You know that opening scene in Surrogates where they reveal that the hot young thing was really a fat older dude in real life? And then we did a collective resigning "ah" at how the entire premise of the movie was a harkening of the near future since online catfishing already exists?
So why all this metaverse talk? Well, now that it seems that NFTs have made a comeback (for now), it seems that virtual land is expanding. With these non-fungible tokens (we’re SEO-obligated to spell it out) best explored in the digital medium, a virtual gallery is not going to be enough to host, and more importantly, flaunt these artworks.
Especially when the top-selling NFTs are essentially collectible avatars, you'd naturally want somewhere to parade them. Your CryptoPunks, Cool Cats, and Bored Apes. It's almost like we detest being human. Bored Apes Yacht Club is a fine example, where a purchase of an Ape also entitles you to an exclusive membership, online games, merch stores, and live events.
Above all, commercial rights to your Ape. In terms of this crossing into the real world, the worldwide license has since seen owners launch YouTube channel Yawn of the Apes, given them their own IPA beer, and even a spin-off novel whose character is now signed to a Hollywood talent agency. Yes, "Jenkins the Valet".
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— The Bored Ape Gazette🍌 (@BoredApeGazette) September 24, 2021
Back to the topic though, the virtual playgrounds are growing. CryptoVoxels, Decentraland, and Sand Box are all platforms that sell spaces where avatars can interact through VR headsets. For those wondering, these Oculus-accessed Ethereum land parcels can now go for up to USD100,000.
And of course, NFT OASIS, a virtual gathering space via Microsoft's Altspace. If you need further proof that this is going somewhere, look to Travis Scott's virtual concert in Fortnite last year.
Thank you to everyone who attended and created content around the Travis Scott event!
Over 27.7 million unique players in-game participated live 45.8 million times across the five events to create a truly Astronomical experience. 🤯🔥 pic.twitter.com/LSH0pLmGOS
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 27, 2020
…meets the real world
And then we have Dreamverse. Crypto fund Metapurse's parallel universe comes to life with its first physical event that spans a daytime gallery and a one-night only party headlined by Alesso in New York, complete with VIP access and NFT tickets that colourize when scanned at the event. It also features augmented reality booths and holograms where attendees can design their own avatars.
If it’s not the first real life event birthed from the NFT realm, it certainly won’t be the last. So while we most likely won't be able to attend Dreamverse (physically, at least), don't be surprised that blockchain real estate and its IRL counterpart could really be where we would show up next.