On June 1st, Children’s Day, a WeChat group suddenly became crowded, and after just a few minutes, the unread messages became 99+.
“Everyone get your headphones, water and dry food ready, it’s time to set off for the meta-universe. Cao Yin greeted everyone in the group. In addition to the titles of managing director of the Digital Renaissance Foundation and crypto art collector, he has another identity – a member of the Metaverse expedition.
The WeChat group is called Metaverse Expedition One, and hundreds of adults who are still young at heart chose to explore the “metaverse” amusement park from the future on Children’s Day.
At 2:00 p.m., CryptoVoxels, the prestigious blockchain metaverse, welcomed the China-based Metaverse Expedition team, which had never seen so many people descend on the CryptoVoxels world at the same time before, and was jokingly described as a “stress test” for CryptoVoxels.
Countless 3D figures have gathered in Origin City, the city right in the center of CryptoVoxels World and the first place where every newborn CryptoVoxels World child will descend. The 3D figures gather together, with the older residents flying up into the sky and dancing, and the new blood gawking curiously at each other. Although these dolls may look very crude and may even be identical to the preset models of the modeling software, they are the embodiment of each of us in this metaverse, so that each person sees himself as unique.
Can the metaverse not be “encrypted”?
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the concept of “metaverse”, and people are thinking about the future of second life in this “next-generation Internet”. People are looking forward to a world where a left turn leads to Meituan takeaway and a right turn leads to King of Glory; they are looking forward to living and working in this digital world; they are looking forward to having neighbors from all over the world in the digital world; they are even looking forward to a digital world where life and human relationships can be completely independent of the real world.
The metaverse can be unrelated to the crypto world and blockchain technology.
Tencent invested in Roblox and exclusively represented Roblox China product distribution, Byte Jump invested nearly 100 million yuan in the “Chinese version of Roblox” code Qiankun, American game developer Epic received 1 billion dollars in financing and announced the user development meta-universe business, and Tianmei will also develop a game masterpiece to benchmark the virtual world in “Top Gun” Oasis”. Even “Moore’s Manor”, which has been frequently featured on Weibo recently, has been joked about as a metaverse platform.
However, these metaverse platforms are not the best choice. Nowadays, people are more and more concerned about the ownership of goods, whether they are physical assets or virtual assets, people want to keep their things firmly in their hands, and the metaverse launched by those Internet giants cannot do that. But as a generation that grew up in front of screens, we’ve all experienced the stories of lost assets due to games and website shutdowns too many times.
That’s why we prefer the metaverse of the crypto world, which may not be as well-made as the big players, but in which the ‘virtual’ assets are ‘real’.
The crypto world metaverse
Can you guess how far the metaverse in the crypto world has evolved?
Following the expedition, we took a tour of CryptoVoxels and Decentraland and realized that these metaversees have evolved far beyond our imagination.
CryptoVoxels was called the “blockchain version of My World” at its inception, with a simple pixelated style that made it easier for users to get started building, and over time, CryptoVoxels has become the most common platform chosen by crypto-native artists and crypto-art platforms to hold online exhibitions.
The most common thing people do when they come to the world of CryptoVoxels on a regular basis is to see exhibitions, and Metavoxels is no exception. As an expedition co-sponsored by NFT Tuesday and the Shanghai Artel community, it was only natural to visit the galleries of the artists in this metaverse. So the team went to Liu Jiaying’s Red Gold Gallery, private galleries of artists like Baiwei and IOYOI, and Conflux Eco-Bake Gallery to see these digital artworks up close and personal. Crypto artist Reva even formed a meta-universe construction team, “Yuan Jian Si Bureau”, to help others while building their own virtual galleries.
And in addition to the gallery, the builders of CryptoVoxels have developed even more interesting features in this meta-universe.
For example, for the building or their own body mapping, the realistic environment in which they live or their own imagination of the world into reality, but be careful that the head of the figure is not mounted backwards.
Like spending a day in the metaverse watching a movie.
For example, go play a meta-universe pixel haunted house, but some patience, computer configuration is not good enough if you need to stand at the door and wait for the ghosts to load out before entering the house to explore.
After a trip to Cryptovoxels, the metaverse expedition set its footprints in another metaverse of the crypto world, Decentraland.
Decentraland has a very different drawing style from CryptoVoxels, as Decentraland supports importing 3D modeling in addition to voxel building, so the buildings and various elements here are more sky-high.
For example, the official building in Decentraland has a streamlined appearance that makes it look more modern and beautiful.
Among all the buildings, the most representative building is the Dragon City built by the Chinese team. The traditional Chinese style statue shoots red and blue light, the combination of classical and modern technology elements is quite Chinese cyberpunk flavor.
The giant statue of the god standing next to the tower of the “Soul Network Agency” overlooks the earth, just like Cthulhu from the East.
In Decentraland, everyone’s digital body is more realistic and the whole metaverse is closer to the world we see in our daily lives.
Likewise, the Decentraland metaverse has many talented creators who have created various entertainment facilities for the world, such as secret rooms and virtual casinos.
In addition, many other NFTs in blockchain games, such as CryptoCat and Axie, can be integrated into the world of Decentraland. The world we dreamed of when we played “Pokemon” as children and lived with Pokemon will soon become a reality.
In addition, there are various “eggs” hidden around the Decentraland world, and by participating in various activities, you can also receive a POAP, a “proof of attendance” NFT, which is a proof that you are active in the metaverse, and a proof that you existed digitally. Although they don’t seem to have much investment value at the moment, in the future, maybe it will become “value” itself.
Another meta-universe that has received a lot of attention in the crypto world, The Sandbox, is also worth waiting for.
If CryptoVoxels is like My World, which also uses voxels to build buildings, then The Sandbox can be described as bringing My World to the crypto world.
Unlike CryptoVoxels and Decentraland, which can be explored on the web, exploring The Sandbox requires downloading a separate application, which makes The Sandbox run more smoothly. At the moment, The Sandbox client is only available for Windows, the macOS version is not yet online, you can use your Windows computer to experience it yourself, and if your computer is macOS, you can also watch the official video of the game in action first.
Players’ digital bodies in The Sandbox can be personally customized with a wide variety of options.
The character’s actions in the game are coordinated and smooth, and the overall world environment is exquisite.
The Sandbox’s land auctions are also in full swing. On May 28, The Sandbox held its latest land sale, and 1,400 pieces of virtual land, NFT, were sold out in 15 seconds, which shows how hot it is. The land next to the famous KOL was snapped up almost instantly, and people who choose to live in the digital world have bought themselves a “school house” in the metaverse.
There’s more to the metaverse than NFT, just like there’s more to NFT than art
When you think of NFT, most people think of crypto art and digital collectibles. Indeed, in the current NFT market, the majority of goods fall into these two categories, and it is these two categories of NFT that have repeatedly sold for sky-high prices.
When you think of the metaverse, most people think of NFT, so many people think the biggest use of the crypto world’s metaverse is to hold online exhibitions.
It is true that the biggest use cases of NFT are crypto art and digital collectibles, but NFT is not only for artwork, financial NFT is also developing silently, from NFT policy to Uniswap V3 NFT, it is foreseeable that financial NFT will occupy a huge share of the NFT market in the future, and other NFT with more practicality will be born and widely used. categories will also be born and widely adopted.
In the meta-universe of crypto world, NFT has an extremely important position. All of our assets in the metaverse other than virtual currency will exist as NFTs, and NFTs give us ownership of our virtual assets so that even if a metaverse eventually shuts down, those assets will still exist in our digital wallets and we can relocate them to a whole new metaverse.
But just as there is more to NFT than art, there is more to the metaverse than NFT.
Think about it: do we really need a specific “object” around us for everything in real life? Of course, the answer is no.
Let’s imagine what the metaverse of the future can do.
We can use virtual currency to order a take-out for our real life self in the virtual restaurant in the metaverse; we can watch football games and concerts with our neighbors in the digital world in the stadium in the metaverse; we can invest directly in stocks, funds and cryptocurrencies in the trading floor in the metaverse; we can vote for the metaverse world governance proposals in the assembly hall in the metaverse. ……
From the necessities of life, to sports and entertainment, to finance and even politics, the metaverse has endless potential, and the metaverse we have explored now is only skin deep. In the future, these different meta-universes will be connected to each other, with similar functions but with their own characteristics, and their respective advantages may not be the profit of competing with each other, but will become a structure similar to the traditional Chinese mortise and tenon, connecting these “parallel worlds” tightly.
For the future, for the oasis in 30 years
There is a classic line in the movie “Top Gun”: “People come to the Oasis because they can do all kinds of things, but they sink here for a different kind of life.
Oasis is the meta-universe in the world of Top Gun movie. In that era, people socialize, play and work in this meta-universe, and ordinary people who are broke and have no existence in real life can become superheroes in this virtual world in this meta-universe of Oasis.
In the future, the “metaverse” will no longer be a tool to experience novelty in people’s eyes, and not just a place to “play”, but will become a real world in which we have a life very different from the physical world.
It may take us another thirty years or more to bring the oasis in the movie into reality, but we are all waiting and looking forward to the day when it arrives.
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