May 2, 2024 - Economy

ğŸŽ® Culture hash: A test of a beta test

A screenshot from the opening sequence of a video game.

Screenshot: Apeiron

I tried Apeiron from Sky Mavis (the folks behind the first crypto gaming hit, Axie Infinity) and had no idea what was going on.

Caveat: I'm not really a gamer. The games I do play are mostly turn-based, too (that is, they aren't so fast).

How it works: So, you play a main character with a little team. You control the main character, but your team does its own thing.

  • You also have a deck of cards you can deploy to help in fights. I deployed them, but only about 5% understood what I was doing.
  • You also have to pick some skills to play. No clue at all what those were doing.

🦸‍♂️ My main character was an air elemental, because I'm an air sign (♊️).

In the weeds: It was really, really hard to tell what was going on while gameplay happened. I was throwing things into the field and was typically unsure which effects I was seeing were even mine.

Of note: The game is in beta, and it is probably more comprehensible to a seasoned gamer.

💭 My thought bubble: I thought I'd enjoy figuring it out, but I didn't feel like I was learning anything, in practice.

The intrigue: The flame-out of Axie Infinity was epic, but the company behind it is not giving up on play-to-earn gaming.

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