Exploring the metaverse with Terra Virtua chairman Gary Bracey [video]

With Pocket Gamer Connects London 2023 approaching, we look back on some of last year’s highlights

Will NFTs and blockchain elements be in every game in the future? How can game developers adapt to the blank canvas that is the metaverse? Dive into these questions and more in this insightful fireside chat with Gary Bracey from Pocket Gamer Connects London 2022.

On embracing change

At the online conference Pocket Gamer Connects London 2022 (January 2022), Gary Bracey (Terra Virtua) talked about the humble beginnings of Terra Virtua five years ago. He discussed the nuances of bringing the metaverse into the mainstream, as well as how the gaming industry has historically reacted to big changes in the virtual space.

In particular, he mentioned that the industry hasn’t always been the most welcoming when it comes to shifts in technology. Today, there’s still a lot of cynicism about NFTs and backlash about the dawn of the metaverse. Citing VR tech as an example, Bracey sheds light on how trends don’t necessarily become the next big thing – there has to be compelling content to drive big successes.

The mainstream metaverse and the future

Bracey shares his insights on how trends can’t be compelled – users need to come together to drive these trends forward. What’s most important is to create the right content and to listen to people. And most of the time, people just want simplicity.

He also touches upon the common mistake developers make when trying to take what already exists and placing it into this whole new concept of the metaverse. NFTs and blockchain elements need to feel natural and organic to succeed in a game.

Toward the end of the session, Bracey shared his thoughts on how education is very important for the mass market to embrace these new changes. Developers have to build utility and try to employ casual mechanics to entice mainstream users.

This 20-minute talk is ideal for anyone who’s always been curious about the outlook of the metaverse in video games. It’s also a good watch for anyone who’s eager to see how companies and various industries can collaborate to break new ground when it comes to the blockchain. You can see conference panels like this in person by attending our upcoming partner events.

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