Vine’s creator is now engaged on NFT blockchain video video games


Dom Hofmann, one among Vine’s founders and the creator of Byte and Peach, has a brand new undertaking known as Supdrive. In his tweet asserting Supdrive, he calls it an “on-chain fantasy sport console,” which doesn’t essentially make it any extra apparent as to what this undertaking will appear to be. He’s since defined in an announcement put up, which you’ll 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 appearing as a type of digital cartridge.

In a Discord arrange for Supdrive, Hofmann wrote that the video games shall be NFTs, working on digital firmware. The truth that video games shall 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 sport shall be distinctive, with gamers getting completely different colour palettes, issue ranges, and extra.

Hofmann compares Supdrive to a different blockchain undertaking, Artwork 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 all the time create the identical artwork for a given seed, however altering the seed adjustments what the artwork finally ends up wanting like (Minecraft gamers could also be accustomed to this type of system). Then, individuals purchase NFTs for an Artwork Block undertaking, which can include a seed, letting them generate that artwork.

This appears to suit properly with what Hofmann is describing, the place an on-chain console will play distinctive video games. The small print, although, like how precisely it’s going to work, what number of copies of every sport shall be accessible, and the way a lot they’ll price, are all to be introduced.

Hofmann’s put up 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 talents, permitting for extra superior video games (the preliminary set of video games shall be “old-school arcade fashion”). The primary sport, made by Hofmann, is known as Origin.

Supdrive additionally has a type of meta sport, with its customers being cut up up into Pokémon-esque Purple, Inexperienced, and Blue groups. Hofmann’s announcement put up says that which workforce you’re on may affect the sport you’re taking part in. For now, although, the completely different colour groups are largely memeing at one another within the Discord.

Conversation between two Discord users. User 1: When’s the release? Hofmann: Shooting for Oct, will share more details soon. Will prob have some leads activities. Should be something special (smile emoji)

Hofmann saying that the objective for Supdrive’s launch is October.

Within the Discord chat, Hofmann stated he was aiming for an October launch for the undertaking. He’s additionally stated that he’ll be doing updates “each week or so” main as much as the launch.

Hofmann’s post-Vine initiatives haven’t managed to achieve 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 known as Conflict (and consumer App Retailer opinions haven’t been optimistic in regards to the adjustments made). Solely time will inform how Supdrive seems, but it surely does appear to be an attention-grabbing thought — in case you’re prepared to enter the NFT market to get the video games, after all.

The complete 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 just a few extra particulars.

What’s Supdrive?

Supdrive is an on-chain fantasy console the place the video games themselves are NFTs. You’ll be able to consider it type 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 might be fuel pleasant and perfect for on-chain storage.

Though each sport shall be launched in mounted version sizes, each version is exclusive — each model of the sport shall be completely different, whether or not it’s colour palettes, issue, particular talents, or extra.

What sorts of video games?

Supdrive video games shall be old-school arcade fashion video games to begin. Assume titles like Galaga, Pacman, or Asteroid. Because the firmware is upgraded, video games will steadily grow to be extra refined. Maybe sooner or later we’ll have Tremendous Supdrive or Supdrive 64.

The primary sport is known as Origin.

Who’s making the video games?

I shall be creating the primary few video games, but when issues go properly 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 workforce and obtain a free airdrop collectible that signifies you membership within the workforce. Holding this collectible may have results in sure Supdrive titles.

Mint worth/version measurement/launch date?

TBD and can maintain 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 shall be extra issues to do.

That’s it for now! See you subsequent week.