As the metaverse continues to expand, we get to see more interesting projects populate the digital surface of the internet. We’ll talk about five of the most exciting of them in this article and discuss how they could change the future of entertainment.
In case you haven’t already heard, the metaverse is a unique space on the internet that entails social interaction, gaming, and many real-life activities in digital form.
There are numerous metaverses, each of which is a world to itself. If you’ve played any sandbox building game (like SimsCity perhaps), the metaverse is the city you’re building and the citizens are the players. You can learn more about it here.
As its popularity rises, the metaverse reaches across the globe. Virtual worlds are popping up like weeds and almost every new game seems to come with its own blockchain. Big corporations like Facebook and Epic Games have either planned a metaverse project or talked about doing so at least once. It wouldn’t be long until other companies start to follow suit.
While it’s not a bad thing to have options, economists can clearly see the direction this is headed. In a few years, we’d probably have a fast food menu of crypto games and tokens, each with its own secret sauce.
Can you imagine a world with so many other worlds and you just can’t choose which life you want to live? If that ever happens, count on the ones we’re about to discuss.
Not to be confused with the open-source Windows manager software that shares the name, MetaCity is a multi-gaming platform that generates NFTs.
Powered by Enjin, a company that offers NFT mining services, MetaCity lets users play and earn their own tokens. The entire platform is built on Ethereum, so you can expect ERC-20 smart contracts to validate all transactions.
What’s unique about MetaCity is it offers its own versions of already popular games, such as Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto. Players get to return to their favorite worlds, do their favorite activities all the while earning in-game currency.
As soon as you start playing, your earning journey begins. It can take anywhere from the first few minutes to a month to earn your first NFT. Players can do whatever they want with what they earned as it fully belongs to them.
If you’re an avid mobile gamer, especially in the RPG genre, you might have heard of Legend of Mir or Mir4. These are two of the most popular titles by WEMADE, a South Korean gaming company that’s pretty established in the mobile community.
WEMIX is a subsidiary of WEMADE and has basically capitalized on its brand recognition. Branching off from the giant title Legend of Mir, WEMIX has a plethora of blockchain-based games, each with its own currency and NFTs.
Some of them include Bird Tornado, Windrunner, and Touch Fighter. Playing any of these games gives you a chance to earn exclusive items, which can be converted to WEMIX tokens or kept as NFTs.
Those who have ever customized an avatar understand the struggle of getting it just right - something that correctly represents themselves. If you’re one of those people, we’ve got good news.
MetaHero lets users create a digital version of themselves. Not one of those caricatures you get at the festival. We’re talking about full-bodied, realistic digital transformation.
Using advanced 3D scanning technology, MetaHero immortalizes you in the form of an NFT. You can monetize this token; sell it to curious collectors, play your favorite game with it or just keep it for posterity. Who knows, you might become a celebrity one day and the avatar would possibly be worth a fortune.
The term “project” comes loose when talking about Axie Infinity since it already has an established presence in the metaverse.
Unlike the others on this list, Axie Infinity is its own game rather than a collection of them. Developed by Sky Mavis, a Vietnamese company that was hardly heard of before its unexpected rise in popularity, Axie lets you collect and trade creatures. If you’re a Pokémon fan, you’d understand why this game was made.
Players can collect Axie creatures in all shapes and sizes. You can battle other players with the ones you find and earn tokens. Each of the Axie creatures is worth at least something and some significantly more than the rest.
Being a premium metaverse, Axie does have a barrier to entry, and that’s money. To start playing, you’ll need a team of Axies, which would cost you anywhere from $500 to over $1,000.
Out of all the titles mentioned, the Sandbox comes as close to the metaverse definition as it gets. In fact, the project is so new it’s only in the alpha phase. For savvy gamers, this is the golden state of a brand new game as it offers early exploration, a head start into the pros and cons.
The Sandbox is a free world where you can own land, build houses, hunt for treasures, pretty much anything you feel like doing. Think Minecraft but with way better graphics. There’s also a marketplace where players can purchase whatever they need, similar to going to the store.
Players can enter alpha testing now and get their hands on some fresh content and NFT making. From the looks of things, there’s going to be a rich economy and an immersive metaverse that offers various lifestyles. To participate, you need an Alpha Pass, which has a limited supply. Learn how to obtain one here.
The metaverse is vast and it can only get bigger. More and more virtual worlds are taking shape as we speak. Some people enjoy the early ride while others prefer to wait for the grand finale. Whichever group you might belong to, savor your time with the current platforms for they would eventually become a tip of the virtual reality iceberg.
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