Evolution of Gaming
Classic Mobile, Web, and Desktop Games
Gaming has changed a lot in recent years. From the early days of Magnavox to the epic battle royales of Fortnite, games have evolved from single-player endeavors to multiplayer games that connect the entire world via the internet. From there, millions of people have joined huge online communities like Xbox Live and Playstation Plus to battle, compete, and kill time on their favorite titles.
In recent times free-to-play games have risen to the fore. Users can join the game for free, then have the choice of making in-game purchases to buy new skins, unlock new levels or maps, and enjoy the game further than somebody just playing the base game.
Since cryptocurrencies rose in popularity, GameFi (or blockchain games) has become one of the hottest concepts on the market. Within this article, we’ll be comparing classic gaming options with this new concept and examining the benefits and perks of blockchain gaming.
We will also be looking at different blockchains and the tools they give developers to build their own GameFi titles. All in all they compete for users providing more user-friendly blockchain tools to build decentralized games and other services, incorporating their own native token into those titles for users to trade and earn.
The Rise of Blockchain, Defi, and Decentralized Games
Since the internet transitioned from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, there has been an influx of online services, apps, and games, built on blockchain technology. As the third generation of the internet, Web 3.0 uses decentralization approaches of the blockchain technologies, AR/VR technologies to create socially conscious, transparent, and open online experiences. This extends to the gaming world and beyond.
There are a few key differences between games built for Web 2.0 and ones built for web 3.0. Chiefly, the gaming servers are decentralized meaning that nothing in a game is controlled by a single server. Much like when you trade cryptocurrencies, decentralized game servers allow gamers to trade and earn virtual assets on the blockchain. Just like you would try to improve your Gamerscore by completing tasks on an Xbox title, you can earn virtual token rewards and then exchange them in-game goods or other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum or Bitcoin.
In addition, blockchain gaming offers more security and transparency for gamers, much like the cryptocurrency market offers a secure way to make financial transactions. Users can also take part in the governance of certain blockchain projects, whether they be apps, platforms, or games.
Classic Gaming vs GameFi
When it comes to classic gaming and GameFi, there are a few similarities and some key differences. For instance, GameFi games, much like their classic counterparts, involve users completing tasks, fulfilling objectives, battling other players and NPCs, or simply striving towards a goal defined by the game.
However, GameFi also addresses the lack of transparency in the traditional gaming industry. Firstly, gamers play a much more active role in the game, optimizing and modifying the experience to suit their playing style or goals. In addition, there is no centralized control of any blockchain titles, no overarching studio that dictates the future development of the title. Users have much more control over their gaming experience and even the metaverse governance when playing a decentralized title.
However, the biggest difference involves the ability to earn, hold, and trade virtual tokens or assets. Much like traditional games, GameFi titles allow users to earn rewards, but these rewards are virtual currencies that can be used in-game or traded with other cryptocurrencies using a crypto exchange that supports the token.
Many blockchain games operate under a play-to-earn model; users play the game, complete tasks, and contribute to the digital community to earn crypto tokens or NFTs (an NFT is similar to in-app purchases in traditional games but can be traded or sold to other users).
GameFi and NFT Games In-Depth
Various blockchains provide tools for developers to build and publish their own blockchain and NFT games. These include Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, WAX, and NEAR.
Ethereum. Top Games: Mirandus, The Sandbox, Frontier Game, Illuvium, CryptoKitties, Gods Unchained, Axie Infinity etc.
Polygon. Top Games: Crazy Defense Heroes, Pegaxy, Arc8, REVV Racing.
Solana. Top Games: LandRocker, GuildSaga, Etermon, House of Sparta.
Wax. Top Games: Alien Worlds, Farmers World, Prospectors, Office Land.
Near. Top Games: Near Lands, Hash Rush, Shroom Kingdom, Metamon.
All of these blockchains give users a platform to build and publish their games, creating an online community of users that can trade NFTs and in-game tokens by completing missions or objectives. They offer user-friendly development platforms where developers can access a range of tools to build their own GameFi titles, incorporating their own NFTs, then releasing the game to the wider gaming community.
Games on NEAR blockchain
One such blockchain to offer GameFi tech is NEAR. Thanks to secure and scalable technology, NEAR allows developers and users to invent apps and games within its community to explore new virtual experiences.
NEAR is a next-generation blockchain protocol that is changing the landscape for developers by offering low operational costs and impressive scalability. Not every blockchain is suitable for GameFi gaming; each blockchain has its own limited set of resources and its own goals to consider. For example, many developers who created apps and games on the Ethereum blockchain are now leaving for the likes of NEAR because they cannot work with various scalability and fee issues.
In terms of ordinary users, NEAR has made their user experience much smoother, decreasing the onboarding barrier to access apps and play games. For example, NEAR built an easy-to-use native NEAR wallet to store your tokens.
In summary, NEAR offers the following perks and features:
1. The ability to create decentralized apps even if you are only comfortable with conventional app-building ideas.
2. An intuitive user experience, providing a platform that is easy to learn and access even if you have zero experience with cryptocurrencies, tokens, wallets, or similar blockchain concepts.
3. Scalability: You can grow and build any application with ease. NEAR’s infrastructure automatically grows capacity via sharding; you do not have to contend with additional fees or unnecessary work.
NEAR Protocol is rather young compared to monsters like Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Solana, Cardano but it has already developed a strong reputation since its inception more than two years ago. With growing interest within and outside the crypto sector, the NEAR ecosystem continues to enjoy an upward trajectory, with many new initiatives joining the platform or switching from other blockchains.