobs and Valentino have begun contributing outfits that can be downloaded and dressed up characters in Animal Crossing.
The metaverse has made it into the discussions with games such as Sandbox, Axie Infinity, Illuvium and Ultra. These metaverse games are just the beginning to revolutionise the gaming space, with features such as:
- Flexibility: The future for gaming looks more flexible for users where they will be able to create their own sub-games within games in the virtual world, essentially using a game as a platform for other activities.
- Play-to-earn: A game in the metaverse will require players to earn a living, in addition to following linear stories and rules. As an example, a user might be able to sell the assets they have gained inside the game and receive cryptocurrency in return.
- Expand social circle: Gameplay in the metaverse is intrinsically social, which sets it apart from past VR experiences. In the context of multi-player gaming, players would be able to hang out with friends by inviting them from non-gaming real world to play, interact with each other and form friendships with other players.
- Transfer of in-game assets: With metaverse games, it would even be possible to transfer in-game collectibles and other assets between different virtual worlds, where non-fungible tokens (NFTs) would help represent ownership rules, rarity, and security. Weapons or avatar enhancements acquired in one game could be transferred to another.
Without a doubt, the metaverse is expanding. In light of this, it is reasonable to expect new metaverse games will surface as more gaming companies get on board. Players will be in control of their gaming experience and in-game assets with metaverse games, which incorporate NFTs. Such games will present new possibilities for participants with their promising gameplay experience and features like flexibility and interoperability.
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