Play-to-Die: What if death in crypto gaming could become permanent, just in the same way as it is in real life? It would “open all new kinds of experiences and gameplay.” This is according to crypto researcher and investor Dave Stanton. Stanton put forward what seems to be a wild idea. It is play-to-die. He wants to build a system which allows a beloved character that dies in one game to die forever. The character is minted as a non-fungible token (NFT) that can be bought or sold on the open market. Once the character dies, it burns the NFT.
“[I] believe that the value potential of NFT characters is much greater than traditional game characters,” Stanton wrote in a blog. “Thus, introducing a concept of loss by dying in game is much more interesting and engaging than before.”
Play-to-Die: Dead but alive as an NFT Death is not a new concept in gaming, so play-to-die could be an easy transition. Characters in first-person shooter games, or FPS, as well as those in role-playing games (RPG) “die” in the game. Players get a certain number of lives, either a limited amount or infinite. However, the existing idea is of death in gaming represents nothing more than “a feedback mechanism that you have performed poorly in a certain aspect of the gameplay.” In real life, when you die “it’s game over for good.” When you play-to-die, you die.