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Brief Published: 31 Aug 2021

Playable NFTs Offer Unique Gaming Experiences


Highlighting the potential for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to move from unique digital collectible to one-of-a-kind experiences, Dom Hofmann, co-founder of now-defunct video app Vine, is creating a blockchain-hosted games console dubbed Supdrive, where the games themselves are playable NFTs.

Every game will be released as an NFT edition, meaning each iteration is unique, with possible variations in colour palettes, difficulty or special abilities, depending on which version is purchased. The first title – called Origin – will take cues from classic arcade games such as Pacman, but future games will become increasingly sophisticated as the firmware is upgraded.

The extent to which game owners will hold any intellectual property ­is not yet clear, though other NFT community projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) show strong potential. BAYC, for example, has adopted the tactics of a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), giving owners of its NFTs full creative license with their token, such as creating merchandise. For more, see Three-Minute Trend: What the Hell Are Headless Brands?.

Laddering up into a meta game, Supdrive players will be split into Red, Blue or Green teams. Players are already engaging with these team dynamics via the Supdrive Discord server – before a single game has been released. Those who join a team are sent a free collectible signifying their membership, which could even impact the games they play, with Hofmann saying that owning an edition of one game could feed into the outcome of another.

Hofmann also plans to let the community develop games in future, hinting at ways co-creation can engage gaming communities. With pricing and quantity details to be announced soon, the concept’s October release will signal new creative applications for tokenisation. For more on NFTs in gaming, see Play-to-Earn: NFTs Capture Virtual Value in Pop Culture Round-Up: Summer 2021.