I’m not a massive fan of gambling so don’t consider any of this a recommendation, but the venerable game publisher Atari has teamed up with the Ethereum-based gaming company, Decentral Games, to bring nostalgia to the blockchain with cryptocurrency.
Playing the themed games will net lucky players $DG by playing with MANA, DAI and the Atari token (ATRI). While most of the Atari library will be bastardised into a gambling format. The most promising part of the announcement is the fact Decentral Games are promising an Atari game that pays out based on skill rather than dumb luck. “Look forward to Atari-themed games, where nostalgia-inducing games are brought back with a twist. There will be games of luck, and games combining skill and luck. There will also be an ‘Atari special’ game where you can win by skill instead of pure luck.”
The Atari Casino itself will be a towering neon ‘A’ reminiscent of that one Blade Runner scene, except instead of existing in the bleak apocalyptical world of 2019, it will instead reside in a shiny virtual metaverse of Decentral Games creation. Users can plod around with avatars losing crypto within this virtual world to their hearts content.
Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic in recent times as bored people stuck at home have looked for new ventures, as well as artists like BEEPLE making insane money selling their artworks as NFTs. This isn’t Atari randomly jumping on the bandwagon though. Atari CEO, Frederic Chesnais, has a passion for crypto, and got the company its own token way back in 2018. Blockchain tech will also be in use on their PC/Console hybrid, the VCS, thanks to a partnership with Ultra.io.
We’ve come a long way since the Atari 2600, I just hope it’s the right way.