NFT expert imagines a hopeful future where poor people serve as 'real-life NPCs' in games

9/7/2022 2:29:00 AM

This is a terrible idea and will probably come true someday.

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This is a terrible idea and will probably come true someday.

If you thought gold farming was bad, wait until you see this vision of the future.

 1. They don't add anything of value, and .'report, that's not preventing NFT evangelists from coming up with even worse ideas for the future.(opens in new tab)It wasn't just play, though. Big Chief said members of his play-to-earn guild were required to put in eight hours a day, the equivalent of a full-time job, in order to recover the costs of NFT purchases—the digital"plots of land"—and maximize revenues as quickly as possible. Still, he said was"annoyed" by the suggestion that his exploitation of disadvantaged people in poor countries was, you know,

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what part about that is hopeful!? I already watched that movie That guy film 300 and the main one in Dexter were in it It was shit So, this is basically the premise of Star Citizen, yet again. If you're too poor to afford a ship, you're supposed to work on someone else's ship and get paid until you can afford one. Thanks I hate it.

Anybody remember the movie 'Gamer'? Where there was that very thing called 'Society'? ... um ... uh... *sparking noises, and smoke start pouring out of my head* What the actual fuck? Ok can we start calling this a cult? Like 'ah we lost another great soul to the nft cult' Gross 'slave' is outdated, now this is more like it 'NFT slave', yeah can't imagine not trying to turn it into like 'Gamer' movie lmao. Jokes aside NFT has a lot of bad rep from mass plagiarism, doxxing people, pushing propaganda, yeah that sound fun.

'NFT expert' I swear, NFTs seem more and more dystopian by the minute. Anyone who even considers doing this belongs in prison. NFTards already crying in the comments I see

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Ah yes, another heavily biased article by PC Gamer bashing the big, bad NFTs. The environmental damage part is particularly amusing with the ETH merge being literally days away 🤡 Isnt this a form of slavery? People negotiating poor people? shoe0nhead hell world? That will be a juicy lawsuit if ever attempted

terrible enough to do a whole ass write up on it, eh luigi? So the movie 'Gamer' got it I.. what!?!?

Truss set to freeze energy prices until next election as she outlines vision as PMLiz Truss is set to freeze energy prices for two more years - until the next general election - in one of her first major moves as Prime Minister. About a decade ago I posited that the death of the currency would come shortly after schemes to socialise the cost of property followed by schemes to socialise the cost of energy. Tbh that may only be a month or two away... After the endless amount of empty headed things she's said, proposals with no actual plans and just general lies. I'll belive when I see it.

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(Image credit: Critterz) Audio player loading… Efforts to integrate NFTs into videogames have been largely unsuccessful for a few reasons, but essentially it can be boiled down to two primary points:   1.Liz Truss will today (September 5) be handed the keys to Downing Street after winning the vote to become the next Conservative Party leader and in turn, the UK's third female Prime Minister.Nadine Dorries quits hours after Priti Patel as she rules out role under Truss In her first speech after being announced the winner of the leadership contest, Ms Truss said she had a "bold plan" in store to cut taxes and tackle the energy crisis.Leverage our market expertise Expert insights, analysis and smart data help you cut through the noise to spot trends, risks and opportunities.

They don't add anything of value, and  2. There's a nonzero chance that the digital stuff you own will be stolen from you, aka a ' (opens in new tab) . As one of her tasks as the new PM, Ms Truss is widely expected to announce she will freeze energy bills until 2024.' And that's without even considering the environmental damage caused by NFTs. I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. But as seen in a new (opens in new tab) report, that's not preventing NFT evangelists from coming up with even worse ideas for the future. From next month, energy bills are set to soar at the price cap rises again. The bulk of the story by the nonprofit journalism organization is about a Minecraft-based NFT game called Critterz (opens in new tab) , which enjoyed enough success in its early days that some players began hiring others to help build their in-game ownings in exchange for a cut of the profits.

One such high roller, who goes by the name Big Chief, had"his team"—made up mainly of kids in the Philippines—collect building materials for a casino, which he then paid"professional Minecraft builders" $10,000 to actually create. READ NEXT: Lancashire reacts as Liz Truss announced as new Prime Minister Following her victory over Tory leadership rival Rishi Sunak, the new PM will fly to Balmoral on Tuesday where she will be formally invited by the Queen to form a government. "But we all will deliver for all for our country, and I will make sure that we use all the fantastic talents of the Conservative Party: our brilliant Members of Parliament and peers, our fantastic councillors. "I have a lot of kids that play for me, and they play because they want to make extra money in a country that’s really just locking them down," Big Chief explained. People in the Philippines were willing to play the game this way, he added, because"they were able to earn just enough where it was worth their while. The Daily Telegraph has reported that among the measures under consideration was a scheme – costing tens of billions of pounds – to freeze bills until the next general election in 2024." It wasn't just play, though. A voting turnout of 82. Big Chief said members of his play-to-earn guild were required to put in eight hours a day, the equivalent of a full-time job, in order to recover the costs of NFT purchases—the digital"plots of land"—and maximize revenues as quickly as possible. A number of key allies and supporters have already been pencilled in for some of the most senior roles, including Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng who is widely expected to be given the crucial role of chancellor.

Still, he said was"annoyed" by the suggestion that his exploitation of disadvantaged people in poor countries was, you know, exploitation . "I couldn’t tell you what the hourly rate comes to, but I could tell you that people make very little money and the cost of living is very low in the Philippines," Big Chief said. Other key appointments are expected to include Attorney General Suella Braverman, who is tipped for promotion to home secretary, and Education Secretary James Cleverly, who is expected to be the new foreign secretary. Among Ms Truss' top priorities when she gets into office will be appointing her new Cabinet. But as Critterz grew in popularity, its value began to drop: Big Chief said players were selling their $BLOCK (opens in new tab) tokens used in the game rather than holding them"because they need money to live," which combined with the increased number of players created a token glut that drove prices down. Following the trajectory of most cryptocurrency in 2022,  $BLOCK sunk from a high of 85 cents in January to just 3 cents in May. Ms Truss did not enjoy the support of the majority of MPs during the parliamentary stage of the contest, with former chancellor Mr Sunak coming out on top among fellow Tories. The wheels didn't really come off, though, until July, when Mojang declared that NFT integration into Minecraft is" not something we will support or allow (opens in new tab) . It was revealed on Monday evening that both Priti Patel and Nadine Dorries would be stepping down from their roles ahead of the reshuffle.

" That cut the value of $BLOCK, already dramatically diminished, in half. Mr Sunak indicated that he did not expect to be offered a new ministerial role – although he insisted he would give Ms Truss his “full support” from the backbenches. Earnings dropped, player counts fell off, and at this point the future of Critterz is uncertain at best. Big Chief understandably bemoaned his loss—that is, the loss of his ability to do so much good for others. “It is very important that what we see is an inclusive government – reaching out to all sides of the party based on talent and ability,” he told Channel 4 News. "I treated a lot of these kids like they’re my kids, so it’s kind of sad now that I can’t really offer them much," Big Chief said."Before, I was really helping a lot of these kids, giving them an opportunity to make some extra cash for their families and it just kind of sucks that I can’t really do that right now. He is expected to use his address to urge Tories to rally round his successor.

" (Image credit: Critterz) Luckily, for him at least, people are coming up with fresh ideas for how citizens of the Third World can be put to productive use by wealthy Westerners. Mikhai Kossar of blockchain gaming consultant Wolves DAO (opens in new tab) , for instance, suggested that they could be added to the background of videogames for the amusement of other, presumably wealthier players. READ NEXT:. "With the cheap labor of a developing country, you could use people in the Philippines as NPCs, real-life NPCs in your game," Kossar said, apparently seriously. They would"just populate the world, maybe do a random job or just walk back and forth, fishing, telling stories, a shopkeeper, anything is really possible." It's an odious idea, perfectly in-character for the NFT field, and literally the dictionary definition of exploitation:"Selfish utilization … especially for profit.

" As much as I hate to admit it, it's also not at all outside the realm of possibility. Paying people to do the heavy lifting in your videogame of choice is nothing new—most of us are at least passingly familiar with the practice of gold farming (opens in new tab) in MMOs—but the introduction of real money into these systems only encourages bad behavior. It's dystopian, but also foundational: As long as real money is involved, there will always be people willing to pursue it, and there will always be others eager to take advantage of them. Andy Chalk Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters.

He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots .