Wednesday, December 15th 2021

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 To Integrate NFTs, Offer a Winner the Chance to Become In-Game "Metahuman"

GSC Gameworld is hard at work on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. As a highly awaited sequel to some of the most acclaimed games, the company is naturally looking to cash in on as much awareness for the game as possible. And since one of the hot buzzwords in the market are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), the company has now announced that these will be present, in some forms, in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. One such NFT will be particularly special: its holder will have the digitally-recognized, intamperable right (and that's what NFTs are mostly about, in theory) to become a "Metahuman" - an in-game character modeled after the actual NFT holder.

"The idea of the related NFT is to give the right to recreate its owner's identity within the game through one of the NPCs," clarified GSC. "The person will need to come to our studio for a detailed scanning procedure and after that, we will have everything to make this person appear in the game world as one of the characters." The feat is being pulled with the help of NFT platform DMarket. DMarket will be holding an NFT auction dubbed the "STALKER Metaverse" in January 2022 through its partnership with GSC; there, users will be able to bid for an NFT offering that prize. Like any NFT, it can then be traded - up until a deadline specified by GSC, which will lock the prize to whoever has blockchain-verifiable possession of the NFT at the time.
GSC also said that more NFT offerings will be added to the game besides the pinnacle "Metahuman" one, and said in a press release that its NFT drops "won't influence the gameplay itself or give in-game advantages over other players." With NFTs being so easily translatable into the world of videogames, rest assured - this is only one of the ways in which NFTs and other blockchain-based technologies can become assets to both gamers - and companies. We just have to find the right ways to go about this integration first.
Source: WCCFTech
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67 Comments on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 To Integrate NFTs, Offer a Winner the Chance to Become In-Game "Metahuman"

#1
robot zombie
Noooo....

Damned money people. When I was a teenager I thought "capitalism ruins art" was a corny thing to say... and now they've made NFTs, the most tragically comedic embodiment of that statement possible.
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#2
Fouquin
NFT incorporation?! Get out of here, Stalker!
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#3
Legacy-ZA
I would love to have crypto to be used between all games that have tradable items, meaning, if I want to sell a CS:GO item for crypto, then use that crypto to buy something in a different game, say World of Warcraft. This will create a whole new market for digital items.

Are we there yet? :)
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#4
Steevo
Nope.

Games are supposed to be an artistic escape from normal reality into a surreal world that is immersive and engaging. All the little BS they keep adding to make money or detract from actual gameplay makes them as exciting as a dish washing simulator, where you can earn minimum wage by washing dishes to eventually level up to bus boy and take you androgynous friend out to a alphabet friendly vegan dinner and movie experience!
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#5
neatfeatguy
I don't want NSF...I mean, NFTs to be part of games.

I just want a game that runs and makes you feel like you're part of the game world and it is enjoyable to play. What happened to the days that game makers made a game and sold it and then if it was liked made an expansion and sold it?

Too many other things are now pushed into games to nickel and dime people or try to make a game "special". I don't need nine thousand different skins for a character I play and I can't even see because the game is a first-person view game or weapon skins or vehicle skins. I don't want a one-time item DLC. I don't want horse armor DLC that costs money. I don't care about game achievements and I don't want NFTs that are added to games to create hype and try to force more people to buy and play it for a chance to win something.

I purchased every STALKER game on release for full price because I enjoyed what they were and what they offered. The one other thing I really enjoyed about the STALKER games was the fact that full retail price on them was $39.99 when they launched, not $49.99 or $59.99, but a reasonable price. None of those games had payable DLC (that I recall), they didn't have achievements and they didn't offer you anything you could possibly win just because you played the game. They offered a gaming experience I liked and still enjoy to this day.

If STALKER 2 does incorporate NFTs into the game, as long as they have no impact on the story or gameplay, I guess it wouldn't bother me. But if they go out of their way to make it known that X - quest or Y - NPC or Z - actions are part of an active NFT, that would keep me away from the game.

On a side note, if I do get this game and I find out the NPC that someone gets scanned and put into the game, I will make it my job to track them down and kill them in every imaginable way possible that the game provides.
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#6
Smaeili
I have had it with these Mother$%&#ing NFTs on these Mother$%&#ing games!
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#7
silentbogo
Why?... Both bad photoshop art and in-game items are the worst examples of NFT applications. I'm not going to beat the dead horse of morality here. Just the technical aspect and reasoning behind why this is needed always confused me. Microtransactions and cosmetics are already worked-in like pharmasist's recipe (including unique stuff). Signed digital art have existed long before crypto was even a proto-thought on paper. Yet, today if you ask an average Joe what's NFT, that's the first thing that'll come to mind - retarded monkeys, and pay-to-win play-to-earn games.
I guess real-world applications like tokenized event/ride tickets, and digital proof of ownership are on a backburner again.... :banghead:
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#8
Jack1n
I was very excited about this game until I read this. Very disappointing.
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#9
droopyRO
SmaeiliI have had it with these Mother$%&#ing NFTs on these Mother$%&#ing games!
This is only the beginning.
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#10
EatingDirt
Legacy-ZAI would love to have crypto to be used between all games that have tradable items, meaning, if I want to sell a CS:GO item for crypto, then use that crypto to buy something in a different game, say World of Warcraft. This will create a whole new market for digital items.

Are we there yet? :)
We call that fiat currency. The majority of Crypto used for transactions is too volatile to ever be used as a currency.

Just as an example:

You sold some ultra-valuable CS:GO skin for 1 Ethereum a year ago @ around $590 USD value. That 1 Ethereum is now worth $3,725 USD.
Alternatively, you sell that same ultra-valuable CS:GO skin for $590 USD. That $590 USD is now worth $549.

No one in their right mind would trade Ethereum if they know it has the potential to quadruple in value(500%+ in the past year).
Most fiat currency, on the other hand, is fairly stable. Even right now, with 6% USD inflation, the currency is stable, which continues to encourage the exchange of goods/services.

Edit: Originally applied deflation instead of inflation to USD worth.
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#11
weekendgeek
Zero chance I'll buy this game now. Zero.
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#12
TheoneandonlyMrK
EatingDirtWe call that fiat currency. The majority of Crypto used for transactions is too volatile to ever be used as a currency.

Just as an example:

You sold some ultra-valuable CS:GO skin for 1 Ethereum a year ago @ around $590 USD value. That 1 Ethereum is now worth $3,725 USD.
Alternatively, you sell that same ultra-valuable CS:GO skin for $590 USD. That $590 USD is now worth $549.

No one in their right mind would trade Ethereum if they know it has the potential to quadruple in value(500%+ in the past year).
Most fiat currency, on the other hand, is fairly stable. Even right now, with 6% USD inflation, the currency is stable, which continues to encourage the exchange of goods/services.

Edit: Originally applied deflation instead of inflation to USD worth.
Read back what you just wrote.

Quadrupled in value = why people invested.

Not into nft's but not bothered either I have always ran around games in generic free skins , I usually don't ever change them.
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#13
Octopuss
What's NFT and why is everyone obsessing about it these days?
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#14
Vayra86
OctopussWhat's NFT and why is everyone obsessing about it these days?
They think they can somehow make crypto money and other than that its just algorithm parroting. And lots of people staying at home with too much time and money.

Ignore mode, this will go away, its just static.

Besides, the whole 'pledge money and you get special narcissism hugs' is not new for developers. Let it be... really. Fools and money
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#15
Octopuss
Um that tell me nothing. Crypto what, who makes what, wth?
I only know about bitcoin and the 584 spinoff failures.
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#16
LabRat 891
Well. This shot *any* and all hope I had for STALKER 2.
OG's writers and Devs knew such 'programs' belong associated with C-Conciousness as an in-universe plot device. Unironically, this sounds like something Monolith faction would do to recruit STALKERs from outside the zone.
They're the 'bad guys', if you haven't gathered...
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#17
Valantar
Well, that's one game off my to-play list. Good riddance.

NFTs aren't fundamentally a scam, but NFT games are a pyramid scheme. Plain and simple. And most NFTs, regardless of specific implementation, either are or are used for scams.
Legacy-ZAI would love to have crypto to be used between all games that have tradable items, meaning, if I want to sell a CS:GO item for crypto, then use that crypto to buy something in a different game, say World of Warcraft. This will create a whole new market for digital items.

Are we there yet? :)
This thing already exists. It's called money. AFAIK it's been around for a while.
OctopussUm that tell me nothing. Crypto what, who makes what, wth?
I only know about bitcoin and the 584 spinoff failures.
NFTs are tokens mined on the Eth blockchain that are used as receipts for the sale of "unique" digital "goods". Since digital files are infinitely copyable, you're buying a receipt for the ownership of something that has literally no ownership value beyond ... possibly feeling good? The ultimate anti-NFT meme (and protest act) is right click + save, which kind of tells you how nonsensical this whole thing is. That it's mainly used to buy/sell massively generic and artistically bankrupt images produced in sets of thousands or tens of thousands for the sake of speculation (i.e. gambling) just underscores how utterly absurd this whole thing is.

And, of course, in games as with other NFTs, ownership is meaningless. You buy one of Ubisoft's new numbered "unique" skins (yes, you can pay a decent chunk of real money for an in-game asset+texture that has a tiny number on it that nobody will ever notice), Ubisoft shuts down the game in question, your skin goes poof, the receipt is utterly worthless no matter how much it is "secured" by the blockchain.
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#18
BorisDG
weekendgeekZero chance I'll buy this game now. Zero.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.2:Heart.of.Chernobyl-CODEX
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#19
EatingDirt
TheoneandonlyMrKRead back what you just wrote.

Quadrupled in value = why people invested.

Not into nft's but not bothered either I have always ran around games in generic free skins , I usually don't ever change them.
I wasn't talking about investment. I was explaining why cryptocurrency isn't a suitable currency.

For a currency to work it needs to have a stable, predictable value to facilitate the exchange of goods/services. Crytpo in its current form is the opposite of being stable.
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#20
Tartaros
Vayra86They think they can somehow make crypto money and other than that its just algorithm parroting. And lots of people staying at home with too much time and money.

Ignore mode, this will go away, its just static.

Besides, the whole 'pledge money and you get special narcissism hugs' is not new for developers. Let it be... really. Fools and money
Until some major company has a problem involving authorities, let be scam or robbery. Or just good ol public backlash.
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#21
Liquid Cool
weekendgeekZero chance I'll buy this game now. Zero.
I'm a huge fan of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and I just commented in a thread yesterday that I was looking forward to this titles release in 2022, but I may end up joining you.

robot zombie mentioned...

"capitalism ruins art."

In the times we find ourselves this very day...perhaps these words should be given serious consideration. Even as a staunch capitalist...I rather be a broke artist.

In fact...I am.

Best,

Liquid Cool
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#22
Valantar
TartarosUntil some major company has a problem involving authorities, let be scam or robbery. Or just good ol public backlash.
It'll be regulated sooner than later - crypto falls squarely under the purview of the US FTC and similar organs, regardless of claims of it being "deregulated" and "decentralized". And, hopefully, that will kill it for good. It's bad enough to give rich people more tools to screw small fish out of their money (if you can afford to hedge your bets, you always come out on top, something wealth distribution graphs over the past few decades show in abundance), but to give them such tools that are simultaneously evangelized as somehow going to fix the world (zero sign of actual usefulness so far), all the while having a massive environmental impact? Yeah, sorry, that needs to be banned, ASAP.
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#23
Tartaros
ValantarIt'll be regulated sooner than later - crypto falls squarely under the purview of the US FTC and similar organs, regardless of claims of it being "deregulated" and "decentralized". And, hopefully, that will kill it for good. It's bad enough to give rich people more tools to screw small fish out of their money (if you can afford to hedge your bets, you always come out on top, something wealth distribution graphs over the past few decades show in abundance), but to give them such tools that are simultaneously evangelized as somehow going to fix the world (zero sign of actual usefulness so far), all the while having a massive environmental impact? Yeah, sorry, that needs to be banned, ASAP.
Yeah. There is also a lot of misinformation regarding NFTs, a lot of NFT owners do really think they own the image itself and go putting stupid watermarks about how his NFT is copyrighted, which is a clusterfuck that someday will have to be put in order by an actual authority to the dismay of the ultra libertarians. And the enviromental impact is already being taken in account, China has already started with the crypto farming ban. So not all is bad an unlawful.
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#24
TheoneandonlyMrK
EatingDirtI wasn't talking about investment. I was explaining why cryptocurrency isn't a suitable currency.

For a currency to work it needs to have a stable, predictable value to facilitate the exchange of goods/services. Crytpo in its current form is the opposite of being stable.
Look your entitled to your opinions and I wouldn't use crypto as daily currency either, but the simple act of bundling all of them into one makes your argument less than it could be, some are stable some don't get much use some do.
Nft's are simply connected to the chain not a crypto currency.

General thread comment follows, not to you.

As for nft's being a scam , yes and no , they're not going to hack you and Rob you, it's just a weird idea not everyone is into , like digital baseball cards, I mean to me the real or digital version is equal in balls factor, I wouldn't pay a penny for either.
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#25
Valantar
TheoneandonlyMrKAs for nft's being a scam , yes and no , they're not going to hack you and Rob you, it's just a weird idea not everyone is into , like digital baseball cards, I mean to me the real or digital version is equal in balls factor, I wouldn't pay a penny for either.
Somewhat true, except with baseball cards you own the physical card, and not just a receipt for a card that someone promises exists in a unique way somewhere else. It would be the same if all baseball cards were freely and infinitely copiable without tangible changes, while you buy a recept for an "original". With NFT skins/assets in games it's as if the baseball cards were all stored in a central facility, you own a receipt saying you own it and get to look at it when you want to, but the facility owner has absolute power over the facility and could burn it down tomorrow if they wanted to with zero consequences.
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