Dr Disrespect Calls NFT Opposers “Brain Dead Headline Followers”

Streamer Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm has shared his desire to see NFTs in gaming on social media, lashing out at those opposed to blockchain-based games.

The often inflammatory streamer shared his thoughts on Twitter this Sunday in an attempt to raise excitement for the concept of NFT items in video games. He highlighted the fact that in extraction-based shooters, the stakes could be increased by players uncovering items worth large amounts of money.

“Imagine trying to ‘extract’ with an item you discovered worth $100,000 on the chain,” the streamer tweeted. “Think about entertainment value as a viewer let alone player.”

Beahm has a vested interest in seeing the current unpopularity of NFTs in gaming shift to a more positive outlook. The streamer recently founded the development studio Midnight Society which is currently developing a blockchain-backed shooter called Deadrop. 

The upcoming extraction shooter will utilize NFTs for skins and other items. There’s also a ‘Founders Pass’ NFT which promises to give players a unique call sign if purchased. A snapshot reveal of the game is due to take place later this month.

“The concept of digital collectibles in an online game is so exciting to me, Beahm continued. “Especially an extraction type of game. People saying scam and ‘ugh’ are just brain-dead headline followers. Same people that spend a ton on skins for an annual release game.  Same skins everyone has too.”

The use of non-fungible tokens in mainstream gaming has been met with both major backlash and a lack of uptake from players. Ubisoft attempted to utilize blockchain technology through Quartz, an NFT-tied item system that launched with a range of ‘unique’ serial-coded items for the beleaguered shooter Ghost Recon Breakpoint. 

The digital collection drew plenty of ire online and failed to sell, leading to the company later describing Quartz as simply “research” and “testing the ground”. Ubisoft did confirm that its upcoming battle arena game codenamed Project Q won’t feature NFTs following widespread criticism, but the title has since been canceled.

Critics of NFTs cite the scam-riddled nature of the technology’s marketplaces, the instability of cryptocurrency prices, and the heavy environmental footprint of blockchain systems. Many also question whether the technology is even necessary to implement many of the features its proponents highlight.

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