Dom Hofmann, one in every of Vine’s founders and the creator of Byte and Peach, has a brand new venture referred to as Supdrive. In his tweet announcing Supdrive, he calls it an “on-chain fantasy sport console,” which doesn’t essentially make it any extra apparent as to what this venture will appear like. He’s since defined in an announcement submit, which you’ll learn beneath, that it’ll be a online game console that performs classic-style video games (within the vein of Pacman or Asteroid), with NFTs appearing as a form of digital cartridge.
In a Discord set up for Supdrive, Hofmann wrote that the video games can be NFTs, working on digital firmware. The truth that video games can be launched as NFTs signifies that there’ll solely be so many “editions” or copies out there. Hofmann additionally says that every copy of a given sport can be distinctive, with gamers getting totally different coloration palettes, problem ranges, and extra.
Hofmann compares Supdrive to a different blockchain venture, Art Blocks, whereas describing it, which can give us an concept of what it’ll truly be like. The gist of Artwork Blocks is that it lets creators make applications to procedurally generate artwork, which is then saved on the blockchain. The applications will at all times create the identical artwork for a given seed, however altering the seed adjustments what the artwork finally ends up wanting like (Minecraft gamers could also be acquainted with this form of system). Then, individuals purchase NFTs for an Artwork Block venture, which is able to include a seed, letting them generate that artwork.
This appears to suit nicely with what Hofmann is describing, the place an on-chain console will play distinctive video games. The small print, although, like how precisely it’s going to work, what number of copies of every sport can be out there, and the way a lot they’ll value, are all to be introduced.
Hofmann’s submit does say that the plan is to let the group develop video games for the Supdrive, if the venture finally ends up figuring out. He additionally plans on upgrading the console’s talents, permitting for extra superior video games (the preliminary set of video games can be “old-school arcade fashion”). The primary sport, made by Hofmann, is known as Origin.
Supdrive additionally has a form of meta sport, with its customers being break up up into Pokémon-esque Pink, Inexperienced, and Blue groups. Hofmann’s announcement submit says that which staff you’re on might impact the sport you’re taking part in. For now, although, the totally different coloration groups are principally memeing at one another within the Discord.
Within the Discord chat, Hofmann mentioned he was aiming for an October launch for the venture. He’s additionally mentioned that he’ll be doing updates “each week or so” main as much as the launch.
Hofmann’s post-Vine initiatives haven’t managed to succeed in the unique video platform’s success — the iOS app for his social network, Peach, hasn’t been up to date in three years, and the successor to Vine, Byte, was purchased by a TikTok competitor called Clash (and consumer App Retailer critiques haven’t been Positive concerning the adjustments made). Solely time will inform how Supdrive seems, but it surely does appear to be an fascinating concept — when you’re prepared to enter the NFT market to get the video games, in fact.
The complete Supdrive announcement, posted to Discord:
That is Replace #1 — will do these each week or so.
This venture has gotten extra consideration than I anticipated within the first 12 hours so I wished to share just a few extra particulars.
Supdrive is an on-chain fantasy console the place the video games themselves are NFTs. You may consider it form of like Artblocks for video games. These video games all run on the Supdrive Digital Firmware, a toolkit that enables video games to be written in concise directions which might be gasoline pleasant and ideally suited for on-chain storage.
Though each sport can be launched in mounted version sizes, each version is exclusive — each model of the sport can be totally different, whether or not it’s coloration palettes, problem, particular talents, or extra.
What sorts of video games?
Supdrive video games can be old-school arcade fashion video games to start out. Suppose titles like Galaga, Pacman, or Asteroid. Because the firmware is upgraded, video games will progressively change into extra refined. Maybe at some point we’ll have Tremendous Supdrive or Supdrive 64.
The primary sport is known as Origin.
Who’s making the video games?
I can be growing the primary few video games, but when issues go nicely the plan is to open up the platform. Artblocks is one other good instance right here.
What are Pink Inexperienced Blue groups?
Impressed by Pokemon, groups are an ongoing meta system within the Supdrive world. Sooner or later, you’ll have a chance to decide to your staff and obtain a free airdrop collectible that signifies you membership within the staff. Holding this collectible can have results in sure Supdrive titles.
Mint worth/version measurement/launch date?
TBD and can hold you posted
How can I assist?
For now, simply hanging out within the Discord and elevating consciousness is cool. As we get nearer to launch, there can be extra issues to do.
That’s it for now! See you subsequent week.