Dr Disrespect stands firm in support of blockchain games
Despite the negative reception that blockchain games have received, Dr Disrespect is still strongly advocating for them, claiming that those games offer unique experiences for players in various fields, including but not limited to item ownership and transaction transparency. Prior to gaining popularity as a streamer, Dr Disrespect, whose real name is Herschel Beahm IV, had a successful career in game development as a level designer for Call of Duty. The now YouTube streamer revealed the launch of his gaming studio, Midnight Society, during his dispute with Twitch in December 2021. The primary focus of Midnight Society is to develop online multiplayer games with blockchain integration. The studio's current priority is Project Moon, which has received widespread criticism for its utilization of NFTs. The official description of Midnight Society defines it as a unique triple-A game studio and publishing model that has been in the making for over a decade. It comprises a group of game industry veterans who believe in a future where developers create games collaboratively with players sharing in the game's success. Dr Disrespect has taken on a more prominent position than ever before for his game Project Moon, and it is not as if he is just a simple gamer who wants to make a video game. Previously, the content creator faced a backlash from fans and followers for endorsing various blockchain games on social media and during his streams. Many accused the streamer of promoting a product that could harm the community and worsen wealth inequality. As a result, the content creator distanced himself from the technology, at least temporarily. However, Dr Disrespect recently tweeted about blockchain games, saying they are the future. Dr Disrespect presented the idea of trying to extract an item discovered on the chain that is worth $100,000, highlighting the entertainment value for both viewers and players. "Imagine trying to 'extract' with an item you discovered worth $100,000 on the chain," Dr Disrespect said. "Think about entertainment value as a viewer let alone a player." Later, Dr Disrespect shared his excitement for the concept of digital collectibles in an online game, particularly in an extraction-style game. The streamer also dismissed those who criticize the use of blockchain games as "brain dead headline followers," comparing them to people who spend a lot on skins for yearly game releases, which everyone ends up having. Skepticism from gaming community Blockchain technology gained significant traction within the gaming industry due to its potential to offer more secure and transparent transactions and ownership of items. However, many individuals grew skeptical of blockchain games shortly after, citing concerns about their potential environmental impact and other issues. Dr Disrespect's recent statements on blockchain games have received a mixed response from the gaming community, with some of his supporters expressing their approval of the streamer. However, many of his followers are still skeptical about the technology. For instance, one fan commented that NFTs are a scam. The underlying concept of Project Moon appears favorable when put down in writing. The plan is to sporadically release vertical slices, highly restricted portions of a game, and make changes to the game based on feedback from players. However, some experts have reservations about the idea of focus testing games. They argue that players may not be the best judges of what they want since they often prefer familiar experiences, while individual preferences can vary widely. Additionally, playtesting is typically something that game studios pay for. Looking at Dr Disrespect's approach to development, some experts believe that he is effectively exploiting his fanbase for free labor.
The World of Gaming online
Take a closer look at online gaming with our guide to this global phenomenon
Gaming online has seen a massive increase in popularity over the last few years, largely down to the way that mobile phone technology has developed. The numbers of people who play online games has risen massively. Almost everyone you know, including people over the age of 40 who are not necessarily the first people who spring to mind when you mention online computer games, will have played some form of online game in the last few weeks.
This has been partly due to social media, of course, which provides accessible platforms where almost anyone can find games to play that suit their lifestyle and interests. Sports games have become very popular, while we have all heard about games like Candy Crush.
Other types of online computer games remain very popular with younger people who like to play online games. Massive multi-player online games, often referred to as ‘MMOs’, remain hugely popular. World of Warcraft, for example, has become a cultural phenomenon that extends far beyond people’s computer screens or gaming mobile phones and has spawned books, a movie and other cultural products.
Here, we will take a closer look at the world of gaming online and at some of the gaming trends associated with it.
What is gaming online and how do you get started?
Even if you have no interest at all in the digital world or technology, the chances are pretty high that you will have heard of online gaming. It is, of course the act of playing games on the internet. There is tremendous variety in the number and types of games that you can play online nowadays, though. From retro arcade games, to intellectual puzzles, to role playing games, to traditional board games like Scrabble, you really can play almost anything you want online these days.
According to Juniper Research’s published white paper, the numbers of people who now play online games regularly is huge. The Newzoo 2018 Global Games Market Forecast stated that mobile gaming and mobile games has been raising online casino revenue. The proportion rose from 18% in 2012 to 51% by 2018. The Newzoo report also predicted that this trend will continue, and it expected gaming online to contribute up to 59% by 2021.
There are also significant geographical trends in the world of online gaming. In November 2018, China made up almost 28% of global mobile gaming revenue, according to tech website iWeb. Japan is another country which makes a massive contribution to the wealth generated by gaming online. A big role in this is played by the way that gamers in Asia have moved away from their computer screens in recent years and started to use gaming mobile phones.
Online gaming and esports betting
It is possible now to pick up skins during online gaming which can be used to bet on esports. Skins are items that improve the cosmetic appearance of your character in some online games. They do not usually have any effect on the actual gaming performance of the character. They are a particular feature of games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Defense of the Ancients 2.
Gamers soon found another use for these skins as competitive esports grew in popularity over the last decade. As esports became more popular, increasing numbers of people wanted to bet on the matches and events for games like CS:GO, Dota2 and the International tournament.
While the betting companies were lagging behind demand, many gamers started betting using the skins that they had collected from their own gaming activities. This allowed gamers to use their skins as a kind of cryptocurrency for betting.
It is also possible to sell skins for real money, something that means successful esports skins bettors can actually make some genuine profit from their betting. It will be interesting to see how the concept of skin betting develops in the online computer games world in the years to come.
While we have not been able to cover the entire vast breadth of the topic of gaming online in this article, you now have a snapshot picture of this vast phenomenon. As 5G technology develops and becomes more widespread, we are sure to see more new and exciting developments in the world of online gaming. More powerful, faster gaming mobile phones are sure to arrive on the market too.
As the number of games to play increases new gaming trends are sure to emerge in the years to come, especially with the advent of 5G. Concepts such as virtual reality are sure to have an impact too, especially on the world of esports and esports betting. It is an interesting time to be alive for all fans of online gaming across the world!
Three Assassin’s Creed games in development, report says
According to a recent insider report, Ubisoft is developing three different Assassin's Creed titles. The games, currently in the prototype phase, are reportedly planned for launch within the next five years. The three games in development include Codename Red, Codename Hexe and Codename Jade. They were first announced in a September 2022 live stream, but no release schedules were known until the insider report. According to so [...]
Milan Fashion Week showcases Diablo-themed outfits
Last Saturday, Milan Fashion Week showcased various high-fashion, Diablo-themed outfits designed by fashion house Han Kjøbenhavn. The Danish designer collaborated with Blizzard Entertainment to bring the "Chthonic Penumbra" collection to life, inspired by Blizzard's upcoming Diablo 4 title. Chthonic Penumbra features a variety of haute-culture women's fashion, sporting striking leathers and gothic colors along with metallic or [...]
Web3 startup Towns raises $25.5M to transform online communication
Web3 social startup Towns announced yesterday that it had raised $25.5 million in funding to build decentralized "digital town squares" to revolutionize online communication. The social startup presents unique solutions to the limitations of Web2 platforms, such as Twitter, Discord and Facebook. These social media usually take advantage of their users by selling data to advertisers. "The problem communities face is coordinatin [...]
Pixel metaverse NFT game Worldwide Webb receives $10M from Pantera
Pixel art-based metaverse NFT game Worldwide Webb announced yesterday that it had raised $10 million in funding for future expansion. The fundraising was led by Pantera Capital, marking its first external financing round. Since Worldwide Webb's first build came out in November 2021, its 16-bit style pixel aesthetic has helped it stand out from competitors. Though many Metaverse games utilize 3D graphics to visualize their sett [...]
NBA Top Shot creator to face lawsuit claiming NFTs are securities
A judge ruled on Wednesday that Dapper Labs, the creator of a marketplace for National Basketball Association (NBA) Top Shot non-fungible tokens (NFTs), will have to face a lawsuit claiming that the assets are securities. In May 2021, the purchasers of Top Shot Moments — digital video clips of NBA game highlights — filed a lawsuit against Vancouver, British Columbia-based Dapper and its founder, Roham Gharegozlou, for unspecif [...]
Web3 gaming platform Tamadoge launches arcade game ‘To The Moon’
Tamadoge, a play-to-earn (P2E) Web3 gaming ecosystem inspired by the Shiba Inu dog meme, launched its third arcade game, "To The Moon," on Wednesday. The launch followed the success of the platform's first two games — Super Doge and Rocket Doge — which were big hits among gamers. The third game is hoped to continue the trend. To The Moon involves users competing to bounce their Tamadoge NFTs as high as possible on a pogo stick [...]
Gamers account for half of January blockchain activity, report says
According to a new report from DappRadar, blockchain gamers accounted for 48 percent of all blockchain activity in January 2023. The report came after a decline in play-to-earn blockchain gaming over the past year as developers focused on improving the overall gaming experience. The market caps of top gaming tokens also saw an increase of 122 percent on average in January, with Gala (GALA) — the digital utility token of the Ga [...]
Sensorium announces VR public playtest for ‘PRISM’
Leading metaverse company Sensorium has launched its highly anticipated VR multiplayer public playtest for PRISM, a virtual world dedicated to music and the first destination of the Sensorium Galaxy metaverse made available to the public. The PRISM world features a 24/7 galactic Sensorium Party where users can watch AI avatars perform. Users will discover the opportunity to engage in voice chat with both human participants and [...]
Tencent looking to bring Meta VR tech to China, report says
In a recent report, Chinese media outlet 36 Krypton said that Tencent might partner with Meta to distribute Meta Quest 2 VR devices in China. Previously on February 16, sources reported that Tencent was backing away from its metaverse and virtual reality (VR) ventures. The company's plans for the XR unit, an extensive virtual reality software and hardware, had allegedly been put on hold indefinitely. The XR department hosted o [...]
Moonbirds NFT holders furious after Proof cancels major conference
Proof Collective came under fire after announcing the cancellation of its May Proof of Conference yesterday. The creator of Moonbirds NFTs pointed to "less interest than anticipated" as the primary reason for the cancellation. Moonbirds NFTs, the team's most famous collection, is the tenth best-selling Ethereum-based NFT collection. After seeing massive success from Moonbirds, the team announced its first in-person event, Proo [...]