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Don’t Write Off NFT Gaming Just Yet


Gamers scorn games that use crypto and NFTs. A new wave of these “Web3” games hopes to prove them wrong.

Chris used to spend hours a day playing video games, but stopped after deciding they were eating up too much of his time. But when he saw Axie Infinity last May, he was hooked. Inspired by Pokemon, Axie Infinity is a video game about training and battling monsters. That sounds like a million other games, but one thing makes Axie Infinity atypical: It’s built on the blockchain.

Axies are the Pokemon of Axie Infinity, but are owned as NFTs. Players earn a cryptocurrency called Smooth Love Potion by battling them. You can breed Axies, which you can then either battle or sell. Chris, who declined to give his real name and only goes by the pseudonym Cryptobarbarian, felt he could justify playing video games again — as long as it paid.

“It was fun for the first few weeks but it gets boring really fast,” the 28-year-old said. “From there, he says, Axie Infinity became purely about making money.

Axie Infinity is a browser game. Accessing it is free, but you need to buy a team of three Axies in order to play. […]

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