Never love anything
NFTs are the blight that just won’t seem to go away. As they permeate just about everything, they never really justify their presence in anything. Even after a devastating crypto crash, some still see crypto and NFTs as the future of currency and media, including Tony Hawk.
Announced last week, the birdman is “helping to create the biggest skatepark in the metaverse”. How, you ask? By slapping his name on some NFTs as part of The Sandbox, an NFT-based multiplayer game that has done collaborations with other celebrities and companies in the past. From Snoop Dogg to the Smurfs, the idea is that these NFTs translate to in-game items. It’s like Garry’s Mod. If Garry’s Mod was blocky, had far less stuff, and you had to pay to download anything. One of the ways the Tony Hawk NFTs also plan to slot into this game is letting players build their own skateparks. This is also achievable in 2010’s Skate 3.
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The crypto-crowd have been pushing NFTs as the future of gaming for the past few years. Even big companies, like Square Enix and Ubisoft, have stated their goals of pursuing NFTs in their games. Square Enix even went as far as to sell some of the biggest IPs in gaming to invest in blockchain. However, most of the ideas posited as new things NFTs can achieve in gaming are, most often, already possible.
As said before, The Sandbox is promising what multiplayer sandbox game Garry’s Mod has been achieving for well over a decade. Meanwhile, the dream of having NFTs usable in multiple games is possible without crypto. Both would need companies to remake these same assets in whatever engine they use, and also have these companies share player information between them to know which items each player has.
Ultimately, it’s a shame that Tony Hawk has become a shill for NFTs. And with the news coming so soon after the news of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 + 4 remakes being cancelled. It’s a sad time for any Tony Hawk fans out there (well, the ones who aren’t also fans of Ponzi schemes, anyway).
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