During Brazil’s International Games Festival final week, developer Mark Venturelli (Chroma Squad) was scheduled to provide a chat known as “The Future Of Game Design”. A couple of seconds in, he flipped and revealed the presentation’s actual title—“Why NFTs are a nightmare”—to a room filled with applause.
The speak completely rails on the concept of implementing NFTs and “play to earn” in video games, attacking the environmental price, predatory practices and the truth that they’ll flip video games into salt mines and sweatshops, somewhat than artistic works folks can merely get pleasure from. All issues we already knew, but it surely’s at all times pretty seeing a developer reinforce the purpose in a discussion board amongst their friends.
A video of the speak has been uploaded to YouTube, however because it’s all in Portuguese it received’t be of a lot use to most of you. It ought to, nevertheless, autoplay under to the second that Venturelli pauses, laughs and makes the swap, a common second we are able to all get pleasure from.
As PC Gamer report, an vital factor to notice right here is that he pulled the stunt with the blessing of the occasion’s organisers, as a result of the Brazil International Games Festival had amongst its major sponsors quite a lot of crypto, NFT and blockchain firms, a few of whom had been livid on the content material of Venturelli’s speak.
“These individuals are outsiders right here, they’re not vital,” he said of the scam peddlers during the presentation. “They’re simply making an attempt to purchase their relevance, as a result of they haven’t any precise affect over the way forward for our business. If you simply give them this area uncontested, you’re simply giving them precisely what they need, and shopping for their narrative that they’re related.”
In a subsequent interview with PC Gamer, Venturelli says “I’ve heard that the sponsors bought actually mad. They tried to interrupt into the speak whereas I used to be speaking, however the group wouldn’t allow them to…There was by no means any type of intention on [the organizer’s] facet to close me up or something like that.”
While the video of the speak was in Portugese, Venturelli has since uploaded a translated set of the slides accompanying the presentation, which you can check out here.