The creator of Simcity and The Sims has announced a new AI simulation game Proxi, which uses all kinds of NFTs. Proxi by Will Wright’s independent game company Gallium Studios is a creation game that’s all about using memories to construct an AI mind.
This Wednesday Gallium Studios already did a presale, selling two NFT packs for this mobile game. Each pack contained a mix of in-game items and collectibles. Interesting is that Wright and his game studio will use Forte for this project. In May Forte raised $185 million at a $1 billion valuation, without even having a product live. With Netmarble, Hi-Rez, Kongregate, Deca and Nway various game studios work on games powered by Forte.
Proxi isn’t the most traditional game, as it’s an AI simulation game where players build dioramas or snow globes representing memories using digital objects. The idea is that these memories all together become an AI that represents the player. Your brain in the blockchain, so to say. Assets someone uses in their dreams, will be NFTs. Content creators will get credit for their efforts, even though Wright didn’t go into much detail. However, the community will be co-creators to the game.
The gaming aspect of Proxi
How The Sims was about simulation life, Simcity was about society. While Spore was about simulation evolution, and Proxi is a game about reconstructing your mind through memories. On a very philosophical level the game allows its players to combine feelings, people, activities, objects, time and locations into an virtual memory. Then different types of memories combined become like a virtual world, and ultimately a memory world becomes a virtual representation of a mind. This mind is what Wright calls a Proxi, and Proxis can interact with other Proxis. So your AI self can talk to other AIs, both real and fictional.
Wait, where’s the game? Well, Will Wright didn’t go deep into that yet. But your memories, and the memories of friends and family, can generate games. However, details are still lacking here. The community will have a say in how these mini-games will be created.
What are NFTs
A non-fungible token can’t be swapped one-on-one with another non-fungible token. It represents something unique. That’s why non-fungible tokens can be based compared with rare art, an owned house or a signed mint edition of a certain comic book. This gives non-fungible tokens also an unique value that only represents that one specific token.
For example, every Axie Infinity creature – called an Axie – is an unique non-fungible token on the blockchain. However, every Small Love Potion you earn while playing that game, is a fungible token. Virtual land is League of Kingdoms is represented as an NFT on the blockchain, as it’s an unique piece of land at a particular location. The same can be said about collectible cards for the fantasy football game Sorare. Every card is unique, numbered, and limited in supply.
A non-fungible token or NFT always represents ownership. From that perspective you could say it’s a contract between the game and the gamer, between art and the collector, or between an event and the visitor. This contract states that the owner, as defined by the token, is the only one who has a certain asset. Because of this ownership the gamer can use an in-game item, the collector has 100% ownership over art, or the festival visitor can get access to the event. NFTs are unique.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn Online Magazine. He’s also Head of Content for DappRadar.