Art often imitates reality. Many science fiction stories are perfect examples of this. The creative projection of current themes in society as they may appear in some remote future captivates audiences as they marvel at distant possibilities. And yet, sometimes reality mimics art in often unexpected ways.
For example, the acclaimed 1982 film, Blade Runner, includes various technological references that today’s viewers recognize as accurate, while other aspects seem to be off the mark. Video calls shown in the film which seemed unlikely in 1982 are now ubiquitous with FaceTime, Skype and Zoom calls. The concept of living on other colonized worlds still seems far off, though advances with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic appear to be embryonic developments in that direction. Digital outdoor signs in the film advertising Atari may have seemed relevant in 1982, though today’s viewers may find it laughable.
Leave it to crypto and blockchain though, to resurrect some of the seemingly outdated and far-off themes from this science fiction film. Decentraland (launched by Decentral Games) is the first community-owned virtual world which allows users to exist and trade in an alternate space. It is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) which means that its rules are governed by its members and there is no central authority. Users can buy virtual real estate using crypto and create dazzling spaces to explore within this digital world known as a metaverse. This functional alternate world is the closest thing to a colonized physical world.
To make matters more interesting, Atari just announced that it will partner on a crypto casino in the Ethereum-based Decentraland metaverse. This Atari-branded casino will exist in “Vegas City,” a gaming district within the virtual space and will be leased for an initial two-year term. Within this virtual world, users exist with the body of an avatar and can interact with others.
“Through collaborating with Decentral Games, we can move the Atari gaming experience onto the blockchain,” said Atari’s CEO Frederic Chesnais in their press release.
The casino will feature Atari-themed games that involve skill rather than purely luck. Players will be able to earn $DG, the native token of Decentral Games, as well as other crypto assets such as MANA, DAI and Atari tokens. Those who hold $DG tokens will also be granted the right to take part in governance and company-related decision making.
With the increasing interest of younger generations in the gaming and virtual world space, the economics of opportunities like Decentraland may resemble aspects of the physical world. Virtual real estate may increase in value over time and skilled winners of Atari casino games could win crypto which can be converted and used in the physical world as well.
The sci-fi feel of these developments should not be dismissed, as people who may have been left behind financially in the physical world may find new success in the virtual world. META 1 Coin Trust believes in advancing abundance and freedom for Humanity through the META 1 Coin cryptocurrency, and is supportive of new and developing opportunities in the crypto community such as those noted in this story.