The metaverse may be many things to many people, but one thing everyone agrees on is that a lot of people will come together in its virtual worlds to play video games.
“Video game developers are likely to be the primary designers of the metaverse because at its core the metaverse is a video game,” Janine Yorio, head of real estate at online investment platform Republic, and Zach Hungate, director of gaming at Everyrealm, a metaverse innovation and investment company, declare in CoinDesk.
Video games, they say, are the primary activity that will bring us to the metaverse in the first place, and then have us coming back over and over and over again.
“Video games have become a primary form of socialization,” they argue. “The metaverse generation of children up to age 18 today has very different expectations from technology — even compared to millennials. They spend time in interactive environments where they play games, socialize with friends, build small businesses, and buy and sell things.”
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Today’s youth wants the socialization of playing together online. They believe the next set of metaverse video games will not be after-thoughts or mini games but the main experience.
This will include first-person shooters like Fortnite as well as old-school arcade games that resemble Super Mario Brothers or Pac Man. Other times we will procrastinate with more mindless pattern games like Candy Crush or build worlds like the Sims or Second Life.
If that’s beginning to sound like a lot like Ready, Player One then Yorio and Hungate would concur Author Ernest Cline’s vision of the metaverse is as a grandiose virtual reality where people spend the majority of their time, offering an escape from a reality battered by social, economic and political strife.
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The metaverse, in their conception, will consist of robust and highly customizable video game worlds. The games will be of an extremely high quality, often built by AAA gaming studios. They may also be built on the blockchain and it is video game developers who will be the architects of this world.
“When a person turns a door knob in the metaverse, the door swings open. That is not just a 3D architectural model, but a world with cause and effect — and few coders outside of gaming studios know how to program that world.”
“Video games have become a primary form of socialization. The metaverse generation of children up to age 18 today has very different expectations from technology — even compared to millennials. They spend time in interactive environments where they play games, socialize with friends, build small businesses, and buy and sell things.”— Janine Yorio & Zach Hungate
Video game developers are typically among the best and brightest graduates of computer science educational programs because video game development is highly complex.
“The person writing the code must think in 3D,” they say. “These developers cannot be created rapidly in coding schools the way that HTML developers are, which means there will be a greater demand for game development talent from remote locations and emerging markets, causing a new economic opportunity for those who are crafty enough to teach themselves game development.”