Exploitation of child labor in video games? It could become a great idea to improve the gameplay of metaverses and play-to-earn games with NFT!
Imagine: you enter a metaverse after buying a $ 50 NFT skin that gives you the look of a hairy banana. It sucks but it is so fashionable and then wearing it no one will be able to call you a beggar because they all know how much it costs. You decide to go and find some friends in a virtual square sponsored by a condom brand which in turn sponsors an event created specifically to make greenwashing and make people forget that their ecological condoms, made of recycled plastic, have produced an increase in the birth rate of 50% in Iceland, where they were tested for a year, and all the remaining stocks were buried in an African state to run for cover. Kratos Beach Party is nice. You think you would like to participate, but then you realize that you really don’t give a damn and you keep talking to others about this and that. If you have to destroy beaches, at least they are real.
After two hours of chatting and virtual aperitifs, obviously paid with real money (never let anyone consider you poor people), you and your friends decide to go on an adventure and go to the new fantasy village just launched by McDonalds, where the healing items are sandwiches and the quest givers are all dressed up as clowns. To better decorate the place, the authors made a courageous choice: they filled it with poor children who ask for charity by selling NFTs of little value to repay the squire who rented them virtual land and demanded a daily fee, under penalty of exclusion from the game and the sending of hitmen to gamble the parents (let’s not exaggerate from Ed.). To make them as realistic as possible, it has been chosen to give the role of poor children to actual poor children who live in disadvantaged countries and who have been hired by the charitable masters for a stock of NFT. Their role is very simple: to stay in the game as much as possible during the day to bring home the loaf, getting harassed by wealthy players, who can pay to punch and kick them, gaining ownership of the swollen skin as NFT. Beautiful, is not it?
Future NPCs from our beloved video games
Now, the scenario described is mostly fictional, but reading from an “expert” who talks to us about how it is almost an act of kindness to have poor children work in a somewhat restless play-to-earn game. and it shows why there is so much excitement in the world of cocaine addicts, sorry, of high finance for these new economic models.
Never once does anyone say how beautiful and fun these games are, but all talking about how to exploit the poorest economies and how to find a justification for the very existence of these systems, which to define raptors is a compliment. Well, if someone can’t explain to you why they see a bright future in NFTs, play-to-earn games and the like, it’s not because they don’t know what to say, but simply ashamed to say it.