I remember watching Tron with my dad; thoughts of going inside the computer seemed like make-believe to little kid me.
Watching Tron Legacy made me realize I was short-changing myself! Not only are we going inside the computer, but we may also decide to live there as well. Thanks to Covid-19, we were all forced to change how we worked and played with one another. A blessing in disguise, as the world has been born witness to the rise of The Metaverse!
Let’s start with the basics; what is the metaverse? According to Neal Stephenson, “It is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, including the sum of all virtual HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world” HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world”worlds, augmented reality, and the Internet.” The metaverse is the new digital playground for creatives! No longer are we content to play on phones, tablets, or screens; bring on the headsets and glasses, please! You can all thank Zoom calls for the extra push into the metaverse; nobody likes being stuck in front of a camera all day long! Factor in the tremendous amounts of cash injected into space; the metaverse will be here before you know it! Let’s take a look at some of the platforms we can use today!
Welcome to The Sandbox, where the motto is “ Play, Create, Own, and Govern a virtual world made by players.” The easiest way to explain their game is Minecraft meets Cryptocurrencies sounds like a match made in heaven to me. What’s staggering about The Sandbox, they have over forty million downloads, over seventy million community-created worlds, and the community is averaging one hundred thousand planets per day. They are cranking out numbers like The McDonalds of Metaverse Gaming! Next up is Enjin, “The largest gaming community creation platform”! This platform allows its community to create virtual goods for the metaverse, including virtual weapons, clothes, vehicles, animals, etc. Enjin is the first cryptocurrency for gamers, making it the de facto boss of cryptocurrency-based gaming platforms. Finally, there’s Decentraland! A platform that “provides an infrastructure to support a shared virtual world, aka the metaverse.” Decentraland took off when developers created buildings to showcase NFTs to the community. (NFTs or Non Fungible Tokens store digital data on the blockchain ledger) NFTs will aid in the rise of the metaverse, like the moon aids rising tides!
In closing, I suspect many of these companies will combine their efforts to provide a holistic metaverse experience in the future. Creating and educating the masses of users will take hard work and dedication from the various communities. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint, and for those thinking long term, the opportunities to grow with the metaverse will be a thousandfold! Thank you for lending me your eyes and mind; tune in next time!