Changing The Game: From The Arcade To Blockchain
Innovations Over Time
Tech advancements in gaming have evolved drastically over the years, resulting in radical changes to the gaming landscape, and as a result, there are more gamers than ever before. Let’s start with arcade games, the first form of digital games. Before the arcade era, game play revolved around small-social gatherings. Then, with the advent of the arcade, gaming became a destination that was no longer restricted to who you knew. Instead, it became a way to increase your social reach.
Next, in-home digital games arrived in the way of gaming consoles. It brought gaming back to smaller circles, with people playing from their homes once again. Enter the PC era. As technology increased, the community aspect of games returned. Instead of hanging with your friends at the arcade, you could hang with them from the comfort of your home, and form new relationships with people all over the world.
Then comes mobile gaming. You could take your game with you anywhere. And most of these games were cheaper than ever before, if not free to play. More people became game players with games at the tips of their fingers.
Now – everything is changing again with blockchain, which takes all of the accessibility of mobile gaming while adding in the rich immersive and communal aspects of the PC gaming while allowing the possibility of an entirely new element: an open gaming ecosystem.
Let’s take a quick look at why Vitalik Buterin created Ethereum. According to his bio, Vitalik had spent years playing World of Warcraft until “one day Blizzard removed the damage component from [his] beloved warlock’s Siphon Life spell. [He] cried himself to sleep, and on that day [he] realized what horrors centralized services can bring.” Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum
Many gamers have had this or similar experiences highlighting the common thread throughout gaming’s history: your achievements and assets are stuck within the game. And if the game is pulled off the market by the studio or developer, the game goes through an internal change, or something like what happened to Vitalik, the gamer’s hard work can be lost in an instant. Now we have the ability to build a community surrounding in-game items and achievements earned that are not tied into the closed ecosystem of one specific game.
What does an open ecosystem mean for gamers?
The opportunity for blockchain based gaming to help the game player is immense. Blockchain opens the channels of communication between the gamers and the developer to help keep games vibrant. The user experience shifts to encourage users to spend more time in game, pushing developers to create more immersive gaming experiences. In-game achievements and the tokens gained can have real-world value, outside a closed ecosystem. This allows for a whole new world of possibilities. For example, in certain games, people in the third world will be able to make incremental money because their time is as valuable as anyone else’s. Gaming is more than a hobby. It’s becoming a part of daily life that now shows real intrinsic value for people, or at least it will.
What does an open ecosystem mean for game developers?
This is now an open economy, and game developers have to think about it that way. If there is now financial value being traded from user to user, we have to think about the health of what that economy is. Since it is an open economy and there are value transfers from the game developer to the user, the developer has to think about things from a community aspect as well. You are creating small countries, or states, if you will, within this open blockchain.
What happened to Vitalik is no longer possible. Game Developers have to shift to community-first building, with two communication with their player base. Vibrant members invested in the community will help to take that forward, which will make the game developers think twice about their decisions. Developers will think about things much farther down the line than they have historically. The current lifespan of a game on free to play mobile is 18-24 months. We will be able to remove limits like these in the future. The community and the game developer now have the same goal: games that players want to spend more and more time playing.
How does Stardust come in?
All of these elements add a new level of complexity that need to be accounted for. Now, Game Developers not only need to focus on the game itself but also on building using programming technologies like Rust or Solidity, the tokenomics of their game, keeping a community happy so it will grow and be vibrant, as well as transitioning to an entirely new game mechanic. Now add additional elements in games like blockchain and deploying smart contracts on top of all that. This is where Stardust comes in. We focus on the blockchain complexities for the game developers. Stardust manages the Smart Contracts straight to players wallets, mitigating risk. We allow game developers to switch blockchains to achieve the highest levels of market agility. Stardust offers the best in class blockchain solutions for game developers to empower innovation and quickly. We can solve the infrastructure problems of where the developers aren’t experts so they can focus on what they excel at: making games.