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INTERVIEW

Gameunculus is interviewing Cryptage

Cryptage devs are sharing their thoughts on blockchain gaming industry, community and scam

Gameunculus had a chat with Cryptage team, a single player decentralized game, where you are in charge of a crypto-venture. Various types of in-game assets can be collected and used across different games in Cryptage universe. We asked Cryptage devs some questions on blockchain gaming industry, community and scam.

What motivated you to work on blockchain games? What's exciting about this industry?

Most of our team actively plays various online games and some have been passionate players of Magic: The Gathering, both off- and online, as well as Hearthstone, and the idea of transferring these concepts into an era of decentralized solutions and crypto collectibles won our hearts pretty much instantly. We can’t help but imagine a gaming world where players cannot be excluded from rule changing decisions and where in-game collectibles are reusable, transferable and tradeable throughout different game systems. The potential in blockchain to disrupt the current gaming industry standards is truly huge and we’re more than happy to be working on it.

Gameunculus note: We’re so happy, that blockchain game devs are altruists inspired by the great Idea, not a greedy pack of crypto wolves, following the charming scent of money.

Where do you communicate with the blockchain/game community?

The blockchain gaming community is still very young and has just started growing, so there isn’t that one defined channel that has become the standard. With that said, we’ve found that most of our community prefers Discord and that’s where you can find us online at pretty much any time, but we’re taking part in blockchain gaming subreddits and Telegram groups, too. Besides Discord, we also post Cryptage updates and announcements on our Medium blog and Twitter account. Facebook is really not our thing, so you won’t find us there.

Do you yourself play any blockchain games? Why (or why not), and based on what criteria do you pick one?

Yeah, we do. There are at least a dozen CryptoKitties owned by our team members and we’ve also been through Fishbank, DopeRaider and EtherGoo, to name a few. And we’ve all got hours upon hours spent playing Cryptage Origins, if we’re honest. Our criteria when choosing blockchain games is that it’s an actual DApp and that it has implemented gameplay. However, there are now many blockchain game projects doing presales without any actual gameplay offered still, which we’re not really fans of.

Gameunculus note: Don’t be afraid of revealing your cupboard skeletons, we’ll be totally sympathetic. You love collectibles? Cool, be proud of it! Gameunculus has also got some dirty secrets. Once he met a guy and told him his idea about making a new blockchain over a beer. The next day Vitalik announced Ethereum, and Gameunculus got nothing except for some unusual experience.

Do you watch game contract addresses? What do you watch out for?

We do. Since we also do smart contract audits and optimizations here at Decenter, we like checking out what other blockchain game developers deploy. Some things we look for in the code are security issues, backdoors left for contract owners and the ways they optimized gas usage for their transactions.

What are your favorite resources for news/trends in the blockchain games industry? Why are these resources the best?

Subreddits, Telegram groups, DApp directories and blockchain game portals are all good sources of information and each of them has their purpose. Reddit is best for hearing about fresh projects and seeing community’s initial reactions to them. Telegram groups such as Crypto Gamers Community or CryptoGames - English are great if you want to have a discussion on the current state of technology and blockchain games development with founders of game projects, portals and other dapps.

In your opinion, what makes a blockchain game a scam? Is there a consensus in the industry?

Following the huge success of CryptoKitties, many saw an opportunity to make a profit, resulting in dozens of CryptoKitties copies being launched in the meantime which often included ponzi schemes. Additionally, many blockchain games launched with nothing to show but a whitepaper and presale of items, collecting funds and disappearing shortly afterwards. There is no consensus in the industry as to what makes a blockchain game a scam, but if we take into account what we’ve seen happen so far, we should be able to know a scam when we see one.

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