Written by Morten Rongaard

Recognised as a pioneer in the fields of Augmented Reality, Blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies. Loves : Nutella, pancakes, Amiga, Cars, red wine, diversity, nerds, Vikings, history & food

December 7, 2021

Retro Gaming Reinvented for Blockchain

Blockchain games are gaining more and more popularity by the week, empowering individuals worldwide to take part in a new global phenomenon streamlined by technologies like DeFi and NFTs and play to earn built into their core. 

In fact, many crypto enthusiasts think it will actually be gaming that drives blockchain forward to mass adoption in the future. Evidence of this starting to take place can be seen today, as a limitless multiverse is being built before our eyes that allows new and exciting gaming concepts to flourish. 

Over the last three decades, gaming has changed considerably, moving from the arcade to the home, online, and now to the blockchain. Each move that has taken place in the past has ultimately changed the gaming world and set it off on a different foot to find its personality in the future. Today, blockchain has allowed a totally new culture to emerge. Players can earn money by playing games and trading assets online in a wide ecosystem of gaming options. Such developments have also brought many new faces into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. These two underlying technologies, alongside DeFi and NFTs, have essentially allowed games to provide new revenue streams and opportunities for wealth creation. 

New games are undoubtedly the pioneers of these groundbreaking technologies, pushing boundaries and possibilities to new heights. But, we can not forget the old classics that are finding their own ways into the space with updated versions available on numerous networks. 

Today, you can play Pac Man on NEM, Battleship on WAVES, Space Invaders on EOS, Lode Runner on Bitcoin Cash and Minecraft on Ethereum. But it doesn’t stop there; there may be plans to incorporate the new technologies available even further and apply them to an older generation of games, enhancing their abilities and effectively monetizing them with the power of the future. With this in mind, players may eventually be able to play such games and win crypto benefits or NFT prizes in return, which can then later be traded on the markets. 

Retro games are sentimental assets that will always be looked towards as the initial pioneers of digital gaming culture. It may only be a matter of time until they merge with these new technologies further, allowing players all over the world to experience them differently. Blockchain’s application in gaming is a no-brainer because gamers are already familiar with tokenization, which also applies to the games of the past. But as the industry moves forward and technologies such as VR and AR are incorporated more into games such as Reality Clash, the way we interact with new and old games has already begun to change across the board. 

The metaverse and blockchain could be the next catalyst for bringing these older machines back to life. The growth of emulation has allowed for far greater access to software and preserved games independent of hardware for the future generations, but the games themselves only tell half the story of the experience offered by older machines. The satisfying click of a floppy diskette into the Amiga; the feeling of entering a game store and picking a game based on how cool the title sounded rather than knowing already its Metacritic score; the slight disappointment when the ever optimistic illustrated artwork of a Commodore 64 tape could never quite live up to the reality of the machines 16 colour palette.

Retro gaming is about being in a place and time as much as it is about the games themselves. For all of the futuristic tech promised by the metaverse and blockchain, one of the things we can most look forward to will be a retro experience that captures this, allowing you to roam the aisle of long forgotten video game stores, browsing box arts and purchasing the games as NFTs to be played in fully virtual environments themed around the time period.

We look at such games as sources of inspiration for what new things can be achieved with the technologies of the time. As an advanced gaming facility, we are working hard to develop top-level gaming experiences that utilize collectables (NFTs) and blockchain solutions to benefit businesses and individuals alike.

About Reality Gaming Group

Reality Gaming Group is an award-winning developer and publisher of blockchain-based games, NFT digital collectables and bespoke marketplaces for global brands. Key releases via the Reality Studios publishing label include Doctor Who: Worlds Apart, Smighties Universe, Reality Clash and Emojibles. Reality Gaming Group’s Digital Asset Trading (DAT) Platform is also available for license by third parties, enabling the creation of fully-managed NFT experiences across multiple content types. The Reality Gaming Group leadership team has more than 20 years’ experience across Mobile, PC, Console, AR and VR games. The company is listed as a Top 50 blockchain games publisher by industry bible BlockchainGamer.biz.

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