Video games have come a long way since the ‘waka waka waka’ of Pac Man, pizza and arcade games. Since the hungry yellow blob, passionate gamers have seen great changes in interactivity, design, and functionality. Yet, despite these new innovations, the essence of gaming still remains. For players in any country, of any background, of any gender, or any other demographic, gaming is all about connection. Through gaming, people may share moments with friends, setting goals, and attaining a sense of accomplishment along the way. A good video game is challenging, it provides entertainment as well as an opportunity to interact, overcome challenges, and solve problems. In today’s climate of sophisticated technology, there are more and more changes on the horizon. It’s game over for simplistic themes and passive involvement and game on for a new age of interactivity.
Mobile gaming is an inevitable change that has gone hand in hand with the emergence of the smartphone. Ever since, gamers have left the arcade and moved to more convenient locations, playing in transit, at home, or at work (shh!). Mobile technology has made a gamer out of everyone, and its diverse applications serve any need or interest. Similarly, the emergence of Spotify, Netflix and other streaming services has ushered in a new age use for video games. Games may now be streamed on-demand, in real time.
Even more advanced, innovators in the gaming vertical are making voice recognition and virtual reality a possibility, bringing new worlds and immersive technology at our fingertips. Games are now wearable in the form of glasses and watches, with more sophisticated graphics than ever before. Through the authenticity of enhanced reality, video games are now being used to enhance student’s learning, allowing them to go back in time and understand important historical events. Medical students are even using the technology to train for surgery and other procedures. The impact of video games is so vast and its applications are so widespread, it is estimated that as of last year, $125 million Americans play video games. This has translated to close to $30.4 billion being poured into the American economy.
Crossing all industries, it is no surprise that the video game phenomenon has reached the blockchain. Hailed “the new internet”, the blockchain is becoming one of the most transformative of emerging technologies, with the potential to disrupt close to everything that we do using technology. While the blockchain is incredibly relevant, one company that appears to be tapping into its potential in exciting ways is Fuel Games, who announced their new game title early this month, Gods Unchained (godsunchained.com)
When you think of Bitcoin, you probably think of decentralized ownership. That’s exactly what Fuel Games brings to the world of gaming, guaranteeing complete ownership of your digital in-game items. Now, all of your time and money serves a purpose, and involves you in a sustainable digital economy. The items you earn are no longer taken away from you, or restricted from the trading space. If you win a rare item, or no longer like an item you have, you can sell it to other players for real money. Each in-game asset is uniquely tracked on the blockchain, so if you sell an asset, such as a trading card, your signature and involvement with that asset will be forever recorded on the blockchain.
The terms for trading and minting are immutable, as well, with full transparency that everyone can see. In simple terms, everything is decentralized, transparent, and accessible, allowing you to trade virtually everything. Gods Unchained uses what are called smart contracts, a system based upon the blockchain that digitally initiates, verifies and carries out agreements in the contract. An because these contracts are decentralized and transparent, it ensures that once you own an item nobody, not even the company, can go in and take that away from you or restrict you from selling it.
With support from a team of over 100 AAA quality artists, God’s Unchained provides a sneak peak into the future of gaming. According to Fuel Games, “Gods Unchained is a decentralized competitive card game that takes some of the best lessons learned from games like Hearthstone, MTG and Fearia and turns them into a truly community focused game. At its core is a revolutionary decentralized backend, enabling users to trade and sell their cards freely, with the same level of ownership as if they were real, tangible cards.”
Inspired by Greco-roman, Norse and ancient Greek mythology, gamers may explore a vibrant world of choice and power. With every once of time, money and passion poured into the game, Gods Unchained will reward immutable trust, on the blockchain.