now.gg to Introduce ‘now.gg Fungible Games’ - Here’s All You Need to Know About the New NFGs
Check out the most exciting now.gg feature coming to the mobile gaming metaverse, NFGs. Learn about our new now.gg Fungible Games in this brief overview.
As a committed gamer who prefers to indulge in their hobby whenever they have some free time, do you sometimes think about making your own games? Or in the case of existing games, do you sometimes have ideas about how they could improve? Whether it be through improving or modifying a visual asset or an audio effect, or perhaps by altering a larger aspect such as animations, textures, or a model, many of us often have thoughts and opinions about how our favorite games can be improved.
Alternatively, if you’re a game developer, do you sometimes think about what could be the best way to present your game, so that it appeals to the widest audience possible? And while it’s a cool thought to be able to cater to everyone, this is all but impossible, considering that tastes and preferences can vary wildly among the target audience. However, what if instead of realizing your own artistic vision, and possibly alienating the parts of the audience that would prefer something different, you could actually leave it up to the users to define their own visuals, sound effects, and other aspects of presentation?
This, dear readers, is what our new NFGs are all about, and it’s exactly what we want to talk about today.
What is NFG?
The acronym NFG stands for “now.gg Fungible Game”. Now, we know what you’re thinking: It’s probably something along the lines of “Wow, now.gg is getting into NFTs now?!” or any other similar expression of shock, wonder, and perhaps even hesitation. All of these reactions are understandable and expected; after all, the current NFT scene is a hotbed of mixed emotions where some people either hate or love the concept. However, whereas regular NFTs usually only refer to images or sound effects, our NFGs go further beyond.
In a nutshell, an NFG is a version of an existing or upcoming game in which most of its visual and audio aspects can be customized by the user. The NFG, itself, refers to the customized version of the game, of which ownership is directly attributed to the one who purchased and customized it. In this sense, through NFGs, there could be infinite variations of any given game, all of which are entirely personalized to their owner’s preferences.
The best part about this is that, even with all these customizations, players can still meet and play together, in the case of multiplayer games. It would also be great if users could create and share their versions of games with friends to play. This could be made possible if games are edited in the cloud.
How NFGs Work
As was said above, a now.gg Fungible Game is a way in which you, as a user, can fully customize your gaming experience to suit your preferences. It could be something as playing a short sound effect whenever you get a kill in a shooter game or changing visual pop-ups that appear whenever you get a killstreak, or even something as large as modifying character models, textures, skins, or potentially the aspect of entire maps. And the best part is that, since ownership of these modifications is directly tied to you as the creator, you can freely market, sell, or trade your own version of the game or customized effects with your friends or other users so that they can enjoy your creations, via our exclusive marketplace.
For developers, however, NFGs has a different connotation. With this new feature, the games that are hosted on our now.gg mobile cloud can now be “segmented” into several different parts at a code level. This segmentation essentially lets you sell parts of your game to interested users so that they may customize them as they see fit. The upshot of this is that your audience is the one that decides how their game will look and sound, and will also determine its overall presentation according to their own tastes. This, in turn, will let you appeal to a much broader audience, while also empowering your users to basically build their own games, which is something that is currently grabbing the interest of many.
The Need and Benefits of NFGs
The internet community is on the verge of a breakthrough, and all signs point to NFTs being the future of digital art and media ownership. Similarly, NFGs would be the logical next step for the mobile gaming community. And as with most new trends that become a mainstay in our lives, it’s the early adopters the ones that will reap the most benefits.
Of course, for users and developers alike, the immediate benefit of these new elements is usually of a monetary nature. And while yes, there’s a commercialization aspect to creating and trading in NFTs, we want to go beyond this with our NFGs and venture into an aspect that’s potentially more empowering to both the user and the developer: Ownership.
We live in a world where people seek tailored experiences with increased frequency. Users are no longer satisfied with merely purchasing a copy of a game, and simply playing it according to the developer’s vision. And while this isn’t true for all users, there’s still a growing audience that seeks to add their own special touch to their favorite games.
Take the popular MOBA game, DotA 2, as an example. While Valve constantly adds new cosmetic items for the characters, they also have a community scene where users get to design, model, and present their own skins and item sets. And once greenlit, these items are then hosted on the marketplace for anyone to purchase, and the author gets a cut of the profit.
Nevertheless, even with the example above, there’s still a big caveat: While attributions for the items go to their respective creators, the fact is that the user never owns their items; it’s the developer who has exclusive ownership of their creations. With NFGs, however, this is not the case: All the customized games that you create, or at least the part of the game you decide to purchase and personalize, are yours exclusively, and this ownership is verifiable via the blockchain. Furthermore, the only way that someone can ever profit off of or use your creations for their own means is if you eventually transfer the rights to them, either by selling your creations or by willingly relinquishing the ownership.
As developers, on the other hand, it’s important to know that users want fully fungible games. The current market trend shows that users want to create, innovate, and tailor their experiences to their own preferences. And while there’s definitely a monetary aspect to consider in this market (artists and creators need to eat too!), most users simply want to be able to work on their art and share their craft with their followers—the fact that they can use their creations to improve everyone’s gaming experience is a very welcome bonus.
Our mobile cloud, now.gg, simply helps to facilitate this transition while also providing a marketplace in which you can showcase your unique creations for the world to see. And in the case of game developers, now.gg will make it much easier to transition from traditional mobile games to fully-segmented NFGs that you can then share with your audience and let them customize them as they see fit. This in turn can also help you save costs since, instead of dedicating a significant budget on new cosmetics and other customization items, you can essentially leave it to the community to develop and share their own creations, basically extending the longevity of your title for free.
now.gg Marketplace For Buying and Selling Fungible Assets
While creating and customizing parts of your games is one of the largest benefits of NFGs, users will still need a place in which to host their creations, and this is exactly where the NFG Marketplace comes into play.
This feature offers a place where users can browse for NFTs and NFGs to purchase, and then subsequently transfer and add them to compatible games. And while the main point of NFGs is to offer highly customized experiences to the users, players can also create and share their individual NFTs so that others can purchase and use them in their games. These NFTs can be as little as a poster that you can hang up in your virtual room in any game or, as we mentioned above, and in the case of NFGs, creations that modify or replace much larger chunks of the game’s presentation.
The marketplace also works in tandem with the NFT Dashboard, a feature in which you can view the NFTs and assets purchased from many different platforms, in one place. This dashboard gives loads of information about the items that you own, including the current owner (if it’s in your dashboard, this would be you), the original identifier for the asset, the number of existing copies of it, the date of creation, and much more. This platform also lets you view the trade history of the asset in question, as well as let you post them on any social media platform, either for advertising or simply to show it off to your followers, which is essential if you’re a creator looking to sell.
The Future of NFGs: Fully Fungible Games
While the modification and customization of specific aspects of certain games can be truly groundbreaking, the ultimate objective and endgame are to host fully fungible games. That is, titles whose mechanics and aspects both revolve around NFGs, and also whose in-game assets consist of NFTs.
One such game that is currently in its proof of concept phase is “Heya”, a title whose name simply translates to “room”. And true to its name, it’s a game that revolves mostly around owning your own room, as well as decorating it in your own unique way through NFTs. The interesting aspect here is that, due to the design of NFTs and how these elements work, you can truly design some unique creations, since not many players, if any, will own the same decorations as you. The result is that, whenever you invite your friends and other people to chill in your room, they will get dazzled by your artistic eye.
This is an example of how a fully fungible game could work. And while it’s basically just a proof of concept for a social simulator game, its general principle applies to other genres. For instance, take a battle royale title where players are rocking unique NFT characters and weapon skins, which can be freely exchanged in the marketplace. Or better yet, through our NFGs, being able to freely customize larger aspects of the game, and then also freely trading these variations of the base game on the market.
Ultimately, imagine this concept similar to what the Metaverse is trying to accomplish; giving players access and ownership to digital goods and assets via the blockchain, and also letting them market and trade said goods freely. For all the reasons mentioned above, game devs should be striving to make their games more fungible. On our side, and through now.gg, we’re giving you all the tools not only to make this a possibility with existing games but also to create fully fungible games from the very beginning.
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