G.S.C. Game World, Stalker 2, announced that it would auction off NFTs. Also known as “expensive receipts”, these were essentially ‘expensive receipts” that granted owners a presence within the game. However, their faces would only be attached to the heads of N.P.C.s. The studio has now announced that it will no longer be selling NFTs.
Yesterday’s NFT promotional material was filled with gibberish about being “the first metahumans in the Stalker metaverse”, which would be accomplished through a metaverse bridge. This sounds like something out of a Kojima video. It’s face scanning.
G.S.C. knew it would get a lot of backlashes when it announced the news. It started immediately that Stalker 2 was not becoming a blockchain-based game, that the NFT auction would not affect gameplay and that NFTs could be purchased if desired.
Today, the studio sent another tweet to Twitter to calm the anger caused by the announcement. It stated that NFT owners’ in-game representations wouldn’t disrupt players who chose to ignore it. G.S.C. quickly deleted the tweet and announced that any NFT-related activity had been cancelled on Twitter about an hour later.
This statement says:
We are here to help.
Based on our feedback, we have decided to cancel any NFT-related S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. Our top priority is to serve the interests of our players and fans. This game is for everyone to enjoy, regardless of the cost. If you care, we care too.
G.S.C. Game World Team.
Although initial reactions were adverse, there was some support for the NFT auction. According to DMarket, over 107,000 people signed-up to be in the running to win a Stalker NFT.
Although there were some objections to the Stalker NFT Auction, its itse that sceptical observers see the entire blockchain marketplace as a way for suckers to get cash. And no one wants to be seen as a mark. There are many stories of scams and heists in the blockchain. It sounds like something out of E.V.E. Online. Those who don’t believe that NFTs will be the subsequent big thing struggle with how the poor drawings of monkeys can hold onto value. Will those left with JPGs after the big hustlers have made their fortunes have any value to them?
Videogame integration is another angle on NFTs: The idea that they could be commodities that can stand up to ‘play-to earn’ game economies. Although that wasn’t the intention for Stalker 2, the adjacency was slightly uncomfortable. Blockchain videogames seem like a way to replace play and recreation with work and financial speculation for those who don’t have cartoon dollar signs.
Recently, a French trade union said that Ubisoft’s NFT efforts referred to its members. This is the unspoken and assured promise of NFT. We are still far from videogame enjoyment.
Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford, responding to G.S.C.’s deleted clarification tweet (before it had announced its total cancellation of NFT plans), pointed out on Twitter by Gearbox that the studio doesn’t need to use blockchain technology for the same promotion. For years, Kickstarter rewards have included in-game representations. Another theme, metaverse marketing’ claims that something is new when it isn’t. It has become irritating.
It’s over, it’s over. The Stalker NFT Auction has been abandoned unless the studio changes its mind. The metaverse bridge will not be crossed today.