Dom Hofmann, one in all Vine’s founders and the creator of Byte and Peach, has a brand new undertaking referred to as Supdrive. In his tweet announcing Supdrive, he calls it an “on-chain fantasy game console,” which doesn’t essentially make it any extra apparent as to what this undertaking will seem like. He’s since defined in an announcement submit, which you’ll be able to learn under, that it’ll be a online game console that performs classic-style video games (within the vein of Pacman or Asteroid), with NFTs performing as a kind of digital cartridge.
In a Discord set up for Supdrive, Hofmann wrote that the video games will probably be NFTs, working on digital firmware. The truth that video games will probably be launched as NFTs signifies that there’ll solely be so many “editions” or copies accessible. Hofmann additionally says that every copy of a given recreation will probably be distinctive, with gamers getting completely different shade palettes, issue ranges, and extra.
Hofmann compares Supdrive to a different blockchain undertaking, Art Blocks, whereas describing it, which can give us an thought 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 trying like (Minecraft gamers could also be accustomed to this kind of system). Then, individuals purchase NFTs for an Artwork Block undertaking, which is able to comprise 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 can work, what number of copies of every recreation will probably be accessible, 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 neighborhood develop video games for the Supdrive, if the undertaking finally ends up figuring out. He additionally plans on upgrading the console’s skills, permitting for extra superior video games (the preliminary set of video games will probably be “old-school arcade style”). The primary recreation, made by Hofmann, is named Origin.
Supdrive additionally has a kind of meta recreation, with its customers being cut up up into Pokémon-esque Purple, Inexperienced, and Blue groups. Hofmann’s announcement submit says that which crew you’re on may affect the sport you’re taking part in. For now, although, the completely different shade 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 undertaking. He’s additionally mentioned that he’ll be doing updates “every week or so” main as much as the launch.
Hofmann’s post-Vine tasks haven’t managed to succeed in the unique video platform’s success — the iOS app for his social community, Peach, hasn’t been up to date in three years, and the successor to Vine, Byte, was bought by a TikTok competitor referred to as Conflict (and consumer App Retailer critiques haven’t been constructive concerning the adjustments made). Solely time will inform how Supdrive seems, but it surely does appear to be an fascinating thought — if you happen to’re keen to enter the NFT market to get the video games, in fact.
The total Supdrive announcement, posted to Discord:
That is Replace #1 — will do these each week or so.
This undertaking has gotten extra consideration than I anticipated within the first 12 hours so I wished to share a number of extra particulars.
Supdrive is an on-chain fantasy console the place the video games themselves are NFTs. You’ll be able to consider it kind of like Artblocks for video games. These video games all run on the Supdrive Digital Firmware, a toolkit that permits video games to be written in concise directions which are fuel pleasant and perfect for on-chain storage.
Though each recreation will probably be launched in mounted version sizes, each version is exclusive — each model of the sport will probably be completely different, whether or not it’s shade palettes, issue, particular skills, or extra.
What sorts of video games?
Supdrive video games will probably be old-school arcade type video games to start out. Assume titles like Galaga, Pacman, or Asteroid. Because the firmware is upgraded, video games will progressively turn into extra refined. Maybe sooner or later we’ll have Tremendous Supdrive or Supdrive 64.
The primary recreation is named Origin.
Who’s making the video games?
I will probably 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 Purple 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 crew and obtain a free airdrop collectible that signifies you membership within the crew. Holding this collectible may have results in sure Supdrive titles.
Mint value/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 will probably be extra issues to do.
That’s it for now! See you subsequent week.