A recent survey of video game development trends shows continued skepticism about NFTs. Speaking to software developer Perforce about the technology that could impact game development, the majority of developers are skeptical that non-fungible tokens can benefit the industry.
Of the 300 developers surveyed by Perforce, 49% said NFTs have minimal or no impact on their games.
NFTs have been highly controversial since they were first announced. Companies such as Square Enix and Sega have expressed a clear interest in the technology, but developers rarely seem to share the sentiment. We found that 70% had no interest in cryptocurrencies and 70% had no interest in NFTs.
Brad Hart, chief technology officer at Perforce, said the data is fueled by the fact that game developers can already implement the most commonly used use cases of NFTs without using blockchain technology. “It’s like a blockchain project trying to be relevant just because it’s ‘blockchain,'” he commented.
“NFTs have little real-world benefit unless they innovatively solve their own problems.”
An anonymous developer told Perforce that NFTs continue to look like “debris”. Another argued that the technology is effectively useless because a centralized database can already do what NFTs claim to do.
“If Microsoft wants people to buy Master Chief helmets, Hello and use it call of duty, you just need to associate it with the player’s Xbox or Game Pass account. They don’t need to involve blockchain,” the developer wrote. item”.
Last month, Mojang went so far as to ban NFTs and blockchains entirely. Mine CraftThe developer said that the use of NFTs and blockchain technology “creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion. Mine Craft The value of playing with creative inclusion. ”
The stigma surrounding NFTs has grown so strong that PlayStation’s recent loyalty program, which offers players “digital collections,” has gone out of its way to emphasize that collections are not blockchain-adjacent.
What does all this new technology support? Developers aren’t sure
Discussions about NFTs tend to lead to talk about the metaverse, and developers are unsure about it at the same time. According to a Perforce survey, 37% of developers believe the metaverse will have an impact. Thirty-nine percent believe that a metaverse-style digital world, if anything, is unlikely to emerge.
Even if the Metaverse were to happen the way many would like it to, one developer believes it would be just “a collection of short-lived, low-quality new games.” It’s done in older games.
The data suggests that developers aren’t entirely enthusiastic about the metaverse idea, but at least they’re less hostile than NFTs. Hart believes the Metaverse is because it “promises experiences and technology that are more in line with what games are trying to deliver.”
“Game development is all about immersive and fun experiences, and the Metaverse wants to take that to the next level,” he added. is still met with skepticism, but at least its vision is aligned with the gaming community.”
Conversely, developers have a more positive perception of virtual and augmented reality. 79% of respondents said AR and VR will be important for gaming by 2025.
Specifically for VR, developer Elijah McElwian has expressed his belief that the technology will outgrow gaming within a decade. “[VR] It will extend beyond the limits of reality, not just the virtual,” he said.
But first, both VR and AR must be less luxuries and more accessible to a wider audience. One of his AR proponents believes that before AR can get big, it needs the technology to support it. And the developer said that AR needs to “flow” into other industries.
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