Sid Meier believes gameplay is 'critical' to making NFTs work

Legendary game developer Sid Meier criticized the implementation of NFTs in games in a recent interview.


NFTs have become increasingly popular in the tech and entertainment space, as it feels like a new publisher or development studio is taking a crack at Non-Fungible Tokens. Sid Meier, known for founding Firaxis Games and developing games like the Civilization series recently spoke about NFTs in an interview, where he disapproved of their current implementation in video games.

Sid Meier was speaking with BBC News about monetization in the video game industry when he talked about how NFTs are being used by developers and publishers. His primary criticism is that the monetization model does very little to improve the player experience. “People can assume that a game is going to be fun and what it needs for success are more cinematics or monetisation or whatever - but if the core just is not there with good gameplay, then it won't work.”

Meier went on to discuss how the quality of the gameplay itself is paramount to making monetization features like NFTs successful.

We’ve seen NFTs come to gaming in a big way as of late, but they’re often met with backlash. While Ubisoft has defended its use of NFTs in Ghost Recon, Team17 ended up canceling its own plans just a day after announcing them. As we continue to monitor how NFTs are impacting the video game industry, stick with us here on Shacknews.

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    February 28, 2022 10:10 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Sid Meier believes gameplay is 'critical' to making NFTs work

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      February 28, 2022 10:29 AM

      Yeah, I need better “gameplay” around my receipts for digital items. That’s definitely the problem. Surely this will succeed now that Sid Meier has cracked the case!

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      February 28, 2022 10:36 AM

      XCOM 3: Non-Fungible Tactics

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      February 28, 2022 11:45 AM

      if civ7 has any of this shit, i'm out.

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        February 28, 2022 12:14 PM

        this is my unique Gandhi NFT character, he's like normal Gandhi character except this one is wearing a cowboy hat and red/blue 3D glasses and I own him

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      February 28, 2022 12:05 PM

      You can't make NFTs work. Stop trying.

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        February 28, 2022 12:17 PM

        This summary (and especially the headline) is misleading. I don't think that's intentional, but it is.

        He doesn't suggest in any way that there's any value in NFTs in the original BBC piece.

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          February 28, 2022 12:31 PM

          Yeah, he was more on that there is too much focus on new monetization, but no strong support of gameplay that would be essential to back up, otherwise ppl would run off to other simy things.

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          February 28, 2022 12:52 PM

          Thanks for the clarification. That is a much more reasonable take.

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          February 28, 2022 1:11 PM

          Ah, yeah. Definitely a bad interpretation in the shack article.

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      February 28, 2022 12:32 PM

      This is a horrible take on that article. Ewwww.

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